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Always check your tent for poles


By MarkBaker 3 months ago
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Well we were all geared up for a wonderful weekend in york with the grandkids, however, due to unforseen circumstances, we had to camp as our dog sitter had some issues and we could not leave Honey with them.

Lisa's daughter does not like to have the dog in the house, so we decided to find a campsite and stay there so Honey could come with us.

All I can say is the weekend was fucked before it started and we did not know about it.

So Thursday evening after I helped our friend deliver leaflets for our local council election, we packed the car like we always do. So I grabbed everything we needed and played car tetris. Now, usually, I roll the peg bag up in the tent for the Glenwood when packing away as I then know that they are there next time. For some reason unbeknown to me, I didnt do this last time. So I didnt think to check when packing the car as I assumed that they were in there. I will never make that fucking mistake again!

So we set off at 05:15 Friday morning to avoid all the traffic on the route up and it was amazeballs. No traffic anywhere, so I missed the rush hour on all the roads:

  • M4
  • A4
  • M50
  • M5
  • M42
  • M18
  • A1
  • M1
  • A64

So we got there and I laid the groundsheet and then started rolling out the tent. It was at this point I realised that the poles were not there. To say I was pissed off was an understatment. Anyways, Lisa was really frustrated. We didnt let it beat us, we started by looking for second hand tents being sold in York but could not find anythying. So I started looking for B&Bs that were dog friendly. Found one righht in the centre of York. Brillaint!

So booked it through booking.com £65.00 and dog friendly in an Ibis hotel AWESOME! Got to the hotel to be stung with a £10.00 surcharge for Honey even though booking.com stated that there was no extra charge for it and another £9.00 for parking! So a trip that started at £78.00 for camping and the train ride ended up being £85.00 more.

We only stayed the one night but not having to pack up before a 5 hour drive was a god send. The Saturday was lovely. We drove up to Pickering to board a NYMR steam train to Whitby for the day with Kat, Chris and the grandkids. What a day. The train was awesome and the food in Whitby was immense. On the way back, we decided to stop off at Goathland for a couple of hours before boarding again and getting back to Pickering. Now, I dont know if many people know that Goathland train station was used in Harry Potter as the Hogsmeade train station they got off at on the way to Hogwarts and the village itself is used in Heartbeat as Aidensfield.

We got home about 23:30 that night. What a day!

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MarkBaker

My name is Mark Baker, I am the Editor and co-founder of Camp Space. Me and my wife love camping and all things to do with camping. We have many tents and other camping equipment. What we noticed was that there were not a lot of places you could get genuine reviews of items and products that associate with camping so we decided to create this place. Feel free to browse around and if you fancy becoming a contributor please email me: enquiries@campspace.co.uk

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