I recently decided to try out another local campsite, it’s always good to compare a site to your usual place which in my case is Chertsey. Actually Walton on Thames is my nearest site but the mobile broadband reception is awful so for this visit I checked into Horsley Camping and Caravanning Club Site. It should be noted that this site is only open late March to early November.
Horsley Camping and Caravanning Club Site – Facilities
Check in was a simple process, the lady who took my money contacted her colleague by radio who agreed to meet me at the far end of the lake which is one of the main features of this site. The lake is popular with fishermen and I don’t know what it is but fishermen are often such miserable sods. Today was no exception as I slowly made my way around the lake an old guy glared at me… perhaps my diesel engine was scaring the fish!
I was shown my pitch and given a quick but detailed explanation of where everything was. Electric hookup was rated at 10 amp which is lower than some sites but more than enough for my needs. There are 130 pitches in total and the site accepts motorhomes, caravans and tents. Like the other club sites I’ve stayed at there is a clean shower block and laundry and dish washing facilities. It also has wifi like other club sites but according to some reviews I’ve read they don’t have enough boosters so the signal is apparently not good if your pitch is far from the reception area. These same reviews also say that mobile coverage is not great but to be honest I cannot remember having a problem with my Giffgaff mobile which uses O2 or indeed my 3 mobile broadband mifi. Pets are welcome and being close to the North Downs the site has lots of good places to walk a dog. Another thing I noticed on the club’s website is that this site offers seasonal pitches, something that is quite rare this close to London. I expect demand could be high but for the fulltimers among you it is worth noting if you happen to work in the London area. However you could not make Horsley your home all year as it closes between November and late March!
Horsley Camping and Caravanning Club Site – What’s nearby?
As stated before the site is quite convenient for those wanting to visit London. Once you walk to Horsley station there are direct trains to Waterloo which take about an hour. Train prices being what they are it’s perhaps not the ideal campsite if you are a tourist wanting to visit London everyday but for a day trip it’s fine. Those wanting to visit London a number of times during a visit to the UK would save lots on transport by staying at campsites like Crystal Palace and Abbey Wood if their vehicle was LEZ compliant or one of the two campsites at Lee Valley if they have an older, non compliant motorhome.
One popular tourist destination close to the site is RHS Wisley which is about 3 miles away and less than 10 minutes drive. A little over 10 miles away you have Denbies Wine Estate, one of the most famous vineyards in England. For those with young children to occupy in the summer holidays you have the theme parks Thorpe Park, Legoland and Chessington World of Adventure all close enough to visit.
All in all I enjoyed the visit to Horsley Camping and Caravanning Club Site. I stayed late in the season just before they closed and it’s a site I would visit again when they open again late in March 2013.