First campsites – Leeds, Aldeburgh & Bexhill

    Bardsey Glenfield – North Leeds

This campsite is run by Vick with much assistance from Geoff. They really are a rather special set up here. The site is small with only about 20 pitches split between people permanently parked as a getaway from places like Leeds & Bradford, mostly elder citizens; some who work in the area and stay there for the week time and go home weekends and some who come for a few days, mostly with tents. 2 adults in motorhome with extra car and EHU – £15 per night. Discount of 1 night in seven.

It is very quiet and peaceful. It is also very, very well maintained and clean. They provide hand towels and soap in the loos. They even provide washing up luid and wasing up sponges in the kitchen. Decent laundry. As long as you ignore the strange fascination with notices telling you what is acceptable behaviour in rather strange terms, I don’t think we have ever found a more comfortable and pleasant site.

    Sizewell near Aldeburgh, Suffolk

Finally we departed for Aldeburgh, calling in for an overnight stop in Newark and including a visit to Brownhills (of course). The place seemed to be in better order than previously. We asked a lass in the shop how the new management buy-out had affected the staff. She said that nothing much had changed as far as the non-management was concerned. Business as usual.

We stayed for three nights at the Cliff House Caravan Park at Sizewell. This site is really as close to the beach as it is possible to get. On arrival, we paid for our stay at £18 per night and were invited to take a numbered peg, stick where we elected to park. The site is virtually a large field surrounded on three sides with trees. Very pleasant atmosphere and has a large “clubhouse” where you could eat and drink if you wished. The facilities were adequate but a little tired. Showers are an extra coin-in-slot affair. Could do with tarting up considerably.

A couple of hundred yards walk along the beach to the hamlet of Sizewell brought us to a very pleasant beach cafe for hot chocolate and bacon sandwiches. Although the place is dominated by the Heavy Water Nuclear power plants, the area offers great walking and cycling opportunities from Dunwich in the North to Thorpeness and Aldeburgh in the South across the common and along the beach road.

    Bexhill-on-Sea – Kloofs

Again a premium site. This one is run by a family and is well established. We chose it as a suitable last contact with England before catching a ferry at Newhaven.
A very well managed and laid out site with all pitches having EHU, water and drains. Each pitch on this steeply sloping but terraced site has a high degree of privacy from the neighbours. It lies in a small village which is reached via sme very pretty but alarmingly narrow lanes yet is only 3 miles from Bexhill. The site is a family-run affair and is currently undergoing some great improvements. But even now it is well served and very clean with a small shop for the essentials in the reception office. We found it a good friendly place which made our few days there a pleasure which we could have continued but for our determination to go sun-seeking. £18 per night but well worth it.

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