Skelwith Fold Caravan Park News
Easter Coffee Morning & Activities, 31st March 2013
Everybody staying at Skelwith Fold this Easter is welcome to join us in the function room on Easter Sunday 31st March from 10:00am for our first coffee morning of the new season. As well as tea, coffee and biscuits for the grownups we will be having lots of Easter activities for the children with prizes to be won. An Easter Egg Treasure Hunt begins at 10:30am from the function room where treasure maps and clues will be given out. Don't forget to bring along your decorated eggs too, prizes wil be given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd. All decorated eggs need to be brought to the function room before 11:00am for judging.
While You Were Gone, March 2013
At the end of the season when the gates close we immediately begin our schedule of Winter work. Some jobs are major works involving machinery around the park and some of the jobs are office projects that need lots of attention and minimal distractions. This Winter has been no different, new pitches have been built, existing ones refreshed, park wide Internet installed, Slate resurfacing, Shop rearranging, paperwork caught-up on, new suppliers sought and new Park Management Software installed. It is worth mentioning that the new software has brought the ability for all of our customers to view their bookings or caravan accounts online at their convenience. A couple of other jobs are sneaking into the open-season but will still be completed well before Easter. Chiefly a new disabled facility is to be fitted at the centre of the park and some drainage work is on the cards too.
More and more of you are watching our interesting upto date news feeds on Facebook and Twitter. For those of you who haven’t it’s well worth visiting them for all the latest news. Don't forget about Sammy's Facebook account too for a little bit of fun and the odd behind the scenes peek.
Why not also take a look at our new Live Weather Feed from our very own weather station situated on the roof of reception. On that subject we should mention that we are enjoying truly superb weather at the moment, long may it continue. We’re looking forward to the 2013 season and we hope you are too. We wish you all another enjoyable (and hopefully sunny) season at Skelwith Fold Caravan Park.
Ash Dieback, Chalara, Reaches Cumbria, December 2012
With Ash dieback spreading fast and evidence that it has now reached Cumbria we must look around at Skelwith and ponder what can be done to minimize the impact of Chalara at Skelwith Fold. Frustratingly the dreaded Chalara fungus is very difficult to identify but we’re keeping an eye on all of our Ash trees. Mature trees such as ours are more resilient than younger examples but will usually succumb to the fungus. We have been spending some time reflecting on what a Skelwith without the Ash might be like should we be hit hard by the fungus. We’re talking worst case scenario here, but Ash play host to many types of animals, birds, insects and plants. Other woodland trees would be able to take up some of the slack but not in it’s entirety. Bullfinch, Moths, Owls, Woodpeckers, Snails and Stag Beetles to name but a few would either be made homeless or have their food supplies slashes should the Ash no longer exist. Some of our rare woodland flora and the carpets of Bluebell as we know it could also suffer in the absence of Ash.
The gravity and vastness of the Ash dieback is mind boggling, so we are interested to hear what you think. What are you doing about Ash dieback? What other consequences would there be? Please let us know by email to email@example.com or on twitter @lakescaravans.
Winter Feeding, December 2012
Winter feeding continues thanks to £106 in the fund which has been raised from the coffee mornings and kind donations. We will keep the wildlife fed over winter ready for your return in March.
Trust Library Update, December 2012
Thank you to everyone who has donated books to our trust library this year, as always we would much appreciate any new titles and have plenty of shelf space for some new books. Also, please remember to return any books when you have read them so others can enjoy them too. Fresh books are always best dropped at reception where we will make sure they reach the secret librarian.
Bonfire & Fireworks 2012!
The whole night of 3rd November will be pretty spectacular. Food is provided by Fell and Dales, traditional fairground games will be a big hit and we will be selling toffee apples which will be delicious as always. Ticket prices are £2.50 for admission only (under 5's free) or £6.00 for admission plus a burger (food tickets must be bought in advance to avoid dissapointment). Tea & Coffee will be available too. Don't forget there will be a 'best guy' competition so everyone is invited to "get creative" and build one for the fire.Tickets are available now so pop in or give us a call to buy yours now.
Electric Bicycles, September 2012
When we joined the Electric Bicycle Network we weren't too sure how popular bikes for hire would be. Very popular seems to be the answer! From "cycling enthusiast" to "haven't ridden in years" everyone seems impressed with our electric bikes. A few of you felt it was a bit like cheating as next to no effort is needed to cover huge miles, the average outing so far being 20 miles. If you fancy seeing the lakes from a different perspective we have up to 4 bikes available at £25 each per day.
Advatage Club Latest, September 2012
We're really pleased with the rate of growth the Advantage Club has seen this year. Many of you have joined and have been enjoying the freebies and discounts the club offers. Sarah has taken over as club secretary and will be guiding the club into its third year. She'll be out and about talking to our club partners over Winter negotiating new and exciting offers. Expect a big update before the start of next season! Visit the club website at members.skelwithfold.co.uk
Cheese & Wine Quiz Night, Saturday 1st September 2012
After the success of our debut quiz night earlier in the season we are hosting another on Saturday 1st September. The format is similar, the questions are all new. Tickets are available now at reception for £4. First drink is included and additional drinks will be on sale. Doors open at 7:30pm.
It's Still Raining Free Pitches at Skelwith Fold, August 2012
It's a beautiful Summers day here and Skelwith Fold owner, Henry Wild, must have heat stroke! Continuing on with our bonkers offer from July we're giving away free stays every time it rains throughout August. For the rest of August should it rain more than 2mm on any day of your holiday on a full priced Skelwith Fold touring pitch we will give you a credit for a nights stay at Skelwith Fold to be used anytime this year. So, if you were looking for an excuse to escape the Olympics or were unsure about the Brittish Summer, you'd be daft not to book a stay at Skelwith Fold.
