Thursday night we stayed in a campsite in Silecroft on the Cumbrian coast. As the campsite was a few hundred yards from the beach we were a little cheeky and asked at the very first house overlooking the beach if we could store our kayaks in their garden. The owner, Julia, was so friendly and interested in what we were up to and gladly let us store them away. That was a big help in saving us a long carry.
Julia also gave us a great tip for a place to eat that evening as the local pub had unfortunately closed because of a fire. So it was there after a walk into the next village of Kirksanton, that we found ourselves in the very welcoming atmosphere of the King William IV pub. Run by Barry Van Der Vyver, a South African from Port Elizabeth and ex pro cricketer who met his wife in the area and settled down. What a great guy. He rustled us up an amazing 500gm steak with some Monkey Gland sauce (Tanya, Ivy and the Rogers will know what that is) – just what we needed for the next day.
Barry also ran us back to the campsite at the end of the evening. How about that for a special personal service from your landlord!
Thanks Barry and Julia!