Ellerton Lakes Rally

Ellerton N Yorks

15-18th April 2010


When you’ve got the best part of 200 Swift Rallies under your belt you pretty much know what to expect, or so you think. We booked the Ellerton Lakes rally way back in December shortly after the new rally book arrived. A diary note with postcode and directions meant we should arrive on time.

A quick look at Google maps before we set off showed the site to be remote and beautiful - great for relaxing but perhaps not ideal for working away from home. Not that we wanted to work but when you run your own business you don’t always have much choice.

We stocked up with gas and set off. On arrival we were greeted by Colin & John and shown to our pitch. “You’ll have to mind the electric box” said John pointing into the distance. “Electricity – do we have electricity?” I asked. “Oh yes” said John “16 amps”.  I should have read the rally book again before setting off.

“I don’t suppose there’s a phone signal” I said, checking. I couldn’t believe my luck as 5 bars appeared on my phone. The weather was cold and cloudy though, with a sharp wind from the North Sea. Could John fix that I wondered. “What’s the forecast?” – “Sunny and mild” came the reply. And so it was, for the entire long weekend. I’m kicking myself now that I didn’t ask for the winning lottery numbers!

One thing that didn’t surprise was the serenity of the area - broken only by the scores of ducks for whom the lake was home. They weren’t bothered about the closure of UK airspace as they chased one another noisily through the skies.

The rally book (by now re-read) mentioned something about the possibility of an organised visit to nearby Catterick Caravans who had recently become a Swift dealer. This took place on the Saturday afternoon and was another surprise. I had expected a bit of a talk and an invitation to tour the facilities. Instead a corner of the vast showroom area had been set aside with tables and chairs for an extensive buffet with wine. There was much as you could eat and drink. Surely a strong sales pitch would follow. Not so, just a warm welcome from the MD and Sales Director. It worked – we didn’t leave before buying an awning and all sorts of other bits and pieces.

On the Saturday evening everyone gathered at the nearby Scorton village hall for an American supper and quiz. This proved to be a great way to round off the rally before setting off for home on the Sunday.

Many thanks to the marshals Colin & Betty Patterson plus John & Val Brailsford, and of course to Catterick Caravans for their generous hospitality.


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