As keen as we were to be here, we broke our journey at Lancaster to visit our son who has just moved into a new house, and help him with his garden which was somewhat overgrown. It was with great excitement, therefore, when we pulled up outside reception. Everything is well-organised and our van had been towed out of storage onto a pitch on our favoured part of the site. After a year it is filthy, so that is tomorrow's job. It didn't take us long to get set up and unpacked and relax with a cup up of tea. We then put some potatoes to bake in the oven and went for a walk out to 'The Tree'! This is an ancient oak tree naturally bonzaied as it grows straight out of the limestone bedrock on the hillside overlooking Stavely and the Kentmere fells beyond. I have photographed it many times before but it has become a ritual to visit it at least once each visit.
We are now back ready for our evening meal followed by the Tour de France, another ritual, and, of course, it is beer o'clock!
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Ashton Memorial, Williamson Park, Lancaster
'The Tree', Kentmere fells and Stavely in the background.'The Tree', Kentmere fells and Stavely in the background.
'The Tree', Kentmere fells and Stavely in the background.
Stavely and the Kentmere Fells.