A lovely posh breakfast and a look around Boroughbridge started the day off quite nicely. Then it was off to Roecliffe a couple of minutes walk from the campsite for our first ‘hike’ with Pookie who all too often wants to be carried and really has little stamina for a decent walk.
The route took us down a little grass lane past the church and across a field to the banks of the River Ure.
We followed the river through several fields, over stiles and bridges and into a bluebell wood, before re-emerging in a field of over-eager young cows. Pookie walked most of the way and impressed us with his stile climbing abilities.
At the end of the cow field we reached the lock where boats bypass the river weir just west of Newby Hall.
After a quick look we headed away from the river down a little farm track and picked up a main road back towards Roecliffe for a few minutes before again joining a bridleway away from the traffic. The walk back to Roecliffe was quiet and the pace a little quicker with Pookie on his Dad’s shoulders and we made it back in time for a pint in the sunshine outside The Crown and a little giggle at our not-so-impressive hike statistics.
After returning the dogs to Willamina and a quick change we were back to The Crown to sample their most delicious menu.
Friday was spent at the flower show where we saw a huge variety of plants and flowers
And downright rude ones!
A fine day out was had by all.
Our first trip away in 2017 has finally arrived. After having the caravan rewired for mains and 12V by our local mobile caravan man (J&J Mobile Caravan Services) we now have working tail lights and internal lights. Our Astra Estate has a new towbar and so it was my turn to drive.
I have to say, 5 hours later and I’m still feeling proud of myself having driven 82 miles without mishap and reversing into our pitch with the very helpful instruction of the Boroughbidge Camping and Caravanning Site warden.
Thursday afternoon was spent putting up the awning, having some lunch and then a nice gentle walk past some unloved vehicles to the village of Roecliffe for a quick pint in The Crown.
On the way back we passed a lovely Little Library in a disused phone box and we took the liberty of borrowing a book titled Sam Sparrow. We’ll return it or replace it before we leave on Sunday.
Tomorrow we’re off to the Harrogate RHS Flower Show.