Terms & Conditions: Free stay credits will not be awarded for rain on day of arrival or day of departure. Free stay credit can be used at any time upto end of season (15th November 2012) subject to pitch availability. Rainfall measurement taken from our nearest nominated weatherstation. 2mm of rain must have fallen between 9am and 6pm to count as a rainy day. Free stay credit vouchers must be claimed at reception before 6pm the following day. Extra fees for Awning, Electric or Pitch type upgrade will apply at the usual rate.
Summer Exhibition Review Coming soon...
The weekend played host to another Skelwith Fold Summer Exhibition. Plenty of you came to check out the talent which holidays here at Skelwith, more of which in a future update. For now we would like to thank all the team of volunteers who brought the show together. Thanks also to everyone who baked cakes, the sales of which boosted the monies raised for Great North Air Ambulance. Before we go count the donations and tidy up we need to give some final thank you's to Colin Bell and Mr & Mrs Vincent who donated their show entries to a silent auction at the exhibition which helped raise even more cash for Great North Air Ambulance. Another fantastic weekend!
It's Raining Free Pitches at Skelwith Fold, July 2012
Starting from 10th July for the rest of the month we are challenging the weather. If we win, we get a lovely sunny July. If we lose and we see rainy days then the winner is you. If on any day of your holiday on a full priced Skelwith Fold touring pitch from 10th to 31st July there is more than 2mm of rain (yes, just 2mm) we will give you a credit for a nights stay at Skelwith Fold to be used anytime this year. So, if you were wondering whether to chance the weather this month, it seems daft not to.
Terms & Conditions: Free stay credits will not be awarded for rain on day of arrival or day of departure. Free stay credit can be used at any time upto end of season (15th November 2012) subject to pitch availability. Rainfall measurement taken from our nearest nominated weatherstation. 2mm of rain must have fallen between 9am and 6pm to count as a rainy day. Free stay credit vouchers must be claimed at reception before 6pm the following day. Extra fees for Awning, Electric or Pitch type upgrade will apply at the usual rate.
Remember, Remember The 3rd of November
Once again we will be putting on a bonfire and fireworks display this November. We're still finalising details so look out for posters around the park and updates here for more info.
Electric Bike Hire
The Electric Bicycle Network is a new bike hire initiative still in its infancy around th Lakes but is growing fast and we thought we should be involved. We now have a fleet of 4 electrically assisted bikes available for hire at £25 per day each (9:30 to 5:30). Our electric bikes are designed to give you a little, moderate or a lot of assistance with your pedalling making it easier and much more pleasureable to cover ground around the Lake District. The bikes will offer assistance for around 25 to 35 miles depending on how much pedalling assistance you ask for. When hiring we will give you suggested route maps as well as a list of charge points if you want to stop and add some extra charge miles while you enjoy a drink or a stroll. We can only hire bikes to people over 14 and we have mens and womens bikes in different sizes. We've all had a go on the bikes and think they're super!!
Advantage Club is born, March 2012
After a very successful trial of the Touring Club last year and wonderful discounted offers at local restaurants and attractions, we have expanded the Touring Club into the Advantage Club and, by request, made it available to all Skelwith Fold customers and friends. Our Club secretaries are currently working hard on expanding our already superb range of discounts. Why not have a look at the website to see all the fantastic offers. http://members.skelwithfold.co.uk
Library, December 2011
Thank you to everyone who has donated books to our Trust Library but we always crave new titles for all our bookworms. Also, please remember to return any books when you have read them so others can enjoy them too! Fresh books are always best dropped at reception where we will make sure they reach the secret librarian.
While You're Away, December 2011
You may not have given us a second thought while you're busily preparing for Christmas, but we thought we'd let you know some of the work being done while you're away. On top of all the usual maintenance, draindowns and office catch-up we've got a few side projects to tackle. We are installing a new water main into the park, fighting rocky ground all the way. Some necessary tree work must be attended to. We are exploring a viable, reliable and speedy internet connection. Lots of pitch work is ongoing and some upgrading of the electrical provision in the Loughrigg area is necessary too. Also, some road re-surfacing is due to happen.
Caravan Tax: BBC Radio Cumbria Interview
Henry Wild speaks on BBC Radio Cumbria about the controversial changes in Caravan Tax in the recent budget which are set to be introduced in October this year and how badly it may affect the industry. Follow the link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00q4j3d the interview begins at 1h 35mins.
Events Calendar goes Live
Click the events button, just over there, on the left to see what we've got planned throughout the season. There's a little bit for everyone in there we hope. Quizes, Easter Egg hunts, Boat trips, Pimms, all sorts! Have a look and see if anything tickles your fancy.
BBC Radio Cumbria
Skelwith has started its winter feeding program for it wildlife visitors, Henry Wild talks to Ian Timms about its vsitors and how CCTV is being used to watch their antics.
To listen again follow the link; http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00lwt98 the interview is at 2h:18m:00s
Bonfire Night & Fireworks 2011
Following a high turnout last year we couldn't resist the idea of hosting another foreworks display and bonfire this Saturday 5th November. Anyone who saw the fireworks display last year will know it was pretty spectacular and was watchable from anywhere on the park. To make even more of a night of it wee will be putting on hearty grub, served from the marquee, in the shape of baked potatoes with chilli, beans or cheese. Games for the young ones or young at heart will be there too such as hoopla and a coconut shy. If you've not had a toffee apple in a while either, 5th November will be the night for you. If you'd like to get up-close and enjoy the bonfire and various stalls, tickets to the top field will cost £2.50 (under 5's free). The same ticket with food as well will be £6.00.
