Monday, 13 July 2015

Short Break Near Chester - Part Two

10/7/15 Higher Kinnington
We walked back to the Royal Oak pub for our lunch. Once again it was very nice and we were able to sit out in the sunshine to eat it. In the afternoon we watched Andy Murray lose to Federer in the Wimbledon Semi-final. Then had a simple evening meal. A rather uneventful day really.

11/7/15 Delamere Forest and Home
After breakfast we prepared Morag for the journey home. We left Crab Mill Farm at about 10:30 and headed for Delamere Forest for a walk. We had been to Delamere many times in the past when we lived in Macclesfield. We enjoyed a walk round Balkemere Moss (about 3 miles) and had lunch back at Morag.

The journey home was uneventful.

We wouldn't stay at Crab Mill again. The site was fine but there was very lttle to do locally. No good dog walks and nothing that we could visit without taking the bus or Morag. Still, a nice break.

Short Break Near Chester

8/7/15 Leek to Chester
We left Leek in very wet, drizzly conditions to drive over to Crab Mill Farm CL near Chester. Thankfully, the weather improved and by the time we arrived it was bright but very breezy. We set up quickly on hardstanding in a decent sized field. There were 4 other outfits in place. We had a wander around the site finding two fishing ponds and a rough grass meadow where we could walk Button. We watched quite a bit of the men's quarter finals at Wimbledon.
Morag at Crab Mill Farm

Quirky sculpture at Crab Mill Farm

In the evening, we walked into the village of Higher Kinnington (about 12 minutes) and had a meal at the Royal Oak pub. The menu was very interesting and the food was excellent with good portions. Lyn had Goujons of Mackerel followed by Fillets of Sea Bass on a nicoise salad. I had Pigeon Breast, Black pudding and apple salad to start followed by Rib-eye Beef on Horseradish Mash with a Peppercorn Sauce and selection of vegetables. We were both too full for a dessert! We walked back to the camp site and settled down for the night.
9/7/15 Chester
After a reasonably good night's sleep we had croissants for breakfast then walked back into Higher Kinnington to catch the bus into Chester. Despite us starting out in Wales (just) our bus passes were valid as our journey finished in England. We had decided to walk round the walls in Chester. The nearest access point to the walls from the bus stop should have been the Victoria Clock at Foregate. However remedial work was taking place and the clock was not visible and the access point had been closed. It seems that there is scaffolding wherever I go! We were able to get up onto the walls near the Cathedral (no scaffolding there!).
The Victoria Clock hidden behind scaffolding!
The weather was much calmer and very sunny so we were able to enjoy our walk round. It took a little over an hour and we were ready for some lunch by the time we had completed the walk. We found a nice bar/restaurant where we had a sort of tapas type lunch.
Button meets a sand sculpture

Walking the walls

More scaffolding!

The Old Dee Bridge

After lunch we made our way back to the Cathedral where Lyn sat and read while I took a few photos.
The Cathedral Gardens
The bus back to Higher Kinnington was very full and, as usual, Button spread herself out as much as she could! Back at Morag we refreshed ourselves with some dilute orange juice and sat in the hot sun for a while. We enjoyed a lasagne that Lyn had prepared at home and very nice strawberries and cream for dessert. It rained during the late evening.