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Jack_P

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Camp sites you have visited since lockdown
« on: July 10, 2020, 07:01:09 pm »
Looking around its still a confusing state. Thought it would be good to hear first hand of any sites you have been/cycled to since the great release.  What facilities are open and how busy, Cheers  :thumbsup:

Re: Camp sites you have visited since lockdown
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2020, 10:39:43 pm »
I'm away on a camping trip now, Jack, but probs out of your area.

Both Leekworth in Middleton and Dufton have reduced capacity, lots of hand sanitizer, etc.

The tricky bit was booking - usually I just rock up with my tiny tent, but they all seem to have strict capacity ideas (except for the bluff Yorkshireman in Hawes, of course). Weekdays easy, weekends a bugger.

Re: Camp sites you have visited since lockdown
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2020, 10:46:27 pm »
Just had 2 nights trying out the new megatent at the C&CC Cambridge site. Very friendly, clean, well run, etc.  Small facilities block (looked like just 2 male and 2 female showers) but then it’s probably primarily a site for motorhomes and caravans. Pretty busy when we left, Saturday morning.

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Re: Camp sites you have visited since lockdown
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2020, 07:38:35 am »
Just had 2 nights trying out the new megatent at the C&CC Cambridge site. Very friendly, clean, well run, etc.  Small facilities block (looked like just 2 male and 2 female showers) but then it’s probably primarily a site for motorhomes and caravans. Pretty busy when we left, Saturday morning.

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Jack_P

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Re: Camp sites you have visited since lockdown
« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2020, 09:17:04 am »
Its all good Dean, since when has distance been an issue, hopefully, good info for all  :facepalm:

I saw this yesterday, wondering whether to explore further

https://nearlywildcamping.org/

Re: Camp sites you have visited since lockdown
« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2020, 11:36:15 am »
Just had 2 nights trying out the new megatent at the C&CC Cambridge site. Very friendly, clean, well run, etc.  Small facilities block (looked like just 2 male and 2 female showers) but then it’s probably primarily a site for motorhomes and caravans. Pretty busy when we left, Saturday morning.

In Great Shelford?
Yep.

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Re: Camp sites you have visited since lockdown
« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2020, 03:16:14 pm »
Just had 2 nights trying out the new megatent at the C&CC Cambridge site. Very friendly, clean, well run, etc.  Small facilities block (looked like just 2 male and 2 female showers) but then it’s probably primarily a site for motorhomes and caravans. Pretty busy when we left, Saturday morning.

In Great Shelford?
Yep.


You should have waved - I live just down the road.
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Re: Camp sites you have visited since lockdown
« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2020, 11:22:52 pm »
Just had 2 nights trying out the new megatent at the C&CC Cambridge site. Very friendly, clean, well run, etc.  Small facilities block (looked like just 2 male and 2 female showers) but then it’s probably primarily a site for motorhomes and caravans. Pretty busy when we left, Saturday morning.

In Great Shelford?
Yep.


You should have waved - I live just down the road.
What a pity. We could have exchanged notes on those yacf shorts I sold to you years ago (or was it a shirt?). We’re in Cambridge again on Wednesday (22nd) if you’re available for coffee.

quixoticgeek

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Re: Camp sites you have visited since lockdown
« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2020, 11:21:13 pm »
Looking around its still a confusing state. Thought it would be good to hear first hand of any sites you have been/cycled to since the great release.  What facilities are open and how busy, Cheers  :thumbsup:

Mini camping Slappeterp - Busier than I expected, but not totally full. Everything was working, people were keeping to themselves. No special measures

Camping de dobbe, Holwerd - Less busy than expected, one person at a time signs for toilet block and showers, some ignored, some didn't.

Bring your own toilet roll policy at both, apparently due to coronavirus, logic not explained due to language barrier.

Lots of people out on 5 bag bike tourers. Met a family from Sheffield at one of the sites, they had a flag pole with an EU flag on it. Interesting to chat to.

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Re: Camp sites you have visited since lockdown
« Reply #9 on: July 26, 2020, 09:48:31 am »
Was up at Glen Nevis earlier this week, everything seemed to be open (booking essential) and fairly busy.

Re: Camp sites you have visited since lockdown
« Reply #10 on: July 29, 2020, 02:41:58 pm »
We spent last weekend at Long Acre Caravan and Camping site near Lingfield in Surrey, the furthest we've ventured since the start of lockdown.

