Where to go ?

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  1. pamie

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    Hi we have been caravaners for years staying same place for two weeks planned even down to ordering the morning paper, now we have our MH (Hobby 750) we have only been in it for a few w/ends locally to try it out, in sept we plan to be adventurous just go for two weeks somerset devon cornwall just one starting point water row in somerset (not booked) we have C&CC cards only used them once, just us two and two dogs going, we are not up to going wild camping not for a long time, we are finding the thought of doing this a little scary as we are not young anymore so any suggestions on where to go are we going to come accross problems like you can't stay just one night or other, we dont want anywhere grotty we have not waited all this time to get a MH then hate it or be put off so HELP-----i dont want to start planning two weeks of touring ---
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    Ross Park at Ipplepen just outside Newton Abbot takes some beating especially if you have dogs, huge enclosed field for exercising them and a hut with a grooming table, shower etc also a very well kept site would advise booking though
     
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    http://www.ukcampsite.co.uk/ thousands to choose from. If a bit nervous try some of the bigger sites, although can be dearer, have all the facilities until you find your feet. hidden valley is a good one http://www.hiddenvalleypark.com/ but as I said there are so many to choose from. Use the advanced search to only include things you want. if you just book a couple of days at a time you can move on or re book while you are there. Relax and enjoy!
    And dont forget to keep notes on each site you visit so you will remember for the next time.
     
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    The C&CC site at Slapton is OK but the nearby CC site at Chillington is better located. Treloan Farm at Portscatho in Cornwall is just above the coastal path and close to pubs, shops, beaches. Good site although facilities were a bit tired when we were last there but they were being refurbished. The CC site at Truro is very swish but not within walking distance of much, other than one shop in the village.

    But if you are in the C&CC why not just get their book out and plot a tour using their sites. You won't go far wrong I think. We us CC sites a lot. They probably have the edge on the C&CC these days for quality but that's a personal opinion.
     
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    Hi and welcome.

    Really there's not too much to worry about. You have been towing a caravan which can be more daunting on today's traffic so you haven't that to worry about. The last two posts have given great advice so now you have experienced weekends away enjoy your 2 weeks in your Motorhome ...
     
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    I have read on here that C + CC sites will not let you on unless prebooked, not sure if this another myth, I guess you always go back to MH and call them :D

    Don't you just love officialdom (y)

    we like CSs and CLs, they are less picky, but often full

    have fun
     
  8. pamie

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    Hi i was a bit worrid there i just phoned C&CC and yes they do take what they call offroaders no pre book necessary just down to availability,
    sorry bit new to forum what does CSs and CLs mean
    thank you for your interest pamie
     
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    That's exceedingly boring. Could be terminal. Snap yourselves out of it.

    Our 80 odd year old Don Madge still drives to Turkey.

    So get those animals injected and cross the channel. It's just so much better for MHs over there.

    You CAN do it, you're FUNsters now.
     
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    That's good news, thanks for the update

    A CS is a Certified Site (C+CC)

    A CL is a Certified Location (CC)

    The only real difference is one is Caravan and Camping Club, the other is Caravan Club, they are usually 5 van maximum sites on farms or private houses

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    Hi Pamie

    I don't know how independant you are in that whether or not you have a solar panel which enables you to be off EHU for some time.

    If you have done the odd weekend on a commercial site now is the time to broaden your experience.

    If you are considering a commercial site it is usually best to give them a ring to confirm availability and cost.

    CL's etc can be very good and it is a question of trying them. look up the address on Google Earth as this can give you an idea of what it may be like.

    If you look in the back of the C & CC magazine you will find details of holiday rallies (blue edged pages) and weekend events (red edged pages). There are quite a number all over the UK during September and maybe it is the time to try one or two. They are usually cheaper than most sites and you can stay for 1 night up to the entire duration of the Rally.

    Very very few of the rallies ask you to prebook in fact most say reservation is not necessary. They are often just fields with freshwater , waste and toilet desposal facilities but some do meet at commercial sites. Many of the people there will know one another having met at that rally or others over the years but there is no problem for a first timer. Should you have any problems then the rally marshalls are there to help. You can also ask questions of those around you which can help you think about places to go as well as ideas for your MH etc.

    We have been to one of the rallys in Brixham a few times. They are in a field next to Gentry Campsite with a toilet block and a events tent for the odd quiz etc. The block is functional but needs work done on it. Unfortuneately as the site may be developed sometime soon they are reluctant to spend any money on it. It has basic toilet, washing and shower facilities as well as fresh water and disposal facilities. When we were last there they had free membership of the Rugby club down the road where the drinks are reasonable and they have TV where you could watch football or the Ryder Cup for example It is a good walk into Brixham and there are bus stops close by for Torquay and Paignton etc.

