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We are member of both major clubs and have never experienced any problems with any wardens or sites. On CCC sites we have been directed to pitches that we didn't care for and have never had problems changing. Also we use commercial sites and mostly they are happy if you wish it change. I know some sites CCC and commercial are errr....very reluctant to allow you to change but in my experience they are very much the minority.

 

As for the comment about Devizes it is a lovely site and the wardens are extremely helpful and friendly. Frequently stay they en route to Devon and Cornwall.

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It never seem to amaze me that this can be an issue.When picking a pitch I just request "Away from toilet blocks" "Evening Sunny pitch" Quiet pitch" etc etc and never have been disappointed.

Keswick this year was very busy even after the kids had returned to school,so pitches available was from only from a few and still they picked me a suitable pitch.

As it has been said before with the CCC they do it their way,and their way only.

I get more frustrated at the 13.00hrs arrive time.

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25 minutes ago, borrowdale said:

It never seem to amaze me that this can be an issue.When picking a pitch I just request "Away from toilet blocks" "Evening Sunny pitch" Quiet pitch" etc etc and never have been disappointed.

Keswick this year was very busy even after the kids had returned to school,so pitches available was from only from a few and still they picked me a suitable pitch.

As it has been said before with the CCC they do it their way,and their way only.

I get more frustrated at the 13.00hrs arrive time.

I am on Ravenglass C&CC at the moment.  This site was a privately owned C&CC affiliated site until l believe, mid 2017 but is now wholly owned by the club - on arrival, we were offered a choice of the available pitches.  

 

A quick discussion to determine which available and level pitch had the least tree cover followed and we were then shown to the pitch by the warden who invited us to use the rarely used small odd shaped pitch opposite for the car if we wished too.

 

We move on to Keswick C&CC next week to meet up with friends for a week...  we haven't been to this site before so I'll be interested to see how we get on pitch wise... as we actually booked the two pitches required in a single booking it may be that we are allocated them to give us two adjacent pitches.   

 

As I said earlier in the thread though,  Derwent Water C&CC right next door to Keswick C&CC had no pitch allocations going on when we were there earlier this year in the summer.  That we all seem to have differing experiences must be down to how individual wardens operate the sites under their supervision.

 

Its a real pity they can't allocate us some Indian summer weather though.  

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Update from Keswick C&CC... 

 

On 27/09/2019 at 19:51, ReggiePerrin said:

as we actually booked the two pitches required in a single booking it may be that we are allocated them to give us two adjacent pitches.   

 

 

When checking in we mentioned that when we booked, we had booked two pitches and friends would be joining us that day and if possible we would like two pitches together.

 

The reply was that they didn't and indeed, couldn't allocate any pitches beyond pitch type (service and non service pitches etc) and thus no guarantees could be given.

 

There was a team of assistant wardens on bicycles, one of whom led you round the site pointing out available pitches until you chose the one you wanted.  We told him of our friends and he repeated the same message about pitches not being allocated but he took us to a block of three empty spots on the basis that if we took the middle one there would be a good chance that one of those either side would be available.  One was taken almost immediately but the other remained available and was taken by our friends on their arrival.

 

It's a big site and was on full flood alert yesterday.  The grass areas are absolutely waterlogged with lots of standing water and I suspect ground repairs, particularly around the forward corners of the hardstandings will take a lot of time to effect.  The view out over Derwent Water this morning was spectacular.

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The Keswick site is one of my favourites, been there a lot. Once there the site was on flood alert and the grass at the pitch side was very wet. The wardens kept checking the lake levels in case we had to leave in a hurry.

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We tried to book either of the C&CC Keswick sites for a long weekend the weekend before last. Kept trying from about a month beforehand but kept on saying no suitable pitches. 

 

I recall Boroughbridge C&CC site where the 'manager' rode off on his mini tractor and you had to follow and he just filled up the field in a grid formation. There were no marked pitches, just regimented gaps all round. Made me feel like I'd been sardined into a slot.

 

Then there was the C&CC site at Bala where the manager led us to our pitch and was most put out when I pointed out it wasn't the type that we'd booked. After some humphing he agreed to move us to the type we'd asked for online.

 

Friendly is as friendly does, it's not friendly just because their ads say it is. 

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We have often thought of joining the friendly club. C&CC! Read these comments and called in at one this summer! Very frosty welcome when we said we had come to view as we were thinking of joining.

Will stick with the CMC or commercial!

