"The view form our pitch at Church House campsite - Simply stunning"
site is basically a grass field behind the owner’s home, and whilst this is not usually the type of site we use I had no problems with the site at all. We usually use hard standing pitches, but since there aren’t any at this site we had to have a full grass pitch for the first time, which was a pleasant change. Had it been wet and soggy during our stay it may have been different, but since it was dry the grass pitch was ideal.
All of the pitches have electric hook up (if needed) and there are plenty of water taps around, so filling up the motorhome with our short 5m hose was pretty easy. I say pretty easy because the damn water filler cap is still playing up and has been since we took collection of the motor home – this has nothing to do with the campsite though. The tap I used was located right beside another pitch, which was free when we arrived. Had there been a unit staying on the pitch filling up would still have been straight forward as there is another tap further up the site near the barn, which is easily accessible.
There isn’t a designated motorhome service point, but since we could get close enough to fill up with water this wasn’t such an issue. Emptying the waste water obviously required a bucket, but given we used the site showers and didn’t have to wash up in the van the amount of waste water for the week was minimal and required a single trip.
"Immaculate toilet/shower block and a washing up room too!"
The toilet block comprises two toilet cubicles (completer with their own basin and mirrors) and a single shower. If all the caravans were occupied I would imagine the queue for the shower could be large, but given most of the caravans were empty for our entire stay we basically had the toilet/shower block to ourselves and could come and go as we pleased. The facilities are very clean (and remained that way all week), provided as much hot water as we wanted and were also included in the pitch fee. I had no problems with the facilities at all and they are better than some campsites I have stayed at where the showers were an additional charge to the pitch fee (I refer to Pier Cottage Campsite).
The One thing that made us really happy about this campsite was the fact it had washing up facilities. The saying “you only miss it when it’s gone” is totally true, and not having washing up facilities at Pier Cottage made us see this. Washing up in the van is a real faff and there isn’t enough room. The other problem washing up in the van is that we don’t have a washing up bowl (we can’t find one small enough to fit in the sink, despite trying loads of different online and physical stores) and the plug is a poor fit and the water escapes very quickly. Having to wash up in the van for an entire week became tiresome very quickly so a week with washing up facilities was great. The washing up facilities at this campsite comprise two large sinks (complete with bowls), two large draining boards (complete with rack) and sufficient hot water. I point out the hot water because I have been to many campsites where the washing up facilities had cold water only, which is never good. In the kitchen area there is a fridge freezer (which we could use if we needed it), a shelf with books and DVDs to borrow and the standard tourist leaflets. The washing up facilities, like everything else, were clean.
In the washing room there is a shelf full of books to borrow, and a handful of DVDs as well. There is also a small selection of magazines, typically Practical Caravan and whilst these aren’t really relevant for us in the motor home there were a few useful bits of information, even from the July 2014 issue – which was the most recent one.
This is a site where the owners are frequently milling around, looking after the site, and they are always friendly, approachable and up for a chat. The owners of Church House are the most friendly campsite owners I have come across and nothing is too much trouble. For example, on the day of arrival we had an online grocery delivery booked (we checked this was okay before we ordered – since many campsites don’t allow this) for a 6pm – 8pm time slot. We arrived at the campsite at 2.00 pm with few provisions and the owner offered to take us to the local shop to get something for lunch! When the delivery arrived the van couldn’t find its way round the back of the house to the site entrance, therefore we had to carry everything a few hundred yards to our van. The owner even carted some of our shopping bags – which is above and beyond the call of duty. During my time on the bank the owner also came over a couple of times to offer help, advice, tips and even found me some lobworms to try on the hook.
"A few shots taken from around the campsite - peace, tranquility.... what more do you want?"
At the bottom of the campsite runs the River Vrynwy, which is one of the main reasons we chose the campsite in the first instance. The river holds chub, trout, barbel and other species of fish and for a small fee you can fish the river. Included in the day ticket price of £5 there is a mile stretch of the river available, and whilst there are trees and foliage along most of the bank (it is a natural river after all) there are a few spots where you can get in with a rod and line.
