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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.

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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…

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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.

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Wold Farm, Flamborough, East Yorkshire

Website: woldfarmcampsite.com | Phone: 01262 850536 | Postcode: YO15 1AT

The first thing that strikes you about Wold Farm is its beautiful remote location. The site is accessed down a half mile gravel track from Bempton Lane that runs past Flamborough. We stopped at the farmhouse-cum-reception and were directed into the 2nd field (Puffin Meadow) where we could pitch wherever we liked within the non-electric part (about 2 thirds of the field) as there are no marked pitches here. We went to the furthest side and set up facing away from the campsite which meant that we looked over the grazing sheep in the neighbouring field and out to sea with a view of Flamborough Head Lighthouse. The views are hard to beat. The beach and sea are not accessible directly from the campsite as it’s located near a clifftop. The fields are fenced and it’s far enough from the cliff edge that it’s safe for children. A path has been made through the farmland to the coastal walk that extends in both directions along the coast.

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Pexton Moor Farm, Dalby Forest, Pickering, North Yorkshire

Website: dalby-forest.co.uk/camping-dalby-forest.htm | Phone: 01751 460294 | Postcode: YO18 7LU

Our weekend at Pexton Moor Farm campsite marked our first camping trip without the Mazda Bongo campervan,  This was a test run with our new Camp-let Concorde trailer tent (click here to read about our reasons for the change). This was also likely to be our first and last camping trip of the year – we have not managed to fit in as many camping breaks as usual this year.

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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!

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Woodend Campsite, Austwick, Lancashire

 

Our pitch

Our pitch

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.

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Camber Sands Holiday Park, Camber, East Sussex

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.

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