There were five of us at Gibralter Farm campsite, Paul,Mikki,another Paul, Tricia and me. Brilliant site overlooking the sea.
Set up camp,wandered around and went to the pub. The one north of Siverdale, not easy to find but worth looking for,good real ale and the locals for company, about half an hours walk, if you don't get lost as we did walking back.
During the night the skies opened, it poured down!
The grass turned into a skidpan and there was no way to keep the mud,(which was an attractive ochre) out of your tent, (esp. with a dog!)
The weather was still overcast in the morning and the road into Silverdale was flooded so the rest of the party lost faith, packed their gear and headed north to a stone circle which might be called 'Swindels stones'.
As they left the weather cleared up and the sun started started to dry things out. The forecast still wasn't good but I decided to stay another night.
Glad I did.
Sunday was a much better day and I found the wood at the bottom of the site,ace!
Its an ancient forest, never farmed as it is full of limestone outcrops, totally magic! It even had a cave which I will explore on my next visit.
What did I find?.....A stone circle, well I didn't find it, it wasn't lost, it was quite obvious, I nearly fell over it. Strangely I did fall over a few times this weekend, covered my favorite camping shirt in red wine, took ages to wash it out.
Trish said it looked like camouflage,can't imagine a pink background that this would work with though (Its an army shirt).
Anyway, the stone circle.
Probably a victorian folly methinks as I can't find any reference to it.
It is made up of ten stones with two more as an entrance and the largest one with a flat top in the centre. They are all less than three foot high and stand in a clearing surrounded by outcrops. Its a lovely setting not a hundred yards from a rocky inlet to the sea.
It is about eleven yards in diameter and the entrance stones are to the south approx.
If you're up that way its worth a visit just for the woods, I'll certainly be going again.
So that's the Silverdale weekend folks, you didn't miss a lot!
Last edited by rodjack on Wed Sep 21, 2011 3:13 am; edited 1 time in total (Reason for editing : spelling mistake)