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This sixty three pitch, fifteen acre site is a gem just off the M6 at junction 42 near Carlisle. There is no toilet block so tends to attract serious caravanners and is situated, as the name implies, in the grounds of a long since derelict and knocked down hall. The Caravan Club bought the site in 1969 from Cumberland County Council by which time the hall was a derelict and unsafe shell having been a First World War hospital, a girls school and a boys home.

Being a sad train observer, the main line near the site has a wonderful row of old style ceramic telegraph lines running alongside the track. Many of these beautiful masts are now listed because of their rarity and because they represent such important industrial history. Occasionally Faye loses the will to live and watching me drool over telephone lines waiting for a train to pass by is just one of many examples….

Christopher Macgowan
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