Not my favourite kind of site (heavily aimed at caravans and people with huge tents with all mod cons) and not cheap either but we needed somewhere closer to home because it's been a while since we cycled with a camping load and this was only 20 miles away.

Us being the only lightweight campers on site aside, it was fine - they assigned us shower 'slots' to make sure the showers never got too busy (changing these when I pointed out we'd prefer evening slots after cycling all day), and the toilets were never too busy either (and naturally socially distanced as they were in big cubicles alongside the showers). Toilets/showers were cleaned four times a day and there were hand sanitiser dispensers dotted all around. It was a bit noisy (music, loud kids games) but everyone shut up on the stroke of 11pm as per campsite rules. Fires were allowed if you rented a fire pit but that was £25 a night so we didn't bother.

Loads of room and spare pitches on the non-electric field we were in. There were pubs within walking distance but we're not keen on going into pubs right now so spent the rainy Saturday afternoon huddled under a tarp with tea and port. I didn't mind because we've spent long enough stuck inside.

Jack_P

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Re: Camp sites you have visited since lockdown
« Reply #11 on: August 01, 2020, 12:46:22 pm »
Stopped at Slade Paddock campsite at Witcham near Ely mid week.
cash paid in envelopes for a flat grass pitch, very little shade though.
Plenty of room for a small tent and no problems with about 20 pitches taken, mainly caravans.
They gave you a token to hang on the very clean toilets/ separate shower wet rooms whenever you were in them and I never had to wait. :thumbsup:
Has a TV shed with a fridge to use, and nice sofas, bliss for me having no seat to eat my dinner on, and it was cool.
Owner was dishing out plums from his laden tree as a bonus.

Re: Camp sites you have visited since lockdown
« Reply #12 on: August 03, 2020, 09:07:14 am »
We have just had a couple of nights at Compton Farm in the Isle of Wight.  Small site but it was almost full.  The owner said that since re-opening, it had been like bank holiday weekend every day.  Most people I spoke to were previous visitors (as were we).

Toilet and shower block is very small and often no-one else was in when I went in, but impossible to distance as there isn't space.  They did introduce a one-way system outside so you wouldn't pass people on the narrow path leading to it. 

Other than the one-way, everything was as it had been last year.

Re: Camp sites you have visited since lockdown
« Reply #13 on: August 03, 2020, 11:29:47 am »
Hook Farm campsite in West Hoathly near East Grinstead this weekend.

This campsite is basically some slopey fields with running water, portaloos and compost toilets dotted around. A little temporary kiosk takes payment contactlessly and will also sell you firewood, kindling etc.

You are allowed a fire wherever you like but we chose a pitch where there had clearly been a fire before. Easy to social distance. The fields seemed informally separated into one for big groups and ones for people who wanted a quieter life.

All of the owners/staff were incredibly friendly and welcoming. We arrived exhausted and a little frazzled on Friday evening (see lorry incident thread) and couldn't face dragging our bikes around the fields looking for a flatter bit so ended up pitching on a slight slope which we obviously regretted at night. The owner noticed on the Saturday and offered us to repitch on another flatter field down the road but neither of us could be bothered packing up for just one more night. If we had got there earlier it would have been easier to find a flatter bit but many of them were already taken.

We wanted to go for a walk on the Saturday and the staff promised to keep an eye on our bikes when we locked them next to the kiosk which was kind of them.

The campsite is only open Fri-Sun and bank holidays.

Re: Camp sites you have visited since lockdown
« Reply #14 on: August 03, 2020, 05:28:16 pm »
Probably not strictly useful for anyone here, but there's been a temporary change to planning rules as a result of Covid.

It has been the case that it was allowed to have up to 28 days camping per year on any patch of land without planning permission. This rule has been changed to allow for up to 56 days for this year.

This is certainly going to help the one campsite I know about who have had a very tough time so far this year. They spent all their spare cash on their own sewage treatment system, and work finished about a fortnight before lockdown. No income from then until a month ago. Ouch. 
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Re: Camp sites you have visited since lockdown
« Reply #15 on: August 04, 2020, 12:22:09 am »
Isn't that rule not just so travellers wernt forced to move around so often?

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Re: Camp sites you have visited since lockdown
« Reply #16 on: August 04, 2020, 08:58:17 am »
As far as I understand it the recent rule change has been aimed at farmers and the like who already run a bit of camping to allow them to potentially double their income.
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