On a 10 pitch, no loos or showers commercial at present, and it is fantastic! Only £16.00 per night!

Home farm, Kewstoke, Weston Super Mare.

And hard standings!

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11 hours ago, Steamdrivenandy said:

 

 

I recall Boroughbridge C&CC site where the 'manager' rode off on his mini tractor and you had to follow and he just filled up the field in a grid formation. There were no marked pitches, just regimented gaps all round. Made me feel like I'd been sardined into a slot.

 

 

Most C&CC sites don't have delineated pitches. This is because they have to cater for a wide range of outfits from huge tents down to small motorhomes. One size doesn't fit all.

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31 minutes ago, MalH said:

 

Most C&CC sites don't have delineated pitches. This is because they have to cater for a wide range of outfits from huge tents down to small motorhomes. One size doesn't fit all.

I have only ever used 11 different C&CC sites and have only been a member for 2 seasons. 

I always book hardstanding and, as such the pitches are pretty much delineated. 

On 10 of them I have been shown to a pitch and have either been asked if it suits or have indicated my preference. Far sooner select my own normally as on CMC sites. If there was a choice of CMC site or C&CC site I would normally opt for CMC despite having age discounts for us two. For us CMC sites have more in their favour.

 

On CMC hard standing car is also on hard standing and so no padding around on mud when wet and exiting or entering the car.  

On CMC sites I can regulate shower temperatures but not on C&CC sites in general and I don't use them.

CMC sites tend to have more service points for waste and water and convenient bins rather than a large awkward lidded skip or two outside the main site.

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Wife has reminded me of an incident we had at a C& cc site near St Neots in Cambridge.   Actually one of the other forum members on CT may remember the incident.  Oldboy?? 

Small rally organised by a Caravan forum.  We were all parked up on the grass as per warden's instructions.  Most sort of settled when another warden pitches up and paces out the distance between the units.  One of the units was probably 1/2 a pace out and he insisted that the unit be moved.  This then had a knock on effect with other units having to be moved.

I required the key for the disabled toilets to be told that I need to pay a deposit.  Radar key would not work on the door.  Paid deposit, but when OH went to return key, she had to stand in a long queue which was out of the door.  I assume it was people booking in or with queries to get back the deposit. After about 20 minutes I told her just to drop off the key and forfeit the deposit.  This was before 12pm before any one asks and quite a few years ago. 

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1 hour ago, Durbanite said:

Wife has reminded me of an incident we had at a C& cc site near St Neots in Cambridge.   Actually one of the other forum members on CT may remember the incident.  Oldboy?? 

Small rally organised by a Caravan forum.  We were all parked up on the grass as per warden's instructions.  Most sort of settled when another warden pitches up and paces out the distance between the units.  One of the units was probably 1/2 a pace out and he insisted that the unit be moved.  This then had a knock on effect with other units having to be moved.

I required the key for the disabled toilets to be told that I need to pay a deposit.  Radar key would not work on the door.  Paid deposit, but when OH went to return key, she had to stand in a long queue which was out of the door.  I assume it was people booking in or with queries to get back the deposit. After about 20 minutes I told her just to drop off the key and forfeit the deposit.  This was before 12pm before any one asks and quite a few years ago. 

Yep, I was there I remember it very well 

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We use C&CC sites more often than not.  With the exception of one site, we've always been given the choice of which pitch is available.

 

When we were tent campers, the one that gave us no choice of pitch,  we were escorted to the pitch by Mrs warden who stayed with with us while we laid out the footprint groundsheet and confirmed that she was happy where we had placed the groundsheet.  We got the large tent half erected, only to be told by Mr warden to move it all back about a foot to the wire fence site boundary, as it was too close to a freedom caravan parked in front of our pitch.

 

Some of the guy ropes had to be fed through the fence into the adjoining land in order to erect the tent.  To top it all, it started to rain whilst we were doing the  move.

 

The site was less than a quarter full for the whole time we were there. Plenty of other pitches with nothing in front of them.

 

We went back  after 8 years, new wardens - no problems.

 

The next morning the Freedom left the site, but I didn't move the tent again.

 

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Have stayed on two CCC sites one being Devises. I've no problem with an allocated pitch as this is what we find when holidaying in Europe.

The other was a small site in the woods near Petworth.

 Despite our size I was given a choice of a couple of pitches which was sensible given the time of year.

Contrast that to the French site I went on holiday this year and the site was full so it really is get what your given. It was ok but there were better in my opinion.

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