For our longest camping trip of the year we ventured West into Cumbria and the Lake District to Sykeside Camp Site. The site itself is hidden away in a dip and situated behind the Brotherswater Inn pub off the A592. The drive to the site takes you over a high pass with great views but your passengers may spend a lot of the journey with their eyes tightly closed as there are some steep drops just off to the side of the road in parts. In fact, we pulled over in a small car park just before the road descends down to the campsite for a quick photo opportunity to take in the views down the valley to the body of water that is Brotherswater.
We took a last-minute trip to Dent to meet up with a group of friends who were visiting from “down south” and renting a local cottage for the week so we made the trip over in the ‘van and booked a pitch for a couple of nights at High Laning. The route that we took (coming in from Skipton) took us up over and through the hills on a winding road through farmland in which we had to stop several times to open gates, drive through and the close the gates shut behind us! It’s quite a large campsite, being split across both sides of the main road out of Dent.
I had been wanting to stay at the Gordale Scar campsite since seeing it featured on Martin Dorey‘s BBC2 series “One Man and His Campervan” a couple of years ago and this summer I finally got around to organising a trip. Let’s be very clear about the main attraction of this site: Location, location, location! Facilities are basic – easily the most basic of any site we’ve reviewed so far: no electric hookups, no hard standing pitches, no on-site shop (in fact no shop for several miles). All of that is easily forgiven though because the location is fantastic. (more…)
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. (more…)
We visited this site for a weekend in late June 2012 after a week of terrible weather and with more rain forecast during our stay. Friends had looked shocked that we we hadn’t cancelled our trip and as we made our way over the Humber Bridge with the wipers struggling to keep the windscreen clear, we began to question whether we’d made the right decision.
Following the success (apart from the breakdown!) of last year’s big summer camping trip to Cornwall, this year we settled on the Isle of Wight and hoped for a repeat experience. We spent quite a while researching campsites in the IoW and found quite a few impressive looking places with gorgeous cliff-top views out over the sea. We were a little worried by some reports of high winds though so decided to hedge our bets and split our time between two different sites. Beaper Farm was the first site, and was selected because it’s close to Ryde and a little further inland than some of the other sites so we hoped it might be a little more sheltered if the weather turned against us.
Grange Farm was the second campsite that we stayed in on the Isle of Wight. Before we set off on our holiday, we were looking forward to staying here, having looked at the website and seen the location and the views. Having already spent a few days being rained on and blown about by the British weather though, we were more than a little nervous about staying at the top of a cliff!
When we were looking to book up our first camping trip of the 2011 season, we heard that some friends had booked an Easter break at the Park Resorts Camber Sands site. This is not somewhere we’d normally have looked at as it’s a holiday park rather than a camp site, but we thought we’d invite ourselves along anyway. Our friends are tentists, but we won’t hold that against them and they have two small girls and so this is our first review of a camp site visited with children. Overall we had a lovely weekend, although how much of this was down to the good company and the glorious (unusual for a bank holiday weekend) weather and how much is down to the campsite is hard to tell.