Having arrived at our next campsite, Park Top Farm near Richmond, the night before, a quick decision was made. It was so peaceful and beautiful and, just like that, we decided to stay another night. We also realised that we needed a bit of a rest. Peter had been driving for long periods and we had done a lot of sightseeing in Glasgow and then the day at Cragside. We felt that a day in Liverpool and then one in Chester, which we had planned before heading home, was ambitious, so, dear readers, family and friends, we will be returning to Tunbridge Wells on Sunday instead of Monday. We will still drive through Liverpool and Chester but with no time for sightseeing unfortunately.
Today’s blog will contain the rest of yesterday’s journey and also our quiet day photographs at the farm. Still plenty of photos!
Having left the pleasant town of Brampton, we drove on to Yorkshire and Park Top Farm.
This castle looks interesting in the village of Ravensworth – more on this tomorrow!
We met Ken, the farmer, and he was charming. A lovely welcome and oh, what a wonderful site and view down the valley. The sun was out and the lengthening shadows of the early evening were dramatic.
It is a certificated site within the C & CC umbrella and these are the sites that we like the best. Five or six spaces and, in this case certainly, an acre or two of well-mown grass with a fantastic view – and peace. They are usually used by other quiet retirees like us. The perfect place for a ‘day off’.
As we approached the farm we saw a gang of Curlews in a nearby field. There were about eleven altogether – probably the biggest flock of them we had seen.
Odd to see them so far from the coast.
Having made the decision to stay here for two nights and go home a day early, it meant phoning up a couple of the sites to let them know but they were very understanding.
There is only one other couple here in a caravan so it’s as peaceful as can be and we had a good night’s sleep.
The next day was sunny and we were so pleased with our decision. We didn’t move from the farm but there was still plenty to see.
Peter was determined to get a shot of the Swallow which was diving around in front of us all day. Easier said than done!
And last, but not least, two male Pheasant friends out for a jog…
Definitely a place we will return to if we fancy a quiet relaxing time without moving an inch!
Dorothy Gray said:
I note there has not been much painting of late but there are some wonderful views here to inspire any artist. I feel rather sad to think this is all coming to an end , I have so enjoyed your adventure and will miss it when the blogs finally end. Nice thought though, I will hopefully see you on your return . Cheers D
It’s been lovely for us too to have a new fan of the blog. I know other people follow it but they don’t comment. It’s good to have responses – it makes you feel you’re really communicating. I expect Rita will have a get-together soon. I hope so. x
It looks like an idyllic place.
It really was and we will definitely return!
There’s nothing better than a relaxing day!
Absolutely Harry! 🙂
How apt that we finish with some fabulous landscapes and another amazing bird in flight. What a lovely final site.
Two more to go Sean! They might be a bit late but I will do it. 🙂