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 Penrith Rally 2019

We had camped at my sisters at Horton in Ribblesdale on the Monday and Tuesday, so agreed with Steve to arrive early to help him and helpers Dave and Rita to set up as this was a follow on rally from Solway view. We soon had his awning and the rally tent up and attached together. All this in great sunny weather which apart from some showers one day continued all week.

The site at Mains Farm is in some great countryside. The site itself is based around a 17th Century farm with red stone buildings. The facilities looked a bit rustic at first but turned out to be good. We all soon got used to the walk across the camping field. The site is a field away from the river Eden with walks from the site to the nearby village of Kirkoswald. The area was very pretty with a 5 mile drive to Penrith which is an old style market town with many independent shops; also the Northern Lakes and Keswick were approx. 20 miles away. If you wanted a scenic moorland drive we went to Alston with its narrow gauge railway.

There were 12 units at the rally with 20 people, so a good turnout. We had some chatty coffee evenings and a Saturday night eat together followed by Bingo. Steve had organised a meal at the local pub on the last night with 12 of us attending. The food was excellent and enjoyed by us all.

Thanks to Steve Jones for organising another great rally in a new location. Also to Rita who acted as Mary for the raffle which included some donations and raised £75. Dave and Rita also set a fiendish quiz, ‘proverbs and sayings’ which caused much amusement when the results were read out.

Phil Freestone

Mains Farm Caravan Site, Kirkoswald, Penrith

Wednesday 11th September to Wednesday 18th September 2019

Organised by Steve Jones assisted by Dave and Rita Martin

No of Caravans: 12

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