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Campsite recommendations in the North West

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plonker Tue 04-Aug-09 15:57:00

...I have checked out the review section, but there aren't many for the North West so thought that I would ask here smile

We are novice campers (first outing, yikes) and don't want to go too far from home on our first trip. I have emailed a few sites via ukcampsite and am awaiting replies from them - I'm a little worried about getting a pitch for August now, but I can but try!

Can any recommend any campsites in the North West? We are family of 5 (dh, me and 3dd's 9, 6, 2). Probably won't take the dog on our first outing, not sure how we'd manage blush
Our only real requirement is a decent children's play area - obviously the more family-friendly the site is, the better smile

Thanks in advance

chosenone Tue 04-Aug-09 15:59:31

Ashbourne. Callow Top. Books up very quickly though.

Slubberdegullion Tue 04-Aug-09 16:24:12

We loved Eskdale in the Western Lakes. Very chilled out site, great shop selling lovely sausages and bacon. The children's play area is tiny (maybe just a couple of swing iirc) but they do have a mahoosive trampoline that entertained the dds endlessly.

It's tents only and only 2 fields so is quite small and intimate.

Washrooms were spotless.

amazonianwoman Tue 04-Aug-09 17:37:07

Tyddyn Isaf on Anglesey

plonker Tue 04-Aug-09 20:20:44

Will check those out - cheers smile

littlemisschatalot Tue 04-Aug-09 20:38:48

knight stainforth in settle, ashbourne heights in ashbourne derbyshire,(fab play area indoor pool, no entertainment)

Lilyloo Tue 04-Aug-09 21:22:39

we have recently been to knight stainforth at Settle which is lovely , also woodhouse farm at Ripon which is very nice. Off to Holgate at Silverdale next week on reccomendation.

CloudDragon Tue 04-Aug-09 21:27:47

fishergate in lakes, little steam train stops at the site if you put your arm out smile

plonker Tue 04-Aug-09 22:17:23

Brilliant! Thanks all - will go take a look smile

MumHadEnough Tue 04-Aug-09 22:58:30

Stanwix Park in Silloth in Cumbria.

Lovely site with great facilities. We were there last week but unfortunately had to leave early as the weather was horrendous. All of the Lake District was the same though. Didn't see much of their outdoor pool sad

Anteater Tue 04-Aug-09 23:20:39

The Quiet Site looks nice grin

plonker Wed 05-Aug-09 22:59:46

Have emailed all those sites (even the Quiet Site, although it would be quiet no longer if my troups go!! grin)

Have had replies from one already but that was to say no availability sad

Will keep trying - thanks for all your help

Anteater Thu 06-Aug-09 01:01:39

Did you get fixed up?

plonker Thu 06-Aug-09 11:48:57

Not yet Anteater - I've had two replies (quiet site and stainforth) and they're both full.

I've emailed a million few others and only one has availability so far and when I read the reviews on it, it seems that the tents are pitched on slopes and a few people were complaining about the bad drainage and it flooding the tents. Tbh that's put me right off because it's our first outing and I think it may put us off camping altogether if we were flooded out ...

Will keep trying ...

Lilyloo Thu 06-Aug-09 19:49:38

woodhouse Farm has an overflow field which may help ?

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