    Hope that gives you food for thought.

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    Further to the above I would definitely agree with Hilldweller re crossing the channel.

    Maybe you would think it is a step to far for you, well ask those you meet about their experiences abroad and pick up some tips. We are about to go to France foe 3 weeks and were actually introduced to using the Aires system in France etc as a result of meeting a couple whilst on a C & CC rally in Spain during the winter. We travelled back with them and had our first experience of the Aires as a result. Now the way we travel about with the occasional stop at a campsite interspersed.

    Go on you know you want to.

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    now Doug you are going to have to explain what that is Aires system looked on the net but did not know what i was looking for
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    How long have you got? Essentially aires are areas often set aside by individual towns and villages to allow parking by motorhomes for a relatively low cost or even free. They normally provide water and toilet emptying facilities. They are a step up from parking in a layby and less than a proper campsite in terms of facilities and of course cost. Very common in France and some other European countries. Not to be confused with Aires de Parking which are parking areas on motorways.
    Downside is some can get very crowded and vans can be parked very close together. Not all are like this but it does happen at popular spots. You can get guides to them from Vicarious Books http://www.vicariousbooks.co.uk/
     
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    We are also relative newcomers to motorhomes - only had ours about a year now.

    I would suggest you use the C&CC's CS sites in the UK. These are small sites, all with water and waste water and toilet disposal. Many have EHUs but we often don't use them because we have solar. We have never yet found a bad one. Stayed in some great places and met some great people.

    I would also recomend trying France as soon as you can. They, and the rest of Europe, are much more motorhome friendly in their facilities. The campsites are good, but we tend to use the Aires. Just buy the french Aires book from the link Devenbeekeeper gave you and it will explain everything you need to know and list over 2,000 Aires in France. Again stopped at some great places and enjoyed every minute of it. I must admit to being a bit worried at first but we found it so easy that we will rarely use camp sites in France again.

    Finally, why not come on a Motorhome fun rally as soon as you can - there are several planned for September.
     
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    I too would recommend France but beware the north and west can get weather like the UK. Warm and sunny at times, wet and windy at others. You need to go south for better weather but it can get uncomfortably hot. I wouldn't recommend it for a first longish trip though. Better to stay in the UK where you know where to buy the things you forget and where sorting out any problems with the vehicle will be easier. Next year - the world is your oyster, mussel or shellfish of choice - Brittany for those of course - and Imodium from Boots!
     
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    Devonbeekeeper has outlined what they are.

    They range from slots designated for motorhomes in a carpark with no facitliies at all to ones providing all the necessary facilities. They can be free or as much as 10 euros or more. Do not assume that the free ones are not all incompassing. The first Aire we stayed at was at a village called Pomarez. Look it up on Google Earth. If you zoom in to the junction of the D15 and D7 you will see the roof of a large round building. In front of it is a car park and in the middle of it is the Aire for motorhomes. Switch to Strret mode and if you look into the carpark you will see some MH's.

    The Aire takes 12 vans and has electric for all 12. There is a place to dump your waste water, get fresh water and dump your toilet waste. Surrounding the aire are some small shops, a sports hall and the local primary school. The large building is a Bull Ring. 200 yards away is a Tesco Express sized Carrfor and a Pharmacy.

    The aire is free, including the electric, and you just need to avoid Mondays as it is market day and that is where the vans park and the other few days when the Bull Ring is being used.

    The thing about Aires is that they are often sited close to the centre of villages, towns or tourist sites. You are technically not allowed to put out chairs and tables etc as they are for you to park not camp. It has never been a problem theough. Many beautiful French villages have aires within easy wallking distance of the centre. In fact there are well over 2000 aires throughout France and similar facilities in Germany, Italy, Spain etc.

    Hope that gives you some idea.

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  20. pamie

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    well THANK YOU all so much i have got alot of information and some good sites to look at we will have electric bikes and backpacks for the dogs if needed on the road with us but are flexible bus walk ride (not run though) we have decided to go down the north coast as far as st Ives then back up the south coast back home to Dorset, we have in the past (befor caravans) done alot of flying with all inclusive holidays and got fed up with it so let our passports lapse but touring France has intrigued us so we will renew them now,but like i said at the start we have only been out locally we have some great sites here only a few mile from where we live you can ride or walk into the forest from the site for miles the dogs love it, it took us the third time out to work out how to put the heating on so France is just abit beyond us yet but we will get there, so if its not to much trouble please keep putting on sites for me (its always better to have recomended sites,we have been to ones with tin shacks for the showers befor trying to watch where the spiders are going hated it) so need good facilities walks for the dogs and bike rides.
    pamie
     
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