On the first day we had a walk along the river to find some fishing spots and my first thought was getting down to the water’s edge was going to be a mission. The banks were steeply sloped, and since I am not that sure footed (I only fish lakes where the banks are nice and flat), I was concerned I was going to struggle. The other thing I noticed was the lack of spots for fishing, which disappointed me. I thought the owner could have made a few clearings to show parts of the bank that are ‘safer’ than others to set up, but after a couple of days I realised there was no need. The river dropped a couple of feet and there were plenty of ledges appeared (perfect for fishing) that were totally submerged when I looked at them on day 1. The fishing isn’t easy (it is a wild and natural river after all) but they are in there and when you hook them they go like a steam train. The fish are also pristine. During the week I spent many hours on the bank and I have to say it whetted my appetite for fishing rivers as opposed to the lakes and commercial fisheries I usually fish on holiday.
I am not a fan of driving down single track country lanes to get to campsites, and I never have been, so easy access is important to me. Getting to the site there is a single track road, but it is a road and not some dirt track and there are plenty of passing spaces along it so if you do meet something coming the other way it’s easy enough to get past. Access is not an issue with this site, which given the fun and games I had getting to Pier Cottage in the Lake District, I was happy about.
We paid £18 per night during the first week of October, which given it included awning, electric hook up and showers is very reasonable. Fishing is extra (like it is with all sites offering fishing) and at £5 per day isn’t over priced either.
Now it’s time for the 64 million dollar question of “Would I stay here again and would I recommend it?”
The answer to the above is an easy one and yes on both accounts. Whilst basic, the site has everything you need and everything is spotlessly clean as well. The owners are super friendly and can’t do enough for you, there are loads of walks and cycle rides about, there is a mile or so stretch of the river to fish, the scenery is stunning and it is very quiet. If you want peace and quiet, and want to take a few days out to chill out and do nothing Church House campsite is the place to do it.
"Pier View Cottage - From the water it doesn't look too bad. Once on site it is pretty dire"
If you are looking for a campsite that is bang up to date with all the mod cons and facilities, Pier Cottage campsite is not for you. However, if you are after a campsite that is quirky, full of character, offers peace and tranquility, has stunning views, gives you the freedom to arrange your pitch the way you want it Pier Cottage campsite is one you may want to investigate.
The first thing I noticed when we pulled up to the entrance of Pier Cottage campsite is that there was no “wow” factor, like there was on other campsites we had used. At first site I felt a little disappointed because we had traveled such a long way, endured some unfortunate events and was looking forward so much to getting to the Lake District and when we got there we were confronted with something that wasn’t what I was hoping to see. The site looked a little tired and in need of some TLC, however I had seen and stayed at worse sites.
On arrival there was no greeting by the owners or a warden, this is something that was alien to us (we had always seen someone on arriving at other sites) so we were at a bit of a loss. The better half ran over to the office (which was closed) where there was a sign in the window with a list of names and the allocated pitch. There were no other instructions on where to pace the unit, where to place the awning or anything like that, again which I found strange.
The track leading to the pitches looked quite tight so the better half went looking for the pitch whilst I stayed with the van. With the pitch found it was time to have a quick look. Whilst the wow factor wasn’t there on arrival, it soon kicked in when I saw our lakeside pitch, and I instantly knew that we had made the right decision in booking the site. The views of the lake and the hills behind were breath taking and this was the sort of lakeside pitch I wanted, so I was not disappointed.
With regards to the pitches at Pier Cottage campsite, they seem to vary in size however they are all large with loads of room. Basically, you have your pitch and you can do what you want as long as you are in it. You can choose where you place your unit, what direction you want your unit, where you want your awning etc. etc. This type of arrangement was totally alien to us, and on all the other sites we had stayed on we were told where to park our unit, what side the door had to be on, where the awning could go, where we had to park the car (when we used out Conway Countryman of course) etc. etc. Being able to decide how to fill our pitch (and the owners actively encourage you to use the total pitch) was brilliant, although it does end up in a haphazard looking arrangement of caravans and motorhomes that doesn’t look neat and tidy. In fact, this ends up in a site that looks pretty messy and ramshackle, but I actually really like that and think it is part of this campsites charm, although it did take me a day or two to realise this but that’s because this type of campsite is totally out of my comfort zone.
"The facilities - basic, grubby and not up to snuff. I was not impressed at all"
I have to say the facilities aren’t the best at Pier Cottage campsite however it does have everything you need. The toilet/shower block comprises one urinal, one proper toilet and a single shower, which for a site of its size isn’t enough and there really needs to be more.
