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Coastal Camping ~ Red Bank Farm. :-D

Hi Folks, I’m feeling all invigorated and refreshed after a weekend by the sea. Theres nothing like a blast of sea air to make you feel Alive, don’t you think. πŸ™‚

Red Bank Farm.
Red Bank Farm.

We decided on a campsite near Bolton Le Sands on the Lancashire coast. Red Bank Farm is quite an undiscovered little gem, looking over the salt marshes to Morecambe Bay.  And at only Β£6 per person per night, a bit of a  bargain.

The campsite itself consists of two camping fields for tents and campers, along with some static caravans. We pitched up in the top field , with its beautiful sea views. Facilities at Red Bank Farm include a clean toilet & shower block with hot showers, an undercover wash up area, laundry room and a rather nice cafe , converted from an old barn.

Archers Cafe.
Archers Cafe.

The very best thing about the site however, is the stunning location. We loved walking along the sea defenses every morning and especially early evening. The sky here is big and the sunsets are sublime. The salt marshes make for an interesting wildlife habitat too. Elver eels migrate here and all sorts of wading birds can be spotted including little egret. πŸ™‚

One morning we had breakfast in Archers Cafe. Wil had the Breakfast Bun which set him up for the day.  :)
One morning we had breakfast in Archers Cafe. Wil had the Breakfast Bun which set him up for the day. πŸ™‚
Little egret.
Little egret.
Salt marsh.
Salt marsh.
Prayer shell sculpture looking out over the bay.
Prayer shell sculpture looking out over the bay.
We saw lots of happy hounds enjoying the sea air. :)
We saw lots of happy hounds enjoying the sea air. πŸ™‚

The campsite is part of a working farm making full use of fresh produce in the cafe, including free range eggs( chickens roam freely around the site) and their own reared salt marsh lamb. There is also a pets corner which proved popular with the kids…..and big kids like me. πŸ™‚

Farm buildings.
Farm buildings.
Ducks !
Ducks !
Red Bank Farm from the lane.
Red Bank Farm from the lane.

The sea air on the Lancashire coast is proper bracing , but I have to say there is nothing better than wrapping up warm and taking a blanket, plastic wine glasses and a bottle of wine down to the shore to watch the sun set.

cheers!
cheers!
Reflection.
Reflection.
Wrap up warm.
Wrap up warm.

I am almost sorry we are back home now and the camping gear is all packed away until next year. The warm days have returned folks , so its the prefect time for a last camping trip to the sea side , in the September sun……

Three Counties in One Day……..and a winner revealed :)

Helloo there its been another perfect summers day here in sunny Lancashire. Or should that be Yorkshire and Cumbria too ? I’ve managed to visit all three counties in one day today ! This morning we drove over to Clapham in the Dales. The pretty village with its meandering brook was holding its annual Street Fair and Duck Race. There were classic cars and a Jazz band too. And I bought some pretty crimson rose covered teacups and saucers to make into candles for 30p each. Happy Girl Me ! Not used to finding such bargains these days. I also bagged a Mr Men Snakes and Ladders game for my nephew and niece for Β£1 and three darling vintage brooches for 20p each. Such treasures πŸ™‚

The Street Fair.
The Street Fair.
Classic Citroen 2 cv
Classic Citroen 2 cv
Ruskins View ,Kirkby Lonsdale
Ruskins View ,Kirkby Lonsdale

About ten miles up the road from Clapham village is the historic Cumbrian market town of Kirkby Lonsdale. We parked at Devils bridge which spans the river Lune and walked along the river bank into town via the steep Radical Steps ( 86 steps….not that I counted!) Kirkby Lonsdale has plenty of lovely little gift shops,boutiques and cafes. We had yummy Ice creams from Emma’s Teashop in the market square. I can highly recommend the Lemon Curd flavor πŸ™‚

The Radical Steps.
The Radical Steps.
Lovely Old house.
Lovely Old house.
Orchid in Gisburn Forest.
Orchid in Gisburn Forest.

On the way home we thought we would bob and see some friends who live in the middle of a Forest. They run a farm that rescues and rehomes rare breeds, called The Great British Farm Project. I don’t know why I was soo amazed to find they really do live in the middle of a forest as I follow Tracy’s lovely blog OLIVE AND HARRY which is full of amazing tales and gorgeous pictures of their farm and mad menagerie. But after trudging through a mile of forestry mountain bike trails, clutching a jar of marmalade from the street fair, we spied their little farm and were greeted by a handful of whippets and Tracy. πŸ™‚
We were then introduced to some of the happy rescue animals. I wish I had taken more pictures!

Soay and Boreray sheep.
Soay and Boreray sheep.
Mouse and Sparrow. They are such great mates. :)
Mouse and Sparrow. They are such great mates. πŸ™‚
Mouse and Sparrow accompanied us through the fields.
Mouse and Sparrow accompanied us through the fields.
A new arrival. Born today and quite a surprise ~ a Soay sheep and her hours old lamb.
A new arrival. Born today and quite a surprise ~ a Soay sheep and her hours old lamb.

It was great to see how well all the animals are doing and what a good job Tracy and Stephen do at looking after them all. πŸ™‚ If you wish to know more about the farm look Here.

Thank you to all the people who entered my Teacup Candle Give Away which was in honor of my Blogs 1st Birthday. The winner has been drawn randomly from a teacup.

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Emma from the blog High Heels and Glitter ~ you have won the teacup candle !
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