Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Short Breaks

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Short Breaks

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Want to get away from it all? You could do no better than go to Skelwith Fold Caravan Park.

Set in 130 acres at the very heart of the Lake District, between Ambleside and Hawkshead, it's calm, unspoiled, and far from the madding crowd.

But, more than that, it's a time capsule, a taste of slow-paced, green and serene life as it was centuries ago - with the highest-tech facilities at your beck and call too, of course.

The park, and surrounding area, is breathtakingly charming and relaxing. One public walkway off the site takes you over rolling hills, with a backdrop of the Langdales, and you cannot help but imagine nothing has changed since Wordsworth wandered, lonely as a cloud, around the countryside.

If you fancy quenching your thirst, or enjoying a good meal, at the end of a decent stroll, you can head up a narrow road for a mile-or-so to the Drunken Duck. The views from outside tables, looking across towards Ambleside, match the superb standard of the ale.

Ambleside itself is an easy, enjoyable, couple of miles walk from the park too. The pathway takes you through woods on the edge of the main road, and brings you into the town itself, where you can enjoy the best of Lakeland shopping.

Or it takes you to Lakeside where the Windermere steamers dock.

But Skelwith Fold Caravan Park itself is worth exploring first. It holds many treasures, and is a conservationist's dream - as the regular visits of David Bellamy testify, and the top gold accolade it received in his conservation awards.

He describes it as one the Lake District's most magical settings and is said to be fascinated by the range of flora and wildlife there.

Certainly, when you stay there, you get the feeling of being away from it all, as the van sites blend into the acres of woodland.

There are lots of walkways and discovery trails around the peaceful setting, some of which lead to a river-fed tarn.

They also talk the walker past badger setts, wild deer and red squirrel habitats.

Within the site the owners have ensured there are specially-created breeding habitats, along with the important natural ones. …

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