We traveled up country on the M6 heading towards our next stop in the Lake District which to me is one of the most beautiful places on earth and as the landscape ahead changes and the mountains begin to rise into the sky I cannot help myself but to smile at the beauty and splendour.
Just before we left the motorway we came across a motorway service station called Farm Shop. Well worth a stop but be warned you won’t be able to drive away without purchasing some of the most delicious and mouth watering locally produced goodies they have on offer there.
Arriving at our next site, Troutbeck Camping and Caravanning Club Site, we were given a warm welcome and booked in. The site is not your traditional C&CC site, it kind of looks like they have taken over a static caravan holiday site and added a good number of hard standings all around it.
The site has a licensed shop which is stocked with all the basics and the showers and toilets are warm and clean. There is a children’s play area to keep your little darlings amused for a while at least.
The mobile phone signal is a bit variable and whilst 3 and 4g is possible it seems somewhat slower than normal and can suddenly drop to GPRS. There is wifi available but doesn’t cover the whole site and is not part of the C&CC wifi network and is charged in 1, 4 and 10 hour blocks. So if you have bought a year C&CC wifi you won’t be able to use it here but have to pay again. The other downside is you have to buy a code from the shop and can’t be purchased online like most other places. A bit of a nuisance if the shop is closed. Having said all that it is quite fast giving nearly a 5MB upload rate.
If you a walker or have dogs then this place is absolutely heaven as you no doubt have guessed being in the Northern Lake District and at the foot of Blencartha better known as Saddleback one of the most northerly mountains in The Lakes and rises to a height of 2,848ft (868 meters). The site sits on one of DEFRA’s Conservation walks which is a well sign posted circular walk.
There is a bus stop just half a mile up the lane where the regular bus service between Penrith and Wokington stops and Keswick is just a 15 minute ride away. Alas our visit was quite short and we didn’t have time to venture into Keswick.