Discussion in 'UK Touring' started by jdk62, Aug 31, 2014.
Total newcomer and as the title really.
Hi jdk62 (catchy name that!)
Thanks to Robert for the link above. That's great if you're using a phone, but if you're using a bigger screen you may have better luck simply using britstops.com.
We did our first Britstop last weekend. the Drake had been reluctant before but we had a great stay at stop 832, were made very welcome and had a fabulous meal. The hosts said that the scheme was very successful as far as they were concerned which was good to hear.
We'll be Britstopping again in the future for sure!
I was wondering, how do users manage with emptying and filling tanks?
I understand that hosts don't provide this?
Also is it possible to pay the host for elec ?
We've used a few this past 3 weeks and never had a problem - most places are amenable to anything if you ask!
.......also helps if you've spent a few quid with them - which we inevitably do!!!!
...........,costing me a bloody fortune lol!
If you are polite and friendly nothing it seems is too much trouble. I give the scheme a big thumbs up!
Some do, you just have to look for them.
Another vote for britstops, we've had some wonderful nights.
As it was just for one night then the fill and empty of tanks wasn't a problem for us. We were home the day we left and emptied the tanks as normal at home. If we had needed to fill and empty we would have used a watering can for filling and a bucket for emptying at a place where this was possible. If desperate for drinking water you can always buy a 5 litre bottle at Tesco.
Some Britstops do have facilities, the one we stayed didn't and they warned us about that when I phoned to make sure we would be welcome. I like to phone in advance and some places ask you to do so.
Some places have EHU but many don't. If there is EHU expect to pay for it.
The book and the email updates tell you what is available, or rather what the hosts have listed as available.
Britstops are not campsites. You are a guest not a customer and although you will probably spend money in the shop or pub or whatever this is not compulsory. Greet your hosts when you arrive, say farewell when you leave and make sure all is left as you found it.
There is a symbol for black disposal on each page. Greyed out if not available
We use Britstops a lot. Just recently we were in Scotland and used 3 Britstops all of them very good but would thoroughly recommend visiting Hamish the famous Highland Bull at 805 and also 820 which is beside a very pretty lock. On our way home we stayed overnight at 060 in Wiltshire and met up with some other motorhomers from Liverpool and spent a lovely evening in the pub talking about motorhoming. We like to wander about the country and go where we fancy and Britstops mean we can do this as you dont have to book. We So far every one we have used has been good and we have been made very welcome even if we dont spend any money (which is rare cos mostly we use pubs and have a little bevie or two!!). We think it's great value.
Had a run of them this summer, all excellent
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We used britstops and stopped at a pub near Taunton had a really good night the only thing I didn't like was buying it in October at Newark show and then being emailed in the January asking us to renew for the next year worked out at £20.00 for 2 months other than that a good idea.
I have not used Britstops but would it not be cheaper and more convenient to use CL's ?
They all have water and waste and are surely cheaper than a meal and a few drinks.
Don't shoot me
You don't have to buy a meal, or indeed anything. Most people do but it's not compulsory.
We enjoyed our Britstop a couple of hours north of here, handy for if we are going right after work..... tanks are already fully enough or empty as appropriate so that's not a problem. If we want to cook in the van we can but if we don't there are bar meals. A drink in the bar is a nice way to relax at the start of the time away, something we wouldn't do at home.
It wouldn't suit everyone but we enjoyed it. Wouldn't do it every night though.
I agree, but is it not a bit like France Passion? You end up either feeling obliged to buy something or maybe get slightly pressurisd to buy something.
The theory is good but let's face it, there's 'owt fer nowt' and commerce is the driving force behind the scheme.
So after spending a few quid you still have to solve the problem of water and toilet etc.
I think Britstops is a great idea. Supporting local British businesses whilst travelling through our great county
Only stopped at the one and the "pressure" consisted of "Sorry but if you were wanting a meal there isn't a free table tonight, we get very booked up." when we phoned to ask if there was space for the van. We had a drink in the bar and were made very welcome, the food smelled so good we did have a bar meal but there was no pressure. Some stops do have water and some have toilets (we used the bar loos before retiring) but as the van is self-contained it doesn't matter to us.
Generally you can empty a cassette in a public loo if you are discrete and make sure you leave it at least as clean as you found it. There is also nearly always water available but you might have to search for it (under the sinks for example) as the cleaners need to fill a bucket. If worst comes to worst you can always....... ask! Most people will let you fill a watering can and / or kettle if you ask very nicely.
It's sort of wild camping with permission!
As with nearly every other question on here, the correct answer is 'It all depends....'
If your plan for the evening was a nice meal in the pub, then it's a win-win situation. You spend the same in the pub as you would anyway & save on the campsite fee. And there are no worries getting back to the campsite.
If the plan for the next night is to pitch up somewhere nice, relax & have a leisurely meal in the van, then a decent CL or CS is the better answer that day - this time with the benefit of fresh water & grey & black dump, which may or may not have been available at the pub.
The next Britstop might be a farm shop. Plenty of people like to shop in farm shops when away, so if it comes with free overnight parking, another bonus. It might only be through Britstops that they found the pub or the farm shop in the first place.
A tour using just Britstop locations is perfectly possible, but I suspect most people intersperse them with sites and/or with wild camping.
Thanks Caller, what I wanted to say but am too tired to find the words.
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