Jul 2013

Sunshine & camping at Bishop's Castle

Had a fabulous couple of nights camping at the Daisy Bank camp site about 3.5 miles walk from Bishop's Castle. The site itself was geared up mainly for camper vans and caravans, but was brilliant and I thoroughly recommend it.

After setting up the tent on Friday night we walked into Bishop's Castle across the fields and up over the hill, on a not exactly well trodden path. Thanks to the OS map, a lifeline!

Had a few pints in the Three Tuns and the Boars Head before getting the only taxi back to the campsite - a Latvian guy.

The walk the next day from 10am was a little harder work with the sun making it that bit sweatier. But we got there in the same time and after a late breakfast/early lunch and several pints of water it was time for some of ales on the real ale trail festival. The two CAMRA buses arrived from Liverpool carrying 85 enthusiastic thirsty scousers. Never seen a Liverpool trip with so many knees on show. Shorts and pints all around.

Tremendous Mediterranean weather meant there were (slow) races to any shade that could be found. It was hard work, but worth it. Bishop's Castle festival is always a cracking day out.

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Only downside was the Latvian guy was booked up until 2.15am and so we had to walk back to the campsite along the two A roads. It was scary enough with bends, no lighting and no pavements, but when we found there was a motor rally on at midnight it was pure scary adrenaline! (obviously we made it…).

Bishop's Castle

For several years this weekend always used to be T in the Park for my mates and me. The music there was always really good there. But after several years of trouble at the event, culminating with one of my friends having his ticket nicked and having to go home after half a day, this weekend is now always Bishop's Castle for the real ale festival. Basically swopped troublesome 'wegies and Buckfast tonic bottles for real ale and hog roast baps. Wonderful.

In the past I've always gone down for the Saturday with the coach(es) run by Liverpool CAMRA, but this year for the first time I is going down camping for the weekend! Looking forward for a day and a night of beer and a Sunday recovery stroll in the Shropshire hills. Offa's Dyke? The Ridgeway? Castles, castles, castles?

Whatever, with the weather and beer forecast so good it should be a fab weekend.
2011 at the Castle Hotel in Bishop's Castle