As well as trying out the two pups camping together, another challenge of our recent motorhome trip was finding places to safely leave the van overnight, whilst we were all off gadding in the hills.
For the High Cup Nick camp we’d found a lovely CS site only a couple of miles from Dufton, who were more than happy for us to leave the van empty one night, and for our Lingy Hut adventure, we’d found a similar site a couple of miles from Mosedale.
In both cases, we booked in for three nights and backpacked on the middle night. Also, in both cases, we had a couple of miles of tarmac walking before accessing the mountains, but this seemed like a very small price to pay in exchange for the knowledge that the van was somewhere secure and we didn’t have to worry about it still being there when we’d got back.
We had arranged to meet up with Peter Dixon and Oscar The Mountain Dog at Lingy Hut, but in the end he came and parked his car with our van and did the walk in with us. Unfortunately, he was suffering from a bit of a bad back so was more than happy to do a shorter walk than he might normally do.
Once again, the weather forecast promised us dry weather and, once again, it deposited a fair amount of rain on us on the final section of the walk in. I just might stop looking at weather forecasts!
Peter and Oscar were planning on sleeping in the hut, but we put the tent up for the Crowther Gang. However, the hut gave us somewhere to be sociable out of the rain until bedtime.
It was supposed to get frosty overnight, but it didn’t. It was a bit chilly though, although we were nice and snug in the tent. Clag and damp stuff greeted us when we got up, but the weather did improve as the day went on – even getting sunny! – as we wandered over High Pike and continued on a circular route back down to the van. I have to say though, the last couple of fields leading back to the site were absolute mud hell…..