UK Campsite Reviews

A brief review of all campsites that we have stayed on in the UK (please bear with me, this is a work in progress! I’m starting with the most recent and working backwards. Eventually I will cover all campsites that we have stayed on over the years 🙂 )
We often use Camping & Caravanning Club certificated sites and occasionally Caravan Club. We also use PitchUp and UKCampsites online to help us find where to stay, if we’re struggling.
Unless we’re trying to cover school holidays (which we’ve now decided we probably don’t need to worry about) we choose our next site a couple of days before moving on!
Just click on the link to see my review for the campsites that we’ve stayed on:-

East Sussex & Kent:

The Cock Inn, Peasmarsh, East Sussex                                –   Near Rye (about 10 miles from Hastings)

Eagles Garth, Beckley, East Sussex                                       –    (1-2 miles down the road from The Cock Inn)

Bearstead Caravan Club Site                                                 –    Near Maidstone (handy for Leeds Castle)

Hampton Bay Park, Herne Bay, North Kent                      –    Herne Bay – handy for Whitstable

Kelseys Camping, Sidcup, Kent                                             –    Sidcup  – we used it for visiting Chatham and Rochester.  Also very handy for visiting London 🙂

East Anglia

D’Arcy Equestrian, Tolleshunt D’Arcy, Maldon, Essex    –     Maldon – handy for visiting Mersea Island, Tiptree and even Colchester

Fishers Field, Theberton, Suffolk                                        –     Nr Aldeburgh.  Handy for visiting Thorpeness, Orford, Framlingham.  Even Southwold!

Lower Wood Farm, Mautby, Norfolk                                –    Caister on Sea.  Handy for Great Yarmouth and for visiting Norwich and the Norfolk Broads

Woodlands Caravan Park, Sheringham (North Norfolk)  –  Sheringham.  Handy for Cromer, Holkham, Wells next the Sea

Highfield Farm Touring, Comberton, Cambridge              –  Cambridge.  Also handy for visiting Ely

King’s Forest Caravan Park, West Stow, Nr. Bury St Edmonds – Bury St Edmonds.  Also handy for Newmarket, Thetford, Lakenheath and Lavenham

Northants, Rutland & Lincolnshire

British Grand Prix, Whittlebury Park, Silverstone            –  Whittlebury.  Handy for the British Grand Prix!!

Top Farm, Ryhal, Stamford for Rutland Water                 –  Stamford.  Handy for Rutland Water and Burghly House

Fulbeck Waters, Fulbeck, Lincs                                            – Fulbeck.  Handy for Lincoln, Grantham & Newark

Canal Farm, Austen Fen nr Louth, Lincs                            –  Louth.  Handy for Cleethorpes, Mablethorpe (and numerous other amazing sandy beaches)

Yorkshire & Northumberland (& 2 random sites in Cornwall)

Wold Farm, Flamborough Head – right on the cliffs 🙂    –   Flamborough.  Handy for Bridlington, Filey & perhaps Pickering for the North Yorks Railway

Trewiston Farm, Rock, Cornwall                                         – Rock.  Handy for Padstow, Daymer Bay, Port Isaac, Tintagel (I could go on…. – North Cornwall basically!)

Tregline Farm, nr Polzeath, Cornwall                                – A couple of miles from Trewiston (if that) so handy for the same places

Teversal Camping & Caravanning, nr Sheffield              –  Teversal.  Handy for the Peak District, Sheffield, Chesterfield and Bolsover Castle

Grantchester Caravan and Camping                                – Nr York.  Also handy for Harrogate and Knaresborough (Old Mother Shipton’s Cave)

Streets Head Caravan Site, nr Aysgarth                          – Aysgarth.  Also handy for West Burton, Hawes, Leyburn, Richmond and the Yorkshire Dales in general 🙂

Fletchers Farm, Great Ayton, North Yorkshire             – Great Ayton.  Handy for the North York Moors in general (so much to do and see 🙂 )

Wellhouse Farm, Stocksfield nr Hexham and Corbridge – nr Corbridge.  Handy for Hexham and Hadrian’s wall attractions

Potland Farm, nr Morpeth                                                – Ashington nr Morpeth. This is where we stayed when we visited Cragside.

