“ Address: Chickerell / Weymouth / Dorset / DT3 4DW „
Review of East Fleet Touring Park.
East Fleet Touring Park is an organic friendly camp site, close to Weymouth, in Dorset.
The site is situated close to the village of Chickerell and the setting is an absolute dream, a rural camping site, yet over looking the sea. The site is on the Fleet Lagoon and has some lovely walks from the camp field, over looking the lagoon and Chesil Beach. We followed the footpath towards Abbotsbury and had a very enjoyable afternoon, made perfect by the lovely weather.
There are also some very pretty countryside walking trails from Fleet Lane.
The site accepts motor homes, caravans and tents. Prices are reasonable and the site is suitable for families or couples. Well behaved dogs are accepted and owners must undertake to clear up after their pets.
We stayed for a few days, arriving on Sunday 18th April 2010.
East Fleet Touring Park is a fairly large camping and caravan site. The site is run by the Whitfield family and the overall emphasis is on relaxation and caring for the environment. To this end, East Fleet encourages holiday makers to recycle their rubbish by placing recycling facilities around the site and issuing free dog 'poop' bags to visitors who have their canine friends with them.
The site has around 70 gravelled hard-standing pitches for caravans or motor homes, each with electric hook up and within easy reach of a drinking water tap. Each gravel pitch also has an area of grass for the sole use of the occupant, a very nice touch for families and dog owners!
There are several huge fields for tents and these are also used for motor homes and caravans where electricity is not required during busy times. The camping fields do slope somewhat and I was quite relieved when we were allocated a gravel pitch as we did not have levelling blocks for our motor home with us.
The touring park boasts lovely views from virtually all over the site. Our pitch overlooked hills in one direction and the Fleet Lagoon in the other, a perfect spot.
East Fleet Touring Park is open from 16th March to 31st October.
Facilities on Site
Visitors to East Fleet are very well served for camping facilities The amenity block is self contained and there are free hot showers, plenty of loos, chemical toilet disposal, undercover washing up area, fresh water and waste water points, and a large launderette with washing machines, spin dryers, tumble dryers and ironing equipment. All laundry facilities operate on coins, so there is no need to purchase tokens. The washers cost £2.50 per load and the tumble dryers cost 20p for 4 minutes, which I felt was a little steep!
A nice touch for families is the provision of no fewer than 6 family shower rooms. These comprise of a large lockable room containing a shower cubicle, a toilet, a wash basin and a baby changing unit.
All facilities are spotlessly clean and staff obviously take a pride in keeping the site neat and tidy.
There are also disabled shower and toilet facilities which I did not see as they are accessed by the Radar key system.
The site has a superb shop which incorporates the reception area. The shop is quaintly known as the 'Moo-permarket', as it was converted from a farm building!
The shop sells everything a camper could require, from newspapers to sleeping bags to Calor gas stoves. My other half was very impressed with the shop, we converted our motor home ourselves from a panel van and he spotted several hard to source items such as specialist motor home plumbing parts, on the shelves. If we ever do another van conversion, I guess we'll be visiting East Fleet's shop!
The shop also stocks gifts, toys and food. The food section is very limited and rather expensive, however it is there more as a convenience, as there are several large supermarkets within a short drive.
There is a bar and restaurant on site, however, we did not use these as we had our dog with us and he is not known for his table manners, even though dogs were permitted in the bar area, I could not face the thought of him turning his begging eyes on all and sundry!
In the spirit of review writing I picked up a menu from reception and the fare does sound very good.
It is not a fancy range of food, the standard burgers, curries, chillis, steaks, salads and baked potatoes. Prices seem reasonable, as an example, a spicy bean burger served with a choice of chips, mashed or jacket potato, salad or peas, costs £6.95 and a chilli meal is £8.25, again served with a choice of accompaniments.
There is a large children's play area on site, with swings, slides, climbing frames and other play equipment plus a large field set with picnic tables which is dedicated to kite flying and ball games. East Fleet's owners operate a very strict no 'water pistols' rule and children are discouraged from playing around the shower block.
Prices and Directions
We were astounded to be charged £12.00 per night for our camper van and 2 adults, plus 50p for our dog. Had we chosen to use the electrical hook up this would have cost an extra £2. We had previously been quoted prices ranging from £20 per night to a whopping £35 per night at other sites in the area, so East Fleet's tariff came as a very pleasant surprise!
Prices do rise to £25 per night at the height of the summer season (late July- end of August and bank holiday weekends), but even so, East Fleet is a very reasonably priced camp site.
The site is located around three miles from Weymouth town centre.
From Dorchester A354.
Turn Right at Manor Roundabout and follow signs for Chickerell and the B3157.
At the junction with B3157 go straight ahead down Fleet Lane, the site is at the end of Fleet Lane. The lane is very narrow, but there are plenty of passing places. There is a 20m.p.h speed limit on Fleet Lane.
My Thoughts and Conclusion
East Fleet Touring Park is an ideal base to explore the lovely Dorset coast. Weymouth is close at hand with the sandy beach, shops and other seaside amenities such as a Sealife Centre and fishing trips. Weymouth also has a ferry port and ferries sail to the Channel islands and to the Isle of Portland, which is just across the bay. The town is well served for supermarkets, having an Aldi, Asda, Morrisons and Tesco Express.
Abbotsbury, with the famous Swannery, sub tropical gardens and abbey is a mere 6 miles away, whilst Chesil beach and the fossil rich Jurassic coastline are all close by. Other local attractions include Dorchester, Monkey World, Bovington Tank Museum and Lulworth Cove.
I found East Fleet Touring Park to be a family friendly, clean, well priced camp site, which I would recommend to others with no hesitation.
More information about the touring park can be found on their website:-
Thank you for reading.
©brittle1906 June 2010
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