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Post by Traficlady Wed Feb 16, 2022 1:35 pm

Tewkesbury
Salisbury
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Norden Farm, Corfe. Good walk along the old disused road so no traffic

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Post by Paulmold Thu Feb 17, 2022 3:30 pm

Broadmeadow site Ross on Wye. Despite having to drive through an industrial estate , its really nice with fishing lakes on site , Riverside walks and town within walking distance,  Morrisons adjacent and Sainsburys and Aldi in town.

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Post by burlingtonboaby Thu Feb 17, 2022 4:47 pm

Don't think anyone has mentioned the CAMC Queen Elizabeth site in Stonehaven (Stonie) .
Very near the beach and open air warm water (sea) swimming pool,
coop store within 500 Mtrs, also chip shop,sweetie shop.
Lots of traditional shops in the town,promanard walk to the harbour area.
Only 30 minutes from Aberdeen and major roads to the Moray coast.
Open till 4 th Jan.
Forgot to mention  the Stonehaven fire ball festival at the end of the year.
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Post by Cymro Thu Feb 17, 2022 7:07 pm

Oh good! Thanks BB - we're staying there for 2 nights in May before catching the ferry from Aberdeen. A Scottish friend reccomended it, and you've confirmed that it's a good choice.

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Post by jetty Mon Feb 28, 2022 3:55 pm

Cud Life Campsite. Regular buses from drive end, 10minutes into Harrogate, from where twice hourly trains to York and Leeds (both about 30 minutes),or use buses.
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Post by Bad Penny Tue Mar 01, 2022 2:19 pm

Andy. The C&MC site at Totnes, a lovely town on the river Dart. You will not need a bike, as the town is on the sites doorstep. Supermarket, individual local shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants. Bus service to Many local towns and resorts nearby.  If running, a cruise on the river to Dartmouth, passing where Agatha Christie lived on the way down.

Site is mostly grass, has only two toilets and showers a bit old but very clean. The down side, is no electric. A very popular site. Not owned by the club a bit like Baltic Wharf, so no money spent to develop these amenities, as the council could take it back for whatever reason at any time.
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Post by Caraman Tue Mar 01, 2022 2:53 pm

The reason I didn't include the Steamer Quay Caravan Club site at Totnes is that it has a short season 11 Mar 2022 - 26 Sep 2022 and therefore would be unsuitable for Andy's November trip.  It only has 3 hardstanding pitches by the entrance and from experience the grass pitches are soft in places.  Quite a few of them were being rested when I was there last summer – in the rain!  That said, it is a nice site and perfectly located for exploring Totnes and the River Dart and has a large supermarket within a short walk.  As far as I am aware it is the only CAMC site not to have EHUs so it’s a good opportunity to try out the solar.  We chose a pitch on the edge of the site which was nice but due to trees it lost some of the sun in the afternoon.  This, the rain and the poor Sargent solar setup didn’t help our first off-grid experience.
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Post by Paulmold Tue Mar 01, 2022 2:57 pm

I didn't know there were any CAMC sites without electric to any pitches. The website does point out that all pitches are economy pitches without electric, I just didn't know such a site existed.

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Post by Caraman Tue Mar 01, 2022 3:14 pm

Anyone wanting to save a few pounds can stay overnight in the furthest carpark on the Totnes quay beyond the CAMC site.  I think it was £10 a night and possibly open all year.  But there are no facilities, no EHU, no security, no water or waste disposal as far as I could see and signs up saying no sitting out, awnings or BBQs.  For all it was a public carpark and a public right of way, it seemed fairly quiet and there were a few motorhomes and campervans using it but it wasn't for us.
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Post by Bad Penny Tue Mar 01, 2022 4:04 pm

Sorry,  didn’t check when Totnes site was closing. My son lives in Totnes so we stayed there on our way back from Spain to pay him a visit. Stayed a few days, weather was sunny, the solar panel coped fine.
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Post by Caraman Fri Mar 11, 2022 10:55 am

This CL ticks the boxes and is open all year.  

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We stayed there a couple of years ago shortly after the CL opened.  Its only a short walk into Pershore which is an attractive market town with a supermarket and bus links to other places.
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Post by burlingtonboaby Fri Mar 11, 2022 2:51 pm

Cymro wrote:Oh good! Thanks BB - we're staying there for 2 nights in May before catching the ferry from Aberdeen. A Scottish friend reccomended it, and you've confirmed that it's a good choice.

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Post by NickT Wed Sep 21, 2022 4:49 pm

Just thought I'd add another to the list, The Rowing Club in Hereford.  Right next to the Wye, toilets and showers available in the clubhouse, as are drinks in the evening and cooked breakfast at the weekend.  £8 per adult, (September 2022).  An easy walk into the city.  Asda, Sainsbury's, Tesco all within a few minutes.
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Post by AndyLouch Wed Sep 21, 2022 7:02 pm

Hi all, this is a really useful thread and certainly has given us some good ideas. Recently stayed at CAMC affiliated site at Bridgnorth (to get my regular 'steam fix' on the Severn Valley Railway) and it's just under 3 miles to the railway from the site. However, it's pretty much all downhill going and quite a steep climb back. Without out ebikes we would have struggled!! Unfortunately, busy road as well, so not ideal cycling. I think there is an irregular bus, stop about 200m from the site entrance.
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Post by Caraman Wed Sep 28, 2022 7:47 pm

I think Seabreeze CL in NE Devon just about ticks the box.  It's outside the attractive village of Appledore with a short passenger ferry to Instow and within an easy walk or cycle ride of Northam and Westward Ho.  I think collectively these can count as a town but the delightful town of Bideford can also be reached by a longer walk or cycle ride and there are regular bus services to Bideford and the larger town of Barnstaple and from Westward Ho to Ilfracombe.  Other buses can be caught from Barnstaple e.g. to Croyde.  The site is quiet and spacious on the edge of Northam Burrows Country Park with direct access to the sea and SW Coastal Path.  We had 5 nights there last month and found plenty of things to do without driving anywhere.  This included me cycling most of the excellent Tarka Trail from just over the Long Bridge at Bideford.
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Post by Caraman Wed Sep 28, 2022 9:10 pm

Another site to consider is Beare Mill CL outside Crediton NW of Exeter.  It's very rural and nice but only 45 mins walk along a variety of pleasant routes into the centre of Crediton which is a town. The RW station can be reached along a flat footpath close to the river in about 30 mins.  There are better towns in Devon than Crediton but it has everything you need including good bus and rail links to other places.  We took the bus to Exeter but the train to Okehampton was tempting.  There are good rural walks to be had from the site but ours were curtailed somewhat by poor weather.
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