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Today is John’s 40th birthday! After the pre-birthday celebrations in Edinburgh last night, we aimed straight for the Lake District and our campsite Coniston Coppice Park.

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We didn’t stop along the route as we know we will be going back to the Lake District to explore it fully. We saw today’s trip as a taster of the week we are yet to spend in the Lake District – it’s a spectacular area. The only place we did stop was in Coniston itself to buy meat for the bbq. When in Cumbria, you have to buy Cumberland sausage, right? And where better than the local family butcher. Our little Outback Compact U gas portable bbq is so handy for a quick afternoon bbq! We bbq everything on it in a Teflon griddle pan that I got from Tesco for £7 (I even use it to toast bread on the gas hob in iVan). I just wash the pan when we’re done and John wipes down the Outback Compact U before putting it back in it’s case.

I can’t tell you how happy we were with the campsite and the whole area around Coniston. The campsite is big and the pitches set in the woods, yet within 10 minutes walk you are next to Coniston Lake and the National Trust farmland where you walk amongst the grazing sheep!

This was the perfect place to spend a 40th birthday. The birthday boy was a happy camper.

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