As the motorhome had not been used lately I felt it was time to spend a night away to charge the leisure batteries and clean the interior. Ewelina and I decided we didn’t want to stray too far from London but wanted to visit somewhere we had not been before. The final decision was to book a night at Hurley Riverside Park.
Hurley Riverside Park is a huge site that caters to both tourers and those wanting to hire static caravans. They also have a number of residential homes which are like park homes aimed at the retired or those coming up for retirement but their website seems to indicate these are for anyone over 45. Since we were visiting mid week it seems fairly empty and we were able to get one of the hard standing pitches with electric.
Hurley Riverside Park – The facilities
The site is huge but well landscaped into different areas which gives a good feel to the place. Our pitch was close to the River Thames where you can walk to either Henley on Thames in one direction and Marlow in the other. There are a number of shower blocks but I’m not sure if there would be enough cubicles at peak times, Ewelina had to queue for the women’s when the site was not even full. The showers themselves were good, hot water of a decent pressure. They also have dish washing areas, launderette, water points and areas to dispose of grey and black waste. One of the motorhome service points was the type you can drive over which made emptying the grey water tank easy. Wifi is available for those that want to pay for it and I can confirm that my 3 mifi worked well enough to keep up with emails etc. There is also a small site shop selling the basics. At the time we visited it was considered to be low season and the pitch cost me £17.00 from memory. This price includes 2 adults which I think works out a decent price but would not be as good value as a club site if you are on your own.
Hurley Riverside Park – The local area
As mentioned above Hurley Riverside Park is situated close to the River Thames. The village of Hurley is interesting to walk around and has a small shop for supplies. A bigger choice of shops can be found in either Henley or Marlow. Henley is a wealthy area with the sorts of shops you expect where there is money so lots of interesting independent shops as well as chains like Waitrose and not a high street full of pound shops, pawnbrokers and bookmakers that seem to litter less well off areas.
Marlow is a short walk along the Thames in the opposite direction from Henley. Again it has a wealthy feel about it. I was keen to visit Higginson Park in Marlow to see the statue of Marlow born Sir Steve Redgrave, an Olympic legend who won 5 gold medals at consecutive games.
Hurley Riverside Park is a good choice for anyone wanting to visit Henley or Marlow but is also conveniently located for people wanting to visit nearby Legoland and Windsor Castle.