We headed off on Friday afternoon for the short trip to Clover Fields Caravan Park (www.cloverfieldstouringpark.co.uk) just outside Buxton in the Peak District. We were only there for 2 nights (pesky work so gets in the way of fun sometimes)! but as the site was quiet, the lovely owners kindly said we were welcome to stay as long as we wanted to on Sunday so it felt like a proper little break.
The weather forecast all week predicted heavy rain for the weekend so we duely prepared ourselves bringing our waterproofs and putting up our Portico canopy to keep us dry coming in and out of the van. https://www.caravancanopyshop.co.uk/collections/caravan-canopies/products/portico-porch-canopy Well, Mr/Mrs Weatherman could not have been more wrong. We woke up Saturday morning to glorious sunshine and clear blue skies. We headed into Buxton, pooch in tow, to look for a place for our breakfast. We had a few choices and opted for a lovely cafe that had a sign on the door welcoming well behaved dogs. Food was fabulous, I wish I could remember the name of it now!
With our bellies full, we headed for the Goyt Valley for a walk. It was a part of the Peak District we hadn't yet discovered and now I wonder why it took us so long. It was beautiful. We decided we were going to aim to finish in the Pub on the hill (the cat and fiddle) and dry off infront of a nice fire with a shandy. It was the thought of this that was my motivation to keep moving. As we approached it, we could see cars parked and people milling around outside. Phew says I, its open. Well, you can guess I'm sure. The cars parked were those that had driven to the peak and had gone for a walk and the people milling around were a group of bikers that were clearly just as disappointed as we were. The Cat and Fiddle was closed. Boooooo!!! We started our descent and made for the car, legs tiring (well, mine and the dogs). Back to the van for the Rugby, Ireland lost and England won. Hubby happy, me, not so much. A Thai takeaway finished off a lovely day.
Sunday, I was full sure we would wake up to rain. The weather reports couldn't have got it so wrong could they? Well, yes they could. Another glorious sunny day. We headed for Pooles carvern and had a nice walk in the Country park before hubby left me and pooch in the dog friendly cafe and headed down into the cavern. He wasn't waxing lyrical about the cavern when he returned so I can only assume it was just ok.
We headed back into Buxton for our lunch at the same cafe we had our breakfast at the previous morning and again, the food didnt disappoint. Buxton as a whole is a very dog friendly town in a beautiful part of the country which makes it a real winner for us. I'm sure we will return again soon.....