Day 71 - A stay at Park Foot Holiday Park in the Lake District
We're up on the very edge of Ullswater, and it's a fantastic view from the site across the lake, especially with all the Autumn colours.
We chose this site not only for its play area (yes, as you know it's pretty important on our list of criteria) but also for ease of access.
When we stay on a site we need either a) flatish routes for cycling to the nearest village (Nathanael's bike doesn't have gears) or b) a bus route. We don't want to have to go out in the motorhome just for a bit of shopping, as it takes us the best part of an hour to get ready to leave.
Park Foot did better because it's within walking distance to the nearest village, Pooley Bridge, and it has its own incredibly equipped shop.
It also has 2 play areas and even pony rides from the campsite itself - bonus.
Here's the reason for the impressive shop - the size of the campsite - it is massive. An incredible 800 pitches, so perhaps 2000 people on site in full summer. (Yes, this is a picture of the main toilet block, doesn't come more exciting than this, does it?!)
I have to say, I wouldn't want to be here in full summer, surrounded by 2000 other people. If you want company, kids' clubs, a lively bar area and lots of activities, you will.
Our kids have enjoyed having the zipwire, swings and climbing frames to themselves.
We were surprised to notice how few caravans there are on site - so I went to chat to staff on reception. They explained that they only have 23 licences for touring caravans, as the Lake District National Park limits the number of caravans on sites, for environmental reasons. This does seem strange, as caravans park up for the duration and then their owners just use their cars. Whereas people in motorhomes have to travel with their whole vehicle (or find alternative means of transport).
The other thing we loved about this site - genuine recyling facilities. We were able to recycle cardboard, glass, cans, everything except plastic. A first!
Positives - great facilities, a restaurant, and veggie sausages for sale in the shop
Negatives - paid for showers (only 20p for 6 mins, but still)