Next to the shower cubicle is a basin obviously for hand washing. When you’re taking a shower the only privacy you have is a pull across curtain, which is something I didn’t feel too comfortable about. No-one ever walked in (there is an etiquette and un written rule that if the curtain is pulled across you don’t enter) but knowing there is some random bloke standing at the sink having a shave whilst I am taking a shower I did find a little weird. The shower costs 40p (on an honesty box basis) and comprises a small electric shower that you can stand under for as long as you want. Once again, the shower wasn’t the best (it was all scaled up and water dribbled rather than spurted out) but it was hot and as long as I can wash the shampoo out of my hair that’s the main thing.
The toilet block is basic and the cleanliness isn’t the best I have come across either. For the first couple of days the cleanliness didn’t bother me, but by the third day coming out of the shower and standing barefoot on a wooden “draining” board that was gritty and mucky to dry off was kind of starting to annoy me a bit, and getting dressed with wet feet (which is what I had to do) really annoyed me.
There are loads of water taps around the site and there is one on every electric hook up point, so you don’t have to go far for water. Unfortunately, we didn’t appreciate this until we had set up the van, got it on chocks etc. and by that time the van was too far away to reach the tank with our 5m hose, and we had to use a water carrier and funnel. If we had a 25m hose (like we were going to buy) we would have had no problems at all.
There are waste water points, but there is no designated motorhome service point so emptying the waste involved filling a bucket and carrying it over to the drain. This was not too much of a problem, and something I am more than prepared to do (as I have on other campsites) but this is something you may want to consider if you have any mobility problems.
Access and getting to a site is important to me, and has been since I had a bad experience reaching a site that was in the back end of nowhere, down a narrow road (full of agricultural vehicles coming the other way), followed by a long dirt track full of bumps and potholes. Because of this experience access is something that I always consider before booking any site.
"On route to our pitch. No wow factor here. It is a bit of an ugly site up close"
The ease of access to Pier Cottage campsite depends entirely whether you stick to the A roads or venture off on to the single track unclassified roads. If use a satnav, and in particular a TomTom, you will find that “Jane” (or whatever voice you have) will take you off the A roads and on to some very small roads. Whilst these roads are pretty and picturesque, they are not ideal for a campervan, motor home or caravan – unless you like a challenge and having to deal with locals who refuse to move over and crowd their way through. Our journey to Pier Cottage campsite was fine until Jane took us off the A590 and down said backroads, in the last part of the journey was utter hell and the worst experience I have had in the Accordo 120 to date. If you stay on the A roads (like we did when we left Pier Cottage campsite) the journey there and back is much easier, much more motor home friendly and a lot more pleasurable.
The drive way from the road to Pier Cottage campsite is small and single track, and since there aren’t any passing places whatsoever and drops down each side of the road I am so pleased I didn’t come across a caravan (or motorhome for that matter) leaving the site – I really have no idea what would happen since you can’t take the vehicle off road! There is a sign in the office block window saying to make sure there is nothing coming down the drive as you leave the site (you can see right to the to the road – if you’re thinking the drive must be short then, I can assure you it isn’t) but there is nothing at the other end saying if you can see a vehicle coming down the drive to wait for it as there are no passing places. I am stunned the drive hasn’t been altered to include at least one passing place, but if it has worked all this time I assume there is no need to change it.
During our stay we saw the owner’s daughter once, and that was purely by accident. Whilst some people like to be left alone when they go to campsites I like to see the owner/warden and get a verbal list of rules. I like to be told/shown where the facilities are, where the waste disposal drains are, where chemical disposal point is, where the bins are etc. but a Pier Cottage we didn’t get any of this. It was basically turn up, pitch up, sort yourself out and find everything yourself.
Now time for the important bit, the cost. At £23 per night for the last week in September (excluding electricity) Pier Cottage isn’t cheap and when you look at it on a value for money basis it is not good value for money at all. I have stayed on many campsites where the cost has been £18 - £20 per night all in, i.e. including electricity and showers. These sites have been immaculate (and had the wow factor), they were pot hole (and puddle free), had clearly designated pitches, washing up facilities (which I have now realised is very important), had wardens on hand (or the owner on hand), had clearly marked watEr/chemical toilet disposal points, motor home service points (although I admit not all of them……. Taking all of this in to consideration Pier Cottage campsite is damn expensive and, in my opinion severely over-priced. To charge £23 per night (and I should point out that was the low season rate – high season is £24 per night) Pier Cottage needs to significantly up its game and sort out some important issues.
