Duddon Valley

A little throwback to the end of last Summer (2020). We have two children aged 9 and 4 and although we have camped as a couple pre-kids the odd time, the vast majority of our camping experience is as a family of 3 and then a family of 4, plus dog. The kids love to camp, and we get a lot of joy out of seeing how much the kids love to camp. It brings back happy childhood memories for us and we get to create new memories as our own little family unit. However, when the offer of a night of babysitting came up at the end of August last year, we jumped at the chance to take our beloved T4 campervan out for a night under the stars as a couple, for the very first time. We needed to find a campsite that was not too far from the kids who were staying with their grandparents in Ulverston, a quiet site where we could be very socially distant with other campers, with a beautiful view where we could try to unwind and press the reset button. I’ll admit, a few years ago, the idea of a last minute camping trip would send me into a mild panic – what on earth do we pack, what food do we need, essentials, things just in case…… wait a minute, no kids with us, that eliminates a fair amount of ‘stuff’ and what do we really need anyway? Toilet, toilet roll, walking boots, a good bottle of wine… done. To be fair, I have the last minute trips down to a fine art now, there’s been a few over the years and I’ve come to realise that life is much more fun when I just say yes to all the adventures, especially the last minute ones.

We usually like to camp near water but we came across Sella Farm Campsite near Broughton-In Furness which ticked all the boxes and booked in. The drive was stunning, not advised for caravans as some parts of the road get quite hairy, but the views were magnificent. We haven’t ventured to this side of the Lakes much and we were really questioning why on earth we hadn’t done so earlier. It’s often the case though in the UK, there are just so many beautiful places to explore, we really are spoilt for choice. The site is small, just 5 hard standing pitches for motorhomes or campervans only. No facilities open although I’m not sure if thats because there aren’t any or if they were closed due to COVID, other than chemical disposal and fresh water. Luckily for us, no one else was booked in and we had the field to ourselves with neighbouring hens and ponies for company, social distancing at it’s finest. We popped the roof and set out a table and chairs, opened a bottle and just sat. With stunning panoramic views, we watched the sun setting behind the fells, and it felt pretty special. We took the Cadac Carri chef with us (our favourite portable bbq) and cooked burgers and then lit a small swedish candle for a bit of warmth and glow as the darkness set in. 

In the morning, we had a light breakfast then set out for a short walk, turning left out of the campsite down to Ulpha Bridge in Dunnerdale. We hopped over a stile and followed the river which was just stunning in the sunshine, until we connected with a woodland path which brought us back down to the main road giving us incredible views across the valley. We only scratched the surface of what this area has to offer, we’d love to go back and plan a decent walk or two. Back to the van for the obligatory post walk fry up. One last coffee then a quick pack up operation and back across the winding roads to pick up the kids. This was a first for us, and while we adore camping as a family of four, and missed the kids, to be able to sit still for a while and enjoy each others company without being asked for snacks every two minutes was pretty wonderful.

Sella Farm Campsite is a Camping and Caravanning Club site. Pitches cost £6-£8/night.

Don’t forget to check out www.firstlightcampers.co.uk if you fancy hiring a VW Campervan to go on your own adventure. We are proud to be members of the Camping and Caravanning Club Privilege Scheme which means that our customers can enjoy discounts on their Club sites as well as their Camping in the Forest sites.

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