Despite the website address, Gannies Farm campsite is not a large caravan park. The site is a small camping field directly in front of a farmer’s house and is accessed off a narrow country lane that only leads to the campsite and a couple of neighbouring farms. It’s easy to miss the small sign opposite the entrance to the site (as we did!) and end up at the farm at the end of the lane. We approached the site through the nearby village of Waddington, a very picturesque village with a stream running alongside the main road and a couple of pubs which had plenty of people sat outside when we passed although we didn’t get time to sample them for ourselves. It’s possible to walk from the campsite to Waddington, across fields and completely avoiding the roads but we were put off by a field full of particularly large cows which we saw following a couple of people at close quarters.
The main camping field is on a slight incline with 5 hard-standing pitches each with electric hookup and the rest of the field is a free-for-all allocated to tents and campervans. We were only intending to stay for one night so could manage without electric, although we decided to stay on for a second night and moved into the neighbouring overflow field which we shared with just one other tent.
The washroom and toilet are housed in what is basically a garden shed. There’s a single shower (the part of the shed housing the shower is actually as large as a typical bathroom rather than a small shower cubicle as you often find). The shower room was clean, and the shower was hot. Showers are £1 but for that you get plenty of time – easily enough for a parent and child to share. It’s a small campsite but given that there’s only one shower, a queue can form at peak times. There’s a single toilet in an outhouse which occasionally needed restocking when we went to use it, so it would be worth taking your own supplies. I read the following comment on a review site while researching this campsite and I think it sums it up pretty well: “Don’t mind sharing the loo / shower with a spider or two for the sake of not sharing the site with too many people.”
The nearby town of Clitheroe is one of the the main local attractions with its Norman castle and there are plenty of cross-country walks over Pendle Hill.
The facilities at Gannies Farm are basic, but the location is lovely, and the pitches are very well priced. We were impressed enough to stay on for another night which is praise indeed.