I had only met Annie before (in real life), but of course there was no reason any social anxieties. Annie knows how to bring a good bunch of people together and the gathering and surrounding felt so right.
These Bivouac's felt like home, and though these ladies and I had only just met for the first time in real life, it felt so familiar.
No electricity and loving it.
Amid severe weather warnings, I arrived as blustery wind, rain and dark were setting in. Luckily at the same time as Jen, so we parked the cars, donned the walking boots, packed our bags and set off to find the bivouac together along this path (pictured here in the daylight of the next day.).
It was love at first squelch for me.
I do love mud.
We struggled to see any sign of a cabin in the dark, despite having a map. I tried to take us deeper into the dark forest, but lucky for us, she persuaded us to go back and look again where we had just been.
Because there is no electricity in the cabins and their backs are facing the path and set a ways behind the trees; we only just made out the roof of one of the houses, which thankfully turned out to contain other folks from our group- cozy together in the candelight with a warm fire going in the burner.
Jen's packing fit in nicely with the simple decor. Unlike my orange elephanted Sainsbury's shopping bag.
The cabin sleeps 7 comfortably. The duvets and blankets were lovely, but as the night wore on, and the chill crept in, I couldn't help wishing I was closer to someone that I could warm my feet on. A snuggle buddy.
The last time I tried to spoon a friend in my sleep, she whacked me big time.
So being that this was a first date of sorts, I thought it best not to wake anyone suggesting we huddle for warmth. I did lie awake being cold for quite a bit, wishing that I had been proactive with the fire earlier in the evening.
The cabins are so well-insulated though, so it really didn't get that cold.
The view from the loft bed is trees and sky,
and what a sky it was.
It may not show in the pictures, but the rain was persistent on our walk around the Druid temple the following day. Too wet to get the cameras out really, so these where taken in haste.
Although it would have been nice to get a few more shots, the wind and rain was perfectly delightful.
The overnighter in Yorkshire was so short but sweet and so I will have to be back. It feels like my kind of place.
I would love to stay in the lovely Swinton Bivouacs again one day. I know that my family would enjoy themselves here as much as I did and there is so much more to explore.
Folklings, it was lovely to meet you and I hope we can gather together again soon.