Yes we are thinking we can fit into this club and would be happy to attend future 'meets'. The members all seem decent, friendly and willing to share their experiences. Also, whilst there are obviously people who have a certain friend group, there does not seem a culture of the group splitting into cliques.
Today a few vans packed up and left - they have commitments tomorrow (Monday) and have to be away. Of those that stayed a few did a walk to a local colliery, now closed but open as a visitor attraction. We decided to walk to Hardwick Hall - a National Trust property
Built in the Elizabethan era by the second richest woman in England as a display of her wealth. The Hall houses an important collection of embroideries and tapestries, which were rather lost on us after we have seen the first few rooms. One room that caught our attention was the kitchen
Gleaming copper everywhere - very 'Downton Abbey'
There are gardens also, but at this time of year there is not a lot to see.
Lunch was a light bite at the Great Barn Restaurant - a fairly new development at the site. It was really busy. The food was ok, but not memorable.
We retraced our steps to walk back - probably about 2.5 miles each way. A lovely walk, mostly in sunshine, but with a cool breeze blowing. Shortly after we got back to Monty the heavens opened and it tipped it down for a while.
We had an evening meal at the pub just down the road from the campsite - The Carnarvon. Check out the link. The website does do some justice to the place, but again like lunchtime not outstanding.
We finished the evening off with another get together, again in the Scout Hut, which was next door to the pub - so very handy. This time, with less people and more room to spread out, it was easier to talk. Once again we were regaled by travellers tales that made us itch to be on the road.