The Caravan Club are just wrong!

Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by Janine, Feb 9, 2015.

  1. Janine

    Janine Funster Life Member

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    I was browsing the Caravan Club website to find some new places to go this summer and did a search based on sites within 0.5 miles of a town.

    It came up with the new site near Ludlow. Perfect! We are playing there in May and an overnight stay would be lovely. Wrong! When we went to look at it today, we found that it's at least 1.5 miles from the town along a busy road with a narrow footpath.

    Another site the search threw up was Ilfracombe. On reading the blurb however, that site is described as being 3 miles from the town.

    I hope people don't book on the strength of the Caravan Club's silly search facility!
     
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    we went to the one in York. they told us they were going to have a cheese and wine do that night. when we arrived there was two small bits of cheese. and a very small bottle of wine. and lots of crackers. we went back to our van and with some others we had our own party.
     
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    We stayed on the Ludlow site for a couple of nights last year. It's a very nice site, lots of new tree & shrub planting, it has an 'adults-only' area & a good play area for kids, decent accessories shop, really good 'facilities' block, & a good visiting F&C van.

    BUT the walk into town is a bit scary. It's not just busy, the traffic is FAST. And you have to spend lots of time in the road. And on the way into Ludlow you're on the left so can't see the traffic without stopping to turn around.

    I wouldn't walk it without hi-viz and I certainly wouldn't walk it in the dark.

    While we were there, the owners had asked the local council to clear the footpath (it's a decent width pavement but overgrown with brambles, hawthorn etc) - apparently the council has to get each landowner who fronts onto the road to do their own bit - the council can issue an enforcement notice if necessary, or do the work & then charge the landowner. I don't know if it was ever done... and of course will need repeating regularly!

    I expect @GJH 's file will say if there's MH parking at the park-&-ride, & there may be buses outside the CC site, but that of course isn't what your 'search' was about, and that makes CC dangerously misleading. But it's worth the effort, Ludlow is just gorgeous.
     
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  4. Janine

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    Thanks for that! We live about 20 miles from Ludlow and go there often - it is a wonderful town. We're playing at the Spring Festival there in May and, as it's my birthday, we thought we'd make a weekend of it. Maybe we'll use taxis :)
     
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    I wired the WHSmith in Ludlow a couple of years ago and agree it is a lovely town and the real ale pub is excellent (specialise in pies too). I plan to stay there in the van eventually. Thanks for the info.
     
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    Don't get me started on the CC. After over 25 years as a member they are so up themselves and safety paranoid they are a total joke for us. At Christmas we had booked into York site for a few days to try the new van out. After two hours the site commandant knocked on the door. Upon seeing him I stood to attention as a loyal member. He said that I was to close to a motorhome that was parked at the next pitch about 23 feet away. Being a novice of 30 years I asked how much he would like me to move baring in mind my door is on the offside and I was now only 2 metres from the hedge. Much closer and we would have to jump over the hedge to gain entry to the van. He marked where he would like me to move, this I did like a good little boy. The total distance I moved to my right was 2 feet, yes 2 feet. I didn't think these wardens could be fitted with any less brains, I asume that any brain is removed when they become wardens, placed in a pickle jar and then the power kicks in. We cancelled the rest of our UK holidays and booked two ferries to France, sod them.
     
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  7. Techno

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    I think their software uses "as the crow flies" which often bears no relation on foot or road.
     
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    Should have gone earlier....there was around 10kg of assorted cheeses and 70 bottles of falling down water.

    Nobody wanted soggy biscuits though
     
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    Unfortunately you find them in all walks of life. I have met some really very excellent wardens
     
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    It certainly used to be possible for motorhomes to park at the P&R but Shropshire Council don't publish details these days so giving them a ring might be worth it.

    As regards the CC (and C&CC) location descriptions in general I've long held the view that they are pathetic. These days I almost invariably use Google Maps to identify true site locations and public transport proximity. The town names are often just silly.
     
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    lots of CC sites like that in rubbish locations...stayed at one years ago with the intention of doing some cycling and we were to scared to cycle out he gate on to the road it was on! Some of them on crap land leased to them by the local council as due for development. we have a few in the S/E that are OK and just about worth being a member for...
     
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    We have cancelled our membership with the Caravan Club. They are just to rude to deal with. (n)
     
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    At Baltic Wharf the Obergruppenfuhrer made a mate of mine move 150mm to the left, he was that amount off the site marker!

    Needless to say the "How did we do" that invites comments didn't fare to well!
     
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    Like Andy, we have found both good and bad wardens on sites.. and not just on C Club sites..

    A wardens job is not an easy one and it takes a special kind of person to deal with the public.. the public are not angels.

    They are on duty virtually 24 hrs a day.. out in all weathers and having to deal with some very rude people and some real idiots, and still be civil and polite when they feel like punching some tosser in the face.. and yes.. tossers join the CC .. I've met them.

    Of course it is absolutely not acceptable if they are rude to us, no matter how stressed they are, but they are human and in all my years of club membership.. on and off for the better part of 45 years .. I've only come across a few.. less than a handful who I would class as being bad.

    Love 'em or hate them, remember, without wardens there would be anarchy on sites, without wardens the toilets would be filthy .. without wardens there would be no sites..
     
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    If I park up a few inches away from the marker, I usually just move the marker so I'm in the right place! (before the Fuehrer spots it)
    Cheers, Dave(y)
     
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    We've stayed a couple of times at the CC Ludlow site but we knew before going there, having checked the map that it is a bit of a walk into the town. There is a pavement all the way but as already said the hedges need a serious cut. The town itself is worth a visit though and for us it has been a useful overnight stop on the way to and from Scotland.

    And I know some folk have had bad experiences with CC wardens but I genuinely think this is rare and it shouldn't put people off joining them.
     
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    Ditto (y)
     
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    The Ludlow site is affiliated, it is owned by Morris's of Shrewsbury who also own sites on the outskirts of Shrewsbury,Bridgnorth and a dump in Wales that I can't remember ! And can't be arsed to research because it is a dump and MH unfriendly! You used to be able to overnight at the stationbut Morris's put the kibosh on it !
    There is a park and ride site at Ludlow that has no restrictions on overnight parking as far as I am aware ! :boxing::boxing::boxing::groan:
     
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    Just checked.. and yes, it is about 1.5 miles along the road.. almost a straight line..

    however, should point out the site is owned and operated by Morris Leisure and is CC affiliated .. not owned.

    so the duff info has probably been provided by the owners rather than a survey done by the CClub , perhaps they should check, but I guess they have to depend a lot on site owners giving correct information..
     
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