We picked Greenhill Leisure Park as the venue for a get together and birthday celebrations as it was a reasonable distance for everyone to travel to. Our group consisted of two campervans and two very small tents and we had booked three pitches. After some negotiation, we were allowed to pitch the two tiny tents together on one pitch but then they really were tiny!The approach to the site is down a private track from the main road which leads to reception. There is also a small shop here which sells basic provisions and some locally sourced meat. We bought some good sausages for our barbecue. It also sells some camping equipment such as gas stoves and picnic sets which seemed to be quite good value.
Once checked in, we were shown to our pitch by a man on a quad bike. We had to ask whether the pitch he showed us to was just for us or meant to accommodate everyone. It turned out that it was just for us, with the other two pitches being next to it. Our pitch was enormous, twice as big as we needed although as it was next to the washing up area, it meant that we didn’t have to get too close to the people doing their washing up. The other two pitches, although not quite as large, were plenty big enough, however one of them required quite a long cable to be able to use the electric hook up. We were told that the owners were deliberately creating large pitches to meet future requirements, presumably due to tents getting ever larger and Caravan and Camping Club requirements.
The site is set out in several different areas. There are tent fields with no marked pitches and few electric hook ups and then more formal marked pitches, some with hard standing and most with electric. Around the site are various different animals and two fishing lakes which can be used by visitors. We also found a couple of empty fields where we were able to fly kites and there is also a dog-walking field.
There are currently two toilet and shower blocks which are clean and spacious although they do seem to struggle first thing in the morning (a total of just 3 showers for the boys, and 4 for the girls), which is presumably why they are currently laying the foundations for what looks like a third shower block. We noticed that they were turning away people who hadn’t booked when we were there, saying that they were full, although we could see plenty of space. Maybe this is an attempt to reduce the pressure on the facilities.
A large barn at the entrance to the site has been converted into a games room with a couple of pool tables (although one was out of action when we visited, and at £1 per game could turn into a costly pastime), table tennis, a pinball machine and a couple of video games. There’s also a selection information leaflets about attractions in the local area.
Although the site is in the middle of the countryside, the view is slightly less than idyllic, with what looks like an abandoned cement works on the horizon and a train line running not far from the site. This didn’t bother us though and there is also a canal running past the site where you can watch the narrow boats go past. We were disappointed that you can’t walk easily by the side of the canal as the footpath is on the opposite side to the camp site. This meant that walking back from the pub late at night down the side of the road with no footpath or streetlights was quite scary.
If you’re prepared to brave the road, and it’s not so bad in daylight, there are two pubs within walking distance, one in each direction. We tried out The Rock of Gibraltar for a meal one evening which is about a 15 minute walk from the site. The food was good and the dog was allowed in the bar. It was much nicer, however, in the day time when it was possible to sit outside by the canal. A similar distance in the opposite direction is The Blacks Head Inn.
Greenhill Leisure Park is a large and growing site, but seemed to be well run and was in a good location for us. There were a few things to do in the local area, although in the time we were there, partly due to the weather, we barely made it off the site which must be a good sign!