Brock Mill Farm, nr Lindisfarne                                  – Beal on the road to Holy Island (Lindisfarne).  Also handy for Berwick on Tweed.

Scotland

Dunbar Camping and Caravanning                             – Dunbar.  Also handy for Edinburgh.

Thirlestane Castle, Lauder                                            – Handy for Jedburgh, Selkirk and Kelso (Floors Castle)

Lake District

Hill of Oaks, Bowness-on-Windermere                     – Bowness on Windermere.  The Lake District 🙂

Blackpool

Bluebell Cottage, Knott End, nr Blackpool               – Knott End.  Handy for Blackpool & Fleetwood

Advertisements

Clifftop Walks at Flamborough Head – we spotted a few puffins too :)

We are staying on the clifftop at Flamborough and the views are amazing!  We have direct access to the cliffs and the many terraces full of seabirds, including guillemots, razorbills, gannets, shags, herring gulls and puffins.

On evening 1 we went out for a walk, taking our neighbour’s dog, Henry, with us.  We ended up walking about 4 miles in the mud (it had been raining for a couple of days before we arrived).  To get to the clifftop we have to walk through a field full of sheep belonging to the farm we’re staying on.

I’m not kidding you, I have never heard such noises from sheep!  Ranging from normal baa’s to sounds like they’re barking and saying ‘no’ & ‘hear hear’.  They’re clearly talking to each other as they’re quiet until people turn up 🙂

The following day we went out for a walk along the cliffs again.  This time we turned left and walked about 3 miles to the RSPB centre.  Along the cliffs here there are several platforms built for viewing the birds.  It was a really nice walk, and even stayed dry for the majority of the time we were out!  Calv enjoyed his cream tea at the café 🙂

We did find that, in contrast to everyone that we’ve encountered so far in Yorkshire, most of the serious bird-watchers we saw were actually quite unfriendly.  They wouldn’t make eye contact at all, just kept their heads down and walked on past.  We were pretty surprised by this.  There were, of course, a couple of exceptions – like the guy we met on the clifftop on the 1st night who pointed out the puffins and lent us his scope to look through (I pretended I could see something, but I’m useless at looking through binoculars – and now I know, scopes as well!)

We did see puffins!  They were at a distance in the crevices in the cliffs – but we could see them 🙂

We were trying to avoid using the car for a couple of days and so the next day, Saturday, we went out for another walk.  This time we were aiming for the lighthouse that we can clearly see from the campsite.  The owner told us that it’s a 4.8 mile walk along the clifftop.

So we headed the other way via Flamborough itself and along Lighthouse Road.  It took forever – we never seemed to be getting any closer to the lighthouse!  Along the way we passed the original lighthouse, which is now sited on the golf course and we couldn’t access it.  There’s doubts about whether the flame was ever lit at the top, partly because passing ships refused to pay the toll to help pay for it.

20170729_132110
The original Lighthouse Tower at Flamborough

We eventually made it to the new lighthouse on the head.  There is a very nice café here, The Headland, an ice cream kiosk and public toilets.  The lighthouse is still operational, but is fully automated.  We took the tour, £4.40 per adult, which allowed us to go to the top and see the views from there.

We went down to the beach, all the way down!  There were people in the water, clambering over the rocks and kayaking from the beach.

From here we took the cliff path, which afforded us some spectacular views on our walk back to the campsite.

On the way we found North Landing where we stopped for a drink in the bar at the Haven centre.  On the beach there were tractors ready to pull the boats that were out on pleasure trips back out of the water, people kayaking; on the steep slipway up from the beach was a lifeboat house which you can visit as well as a boathouse.  It was really busy here as well!

A little further along the cliff was Thornwick Bay, where there is a café and limited access to the beach.

You have to be careful on these beaches as it would be really easy to get cut off as the tide comes in – from the safety of the clifftop we did see a number of people scrambling back around the base of the cliffs to beat the incoming water.  It concerned us a little, but they seemed to know what they were doing…

So we’d had 3 days of lots of walking and lots of fresh air!  Very enjoyable, but now our feet were hurting.

Therefore the car came back into use on Sunday with a dribble along the coast as far as Withernsea – read about in my next post 🙂