Having seen a number of intriguing and original holiday homes at the Lawns show we have ordered something a bit special which we hope will be here in time for the bonfire weekend, dressed to match the event and open for you to peruse.
Summer Show 2011, 5th 6th 7th August
On August 5th, 6th and 7th we will be hosting another exhibition of all your Photographs, Art and Handicrafts. In exhibitions-gone-by we’ve had a brilliant selection exhibited so please, again, bring us your photos and handicrafts. Entry forms available at reception.
As well as the exhibition we will have new caravans on display. Saturday will play host to a BBQ get-together. Book your tickets soon @ £4 each. New for this year we will even have an Archery area where you can watch or have-a-go.
Once again we will be on the look out for 12 pictures for the 2012 Skelwith Fold Caravan Park calendar.
Can’t make the show?! No problem. You can still take part by either dropping them in before the show, Posting your entries, or for the first time, upload them to our Flickr group: www.flickr.com/groups/skelwithshow Pictures uploaded to Flickr will still be eligible for calendar selection and will be rolling on a live slideshow at the exhibition.
Inaugural Touring Club Members Event, 9th July 2011
Not a member yet? Click here for more info
Hundreds Turn Out For a Taste of Cumbria, 22nd May 2011
Thank you so much to all that came along to our tasting evening last night. We wish we'd kept count but we think around 400 people came through to sample moreish grub from Cumbrian Way, as well as new beers, intruiging ice-cream flavours and fabulous wines. We all managed a few tasters too once the doors had closed and reminded ourselves how good some of the produce being made on our own doorstep is. Thanks as well to Cumbrian Way, Hawkshead brewery, Coniston brewery, English Lakes Ice Cream and Lakeland Vintners for their help with making the night happen.
Library fresh as a Daisy, 10th May 2011
It’s been said before, but, thank you greatly for all of the fabulous books contributed to the trust library. For three years now it has been helping people lose rainy days and discover new things. Book turnover has really slowed down now so here is a mini appeal to remember our library if you have any books you’ve read recently which you’d rather see shared than gathering dust at home. Fingers crossed I’ll be writing another great big thank you at the end of the year for all the fresh books on the shelves.
Local Tasting Event
On 21st May we will play host to a tasting evening for a selection of local suppliers. All are welcome to come and sample offerings from Cumbrian Way Foods, English Lakes Ice Cream, wines from Lakeland Vintners as well as local beers from Hawkshead and Coniston. Mark it on your calendar now and look out for more details to appear around the park soon.
Current Caravan Ranges, 2nd April 2011
If you’re considering an upgrade or just fancy a peek at what’s out there now from the main caravan manufacturers then Westfield Caravans in Blackpool has always been worth a visit. That’s still true of course as they continue to stock Willerby, BK Bluebird and Swift. Now there’s another dealer worth a visit just down the road in Carnforth on Scotland Road called ‘Lake, Coast and Dale Leisure’. Headed by Rob Walters who is ex-Westfield they certainly know what they’re doing and have in stock, for your perusal, caravans by ABI, ‘new’ Atlas and Carnaby. ABI particularly have impressed us over the last couple of years with both their quality and service too.
Recycling just got easier, 20th March 2011
Having arranged a new recycling setup that see’s many of our green Eurobins replaced with white ‘mixed recycling’ bins there’s no excuse for failing to recycle. These white bins will take all of your paper, cardboard, plastic and cans, no need to sort and separate, just throw it all straight in. Glass must go in the ‘glass only’ black wheelie-type bins found at the recycling area. Finally, whatever non-recyclables remain go in the green Eurobins. This new arrangement actually costs less than our previous setup and also reduces the amount of waste going to landfill.
Your Seasonal Wardens, 15th March 2011
Leon and Val Haxton join us from Bolton this season completely new to warden work but not as strangers to caravan parks. They’ve been keen motorhomers for some 5 years now and join us in 2011 as the latest additions to the Skelwith Fold team. The two of them have settled straight into their new roles, Val being quite at home around office and reception environments and Leon keen to get out from behind the desk and embrace working outdoors. So, a big welcome to Leon and Val from all of us.
Skelwith Fold Launches New Touring Club, 1st February 2011
As a big thank-you to our loyal touring customers we have upgraded the off-peak 4 for 3 offer to an even more generous 3 for 2 offer in conjunction with our exciting new touring club! Joining the club means bigger savings than ever on your stay - and pounds more in your pocket with our fast-growing range of discounts and special offers from Lake District shops, restaurants and attractions.
Some of the latest member priileges include...
5% off Calor gas
10% off at Lakes Aquarium
10% off at Wainwrights Inn and other local eateries
at least 10% off low wood spa and beauty treatments
£3 off mountain bike and cycle hire
10% off the fantastic Go Ape! experience
Touring club members enjoy a host of benefits throughout the year, including special offers of pitches from just £1.00 per night - plus money off selected park products (including shop merchandise and Calor gas).
If you're not already a member, visit our club website for more information about the benefits. You can sign-up online and start enjoying the privileges instantly!
Tourer Tariff 2011 is now live, 26th November 2010
We're pleased to announce our 2011 Tourer Tariff is now HERE so you can start planning your getaways for next year.
Pitches are still available for Easter but going fast so don't hang around. Call us over Winter, Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm on 015394 32277. The office will be closed from 17th December and re-opens on 3rd January.
