Disregarding all flood warnings, off we went in Jemima, our Brazilian Bay VW Campervan for a short getaway to the depths of the Lake District for New Year.
New Year’s Eve dinner was had at the Brambles Bistro in Brampton (very disappointing on the food front to be honest). Things started looking up when we checked in at Lanercost Bed and Breakfast – our New Year treat to ourselves. Very nice it was too, next to Lanercost Priory ruins and church, with home grown wholesome food, their own rare breeds of chickens and an ancient dog called Mutley.
Kiln Hill campsite avec glawning™ was our home for the next two nights for some more R & R and a chance to try out our brand new glawning2016. It’s a caravan club campsite so beware there are no loos or showers 😁 but they allow woodburners 👍. £18 per night got us hook up and wondrous views of the snow topped mountains with Bassenthwaite lake just about visible. Perfect for lots and lots of self indulgent glawning snaps of all the improved features such as zipped in groundsheet, darker colour, zipped on canopy, improved vents, bugmesh door, luminous guy ropes, heavy duty steel pegs and stakes etc. We’re SO happy with it. For full spec and further info including prices visit our website.
The Sun Inn is only a mile down the road but of course once we got ensconced in the glawning trying out our new wood burner there was no shifting us. We also happened to be able to test the waterproof and windproof qualities of the set up when we found ourselves in the eye of a storm that night. 😁. Everything remained in tact. Very impressed. Check out some storm footage below:
We spent the next day testing out our new stove prototype which has all the features everybody loves about the traveller stove (i.e it’s pretty, you can see the fire, you can cook on it) but at a fraction of the weight, size and price. This one weighs in at a very manageable 11kg and dimensions are a mere W250 x D402 x H253. It comes in stylish matt black with a 60mm stainless steel flue and built in spark arrestor. We sat there in front of it for hours, snug as bugs in rugs. The 3.5kW it kicks out heats the glawning up just as effectively as the traveller or frontier stoves. Our new ‘glawningGLOW’ is available to purchase now for delivery in March. RRP is £175 but there are some fine January deals to be had on www.glawning.com right now.
We had a lovely evening at the Sun Inn consuming lots of good food and drink. It’s one of those dog friendly pubs with dog biscuits on the bar. This is all well and good until every single dog in the pub (seven) starts barking in unison for about three minutes and then this happens another three or four times during the evening. Incessant dog barking aside its a great pub to spend an evening in with a roaring fire, friendly locals and good pub largely apportioned pub grub.
After a day pottering around the various shops and coffee houses of Keswick along with a lake walk we headed home, very well rested (and a very well covered in mud).