2nd April 2013 Grassington

Having left Durham we arrived in the Yorkshire Dales at the Grassington site, set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.  Friends recommended it so we booked in for four nights and we’ve not been disappointed.

We followed the directions from the CC book to get here and would advise everyone to do the same as the roads around are really very narrow. You can access the Dales Way, and Grassington is only a couple of miles away.  It is a lovely little cobbled village with lots of individual shops and places to eat.  There is a bus route into Skipton that takes about half an hour and is a lovely way to see the surrounding countryside.  For those young enough to have to pay, it is £6.10 return!



On the walk into Grassington we passed loads of baby lambs, thankfully having survived this awful winter.  Some still had plastic capes on them to keep warm so hopefully they’ll make it through.  We watched the farmer come and feed them, then round up the stragglers to make sure they were all ok.  There were plenty of footpath markers long the route, with one being the Dales Way along the River Wharfe.

Back on site there is another campsite next to it called Long Ashes that has a leisure complex attached, with swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi, gym and beauty treatments on offer to all.  Isobel, this is a site you would love! There is also the Gamekeepers Inn next door that is a very nice restaurant and bar.  We called in there for a drink one night and were impressed by not only the decor but the friendly atmosphere.  We didn’t eat there but the restaurant area looked very nice and with mains ranging from around £8 upwards you had a very good choice of dishes.

The CC site is very nicely laid out and the facilities are excellent – showers that have fantastic water pressure – at last!  There are a lot of children on site as it is half term, but there is a great play area for them and they look like they’ve been enjoying themselves. 

About Dean

Angela and I decided that there was more to life than working hard to keep up the payments on the mortgage, to pay the gas, electric, phone bills etc. etc. SO............ In 2008 we sold our house, I initially took a year off (Unpaid) and Angela handed in her notice! We bought a motorhome and set off for a year of travelling! This was the best thing we had done in our lives (Apart from getting married) and we have no regrets. During the year I managed to secure a redundancy package which felt very strange. Almost sad as I had worked for the same company for 19 years (BT). It was always our plan to have a whole year off before thinking about the 'W' word. We began applying to the Camping and Caravanning Club (CCC) for the position of Holiday site assistants in August 2009. After the interview, work experience and induction we were finally given a contract at the CCC site in Inverewe (Scotland). Our plan is to work through the summer in the UK then head to Europe to overwinter before coming back to work the following summer season. Hopefully these few words and our blog will inspire others to get off the hamsters wheel and see that there is more to live than having a house and material things. A cliche I know but this is not a rehearsal, life is too short!!! Since our first contract in Scotland we have worked a winter contract in Oxford (never again!) not Oxford but a winter contract. Hereford for two years, living in a yurt for one! And Cornwall. In between our working we have also travelled a bit. Hopefully this website will give you an insight into our alternative lifestyle. Get out there and live the dream!
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