Brathay Trust Fundraising Auctions, 9th November 2010
Our neighbours at the Brathay Trust, are dedicated to supporting disadvantaged and vulnerable children accross the UK. When they approached us asking for help with a fundraising idea we were pleased to offer some support as have many other local businesses. They are currently running a group of fundraising auctions and we've gotten involved by offering a money-cannot-buy short break at Skelwith Fold Caravan Park. The auction can be seen here http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=200539886598&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT#ht_538wt_1139 and the complete listing of the other auctions is right here http://shop.ebay.co.uk/brathay123/m.html .
Don't be afraid to bid on any of the auction lots, maybe some of them would make good and original Christmas presents? Not to mention the funds will be going to a very good cause. For more info about Brathay Trust and their work visit www.brathay.org.uk
Bonfire & Fireworks Well Received, 8th November 2010
On Saturday we decided to treat everyone to a grand bonfire and fireworks display. There was also a delicious pig on a spit which was very well recieved. Thank you to all who turned out, the atmosphere was wonderful and the evening greatly enjoyed by guests and staff alike.
Sammy Squirrel recorded the fireworks display. Pop over to his page to see it. www.facebook.com/followsammy and why not click 'like' while you're there.
Sammy Influences Shop Stock, October 2010
Many of you have started following the antics and behind the scenes view of Sammy Squirrel (www.facebook.com/followsammy) and it seems he's begun attracting some of his furry pals into the Skelwith Fold shop. Pop in to see our new range of soft toys for the kids and young at heart grown-ups too. It's not just soft toys though, Niki and Ali are always keen to keep the gift section fresh and original so see for yourself what's new next time you're here.
Awards Latest! , 30th September 2010
Three years ago we won the "England for Excellence Holiday Park of the Year Award" which saw us reach the top of Holiday Caravan Parks in the entire UK. Having this year scooped the top award in the Cumbria regional awards again we were pushed through to the North-West rounds with the award ceremony taking place in Manchester. We just missed out on the top award but did receive special mention by being Highly commended. To get through to the regional finals is only a dream for most caravan parks but the fact we went through again is a true reflection of the fantastic bunch of people who make up our team at Skelwith... the best ever, thank you team! Henry Wild.
It needs to be mentioned also that we have been selected by the AA as the North-West caravan site of the year. We don't set out to win awards, merely to offer the best we can for our guests, but we're naturally delighted when our efforts are recognised by respected organisations and their judging panels.
A Night of the Shooting Stars, 12th August 2010
As promised earlier in the year we will be switching off all lights at Skelwith Fold to enable a clear view of the night sky. Conditions have been less than perfect at new moon in previous months but this Thursday 12th August we should have a very low cloud cover come 11pm when the Perseid Meteor Shower reaches it's annual maximum and we may see up to 80 'shooting stars' per hour. We're asking you all to join us in switching off your lights to reduce light pollution and aid our view of this annual phenomenon.
Sammy hits Facebook too, August 2010
For those of you who use Facebook.com you might like to follow Skelwith Folds most famous Red Squirrel. Sammy has started 'Facebooking' about himself everyday with pictures of him around the park and behind the scenes giving us a chance to see Skelwith through his eyes. For a more serious look at the park you can still follow our regular Facebook group. Click on the 'like' button at either www.facebook.com/followsammy or www.facebook.com/skelwithfold .
Sustainable Tourism Award, June 2010
While we already mentioned winning the Holiday Park of the Year Award at the Cumbria Tourism Awards we almost forgot to tell you about the other award we scooped for Sustainable Tourism. Something we're very pleased about given our dedication and enthusiasm towards Sustainable tourism over the last 10 years.
Holiday Park of the Year, May2010
Thanks to the hard work of our team and loyalty of our customers we have been bestowed with the 'Holiday Park of the Year' award by the Cumbrian Tourist Board; a prestigious accolade of which we are very proud. We will endeavor to keep up the high standards recognised by this award.
Facebook, May 2010
Some of you will be familiar with Facebook, a social networking web site where friends and groups with similar interests can interact. We have put up a page on Facebook which will be run alongside this website and will be used as an interactive diary, this means that if you become a 'friend' you will be able to find out what is happening as we provide weekly or even daily updates. You can even comment on the things that are reported on the site, so if you are interested make sure you visit www.facebook.com/skelwithfold and click the 'like' button.
New to the Job, May 2010
Following Mike Bullocks departure as warden to deepest cider country in Somerset we are pleased to announce that our own Phil Gooch will be stepping up to take over the role as Warden while his wife, Ali, continues to be one of the smiling faces in reception. We're delighted Phil has accepted this new role and that both of them remain in the Skelwith family.
Summer Exhibition, 2010
Just a quick reminder that there will be no Summer Show at the end of the month. Instead, during the first week of August there will be the new and improved Summer Exhibition. We invite you to display your paintings, sculptures, florals, embroidery, photography or what have you just as before only the exhibition shuns competition in the hope of becoming a place to share, browse, chat and perhaps enjoy a coffee. The exibition will open for a greater period to ease foot traffic too, hopefully from Wednesday 4th to Saturday 7th August. A panel will still be selecting 12 or 13 photos to be used in the 2011 Skelwith Fold calendar.
Lights Out Please, May 2010
We still plan to host a few 'lights out' nights and out friends in the know are telling us to look foraward to a moonless night and an abundance of shooting stars between the 10th and 12th August. This seems like the perfect opportunity, weather permitting, to support the Dark Skies campaign and for us to all enjoy this spectacular sight. We will announce two further dates, one each in June and July, where we will be asking all our guests to switch off their lights for a night. We will announce dates on here but may struggle to give more than 48 hours notice.
