“ Address: 19 Cabbage Moor / Great Shelford / Cambridgeshire CB22 5NB / Tel: Tel: 01223 841185 „
The Camping & Caravanning Club have sites throughout the UK. As members, my parents get lower rates on these than on private sites, so they usually always stay at club sites. They recently stayed at the Cambridge club site, and I travelled from London to spend a weekend there with them.
The Cambridge Camping & Caravanning Club site is located to the south of Cambridge, the address is given as Great Shelford however it is also close to Trumpington. It is easy to reach from Jct 11 of the M11, but you need to watch carefully for the sign once you are off the motorway and on the A1301.
The site is open to tents, caravans, motorhomes and trailer tents, with jumbo tent pitches available for larger family tents. My parents were there in their caravan. The site is really just a large field, with a smaller field to one side which doesn't have electric hook up points - the main part of the site does. There are only a few hard stands, with most of the site being grass, which is in good condition and clearly looked after. It is very level on the whole, so shouldn't pose a problem for tents or caravans etc. Be warned however that there is very little shade - there are no trees in the field, only around the side. When my parents enquired about having a pitch by the hedge, they were told the only pitches by the hedge with electric hook ups were quite close to a building site, so not recommended due to noise. As a result they had a pitch in the middle of the field. Despite the building site, we experienced no problems with noise from that or the nearby road.
As with all C&C club sites, Cambridge has a small playpark, toilet block and dog walk. There is also a very small shop at reception where you can order newspapers; they can also provide gas cylinders, and the site has laundry and freezer facilities. It is a well equipped site for the practicalities, but don't expect anything out of the ordinary.
There is one toilet block for the site. While we were there the site was busy, but probably quite not full to capacity (120 pitches). The ladies facilities include only three showers, but I didn't have to wait any time I wanted to use one. The showers are basic, but the water is very powerful. There are also plenty of toilet cublicles, and also cubicles with basins - not something you see everywhere now, so that is a point in the sites favour as you can have some privacy with a basin. There is also a free hairdryer in the ladies although I didn't try this (it was so hot while I was there that my hair dried on the short walk from the showers to the caravan). The toilet block is cleaned daily, and I never had any issues with the cleanliness.
The C&C club sites do tend to be sticklers for rules, and although many sites have relaxed slightly over the last few years, the Cambridge site can be a bit picky. They are fussy about where you drive and pitch.
The site offers Wifi, which was a new thing to me - I was a bit intrigued by how a Wifi network could cover a whole campsite with a reasonable signal. However there is a charge for this so I didn't bother using it.
We visited in mid-season, so the rates for my parents were very reasonable - £4.90 each per night at the members concession rate. The adult rate for the two nights I stayed was £6.90 per night. As my parents are members we didn't have to pay the non-member pitch fee per night of £7.10.
The Cambridge Camping & Caravanning Club site is nice and well kept, however it is not one of my favourites simply because of its nature - it is an open field. I prefer sites with trees dotted around which not only offer a bit of shade but also give a sense of privacy between pitches and make for a more attractive environment.