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Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Oxmow Campers and Ferry Meadows

We had the pleasure of joining the Oxmow Camping Group at Ferry Meadows, Peterborough over the past weekend (19th June), to endulge in a bit of camping and sailing etc.

What a fantastic location, on the edge of a large lake, in the middle of the Nene Valley Park, where the Steam Locomotives could be heard and seen on the other side of the waters edge.

There are plenty of bike and walking paths in the area, and it is also very close to the Peterborough Show Ground where the East of England Show was being hosted while we were there.

The field we were in only had a water supply, with a toilet block (key supplied) about 100 yards away near the boating marina, which houses the showers. There was also an undercover area, where you could BBQ. Booking for this field is a year in advance.

Friday, 26 June 2009

Karsten Tent Camping Weekend 5th June

All was planned for the 1st Karsten Tent Camping Weekend, alas the weather.

All week I had been watching the weather channels, surfing the web to find the latest and in the end, those who had booked cancelled as the weather appeared to be horrendous.

We got there, setup by 5pm on Friday and enjoyed good weather until Sunday Morning when later the heavens open around 4am. By 9am the Sun was out and the Tent went away dry.

Hopefully when I try and get everyone together again, the weather forecast will be kinder to tempt out the Karsten Campers!!!

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

May Bank Holiday - Enjoyable Mayhem

We ventured to West Runton CCC site for the last Bank Holiday in May - Glorious Weather awaited us, and it didn't diasappoint.

We had a perfect pitch, up until the throws of Bank Holiday Campers turned up - not that there is a problem, hey it's going to be busy anywhere and we're one of them, but I seriously could not believe how tightly we were packed onto this well run site.
By Friday night, it was bursting at the seams. The 6 metre rule still appllied, but everyone was on their boundary's, with the gaps between the tents/units being roadways. We could not even sit out the front to enjoy the caravans trying to manovure in between us to get to and from their pitch. In the end, some of them had to unhook and push it was that tight.

Anyway regardless of this we had a wonderful time. The highlight being Wiverton Hall.

Here was a pick your own farm, with a fantastic rustic restaurant/cafe, set in the unassuming grounds of a 17th Century Jacobean Manor House.

The food (cooked fresh) looked and tasted wonderful, but it does get very busy so look into booking, especially at weekends.

The gardens (free to all) take you through wild flower meadows and crops, through the woods and down to a seculded pond, where the jungle part of the walk took over until we reappeared in an area where rope swings hung from a tree (more fun for the children). Needless to say they loved it and it made a refreshing change from the campsite and beach.