The only saving grace for Pier Cottage campsite is they charge fairly for electricity. Our seven night stay cost £5.20, but then given we were only running the fridge, watching a bit of TV (less than 10 hours for the entire week – the ten channels we found were dire and TV is utter crap at the moment) boiling the kettle (for hot drinks and to wash up) and to run the lights at night I think this is fair. We cooked using just gas (and didn’t use the electric hot plate, the oven or the microwave) and we washed up using water from the kettle and didn’t even bother turning on the water heater. The cloud and rain meant temperatures were high so we didn’t need to use the heating (or a fan heater) either. Thinking about it, we used hardly any electricity at all so maybe £5.20 isn’t such a bargain after all.
All in all (including showers and electricity) Pier Cottage campsite cost us £26 per night, which given the state of the site and the facilities, is damn expensive. It is also worth pointing out again that we barely used the electricity, so if you are a heavy user or actually use all the appliances (and the water heater) in your caravan or motor home it is likely to cost considerably more. Value for money? I think not. Conned in Coniston? Yep – I would agree with this.
Now on to the biggies “Would I stay at Pier Cottage campsite again and would I recommend Pier Cottage Campsite?”
If I come to the Lake District again (at the moment I have no intention of coming back since I never warmed to the place and there are so many other places I want to get to in the motor home before return visits) and wanted to stay on Lake Coniston I would consider Pier Cottage campsite, although I wouldn’t stay for more than a couple of nights. If the site got a (much needed) re-fit and the driveways were filled, the toilets and showers improved etc. I could be persuaded to stay another full week, but I couldn’t if it remains in its current state.
Would I recommend Pier Cottage? This is a difficult one. It is a site that many people love (I met someone who has stayed on the site and appears to have been on every pitch – he keeps on coming back) and a site a few people I know would drive to, find their pitch and immediately drive away again to find another site. If toilets/showers are important to you (and I know they are for many people) you would not stick the site for one night, let alone several. If you are fine with basic facilities Pier Cottage campsite may be suitable. If you are proper outdoors type person who like cycling, hiking, kayaking, great views and aren’t bothered about basic facilities Pier Cottage campsite is going to be right up your street.
If you buy a new motorhome from Brownhills you get to join Club Brownhills where one of the “perks” is the chance to use the club site for free for nightly stop overs. Since we were disappearing off to the Lake District we thought it would be a good idea to break up the journey and do a two and a half hour stint from home to Brownhills site (in Newark), stay over and then do another three and a half hour stint the following day.
On arriving at the site we were pointed to the overnight area, which is nothing more than a tarmac carpark with separate bays. You basically drive in, pick a free bay and park up. There is an electric hook up and water point at each bay, also FOC. There is also a waste disposal point to get rid of any waste water you want to before heading on.
My first impressions of the site was that it looks like an organised travellers camp and made me think of “My big fat gypsy trailer park” just with motor homes rather than caravans and cars, without the kids running around and the rubbish laying around. I know this is only designed for one night stop offs, but still……
Brownhills is right on the A1 roundabout and next to a busy trunk road that never sleeps. Cars and trucks were thundering up the road all night, and with no large barriers (trees or buildings) between the site and the road you could everything. Road noise doesn’t usually bother me, and I have stayed on some sites that are right next to busy trunk roads (such as Walnut Tree Lakes in Boston) for an entire week and had no problems sleeping at all. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for the Brownhills site as I didn’t get any sleep whatsoever.
The facilities are very good, but then this should be expected. I mean, this is the biggest motor home dealer in the UK, all the people staying at the site have spent thousands and thousands of pounds on a motor home from Brownhills, and I am sure that Brownhills will want them to buy their next motor home from them in the future, so providing a site with sub-standard facilities isn’t going to look good is it?
The facilities comprise swimming pool, TV lounge, toilets, showers, washing up area, drinks machine, washing machine and tumble drier so there is everything you need and more. That said, there is one thing the site lacks and that is plugs. The washing up facilities had no plugs and there were no plugs in the toilet basins either. This may seem like a small point but it did mean that I couldn’t have a shave in the toilet block (remember I hadn’t slept the night before so this just about topped it off!) and that we struggled washing our dishes (we don’t have a washing up bowl because we can’t find one small enough to fit in the sink of our motor home!) Looking back using a cereal bowl as a washing up bowl is quite comical, but my wife wasn’t amused at the time.
The other issue I had with the facilities was the showers. The showers look impressive and they are large (by this I mean long, but not wide) but everything in the cubicle gets a good soaking, and I mean everything. Despite hanging my clothes and towel on the hooks at the end of the cubicle, and putting my shoes on the floor just below the whole lot got a good soaking because of the way the shower head was angled, and since the shower head was fixed, I couldn’t adjust it. A wet towel, wet clothes and not having a dry bit of floor to stand on to towel off are pet hates of mine with shower blocks, so needless to say I wasn’t impressed at all.
