Chipping Norton Camping and Caravanning Club Site
Good facilities, if slightly dated. Good mobile signal, friendly staff and it’s in the sunning Cotswolds. Only quibble is that they are grass pitches so better in dry weather.
With a decent spell of good weather predicted and itchy feet I was looking to getaway. I briefly considered a cheap ferry to France for a short break before deciding to stay in the UK. My destination was to be the Cotswolds. There are a number of campsites in the area but I wanted a larger club site with all the facilities. After firing up the internet and using the site seeker search tool I ended up booking Chipping Norton Camping and Caravanning Club Site.
I’d planned to see a number of the beautiful Cotswold villages. My route to Chipping Norton Camping and Caravanning Club Site took me via Burford. Burford is often referred to as the gateway to the Cotswolds. Most of the famous villages are in Gloucestershire whereas Burford is just a couple of miles outside in West Oxfordshire. Situated on the River Windrush it’s a beautiful place and certainly worth a visit.
Chipping Norton Camping and Caravanning Club Site – Initial thoughts
I finally arrived at Chipping Norton Camping and Caravanning Club Site after 4pm and was shown to my pitch. Pitches here are grass which could be an issue in bad weather. Luckily with the good weather the ground was dry and firm when I visited. The site has just over 100 pitches. Facilities include a shower & toilet block, laundry, dish washing facilities and chemical disposal point. I was told that there was an area to dump grey water but did not use this during my stay. I suspect it’s not the type you can just drive over. Electricity was good with no power cuts and mobile signal was also strong.
The shower block looked more dated than some camping and caravan club sites but it was kept very clean. I actually liked the fact that the shower temperature could be changed which is unusual for club sites. One strange thing I noticed was that the fixed shower head was a little low. Tall people like me will have to bend and duck to get under them.
The wardens were very friendly and welcoming as were the other campers. I was pitched close to a couple from Leeds trying out their new (to them) Mazda Bongo for the first time. When you become a motorhome or caravan owner one thing you notice is how friendly people are.
Chipping Norton Camping and Caravanning Club Site – The local area
Chipping Norton is close by and worth a visit. The first place I had come to see was Stow-on-the-Wold where I actually saw England football legend Geoff Hurst. Other villages I visited during my stay included Bourton-on-the-Water, Broadway and Lower Slaughter. The Cotswolds are very popular with retired people who come on coach tours. They are also popular with the Japanese. Indeed in the more popular villages many of the signs and menus are in Japanese!
The Cotswolds area does make a great destination for the motorhome owner. Chipping Norton Camping and Caravanning Club Site would make a good base for such a trip. If you would like to visit their website please click here. I created a short video of my trip which you can see below.