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Camping in Silverdale :)

Ooooh I definatly need a little bit of sunshine. It is sooo grey out there and at times like these I wonder what can I possibly write about? So I thought I would go back in time and tell you about a lovely chilled camping trip we went on in May last year. I really love the sea side so I thought I would try and find a camp site on our own Lancashire coastline. The camping criteria with us is almost always somewhere that is dog friendly, in beautiful countryside and within walking distance of a pub. 🙂 We found the perfect place! ‘Gibralter Farm’ in Silverdale.
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The very name ‘Gibralter Farm’ conjours up warm sunshiney days and we were in luck! The campsite is situated on a working farm in the heart of the Silverdale and Arnside Area of Outstanding Natural beauty with gorgeous views over Morecambe Bay. We pitched our tent in the lower left field which is adjacent to a little wooded area where you can camp too.silverdale 084
There are lots of footpaths from the site and if you wander through the woodland there is a perfect little cove where we saw Oyster catchers and Shelduck. Ok I was more excited about the birdlife than my other half but yes I am a bit of a bird nerd!

A little cove.
A little cove.

Windswept tree.
Windswept tree.

Even he was impressed that Gibralter Farm has its own resident Green Woodpecker. I spent a lot of time trying to capture its vivid colours on camera but the best I could manage was this siluette shot.
Green Woodpecker.
Green Woodpecker.

We wandered into the village of Silverdale a couple of times. It has a convenience store,a butchers, tearooms, an Indian restaurant and two pubs ‘The Royal Hotel’ and ‘The Woodlands.’ If you like your real ales and somewhere a little different try ‘The Woodlands'( If you can find it!) which is run by the villagers in an old manor house.It is kind of a bizarre place which also had a pop up victorian tearooms in one of the downstairs rooms when we visited. 🙂
We also had lunch at ‘The Wolf House Gallery ‘ across the road from Gibralter Farm.It was a little expensive but the food was good.

Silverdale itself is in Lancashire and neighboring Arnside only two miles up the road is in Cumbria.Both are well worth a visit. Arnside is a pretty village facing the estuary with a tiny promenade of cafes and gift shops.We took our dog Jake here for some walks on the beach and he made friends with a local dog. 🙂

Arnside Estuary.
Arnside Estuary.

Sat outside the Fighting Cocks with views over to Morecambe Bay.
Sat outside the Fighting Cocks with views over to Morecambe Bay.

If you love your wildlife make sure you take a walk round the RSPB Leighton Moss Nature Reserve where you can see all sorts of water fowl in the reeds. Unfortunately as we had Jake there were not to many areas we could take a dog.There is one public walkway where you can walk the hound,on a lead of course.

Tufted Duck in the Reeds.
Tufted Duck in the Reeds.

And a stay here is not complete without sampling the local delicacy ‘Morecambe Bay Potted Shrimps’ which are caught in the shallow waters of the bay. We tried some in the nearby seaside town of Grange Over Sands.
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Gibralter Farm Campsite.
Gibralter Farm Campsite.

Hopefully we will try and head to Gibralter Farm again this year for a nice relaxing camping trip by the sea. 🙂

La Rosa and Whitby.

I thought I would share with you our recent trip to Whitby.I booked a night in the gorgeous La Rosa hotel which is perched high on the West Cliff with views of the harbor and the commanding presence of the old abbey. We were in good company.Lewis Carroll stayed here once. 🙂

All the rooms are individually themed.We chose the ‘Stoker Room’ with its fabulously high bed and amazing views.Its decor was definantly inspired by Dracula too I think…


The furnishings at La Rosa are very quirky indeed.Think of it as a haven for teacups and taxidermy!

Mr Forbes the fox.

The Mad Hatters tearoom is downstairs : )

After we checked in and had a nosy around we went for a wander.The first thing to do was tackle the 199 steps up to the abbey. That was a killer!

The imposing abbey.

After that we definately needed cake.Marie Antionette’s serves the best hot chocolate and I loved my Lemon drizzle cake. Let me eat cake here again I say!
Marie Antoinette’s Patisserie

Scrummy coffee & walnut cake & Lemon Drizzle cake.

There are lots of quirky little shops to browse. I was excited to come accross ‘Dotty About Vintage’,located just over the little bridge in the centre. : )

Pretty things 🙂

La Rosa is very near this whale bone arch given to Whitby by a town in Alaska.It very cleverly frames a perfect view.

In the evening we had a few drinks in the various old Inns scattered round this old seaside town. Most serve a grand choice of real ales which my other half is a big fan of.Alot are dog friendly which is great if your holidaying in Whitby with the hound. All are olde worldy.

After a cozy nights sleep and a leisurely lie in there was a knock on the door.Our breakfast had arrived.

Breakfast is a hamper delivered to your room in the morning.Croissants,fruit,cheese,yogurt,eggs,coffee,orangejuice and fruit cake.Fab! You can choose what time you would like it between 8-30am and 11am. If it was summer (or at least not a wet november morning) we would have definatly eaten it on the balcony.

We needn’t checkout until noon which gave us more time to explore. I wish I had booked another night!

All to soon it was time to head home to Lancashire. On the way we stopped off for lunch at an American diner ‘Uncle Joes’ near Pickering which looked interesting.

The bf had pulled pork,fries,coleslaw and beans.


The decor was pale blue and white with vintage touches.It’s a good place to take the kids too as they eat free during the day Mon-Fri.

Tee hee I think most of my pics have been food related!
Hope you enjoyed the pictures anyway. We had a lovely time. Have you ever visited Whitby?

Kites and Beach Huts. : )

Going camping in North Wales in a couple of weeks ( Yay! ) but I needed to get a Seaside fix before then so off we headed to Lytham and St Annes for the afternoon and a bracing walk on the seafront.I love Lytham with its windmill on the green and views over the Ribble estuary.There were lots of pretty yellow flowers which according to my collins gem seashore book are called large flowered Evening Primrose.

Kite flying seems a popular pass time. I loved watching them whip about in the wind.

I had heard that 40 lovely beach huts had been built in Lytham.But could we find them!! Nope! It turns out they havn’t actually been put up yet. But we did find the show Beach hut near the Island at st Annes. It is rather pretty dont you think? Love the nautical colours.

Apparently building is starting shortly. Several will be for sale. So if you have a spare 40 grand……..
Otherwise the rest are for hire as of next year. £205 for the week, £125 for the weekend or £45 for a day( you can use them between the hours of 7am and 10pm). I am very tempted to book a day next year! For information check the website http://www.stannesbeachhuts.co.uk

After all that walking ( phew! ) it was time for an ice cream , watched more kites ( in the shape of squids! ) and headed home.