Well, Plans A And B Didn’t Work, So We Went To Plan C, Then Changed To Plan D….

So, Plan A was to meet James on a small campsite somewhere in the Lakes. He was hoping to be camping in his Tentipi with a recently ordered stove fitted in it….yes, really……

However, not all the parts had arrived for said stove, so Plan B was to meet up for some Wild Van Camping and walking in the Lakes.

But, the weather forecast for the weekend was looking absolutely dire, hence Plan C. This was Wild Van Camping and walking on the North York Moors instead.

Thursday evening saw us tootling across to a secret lay-by spot then, somewhere near Kilburn. Parked up, we settled down with a brew and noticed some Twitter messages had come in. Poor James had broken down in his Bongo, not far from home, and was awaiting rescue. Too far away for us to help, we just had to wait for updates.

Plan D was then put into action. James decided that he would come up the next day instead, in the car, and bring his Tentipi (but without the stove). He booked us all in at a small campsite near Kirkby Moorside for the Friday and Saturday nights, where we were to meet him the next afternoon.

Our secret Wild Van Camping spot was a good one and after a fairly wild night (weather wise, that is) we pottered off to Helmsley. Geoff had planned us a nice wander for the day starting from there, going up one Dale and down another. ‘Twas very pleasant, mostly dry, but with a rather cold wind and even a bit of sleet.






As you can see, Pebbles also tried out her new coat and declared it a total success.

The campsite was then found, with both us and James arriving at more or less the same time, and a rather convivial evening then enjoyed with James cooking us a most delicious, veggie spaghetti bolognese.

Despite the weather forecast for the Saturday being a touch wet, we actually ended up with a pretty dry wander. I’m not sure who planned the walk for the day, but it was certainly very enjoyable and involved lots of happy dogs running about, and lots of map reading…….












A fine day’s walk, not withstanding the final section with a few non-dog-friendly stiles requiring negotiating.

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And this evenings culinary delight was a tasty bean and vegetable stew, produced by Geoff.

Sunday’s forecast was not especially good either, but still we managed a mostly dry walk around the local area. As on the previous day, I still couldn’t tell you who actually planned the route, but very happy dogs were once again in evidence.








And the finale to today’s walk? A very, muddy potato field we had to cross……


Tilly was in her element.

Well, the weather might have stopped us getting up on the tops for the weekend, but it was still a fun few days in great company.

Later however, when we arrived home, we discovered that James had had a problem with his car lights on his way back. I don’t really think that was fair – problems with both your vehicles over the course of three days does seem a bit much.

Here’s hoping it can all be sorted easily and at not too great an expense.



18 thoughts on “Well, Plans A And B Didn’t Work, So We Went To Plan C, Then Changed To Plan D….

  1. I don’t go to the North York Moors often enough really to say they’re not too far away. I really ought to start before I move to Cumbria when I retire.

    A photo of the tentipi would have been very interesting!


    1. Of course we were chatting about the area whilst over there and the general consensus was that we all like the North York Moors, but they can be a bit samey if you walk on the plateau all the time. It does actually make for more interesting walking if you throw a few Dales in over the course of a wander.

      Never thought to take a photo of the Tentipi!


  2. Looks like you all had a few good days out. Some lovely photos too and some very happy dogs. Pebbles is certainly growing into one fine dog. Poor James, with all his car troubles.


    1. It’s always nice to have a weekend away, even if it changes focus! And at 10 miles on the Saturday, that was Pebbles’ longest walk to date – she was totally zonked ๐Ÿ˜€ Her and Reuben were getting on really well too, so long may that continue.

      Haven’t heard any updates yet on the vehicle situation, but hopefully James won’t have to shell out too much to get them sorted.


    1. I just kept quiet with all the route stuff and tagged along; I figured it was the most sensible thing to do!

      It was really nice to see Pebbles so relaxed out with another dog – she was having lots of fun ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. My mother’s border collie can’t cope with stiles either, and I have to heave him over them whenever I take him for a walk, which is hard work. Dog-friendly stiles should be compulsory.


  4. Great that you all still got out despite many challenges. I too have a Bongo and it is just out of the garage. It has broken down on me twice and I live in fear of it happening again!
    Didn’t like the look of that potato field though – euchh!


    1. I suppose the potato field could have worse – a different type of mud perhaps. After all it was the sticky, clay-ey, slippy type rather than the deep, wet, gloopy, slippy type ๐Ÿ˜€

      Shame your Bongo’s been in the wars too. Haven’t heard any updates on how James’ is doing yet…


  5. Was it really plan D? Reuben looks like he is having fun being lifted over those Stiles.

    Well hopefully this time next week there will be a replacement for the Bongo outside the house ๐Ÿ™‚

    BTW it is because of your photos that I have started the 5:2 again ๐Ÿ˜ฆ


  6. Can’t wait to see your Doblo-Bongo – it’s all very exciting!

    And you can’t blame me for your pigginess either……I do the best I can with my photos but at the end of the day, the camera just takes what’s there…. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Anyway, try looking at your profile reflected in a shop window as you wander past. That’s the one that always gets me counting calories again. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ


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