campsite

Sleningford Watermill, Ripon

Website: http://www.sleningfordwatermill.co.uk | Phone: 01765 635201 | Postcode: HG4 3HQ

This was a site chosen for a specific purpose, and recommended to us by a work friend when asked about the area. I bought Tom vouchers for his birthday earlier this year to visit treetopnets, a trampoline park in the trees. We chose to visit the Ripon branch and plan a camping trip around our booking. We did some research for sites in the area, and I asked a friend who camps regularly with his family (and incidentally just this year made the jump up from tent to folding camper ), and he recommended Slengingford, as they visit the site each year, originally trying it as a result of 2 other colleagues recommending it. (more…)

By Anna-Lou, ago
Articles

Camping Abroad (with a Trailer Tent)

This was a post I started to draft last year when we were preparing for our first trip abroad. I never got around to finishing it but as we are currently getting ready to do it all again it seems like a good idea to note down some of this information to refer to again. Living in Europe offers up so many destinations when you have transport that you are confident with. When we had the 'van, after the work Tom had done on it in the early years, I'm not sure we ever trusted it for long journeys within the UK, never mind on mainland Europe. Nowadays we're using the trailer with our family car, which makes a huge difference to the types of trips we want to plan. Once you start looking, the possibilities are endless.  Ferry travel will get you direct to the Netherlands, France or Ireland, or there is the shuttle to France. There are then any number of onward destinations you can choose. Our goal is to build up to lengthy cross-country trips staying in various locations for a few nights at a time, but for a change, we've decided to start out small and see how it goes whilst we get used to the trailer and the boys are still very young. (more…)

By Anna-Lou, ago
campsite

Chateau de Galinée, Saint-Cast-le-Guildo, Brittany

Website: chateaudegalinee.fr | Phone: (0033) 02 96 41 10 56 | Postcode: 22380

Our first camping trip abroad! Some said we were crazy to attempt this with a 2-year-old and a 10-month-old, but we put a lot more planning into this trip than into most of our shorter UK breaks (perhaps too much planning because by the time we were ready to book everything our preferred ferry crossings were all full!). Read on to find out whether our first foray onto the continent with a trailer-tent was a success and whether we'll be attempting it again... (more…)

By Tom, ago
campsite

Bridge Villa, Wallingford, Oxfordshire

Website: bridgevilla.co.uk | Phone: 01491 836860 | Postcode: OX10 8HB

For a weekend of camping with friends we chose Bridge Villa for its convenient location between the two families. We took the Friday off work and travelled down during the day. After an uneventful journey, the last few miles after leaving the M40 took us through some rural picturesque Oxfordshire villages. Unusually for most campsites, at Bridge Villa you just turn off the main road and you're straight into the site among the pitches. There's no long single track driveway winding through fields to approach the site, here you stay right in the heart of the village.

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By Tom, ago
Equipment

Going off-grid: Camping without electric

As happy campervanners we felt like we always needed the electric hook-up. We didn't have a leisure battery and our fridge only ran off 240v mains electricity so without a hook-up we couldn't power the fridge and were worried that we'd run down the van's only battery if we left the lights on too long and wouldn't be able to start the engine in the morning. As happy trailer-tenters we don't have a fridge (or any battery at all) and we've started to realise how much we limit our options if we only camp in locations that have a hook-up available - especially at busy times as the electric pitches are always first to go. Also, some sites charge quite a premium for the hook-up which is disproportionate to the small amount of electricity we consume so we've started to look at alternative power sources to broaden our campsite options. (more…)

By Tom, ago
Articles

Goodbye Bongo, Hello Concorde!

Well, after 7 years of campervan ownership, it is with some regret that we are announcing here that we have sold the ’van. After a lot of consideration, taking into account several factors, we concluded that ultimately, the campervan didn’t work for us any longer and we needed a better solution. Contrary to what we originally thought, that solution is not a new ’van, but instead a trailer tent. So, the campervan may have gone, but the camping will continue, as will this site! (more…)

By Anna-Lou, ago
campsite

Gibraltar Farm, Silverdale, Lancashire

From the top of the siteFor this camping trip we took a drive out to the west coast near Morecambe Bay to visit Gibraltar Farm. As the name suggests, the campsite is situated alongside a working farm. The entrance is hidden away behind a barn and not very well signed, but a fellow camper was able to point us in the right direction. Once you turn the corner behind the barn, the campsite opens up in front of you. (more…)

By Tom, ago
campsite

Woodend Campsite, Austwick, Lancashire

  [caption id="attachment_835" align="alignleft" width="300"]Our pitch Our pitch[/caption] For this camping trip we had some family visiting from Australia and wanted to show them some of our favourite places in the Yorkshire Dales. We settled on Woodend Campsite which is located on a working farm of the same name just past the village of Austwick. (more…)

By Tom, ago