Even for a one night stop over I will never stop off at Brownhills site again. Even though this site will always be free for a one night stop over I will never use Brownhills site again, and I am totally done with it. Yes, I really did find it that bad. I know there will be other campers out there thinking I am over the top and I am sure there will be other Club Brownhills members out there horrified that I can shun such a wonderful place (yes – I did find some people staying for a night gushing about the site) but it really isn’t for me. So, if you are thinking about trolling and leaving a negative/spiteful comment just remember that everyone’s different, we all different needs and requirements and just because you spent several thousand pounds with Brownhills (just like we did when we bought our brand new motor home) it doesn’t mean you owe them anything.
For the first trip out in the Elddis Accordo the better half booked Walnut Tree Lakes, which is a mile from the village of Sutterton, Lincolnshire. Since it was the first trip out we didn’t want to be too far from home, besides with it being a Bank Holiday weekend we didn’t have too any days to play with so a couple of hours from home seemed the ideal location.
Walnut Tree Lakes is situated just off the A17 a mile or so before the Sutterton roundabout. When I say just off the A17 trunk road I mean the site is located right beside the busy trunk road, so there is obviously a lot of road traffic going past. Being the first trip out in the motorhome I was glad all I needed to do was turn off the main road as I have not had enough hours in the driving seat to tackle narrow single-track country lanes yet.
The A17 is a road that never sleeps and the flow of traffic is constant. Okay, the traffic does die down a little late at night/very early morning but the traffic never stops completely. We had read reviews about Walnut Lakes (after we had booked it) and the only thing that people whinged about was the road noise, so we were well aware of it.
We have stayed at other campsites by main roads in the past and we are not that bothered by traffic noise. One thing I should point out (if you are bothered by traffic noise) is that it really isn’t that bad at Walnut Tree Lakes. I can think of a few sites that suffer worse road noise, and there is one VERY noisy site that instantly springs to mind – Langdale Lakes (not far from Walnut Tree Lakes), a site that not only suffers from road noise twenty-four-seven but also has a train line running at the bottom of the site with some hefty freight trains running through at high speed in the early mornings! All in all Walnut Tree Lakes is a quiet site. It is not peaceful or tranquil (you need a site in the back end of nowhere for that) but it is far from noisy.
The site is based around two lakes, Daisy and Walnut, and our pitch was on the Walnut Lake side of the site. The pitches are large, hard standing and pretty level. I say pretty level because we still needed to use our chocks (but only on the first rung) to get the level bubble exactly in the middle and get the fridge working properly.
Driving through the gate the first thing I noticed was how pretty the site was, but then all sites with a decent sized lake in the middle are. The site looked clean, the pitches well marked out, the drive way level (with no potholes) and it appeared well looked after. Yep, this site looked to be a good choice from the outset, which is always a good thing. There’s nothing worse than arriving at a site all eager, keen and happy to be away, to find the site looking tired, rundown and a bit of a dump. Fortunately, this was not the case with this site and I was more than happy driving in to Walnut Tree Lakes.
"The entrance to Walnut Lakes" "Beyond the gate - a pretty site"
There are four toilets and four showers servicing both sites, which may not seem enough for the amount of pitches there are but we never found ourselves waiting to use the shower or the toilet. The toilet blocks are large and spacious, immaculately clean and tidy and the best of any campsite I have stayed on. The electric showers are powerful, hot (I’m going to have to whinge here and say too hot for me – I like a luke warm shower though) and free. I have no complaints about the toilet/shower block at all, and admire the owners for having such high standards.
As well as the toilet blocks the site has the usual chemical toilet disposal point, waste water point etc. It does not have a designated motor home service point and whilst it is possible to get close enough to the tap to use a hose pipe of at least a meter it is not possible to get close enough to the waste water drain to empty the waste tank directly from the Accordo, and we have the waste tank tap on the side of our vehicle. If you have to drive your motor home over a drain to get the waste water out you are not going to be able to do this at Walnut Tree Lakes. A bucket to get rid of waste water is essential for this site, which (being totally new to motor homing) is not something we had on us so it was a good job we were only staying for a couple of days and did not fill the waste tank! As well as the usual facilities there is a small laundry, which is a nice touch although not a great deal of use for us at this time. Had we been staying longer this would have been different.
