Having two days off in the sunshine when living in the Lake District can be the best! My boyfriend and I had two days off together, which is often rare, so we decided not to waste our days but find a cheap and cheerful evening away as we are obviously trying to save for traveling in October. As the weather was so nice and it being the end of the Easter holidays I started looking at camping and camping pods – what a great idea! I began doing some research and rang up a few sites but a lot of them were booked up which is understandable for the time of year. Luckily I finally managed to get booked into a camping pod in Ravenglass, West Cumbria for the night.
From Windermere it was about an hour drive to Ravenglass so we set off early as not to waste a minute. Having gone camping a lot when I was younger and my parents still go camping in France we had all the equipment we needed, we packed up the car with a blow up mattress, a duvet, a table, chairs, a cooler box, a barbeque, cutlery and off we went. Stopping at Tesco on the way to stock up on meat for the barbeque, alcohol, snacks and food for breakfast in the morning, we set off in the blazing sunshine. It was a lovely picturesque drive and took exactly an hour. Never having driven to Ravenglass before I printed off the directions before leaving but neaten have bother as it was signposted all the way and the camping site was really easy to find. We checked in straight away and were given the key to our camping pod – I was so excited! The receptionist pointed us in the direction of the facilities, a bathroom and washing facilities which were all very clean. The camping site was almost full with mainly caravans, a few tents and the three camping pod one of which was ours. The camping pod was literally a pod with a light and a heater in it, with a small seating around outside. The view was fantastic overlooking a small farm at the back and miles of fields with sheep and lambs in in front. We become unpacking the car, blowing up the mattress and making our home for the night!
After unpacking we decided to walk into the village of Ravenglass which was a few hundred metres away, there isn’t much there bar two pubs, a village shop and residential housing. We were close to Muncaster castle and Lal Ratty train but didn’t have time to go on either unfortunately. We had a stroll across the beach front and walked through the village to park ourselves in a beer garden. Not having eaten all day we decided we’d get something to eat, sending my boyfriend in to order he came back with a huge grin on his face, he’d ordered mussels – his favourite and not so much mine. Having only tried mussels on our recently trip to Bruges, I wasn’t blow away by them. When they arrived they were piled high and I couldn’t help but try one or two, after that I couldn’t stop eating them, they were delicious and fresh in a divine garlic sauce, we finished off the whole bowl and could have carried on.
Heading back to our home for the night we started the barbeque, which you know if you’ve ever used a disposable barbeque takes forever to get started. Enjoying our own company we played cards, enjoyed a cold beer or two and tucked ourselves up warm in the camping pod for the night.
Over the summer I will defiantly be returning to a camping pod – if not the same one. It was a fantastic cheap opinion for getting away for the night when you’re on a budget. Sometimes the small things are just enough.