Lunch in Newcastle-under-Lyme and dinner (eventually) in Leominster
A week into our trip and it was definitely time to give the children and the clothes a proper wash. If we hadn’t been able to use my mother-in-law’s facilities then this would have been the moment to book on to a proper campsite with a washing machine, tumble dryer and shower block. We have previously stayed at the Ashbourne Heights campsite in the Staffordshire Peak District and that would have worked fine in this instance.
After a delicious lunch of homemade beef casserole followed by apple crumble and ice cream, we decided to drive down to Leominster in Herefordshire, ready for a rendezvous the next day with friends for some spooky Halloween fun. This hundred mile drive should have taken about two hours but there was heavy traffic on the motorway as we left Newcastle-under-Lyme so we opted for the smaller roads. We did seem to take double the journey time when going anywhere due to the size of the vehicle, poor navigation skills and antics of the children.
Our route would have been more enjoyable in daylight. We turned off the M6, taking the A5 towards Telford, continuing past Bridgnorth and through Ludlow. Unbelievably we were all hungry again so we stopped in a lay-by for a brew and a quick sarnie. By the time we reached Leominster it was about 8.30 pm, very dark and rather rainy. We had phoned ahead to the Baron’s Cross Inn, a family friendly pub with camping facilities, to reserve a pitch for the night. We were relieved to park up, plug in, buy some beers and make a quick dinner of bangers, beans and mash.
The Baron’s Cross Inn has a beer garden, free range chickens and children’s play area. We used a pitch with a fresh water tap and electric hook up. This cost £14 per night. There is also an emptying point for chemical toilets which we made full use of. The warm, clean pub toilets are open from 8 am until the pub closes at night. Luxury!