There are no washing up facilities at Walnut Tree Lakes at all, which gets a thumbs down from me. Even though the motor home has a sink we prefer washing up and preparing food using a site’s facilities as it is not only easier but also means we don’t add even more waste water to our tank – which at this site is difficult to deal with in the first instance, without the added pain of having to pour washing up water down it too! The lack of washing up facilities is a shame, but if you are the sort of person who uses your own facilities all the time this small point is not going to be relevant for you.
The cost to stay at Walnut Tree Lakes is £14 per night, and this includes 2 people, a unit, an awning/pup tent and a car (if you tow a caravan of course), which is very reasonable. Electricity is extra and this is supplied using prepaid cards. Many people prefer an “all in cost” for electricity however I don’t mind paying for it as we use it. My wife and I are frugal with electricity and we don’t have appliances on all the time and we don’t run fan heaters all day and night. Basically, we don’t take the p**s with electricity (unlike some people) just because it is included the pitch fee, so I actually prefer a “pay as you go” type system, and think that other camp sites should follow suite. It does make people stop and think about the power they are using, which isn’t such a bad thing.
My attitude towards electricity may make me sound like some tree hugging hippy, however I drive a diesel motor home so I most definitely am not. I just don’t like wasting resources and will only use power when I actually need it. I don’t scrimp and if I need to use the lights or an appliance I will, I just won’t leave it on unnecessarily. Back to the electricity……..
The electricity rate (whatever it is) is very reasonable and over the course of the weekend (comprising Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday night) we used 3 prepaid cards and there was £0.82 left on the meter by the person on the pitch before us. When we left there was £0.38 on the meter, so the total electricity cost was £3.44. Considering most campsites charge £3 odd per night we are quids in with the pay as you go electric meters since we don’t have to subsidize the heavy users and those people who do take the p**s. Over the course of our stay we used appliances when we needed to and the fridge was constantly on, and we never went without so to spend a little under £3.50 is a bargain.
"Even the toilet block is pretty" "Large showers that are free" "Immaculately clean toilet"
The attraction of Walnut Tree Lakes for many people is the fishing, and this is one of the reasons we booked the site. The fishing is £5 per day for a single rod (only one rod/pole is allowed – which isn’t such a bad thing) which is the going rate. The weather was too poor to actually fish (so taking my gear was a total waste of time) so I never got the opportunity to drown a maggot, which is a real shame. Consequently I can’t comment on the fishing, and since no one else fished during the weekend I definitely can’t comment.
One thing I can say is both lakes are full of fish, and I mean FULL. On the night of arrival (which was hot, sunny and still) I had a wander around the lakes after we had set up and the margins were full of fish (mainly carp) patrolling the surface sucking as they went. I stood right by the side of the lake and the fish weren’t deterred at all, in fact many of them came closer to where I was opening and closing their mouths. There was a definite frenzy in the margins, which leads me to believe the owner regularly feeds them (although I didn’t witness this during the stay) and there are plenty more fish below the surface than above it.
I have a feeling this is a “fish a chuck” site, although I can’t confirm this. Some of the carp looked a reasonable size, perhaps 3lbs – 5lbs although I didn’t see any monsters. I reckon there is fun to be had fishing super light on a light margin whip but it’s not a place for the specimen or serious carp angler.
We take a TV with us but only use it to watch movies. For the purposes of this review of Walnut Tree Lakes I thought I would test the TV signal/reception since I know a lot of people like the ability to watch terrestrial TV when they go camping. There’s not much to say other than the TV signal is very good (and we only have a basic TV aerial and not one of those hi tech sat dish jobbies) and we got several channels without any disturbance at all.
Overall, Walnut Tree Lakes is a great little site and one I highly recommend. If you have read reviews about “excessive traffic noise” and the like please don’t be put off by this as it really isn’t that bad. This site is pretty, has immaculate toilets/showers, is very reasonably priced and a great base to stay for days out around the local area. The lack of washing up facilities is a pity, but it’s not a deal breaker. Just remember, you motor home owners, to take a bucket to get rid of your waste water as there is no way you’ll be able to drive over the waste water drain or get close enough to for any tap to reach.
I for one will definitely be returning to Walnut Tree Lakes at some point in the near future. I really want to have a crack at those margin carp with super lightweight fishing tackle as I think it’ll be a good crack. Next time I come to Walnut Tree Lakes I will make sure I have a bucket to empty the waste water though.
"The pretty fishing lake jam packed FULL of carp is the attraction for many campers"