After a few days staying with family in Sheffield over the August bank holiday weekend, we thought we’d squeeze in a little camping trip before going back to work. With the nights drawing in and the evenings getting cooler, we were thinking that it could be the last camping trip of the season, although hoping that it wouldn’t be. (more…)
We haven’t been campers for very long, in fact not much more than a year, but in that time we’ve very quickly come to the conclusion that we’re not big fans of sprawling corporate chain campsites. The sites we’ve enjoyed the most have all been smaller independent sites in great locations. That’s why Tiny Campsites seemed like the perfect book for us. In his new book, Guardian travel writer Dixe Wills reviews and recommends 75 campsites from across Britain that are all no bigger that one acre in size. (more…)
On the outskirts of Northiam in East Sussex just beyond the River Rother and the railway line for the Kent and East Sussex heritage steam train service sits Rother Valley campsite. The entrance to the site is via the car park for The Station House pub and could be a little tight to manouvre for large motorhomes but was fine for our Bongo. Though not officially “on site”, having a pub so close might earn the campsite bonus points except that it had closed down when we visited. The campsite reception is housed in a small green caravan nestled among trees and flowers alongside the entrance. The full Happy Campervanning team with our two vans were in attendance for this mid-August weekend break.
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! (more…)
We arrived at Outney Meadow quite late so the main reception, housed in a converted stable, was closed but someone appeared from a bungalow opposite reception to greet us and asked us to follow him to our pitch. He then promptly jumped on a bike and cycled off with us driving behind in the van – a nice little touch. The main carpark at the entrance to the site continues the impression given from the road – it’s a large gravel area lined with old tractors and mouldy caravans. The route to the camping pitch is much better though – down a conifer lined lane with three separate camping areas at the end.
Whilst it was a larger site, we thought that it didn’t feel too big as it was nicely laid out with hedges between the rows of pitches and so you don’t look out over a sea of tents and caravans and it feels like there is some degree of privacy. The pitches are mostly laid out in rows with a roadway inbetween and they are of varying sizes. The website helps you to decide what kind of pitch to book. Tents, campervans, motorhomes and caravans are mixed together, which is nice, and there are also a few pitches with hardstanding dotted around the site for larger motorhomes.
This was the second campsite that we visited on our ten night tour of Cornwall. We picked it mainly because of its location, which is within walking distance of Marazion. The name of the site is unusual and fortunately nothing to do with Only Fools and Horses! The name is apparently taken from a former tin mine in the area. The thing that really sold it to us, however, was the picture of a Bongo on the website. (more…)
Of the three sites that we stayed at during our first Cornwall Camping trip I’d say that Bay View was our favourite. It’s small friendly sites in great locations like this that are what got us excited about owning a campervan in the first place. It didn’t have the best on-site facilities, and in bad weather it could feel quite remote, but did I mention the view?