Carbon Emissions, April 2010
Last year we commissioned Small World Consulting to examine the Parks carbon footprint, it is the first time this has been done for a Caravan Park and is proving to be very interesting, whilst the report is not yet finished. Mike Bernars-Lee who is head at Small World and author of "How Bad are Bananas? The Carbon Footprint of Everything" has said that it appears that Caravanning in general is a good way to holiday but owning a holiday home may be one of the most carbon efficient ways for a family to spend their leisure time. More to follow when the report is out.
Late Spring, April 2010
With the amazing variety of weather over winter it is not surprising that the flora and fauna hasn't decided whether it is yet spring. The wonderful array of Daffodils were late but making a good showing now, the grass hasn't properly started growing yet and the leaves on the trees are yet to make a show. With a bit of luck we will have a bumper appearance of Bluebells. We'll keep you posted.
Some New Names and Faces, March 2010
Phil and Ali join us again as seasonal wardens while we also see a pair of new faces. Joining us are Will and Yvonne Reynard filling similar wardening roles. We look forward to the 2010 season with a strong team of old hands mixed with some new faces.
Winter Wildlife, February 2010
The wildlife feeding programme has continued this winter as it was such a success last year. We would like to express sincere thanks to those of you who have kindly given donations towards the feeding programme Our animal and bird visitors have found this wonderful as the snow was so deep at times with think ice underneath it that they found it impossible to find and natural food.
Touring Layout Changes, January 2010
We are making a few adjustments to how certain touring areas are used. We have moved the seasonal tourers to the Blake Beck area in order to enable us to upgrade the Tarn area to Premium Pitches complete with electric, water, drains and TV hook-up. We are extending some of the other touring pitches to accomodate the growing trend for longer caravans. We will also be refurbishing the Tarn Toilet Block over Winter, in line with the Garden Toilet Block refurbishment two years ago.
If you are intrested in staying on a Premium pitch at Skelwith Fold you'll be pleased to hear we're hoping to have them up and running by Easter. We will announce pricing as soon as they are ready.
Slew Tarn Comes Back To Life, December 2009
Following on from the work taking place at the end of the season to reinvigorate the sad looking Slew Tarn we're pleased to see the big muddy hole is full of water once more and looking like, well, Slew Tarn again. Judge for yourselves how much happier it looks next time you're at the park. It will take quite a while for the lillies to return in their former glory but we're looking forward to watching the tarn settle down over the next year or so. Over the next 12 months we will be making the paths around the tarn and even a new bridge over the outfall weir.
Flooded Cumbria, November 2009
We received many concerned phone calls about how we were coping with the floods. The park was almost completely cut-off from the outside world due to serious flooding at Ambleside and at Newby Bridge. However, the flooding only lasted a few days and the Park itself suffered no real flooding, just a large volume of water rushing through. We were certainly much more fortunate than those unlucky enough to be in North Cumbria.
Slew Tarn, 100 Years On, October 2009
Slew Tarn was one of three tarns originally at Skelwith, this one being a man made feature created by damming up of a water course in the south west corner.
Over the years it has provided much pleasure and is even featured in the film Swallows and Amazons. In the last ten years Natural Succession has really taken hold as the margins have moved in at an alarming rate and sediment increased and the area of water reduced dramatically.
It has been the subject of many studies by interested and learned people, from the Institute of Freshwater Ecology, Professor David Bellamy and many a graduate from Lancaster University. In spite of high hopes nothing of spectacular botanical or ecological interest has ever been found. And as a result our advisors have all come to the conclusion that to dredge it would be the best for everyone and for the long term future of this wonderful feature.
Work has begun, the diggers have now been in for two weeks and the area has begun its metamorphosis. It will take time for the surroundings to recover and for new species to colonise but in twelve months or so we should end up with a really spectacular feature.
Library, September 2009
The trust library is seeing masses of use and thanks to all the kind contributions has a cracking selection of reading material. Unfortunately due to the library being unmanned we aren’t able to leave any of the DVD’s or videos contributed on the shelves because of the age rating system. If you would like to reclaim any of the DVD’s or videos that you have contributed please ask at reception. Otherwise we will donate them to charity shops as we have been doing with any duplicate books donated.
If anyone wants to contribute any fresh books at the start of next season huge thanks will be waiting. An extra special thanks must go out to the “Secret Librarian” who has spent many hours keeping, sorting and tidying the library all “for the love of books”. We are eternally in his or her debt.
Jack The New Lad, August 2009
Jack Webb is both the newest and youngest member of the Skelwith Fold team. At just 16 he joins us to begin the first ever Government backed caravan industry apprenticeship. Over the next 3 years he will complete a program of work based training and some practical studies at Myerscough College. Photo provided for your Jack spotting needs.
Great North Air Ambulance, July 2009
A big thank you to those of you who over the past few months have helped us raise a healthy sum of £528.15 for the Great North Air Ambulance. Much of the sum was raised by the purchase of Mr Carroll’s series of walks available at reception as well as donations received at this years summer show and the purchase of the Skelwith Quiz (see overleaf). The Great North Air Ambulance were incredibly impressed by the amount donated and we hope to be able to repeat the gesture again and again.
Skelwith Quiz, July 2009
Many thanks to all those who donated some spare change to the air ambulance in exchange for a go at our Skelwith quiz-sheet. Several entries had the same highest score so the winner had to be picked from a hat. Following the name draw congratulations go to Pam Vinnicombe as the lucky winner.
There was one question that provoked much discussion: Why is Piggy’s Hill called Piggy’s hill. Truth be told, we don’t know ourselves. We were hoping someone could tell us. Most entrants had left a blank for this question but a few people did have an imaginative go at coming up with an answer. Pam’s was particularly charming so for your enjoyment here is her answer, in full, below.
