Yesterday was a beautiful day and here in Leeds, the warmest day of the year so far….a fabulous 14 degrees. Spring seems to be on its way. Snowdrops are in full bloom and daffodils are now bursting into green shoots and buds.
Time for preparations for our Arran adventure to begin to pick up speed.
A week ago we collected our Hymer from Caravan Dan in Keighley where, thanks to Dan, it had had a thorough interior service. Now we needed to begin to stock the van with the things we considered as essential for full time motor home life on Arran.
We also felt it needed a run out and an opportunity to charge the engine and leisure batteries. Although we have solar panels which keep the leisure batteries topped up we were concerned that the freezing temperatures of previous weeks might have adversely affected the batteries’ performance. Due to social commitments in Leeds we could only manage one or two nights away so decided to take the van to a certified camp site at Poole Bank which is very close to where our van is stored.
This site has 5 flat, hard standing pitches and, as it is situated at the very top of Pool Bank, stunning views of Wharfdale below including Almscliffe Crags and the railway viaduct.
Pitches are spacious and individually hedged with water and electric hook up available on each one.
Toilet facilities are fairly basic, just one toilet and hand basin and no other washing facilities, but for £16 a night, fantastic views and only 20 minutes away from our home a perfect choice for short break-aways.
Electricity is metered and pay as you go…..so you need £1 coins to hand. However, we have found that the meter does not gobble them up and we expect two or three at most to see us through our stay.
As we drove on to the site the sky was a pure blue, one of the local Red Kites hovered high above and a fluffy rabbit hopped across our path.
Yes, Spring is definitely on its way!