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Post by Bev on Sun Sep 18, 2016 4:07 pm

Hi.
We really like to stay on sites within walking or easy cycling distance of towns and cities.  We have more or less exhausted all the  Caravan and Camping Clubs sites ( e.g Warwick, Bristol, York, Cheltenham, Oxford, Thirsk etc). 

Can anyone recommend suitable non-club sites please? Our van is quite small so sites with good loos and showers are best for us.

Thanks all. 
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Re: Sites near/in towns/cities

Post by AndyLouch on Sun Sep 18, 2016 5:49 pm

Hi, we're visiting Liverpool in October and have been recommended the following:
Wirral Country Park Caravan Club Site
about 50 mins from the city by rail. Will let you know how it works out!
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Re: Sites near/in towns/cities

Post by Paulmold on Sun Sep 18, 2016 6:03 pm

I can name a few that have public transport within a few hundred yards but is it only walkable and cyclable ones you want.

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Post by Cymro on Sun Sep 18, 2016 6:36 pm

Assume you also know CC sites at Tewkesbury, Brecon (Brunch), Morton in Marsh, Brighton?

That should of course read Brynich !!


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Re: Sites near/in towns/cities

Post by Quilter on Sun Sep 18, 2016 8:41 pm

Bath Marina  Caravan site, opposite the New bridge Park and Ride with regular buses to Bath,  and the X39 goes past every 11 minutes to Bristol. There is a towpath ( river Avon) cycle  and  footpath to Bath , Bradford on Avon etc one way out of the back of the site and the other way takes you along the river ( a paved path) to Bristol. Two nice pubs within minutes.

The site is run by the same people that run the marina there and is clean, reasonably quiet and safe with loos, showers etc Very good free WiFi too !
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Re: Sites near/in towns/cities

Post by RML on Sun Sep 18, 2016 10:01 pm

Bev wrote:Hi.
We really like to stay on sites within walking or easy cycling distance of towns and cities.  We have more or less exhausted all the  Caravan and Camping Clubs sites ( e.g Warwick, Bristol, York, Cheltenham, Oxford, Thirsk etc). 

Can anyone recommend suitable non-club sites please? Our van is quite small so sites with good loos and showers are best for us.

Thanks all. 
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Not a site but you can stay overnight at Stratford on Avon in the car park behind the leisure centre on the one way system, best to get there after 6pm and always buy a ticket.
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Post by Traficlady on Mon Sep 19, 2016 8:45 am

I run rallies for a small motorhome club and I'm always looking for sites we can get around from without taking our vans off site. 

Stratford upon Avon racecourse is a good one. 

Tewkesbury Caravan Club is good. The site's not very inspiring but the town is nice and 5 minutes walk.

Depends how far you want to travel to a site really. I tend to decide on the town I want to go to then Google "campsites at ....." 

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Re: Sites near/in towns/cities

Post by Redwink on Mon Sep 19, 2016 10:30 am

If staying at the Bath Marina, don't forget the two tunnels route for walking and cycling, it is marked from the river towpath. One of the tunnels has music playing as you go through. Bath now has Nextbike cycle hire, a station is in the campsite, you can ride and leave it at any of the other cycle stations in the city. You can also walk the river to Saltford, it has a couple of pubs as well.
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Re: Sites near/in towns/cities

Post by Bev on Mon Sep 19, 2016 10:51 am

Thanks for your various responses folks. We find public transport often quite expensive- not having the luxury of free bus travel like many motor home owners. We do love using our bikes though as they are great for exploring in towns.

Tewkesbury we know well as it is a club site. Stayed there a couple of nights last year and enjoyed night at their small theatre too. Good town for 'mooching' around.

Best wishes, Bev
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Re: Sites near/in towns/cities

Post by Paulmold on Mon Sep 19, 2016 11:06 am

Ashbourne C&CC site, 2.5 miles to town, bus-stop 100 metres from site, £7 return for 2 of us.

Newland CS  near Malvern, cycle or bus (bus-stop virtually outside), buses to either Malvern or Worcester.

Riverside, Stratford (commercial site) about 1.5 mile walk or cycle or river-bus from site.

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Re: Sites near/in towns/cities

Post by rose49f on Sun Oct 02, 2016 7:56 pm

Fleece Meadow in the centre of Kington Herefordshire. Kington is a very small town but the site is on bus route. It shuts for the winter. All you do is pitch up and if you're lucky someone will come and collect you money. I went in September as the have a real small agriculture show there and a bus takes you free of charge to it. I did book in advance for electric. I will go again.
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Re: Sites near/in towns/cities

Post by Betty's Mum on Tue Oct 04, 2016 7:29 am

RML wrote:Not a site but you can stay overnight at Stratford on Avon in the car park behind the leisure centre on the one way system, best to get there after 6pm and always buy a ticket.
Rich..

