| Topic: Camping + Gretna = I`m married!!
Message posted by tentadventurer on 29/8/2014 at 10:47pm
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As some of you are aware, The other half and I eloped to Gretna this week. A few people on here had told me they were tempted to do the same so here's me "letting (them) know how we got on!"
So, we packed the car sunday night, keeping food and cooking implements to the bare minimum to make space for the wedding clothes/shoes etc.
Set off from Ipswich at 11.30am monday and with a half hour stop we got to the site at 5.15pm.
We stayed at Dandy Dinmont campsite in Blackford near Carlisle after recommendations on here. The main area of the site is static park homes set around a small touring caravan area. In my opinion the caravan's were far too close together with little or, more often, no room for awnings. The tent area is seperate to the back of the site and very small, I would say space for only 6/7 medium tents.
The pitches are not marked which is great and the ground was perfect... the greenest, most perfectly cut grass I've ever pitched on and stone free when pegging. The field has sheep one side, cows on the second and a horse on the third so you really get the farm feeling. However the downside to this is it is quite exposed to the wind!
There were also 2 picnic benches set up. The toilet block here is a small portakabin with 2 toilets for each sex so waiting was an issue a couple of times but they were very clean. There is also just one washing up sink at this portakabin which serves the whole site, maybe 40 units, so although we didn't cook at all I could only imagine what the queue for that is like at times.
The main shower block in with the caravans is equally as clean and tidy, the showers have adjustable temperature and are not push button so you can take your time, I showered at 11am after the rest of the site and there was no sign of hot water running out.
At £15 a night peak I think it's good value for money and would certainly go back.
Back to our trip, we had to pitch in very strong wind so took the precaution of pitching back to the wind, pegging down the back edge before doing anything else so it couldn't take off. Worked a treat. It did mean, however, that we had very little sleep!
We primarily chose this site for its location, situated between carlisle and gretna and wasn't dissapointed. 10 mins on the motorway to gretna or 15 mins through town to carlisle centre.
There is a nice village-type pub in nearby Rockcliffe, a 3 minute drive or would be a nice walk. Very cosy with a woodburner and the drinks are cheap but food on the steep side and not a great menu so we drank here but chose to eat in Carlisle.
Getting dressed for the wedding was fine thanks to the lovely showers. There is a hairdryer for the ladies but no sockets for straighteners etc which is something to bear in mind.The site owner, Marty, kindly took a few photos of us. He's a nice, friendly chap who's always about if you need anything (site reception open until 9pm).
We got married on a tueday in gretna. We had gone up on our own to the registry office as everyone told us there are tourists and locals everywhere willing to be witnesses. Boy, were they wrong! It took us over 30 minutes to rope in 2 witnesses, leaving just 3 minutes to spare before the start of the wedding! The registry office was nice.
After, we ventured to gretna green itself and were glad we'd chosen the regisry office over the blacksmith's cottage as it's all a bit tacky in all honesty!
We ate at The Gretna Inn and were extremely impressed. Pub menu at an average price... £10 for burger, £14 for ribeye steak. Best we've ever eaten! The american burger is amazing!
Other touristy things... hadrians wall and carlisle castle were ok but overrated. Gretna gateway outlet village is good. 3 for 2 on everything in Berghaus which was already heavily discounted. We got 3 coats rrp £208 each for £200 the lot. Gap and superdry also had huge discounts. Carlisle city centre has the same shops as everywhere.
It was windy and cold but we had a great time regardless and would do it all again!!
Message posted by tacobell40red on 03/9/2014 at 4:08pm
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Congratulations, I 'm glad that Gretna didn't disapoint. good luck to you and the misses, maybe we will all catch up soon on the campsite.
Chatted to my OH, he say if he ever feels like doing the deed - it will be at a festival then off fishing for the week!!!
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