7th April 2017 Sykeside Campsite, Brotherswater, CUMBRIA

Having left Wolverley we made a one night stop at Broomedge Farm, Lymm. It is a five unit site based within a working farm, just a few miles off the M6  and is really easy to get to.

We’ve decided on this trip that we will not drive longer than three hours to travel between site, hence the stopover here.  There are no facilities as reflected in the price, but there is a grocery store within walking distance.

The owner was busy working when we arrived but he still made time to assist us with our questions, then left us in peace. We would definitely stay here again.

Our main destination was to visit Sykeside Campsite, one of the first campsites we visited back in 2009 when we first bought our motorhome. It hadn’t changed a bit and the owners are still the same people.

We booked a week here over the Easter period and we had a wonderful time, with excellent weather apart from one or two days of rain.

When we came in 2009 we still had analogue mobile phones and could get a signal, if we held the phones up in the skylight and put the speaker phone on! Technology has moved on to the extent that our new smartphones could not pick up any signal for miles around, even if you walked a few miles into the villages of Glenridding or Patterdale.

There is no TV or radio signal either so it was like being cut off from the world. We don’t have a problem having no TV but must admit to being a bit lost without the radio.

Over the week we walked into Glenridding and Patterdale a few times, the walk being in forest most of the time totalling 14km. Our first trip in we had to find a cafe with WIFI so we could let family know how they could contact us in an emergency.

Glenridding suffered extensive damages in the floods of 2015 but are slowly repairing the bridge and surrounding roads. The Tourist Information building is still out of action but there are plenty of lovely places to eat there.

We visited Beckside Cafe first, then Helvellyn Country Kitchen for a delicious soup and sandwich combo on a wet day!

There is a bus service into Windermere that started a couple of days before Easter. It cost around £11 each for an Explorer ticket that we were able to use to get into Windermere, then we changed to get the bus into Ambleside on Dean’s birthday.

A visit to The Apple Pie cafe/bakery was a must and the food there was as good as always.

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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