Good shout, I was there last week and you can use the loos and showers (showers for a fee) in the leisure centre.  It is right by all the good stuff and the overnight fee of £2 starts from 4pm, so still time to see a few shops before they close for the night.
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Post by Betty's Mum on Tue Oct 04, 2016 7:31 am

This is a good site for researching: https://www.searchforsites.co.uk/ free to register on it and you don't get junk mail!
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Re: Sites near/in towns/cities

Post by Paramedic on Tue Oct 04, 2016 7:42 am

Sorry rose49f, found Fleece Meadows a most uninspiring site. Fortunately only stayed one night to visit relatives. The so called toilet block which from the outside appeared quite modern was to our dismay cold, dark, black mould with paint peeling from walls and ceiling. Overall the interior resembled an outside lavatory from yesteryear. We think Fleece Meadows refers to the nightly charge demanded for this appalling patch of land hidden behind a scruffy bus service maintenance yard. censored

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Re: Sites near/in towns/cities

Post by Wargenwolf on Tue Oct 04, 2016 8:32 am

I appreciate Bev (OP) is looking for non club site recommendations, but for anyone searching on the title, or in case Bev has not used this one, the Caravan Club Grange Site at Durham is very close to the A1 Motorway (Jct 62) and is only a few minutes walk from the Park & Ride to get in to the city centre.

The site is well laid out and spacious, with modern toilet & shower facilities.

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Re: Sites near/in towns/cities

Post by AndyLouch on Sat Oct 08, 2016 10:23 am

AndyLouch wrote:Hi, we're visiting Liverpool in October and have been recommended the following:
Wirral Country Park Caravan Club Site
about 50 mins from the city by rail. Will let you know how it works out!
All, just returned from The Wirral and can recommend this CC site. Great location (overlooking Dee Estuary with a few pitches with a 'sea view' and next to the disused Wirral railway line which provides a flat cycle ride (2.5 miles) to West Kirby station. We cycled and then took the train to Liverpool and also Chester for day trips. (Beatles Tour excellent, Chester well worth a visit!). Downside is that site is pretty well booked up every weekend and closes in November until the spring!
Appreciate this site is not a 'walk' into a town/city however.
We're also going to try the York Caravan Park between Christmas and New Year so will provide feedback then. Andy
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Re: Sites near/in towns/cities

Post by Paulmold on Sat Oct 08, 2016 10:27 am

If that's the York Rowntree Park site, I can thoroughly recommend it.

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Good site for cycling

Post by Junige36 on Sun Oct 09, 2016 3:54 pm

Check out Portland sailing academy they are taking motorhomes in their fenced marina boat park with hookup. Flat cycling off-road on Tarmac to Weymouth town centre great coastal views. Site not too far from bus top on the main road. Swimming pool in osprey leisure centre within walking distance, also cafes and cove inn on the chesil beach to view great sunsets. The marina built for the 2012 olympics is a nice area.
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Re: Sites near/in towns/cities

Post by raymondo on Sun Oct 09, 2016 5:12 pm

You can stay overnight at the Little Rodee carpark Chester - two minutes walk from the center used to be £1.50 /£3 (depending on how many spaces you used)
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Re: Sites near/in towns/cities

Post by Juno5458 on Mon Oct 10, 2016 4:37 pm

Hello Bev.
There is a park and ride in Canterbury where you can stay 48 hours for £3.00 and you can use the very frequent bus service into the town, which is beautiful! There is a special fenced off area for motor homes and campers :) You can cycle into town and if you want you can do the wonderful "Crab and Winkle Way" to Whitstable. The track is off road on an old disused railway line.
There is a post about the Canterbury Park and Ride but Im sorry dont know how to do links! The post is in the section about reccommended camp sites. Im sure you would love the Crab and Winkle way its about 7 or 8 miles Not sure about showers at the Park and Ride though! Ive never stayed there as we live quite close. Hope this is of help :)
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Post by Juno5458 on Mon Oct 10, 2016 4:42 pm

Sorry just realised I have posted on the section mentione in my first post Sorry!
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Re: Sites near/in towns/cities

Post by ssjohnl on Tue Oct 11, 2016 9:56 pm

We also like to be able to get to town easily but prefer to stay at reasonably quiet sites as well so it's quite a tricky combination sometimes.
We returned last week from a site which fitted both our requirements which was Finchale Abbey (pronounced Finkle) near Durham.
It has great facilities and is a 30 min cycle ride from the centre of Durham - the best part being that most of this is flat cycle path and the rest is very quiet road.
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Re: Sites near/in towns/cities

Post by Bev on Thu Oct 13, 2016 4:19 pm

Thanks all, for your ideas and experiences.
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Re: Sites near/in towns/cities

Post by AndyLouch on Fri Dec 30, 2016 8:56 am

A (belated!) very Merry Christmas to you all and safe and happy MHing in 2017!
Staying at York Caravan Park (er, York!) for a couple of nights as couldn't get into Rowntrees Park site!
Excellent facilities and 20 mins by bus (buses every 30 mins) into the City. Would recommend.
If you've never been, York is a lovely city with lots to see and all in a compact area.
Only downside; managed to get a puncture yesterday during my morning cycle ride. First time since I re-started to go out on the bike as part of trying to improve my fitness a bit after retirement 7 months ago!!
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Re: Sites near/in towns/cities

Post by RML on Fri Dec 30, 2016 6:21 pm

AndyLouch wrote:Only downside; managed to get a puncture yesterday during my morning cycle ride. First time since I re-started to go out on the bike as part of trying to improve my fitness a bit after retirement 7 months ago!!
Don't kmow how you fixed your flat but I carry an aerosol can filled with gunge (not the correct name) from Halfords.  Follow the instruction and you'll be on your way in 10 minutes.
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