Thursday, 28 December 2017

Cali has been to Cirencester for Christmas

When we had our caravan we never went away for Christmas, mainly because we didn't fancy towing on winter roads and also because there were very few sites open over winter.  We've found that a lot more sites are now open all year round as well as those that stay open until January so decided to go away for Christmas this year.  We enjoyed our visit to Cirencester Park Caravan Club Site in September so returned for Christmas.

We travelled up on Saturday afternoon and had a walk into Cirencester.  Christmas Eve was a lazy day in Cirencester and a fabulous lunch at The Crown.  In the afternoon the Wardens invited everyone for wine and nibbles in the Reception which was a lovely start to Christmas.

Pitch 122 Cirencester Park

After breakfast and opening our presents we spent Christmas Day walking on the Bathurst Estate.  It started to rain around midday so we took shelter at Horse Guards for our lunch and then returned to the site by the quick route through the Estate.

Horse Guards towards Cirencester

The weather on Boxing Day morning was bright and sunny, a real contrast to the previous day.  There was a lot of activity on the Estate as the horses were arriving for the Boxing Day Hunt and we walked to Sapperton for lunch.  Unfortunately it started to rain heavy on the way back and the ground was also very muddy after all the horses had been around the Rides.  Back at the site we bagged all the wet and muddy clothes and settled down for the evening.

During the night it became very windy and when we looked out of the window there was a couple of inches of snow - we hadn't expected that.  The site looked so pretty the next morning and another first for us and Cali - camping in the snow!

Cali in the snow

All too soon the holiday was over and it was time to head home.  It may have been our first Christmas in Cali, but it certainly won't be our last.  We also know that she's very warm and comfortable for winter camping, so are planning some time away in January.

23-27 December 2017

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