It is worth the journey though. Once you get past Blackpool, traffic is less and the scenery more breathtaking. From the west, if you aren't towing I recommend you leave the M6 at Penrith and take the route across the North Pennines via Alston to Hexham. You will travel over wild moorland, through wooded valleys and midst lush green pastureland. The UK's varied landscape encapsulated in only 35 miles!
If you are towing you should take the A69 from Carlisle heading towards Hexham and Newcastle. It's a longer and less stunning route (still pretty) but safer if you are driving anything with more than 4 wheels and a mobile rear- end that needs a lot of stopping.
|The Abbey in Historic Hexham|
|Fallowfield Dene - a warm welcome awaits you.|
We were allocated a suitable pitch in one of the large clearings reserved for tourers. This being Hadrian's Wall country all of the clearings are named after Roman leaders. We weren't aware of the size of the site until we had a ramble around the curving paths through the woodland. The 10 static and 120 base pitches for regular weekend and holiday visitors, are all are set up in little clearings, with natural gardens that are beautifully kept by the owners.
|Tidy Loos at Fallowfield|
We settled in feeling at home straight away. Putting the kettle on for a cup of tea is one of the first jobs we do. The electric hook ups are 16 amp so you have no problems if you want to boil a kettle and put the heating on at the same time.
Go to http://www.fallowfielddene.co.uk/ if you want to find out more about this lovely rural retreat.
We're so impressed I've just written a review of the site for MMM Magazine which I am hopeful that they will publish. Keep a look out for it in mag and on http://www.outandaboutlive.co.uk/
Grasshopper spent most of the week polishing Wanda (motorhome). I spent time exploring, taking out separately Mam and Sis (who live in the area) in our two seater Smartcar. More about the interesting places we visited in later blogs.