This is a little known fact, known only to those closest to Beatrix Potter. It was given to me by an ancestor who lived close to Beatrix. Beatrix used to visit Skelwith Fold and it was here that she got many ideas for her books, due no doubt to the abundance of wildlife that inspired her. Of course in those days there were no caravans!
One day Beatrix was sitting near what is now the children’s play area, idly drawing and dreaming the morning away, she was startled by a grunting noise and to her surprise a group of piglets appeared over the hill. “Where did you come from?” she asked them. The largest piglet told her that they lived at a nearby farm, but they loved to visit Skelwith. Once over the hill they could find the plumpest acorns to eat and met the nicest people.
Beatrix was enchanted and used the piglets and their adventures as models for her books and so the name ‘Piggy’s Hill’ was given to the area!!!!
Flickr Photo Galleries, June 2009
Skelwith Fold has a great many budding photographers amongst it’s visitors and caravan owners, some keen amateurs through to enthusiasts and ex-professionals. You will have seen evidence of this at any one of our annual summer shows but we felt a permanent home was deserved for the displaying of everybodys photographic efforts. We have therefore put together a Skelwith Fold Caravan Park group on Flickr.com, a popular internet photo gallery.
The group is in its infancy at the moment with just a handful of photographs from a few contributors but we look forward to the gallery swelling in size. To see the gallery you need to visit www.flickr.com/groups then search for skelwith fold caravan park.
If you would like to contribute any pictures to the group you need to create a free account with Flickr, instructions for which are on the website.
We all look forward to seeing what you have been snapping on your trips to and around Skelwith Fold. Watch this space as there we will soon be launching a microsite for uploading your videos too.
Summer Show, Now and Next..., June 2009
Any of you who attended the summer show will already know how fantastic all the entries were again this year, from cakes to photos every exhibit was a treat. We’ve already began discussing next years show and figuring out what needs to be done, but as always with the summer show, the hard work was mostly done by helpful volunteers. A huge amount of gratitude goes out to those who drove the show this year (you know who you are) and finally a big well done to “best in show” winner, John Slingsby, for his extravagant bird-house (perhaps bird-cottage is more appropriate). We’re already looking forward to 2010, we hope you are too.
Arts & Crafts Summer Show 2009
Everyone is welcome again at our Arts & Crafts Summer Show this Spring Bank Holiday weekend where we will be showcasing all of the spectacular offerings from you, friends of Skelwith Fold Caravan Park.
On display will be a wide selection of Photographs taken from around the park and the Lakes and all manner of other crafts including weaving, painting, baking. The show doors will be open This Saturday 23rd 7pm-9pm and Sunday 24th 10am-12pm.
It's not too late!! Get you entries in.
We are still taking entries and will be until the end of Friday. All entries are welcome from everybody and, who knows, you may pick up a prize.
4 Nights for the Price of 3*
We are still offering 4 nights for the price of 3 for midweek tourer bookings off-peak. That means visit us during any of our low season dates arriving on either a Sunday or a Monday and you can stay for 4 nights, only paying for the first 3 nights. This offer stands for the rest of the 2009 season.
*midweek off-peak only.
St. Georges Day Free-Stay
Any touring guests wishing to visit this St. Georges Day, April 23rd, can stay the night free-of-charge. All we ask is that you are able to answer a simple question:
Which of the parks inhabitants shares its name with the creature slain by St. George?
Badgers Red Squirrels Dragonflies
On top of this unusual opportunity to stay at Skelwith Fold free-of-charge, anyone extending their stay into the weekend will also receive a pair of tickets to enjoy our Barbequed Beef of Old England event on the Saturday.
Space will be limited so don't hesitate to book on 015394 32277
Recycling, March 2009
Following a few difficulties with our recycling bin provision we now have a full set of appropriate bins again. As usual they can be found at the recycling area on our main drive where we cater for the disposal of your paper, cardboard, plastic, cans and glass. Battery disposal is found to the side of reception.
Recycling, February 2009
Recycling is a good, ethical, green thing to do. Unfortunately it is no longer a profitable thing to do and this is why the local council have taken away our paper and glass recycling bins. We are talking to third parties about replacement bins, funnily enough with the exact same bins. Although there is a large increase in the cost we think the planet is worth it! These should be in place before 1st March.
Acorns, February 2009
We would be interested to know about the progress of the Acorns that were sent out with the Calendar at Christmas. Where have they been planted, and is there a story to tell, we would love to know.
Digital Television, February 2009
The digital switchover has been mentioned before but it’s worth mentioning again as we still receive a lot of questions on the matter and the switchover date is fast approaching. The current line from digitaluk.co.uk is that on 24th June 2009, BBC2 analogue is switched off and on 22nd July 2009, all remaining analogue channels are switched off. If you wish to continue watching television after those dates you will need to make some provision to do so if you have not done already.
The options are a digital set-top box or Freesat. Most people with old single element aerials will need new digital aerials as well. Don’t leave it until June as the installers will be rushed off their feet in the area possibly quoting long delays for replacing aerials.
Red Squirrel Feeding, December 2008
The feeding programme is proving a real success. Every day we are seeing several Red Squirrels coming to feed. Hopefully by next Spring they will all be “locals” and you will be able to see them once again wandering around the park.
Grizedale Rally, December 2008
On Saturday 29th November 2008 the Coppermines Grizedale Stages Rally used Skelwith as their service area between rally stages. Everyone was on best behaviour so as not to damage so much as a blade of grass or spill a drop of oil on the site and the organisers paid a fee for use of the site, half of which we are donating to the Cumbria Air Ambulance and the other half to Ambleside Mountain Rescue. The arrangement came about once we learnt that the local rally had lost their usual service area and that we might be able to lend a hand while also being able to raise some money for the two needy local organisations.
