Sunday, 4 September 2011

Camping in Upper Nidderdale

This weekend we seized the opportunity to spend a couple of days camping in Lofthouse, just outside of Harrogate, North Yorkshire (in the middle of nowhere!).  Thursday had been a glorious day for us, so we were hoping for similar weather.  A last attempt at summer!!!  Ha ha... as you can see when we got there the skies were pretty dramatic, and we expected rain...

... but as the day went on, there were bursts of light...

... and by the evening, beautiful blue skies.

We decided on Friday that we would do the 'Explore, Discover and Learn Trail' at the campsite we were stopping at.  This gave us the opportunity to have a stroll, soak in the beautiful surroundings and also gave the children an activity to keep them busy, with things to find and learn.  It was really good fun, and the children loved it.  These are some of the things we saw...

... before heading back to the camper van for a piece of Plum cake The Fairy had made with me the day before.

In the evening we walked across the field to the village pub (which only opened at 7pm!!) for some tea, played dominoes and then walked back in the dark with torches.  The children thought it was fantastic!!

Saturday was miserable, but we braved it in the morning and had a drive to Scarhouse Reservoir to have a look.  
We had a walk across the bridge at the end of the reservoir. 
The view from the bridge over the valley.
Sure signs that autumn is around the corner!

Fabulous Fungi!

Baby birds in the toilet block...terrible picture I know but the lighter
specks in the nest are their beaks!

Oh, and Kiki came.  Kiki is the Clothkits doll the Fairy has made over the
summer... more about Kiki to come at a later date!
We had a fantastic time and I am looking forward to going back and doing some more exploring.  The campsite was perfect for the children...lots to see and do, and plenty of room for them to ride their bikes. Can't wait for our next camping trip!!!

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