Our departure from home is delayed because we forget the iPod (an essential part of our evening entertainment),, we did not realise this until we are on the A19 and passing the exit to Hartlepool. Yes, we do carefully make a check list of things to be picked, but of course making the list is only one part of the equation, you also have to use it whilst packing.
We arrive at Houghton Mill Caravan Club site at about 16:00, the weather is excellent for October, pleanty of autumn sunshine, initial impressions are favourable. It is the usual high CC standard, but with the added advantage of being fairly small and a bit less formal than some of the CC sites we have visited.
We spend the rest of the evening exploring, until it gets dark. The site is in the grounds of a National Trust owned working Water Mill, and it is only 5 minutes walk into the twin villages of Houghton and Wyrton, where there is an Alladins Cave type village shop, two pubs (the Three Jolly Butchers is the best one in our view) and more thatched cottages than I have ever seen in one place.
The friendly Warden loans us a file about two inches thick of cycle rides, walks and other “things to do and see”.