Water, December 2008
I am sure that you will be as horrified as we were to find out that in the 8½ months the park has been open this year we managed to consume 12 million litres of water and unlike United Utilities we are very happy with the integrity of the pipework on the park! In an attempt to reduce this we have ordered “Hippo’s” for every flushing toilet on the park and we will fit one in your cistern automatically unless you specifically ask us not to. Any toilet with an air-push button won’t need one. If you are wondering what a “Hippo” is, it is a Water Saving Device that fits in the cistern that reduces the amount of water used in each flush, without affecting the way the toilet works. We are also now installing water meters on all new pitches and will be working on a rolling programme to fit them to all pitches over the next 12 months. It is likely that we will be charging for water by meter from 2010 where currently it is incorporated into the pitch fee.
Weather, December 2008
The weather here over the past 2 weeks has been bitterly cold. We still have frozen snow on the ground which refuses to melt away. It must be hanging on for Christmas.
Battery Recycling, October 2008
As promised we are doing as much as we can to recycle, the only recycling we were missing was somewhere for used batteries. We have now put a grey bin to the left of the shop, adjacent to the gas cage and it is clearly marked “battery recycling”. We hope everybody will use this for their spent batteries.
Dogs, October 2008
Dogs are welcome on the park, although we do ask that they are kept on a lead at all times, especially in the woods and the top recreation area. You may have noticed several fawns with their mothers wandering around, we ask you to respect our wildlife by keeping your dogs under control. More importantly we have noticed a large increase in the number of “accidents” that haven’t been cleaned up, in all areas of the park, but especially on the recreation area, unfortunately we find them when mowing. While we are on the subject of dogs it is the owners responsibility to ensure that noisy dogs are not a nuisance to our other guests.
Ecover Environmentally Friendly Products, October 2008
We have recently managed to source environmentally friendly “Ecover” cleaning products to sell in our shop. They are the same brand as are available in the major supermarkets and they range from Toilet Cleaner to Washing-up Liquid and Fabric Softener to Lime Scale Remover. These will be better for our septic tanks and reed beds.
Weather, October 2008
The park opened on March 1st and so did the heavens it seems, despite the weather this summer being awful, we have had one of our better years, as other parks had to close to tourers because they were flooded, we took more than ever because of our hard standing.
Generator, October 2008
Those of you that were on the park on Wednesday the 24th September when United Utilities shut our electricity off all day, for the 6th time this year, probably didn’t notice that within 17 seconds our new standby generator took over the supply of the entire park, automatically. This meant that the entire business could function, the shop stayed open and the water pumps continued to work.
Red Road, October 2008
Several people were wondering why we re-surfaced the red road while we were open. The answer is simple, it could only be done when the weather was good enough, we would have done it earlier but the rain prevented this and it is too cold in winter. Once it has settled down it will have been worth it. There is an added bonus, we have noticed it has slowed down a lot of people who normally drive too fast.
Red Squirrels, June 2008
Red squirrels “Are Back”. We are now getting sightings daily at Top-Glade, Beckmire and by the Slew Tarn. Please ensure all dogs are kept on leads at all times to avoid scaring them away. Please report any sightings of either greys or reds to reception. We will also be gathering in all of the squirrel boxes and green feeders to sterilize and refurbish them and we will relocate them in the appropriate areas to ensure that the reds stay here.
Summer show, June 2008
The summer show last month was a resounding success. Many thanks to all who organised it and all that entered. We were able to select photo’s for next years calendar and are already getting a head start on their publishing so that you’ll all have your complimentary copies in time.
Recycling, June 2008
Recycling is still going really well, we have now had to order another Newspaper bin, the council can’t keep up with you all. You will notice that we are putting a fence around the back of the area to stop anything left on the floor blowing into the woods. Thank you and keep up the good work!!
Motorhome disposal point, June 2008
The motorhome disposal point at the top toilet block is coming along nicely. You will notice behind it we are building a dog/bike/welly wash using recycled rain water running off the adjacent roof. You may have noticed the big green tank and wondered what it was for.
Let us help with your Petrol Costs this Summer 2008!!
Why not try a mid-week break at Skelwith Fold in your touring caravan or motorhome and get 4 nights for the price of 3 throughout the summer holidays?
Arrive on either Sunday or Monday before 29th August 2008 for a 4 night break and you will save up to £28 which even with petrol soaring past £1.20 per litre is enough of a saving to get another 150 miles from the average car.
If you've stayed with us before you'll know that Skelwith is a haven of tranquility, where flora and fauna share their environment with us, and our guests can escape the pressures of the outside world.
If you haven't yet discovered the secret delights of Skelwith Fold - there has never been a better time to do so! Simply quote SQUIRREL when you book to take advantage of this offer. To book please call 015394 32277
The Big Event ‘08
Our summer show is little more than a month away so it’s time to get painting, snapping, weaving, crafting and baking your entries. The event is all about displaying the masses of talent there is amongst the guests, owners, friends and even staff of Skelwith Fold Caravan Park. The idea is to have a bit of fun with competitiveness strictly optional.
You can pick up entry forms at reception and begin handing in your entries in preparation for the big event. The show will be open on Saturday 24th May from 7.00pm until 9.00pm and Sunday 25th May from 10.00am until 1.00pm.
We remind you that we will not accept repeat entries from 2007. This is purely to keep the show fresh and to prevent exceptional pieces dominating any of the categories year after year.
