We headed off on Friday after a last minute decision to make the most of the bank holiday weekend. Last minute decisions mean lots of traffic however so we braved the M6 and made our way to our site for the weekend, Capesthorne Hall, in Cheshire. On arrival, we were impressed by the entry to the site, down a long drive towards the stately home, sheep either side. Beautiful. We pitched up and were amazed the site was only half full. Never came across this before on a bank holiday weekend!
The weather was promised changeable with some wind so we plumped for our Arco caravan canopy with storm straps for the weekend. Turned out to be a great choice. It is more substantial in its make up than other caravan canopies, and offered us protection from the showers and with the added storm straps, protection from the winds. It is certainly one of the Rolls Royces of caravan canopies.
We went for some lovely walks over the weekend, most notably in the Dane Valley. It was simply stunning. A much quieter part of the Peak District, it felt like we were one of only a few to have discovered it. We made our lunch stop en route at the Ship Inn near Wincle. A dog friendly, fanastic pub and eatery serving great real ales. What more could you ask for? We enjoyed a fabulous Sunday lunch and even treated our pooch to one of the advertised "doggy dinners". Chicken, rice and gravy made for a happy dog. Our eats gave us the energy we needed to head off again through the glorious landscape.
Talking of great dog friendly pubs, we came across another one over the weekend just outside Macclesfield called the Windmill. Again, the food was great and there was a lovely relaxed atmosphere in there that we didn't want to leave but alas, we had lots more walking to do!
All in all, a lovely weekend. Sometimes, the best times had are when no plans are made....