Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Close to Nature

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Close to Nature

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Sue Bennison and family enjoy a break to the Lake District.


We had a wild time on our latest visit to the Lake District, quite literally. We were staying in a mobile home for the weekend on a caravan park near Ambleside, set in a beautiful wood, snuggled in between towering peaks and huge swathes of water.

It was the perfect place to go hunting for wildlife.

Just a few steps outside the caravan door and we were surrounded in magnificent woodland with carpets of bluebells and a secluded tarn. It wasn't long before we had spotted deer, bats, rabbits and birds of all kinds flitting through the trees.

Apparently botanist David Bellamy is a frequent visitor to Skelwith Fold Caravan Park, and considers it to be one of the Lake District's most magical settings. Last year he awarded the Wild family, who run it, his top gold conservation award for their efforts in protecting the natural environment. And in April the site was overall winner in the holiday park section of the Enjoy England Awards for Excellence, and one of only 12 gold winners covering all types of holiday accommodation and attractions in the country.

The owners use historic countryside skills to maintain the character of the 130-acre 300-year-old wooded estate and make sustainable, green tourism their goal ( the campsite reception is made of local materials and has a 'living roof' of wildlife-friendly plants.

University experts who came to investigate found a wealth of different insect and aquatic species in the water and on the woodland floor, and red squirrels, badgers, foxes and owls have all been seen there.

Our children loved exploring the woodland and hunting for creepy crawlies, and had a great time playing at the adventure playground on the edge of the wood.

And they were more than happy just to play outside the caravan while we sat and relaxed on the decking. Our caravan was the most luxurious I have ever had the pleasure to stay in. It had central heating, carpets, fireplace, fitted kitchen with fridge and freezer, a television and a bath. …

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