Tasting Evening, Saturday 17th May.
Why not come and join us for another tasting evening where you can sample the latest from some of our local suppliers. On offer will be sausages from Pinks (winner of Britains Best Banger), Cheese from The Cheese Larder, as well as beers from both Coniston and Hawkshead breweries.
A raffle is also to be held with prizes donated by Pinks. All proceeds and contributions, as is now usual, will go to Cumbria Air Ambulance.
The tasting is on Saturday 17th May between 6pm and 8pm.
New Laundrette UPDATE!
You will be pleased to see work starting on the laundrette in the middle Tarn area very soon. There has been a bit of a delay on the building, the main reason for this is we doubled the size and decided to go for a better building. The new building will still have the laundrette in but we have had such a good response to the book amnesty that we are making the library/information/internet room bigger. Thank you to everyone for the books, I think you will be impressed when the building is finished.
Congratulations are in order.
The response to the re-cycling initiative has been a resounding success. It’s hard to believe that we filled an 8 yard skip in 2 weeks, it took our supplier by surprise, so much so that they hadn’t made provision for emptying it so soon. They assure me that this has now been sorted. If possible, please flatten plastic bottles to avoid the skip filling too quickly and being full of air. The cardboard bins are both being filled every week, so I have ordered another. Several people have asked about re-cycling tins etc. So I have ordered another skip, like the plastic one, for metal/tin cans etc. (we still put aluminium drinks cans in the big plastic re-cycle bins, at the top and bottom of the park). Although it costs to get these bins emptied, it is covered by the reduction in our normal green bin empties, hopefully soon we may be able to drop to only 1 empty per week.
Between us we are trying our best to reduce our “carbon footprint” and it is apparent what a difference we can all make with not too much effort, last year all this would have gone straight to landfill.
Thank you all and well done. Keep it up!!
Important: Condition of Gas hoses and regulators
Due to current regulations we can not reconnect gas bottles to hoses that are out of date or cracking, It is the owners responsibility to check these and make sure they are in order.
Gas hoses and pigtails (the black hoses that connect gas bottles to auto changeover valves) Should have no signs of cracking and be within 5 years of manufacture. Each hose has the date stamped on it (not the 1991 approval date) it normally says something like “Nov 2005”. The larger orange pipe that connects the changeover to the van, also date stamped should be changed every 5 years.
Some older vans have a regulator fitted, they should also be changed every 5 years, these have a date also stamped on them, mostly stamped into the flat face of the nut that screws into the bottle (some are underneath and some are on the top surface).
You don’t need to be corgi registered to change the pigtails, a regulator or a black gas hose with jubilee clips, but you do to change the large orange pipe from the changeover to the van. Because we are corgi registered, If you do ask us to change them all, please be aware that we will then have to gas safety check the van and all appliances, which will obviously incur a cost. Alternatively you can contact any of our outside contractors who will be glad to help.
Gas hoses, pigtails and regulators are readily available at any caravan or calor gas dealer, we try to keep a supply of them in our shop too.
Laundry Improved, Library Opening, March 2008
2008 will see the arrival of our central Laundry block situated next to tarn toilet block. This should spell the end to setting off to use the laundry facilities only to find they’re in use and you’ve had a wasted trip. The number of machines will increase with some larger washers and dryers which will be able to cope with duvets.
The new laundry block will also house a space set aside for a source of local information, leaflets and such, in addition to that available at reception. This space will be known as the Information Centre and will also accommodate a Trust Library where all are welcome to swap, swap and swap again your read books for something different. We stress that this will be a Trust Library and you will all be free to browse and swap until your hearts content. In theory, between yourselves and our tourer guests, the choice of books should be ever changing. If you have any spare or read books please do hand them in to help us get the library off to a well stocked beginning.
Guided Walks From Skelwith, February 2008
More than likely many of you have already tried at least one of the 13 guided walks from Skelwith Fold which we sell in the shop to raise funds for the Wildlife Fund. In 2007 we have raised a total of £110 from these walks alone. Tony Carroll, the creator of the walks, is braving wind, rain, sleet and all the other charms of the Lake District winter to check and update all of the walks and we will continue to offer them for £1 each in the site shop, this year giving all proceeds to the Cumbria Air Ambulance. You will find a catalogue of the walks on the shop counter to peruse, each marked with approximate time, distance and difficulty.
Recycled Wood Popping Up, January 2008
A small update on the clearing up of the fallen trees and the converting of their wood to useful timber. The clean up in the woods has obviously slowed down now but is likely to continue, albeit on a smaller scale, for some time, such was the devastation of the storm in January 2005. Alex and Dave of APT Countryside Management have been continuing the lonely task of the clean up and have again been exercising green carpentry to create more bird boxes, path edging, benches and tables throughout the park.
See You Next Year, December 2007
Wishing all of our customers, guests, suppliers and friends a very special Christmas and a Happy New-Year. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2008.
Batty BBQ, July 2007
We will be holding another one of our popular Batty BBQ's on Saturday 28th July for which tickets are still available. The barbecue starts at 8:00pm and we'd be delighted if you will come and enjoy the night with us. The barbeque is followed by a guided bat walk (bat detectors are provided) and all proceeds from the event go to conservation tasks upon our woodland park.
Can't make this weekend? Don't worry. There will be a second Batty BBQ on Saturday 25th August also beginning at 8:00pm. We look forward to seeing you there.
30th June 2007
Congratulations to Mr Gibson for winning a free nights stay at Skelwith Fold Caravan Park for use whenever he wishes. The free night was awarded again for simply letting us know which pitch he selected on the park. Many