I’m usually away hiking at the weekend and not in the Hymer. With a free weekend in May Ewelina and I decided to get away. Since Ewelina is a fan of Camber Sands we decided to book Camber Sands Holiday Park. Finding the park was easy but the rest of my one night stay was not so smooth!
Camber Sands Holiday Park – Initial Thoughts
On entering through the barrier I was looking out for reception. A likely looking building on the right seemed to be marked as a sales office, presumably for the static holiday homes that are also on this park. A mini roundabout just ahead had signs for shops so we decided to ask there. We were told that reception was indeed the building we had passed as soon as we had entered. On driving back there was a sign for people leaving the site that this was reception! Surely if you are leaving you already know where reception is. Why not turn the sign to face the other way so people arriving can see it?
Once I had checked in it was time to find our pitch. Most of the touring pitches are on grass and some were out of use due to being waterlogged. I managed to drive on to our pitch but the front wheels soon started to spin!
Confusingly the literature you are given when checking in warns against parking on grass and states a large fee will be charged to tow you off! Might I suggest to the owners of the site that you only offer hard standing if you have such poor drainage on your touring field! The literature also mentions that you need to keep 6 metres between units but this is impossible. I even paced out the width of the field and checked the map I was given. Based on the number of units they state should be on that field there is no way you could keep 6 metres between them.
Camber Sands Holiday Park – The Location
One plus point of the park is that it is located right on the beach. Once we had pitched up we decided to explore the beach and take some photographs. On the way back to the park we stopped for fish and chips before a shower and then bed.
The shower and toilet blocks were generally OK. There are some details that would be easy to fix and improve. Firstly the type of lock on the shower door is pathetic and needs replacing. Thankfully the shower cubicle I used did have some hooks to hang the towel and clothes but I did not see any hooks on the toilet cubicles. It’s little things like this that make the difference and it would not cost much!
The following morning we struggled to get off the pitch. Luckily we were towed by a friendly camper who used his Toyota van to pull us free. The sun was shining and so we parked up in a layby on the beach and took some photographs of the kite surfers.
Since we were in no rush to return to London we decided to make our way along the coast to Rye and then Hastings for some more photo opportunities.
We had been lucky with the weather and managed to get some good photographs. Whilst I would return to the south coast I don’t think I would go back to Camber Sands Holiday Park.