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karl
23-08-2011, 11:14
Hey everybody,

I'm new here. I'm planning a trip to England/Scotland and want to start in London. Since the threads in this section are rather old, I want to ask again: how is the situation? Are there any car parks suitable for staying a night or two? Or is this not recommended? What are the alternatives? Are there any caravan parks from which you can reach the center with public transports in less than a hour? Do I really need a club card for the caravan club site at Abbey Wood?

Thanks in advance,
greetings,
karl

fairytooth
23-08-2011, 12:06
I believe Abbey Wood is for Caravan Club members only but membership is not expensive if you will use them more than a few times. If I were planning a motorhome trip to London, that is where I would stay. Security would be an important factor and although I haven't stayed there, what I have heard is good. It also has reasonable access by train to central London.

I'm sure others will have more experience than me but personally I wouldn't risk wild camping there. Hope this helps.

Also to bear in mind is whether your motorhome is chargeable in the London Emission Zone.Low Emission Zone | Transport for London (http://www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/lez/)

sasquatch
23-08-2011, 20:48
As far as I am aware the Abbey Wood and Crystal Palace have to accept non members,albeit at a higher price. Threr is a cl at Ilford at the end of a tube line and outside LEZ.

Ollie
23-08-2011, 22:07
We camped at Lee valley sewardstone 2 years ago. Great campsite. You can buy a London day explored ticket, about 7.50, and this gives unlimited travel on buses and underground. Bus pulls onto campsite and takes you to walthamstow underground. Onward to city about an hours journey in total.

karl
24-08-2011, 08:52
Thanks for sharing your experiences. I guess I'll check out the campsites. I think my van is not affected by the lez, because the weight is less than 3.5t.

Cheers,
Karl

spigot
24-08-2011, 13:44
Here's a good spot convenient for London, Lat 51.577928, Long 0.010707. Car park near the hollow ponds, some truckers overnight, 2 food cabins adjacent.
Approx 10/15 minutes walk to Leytonstone Central line station, easy for central London & 2 stops to Stratford (Olympics)

Canalsman
24-08-2011, 20:13
Here's a good spot convenient for London, Lat 51.577928, Long 0.010707. Car park near the hollow ponds, some truckers overnight, 2 food cabins adjacent.
Approx 10/15 minutes walk to Leytonstone Central line station, easy for central London & 2 stops to Stratford (Olympics)

Thanks for this one - added to POI database :)

Regards

Chris

fofeg101
24-08-2011, 21:00
I'm going down to the "Smoke" soon, I was considering overnighting here and getting the bus into central London.

51.482225,0.077292

fofeg101
24-08-2011, 21:06
Here's a good spot convenient for London, Lat 51.577928, Long 0.010707. Car park near the hollow ponds, some truckers overnight, 2 food cabins adjacent.
Approx 10/15 minutes walk to Leytonstone Central line station, easy for central London & 2 stops to Stratford (Olympics)
Help!!, I can't get those co-ords to work in Google map.

ArenqueRojo
24-08-2011, 21:20
Camping & Caravan Club site at Walton on Thames is members only and has no showers or loos.
That said, it is a lovely site within walking distance of Hersham Station for London.
Not all year sowatch for closing dates.
Less than 10 for a pair of certified dodderers likeus.:tongue:
Patrick

spigot
25-08-2011, 11:26
Help!!, I can't get those co-ords to work in Google map.


Just type 51.577928 0.010707 in the box on Google Maps & it will take you straight there

fofeg101
25-08-2011, 12:31
Just type 51.577928 0.010707 in the box on Google Maps & it will take you straight there

Cheers.

fofeg101
26-08-2011, 08:22
There's a problem with camping near Central London after Jan 2012, most of our vehicles, including mine, will not meet the standards for entering the new Low Emissions Zone (LMZ).

Which vehicles are affected? | Low Emission Zone | Transport for London (http://www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/lez/17700.aspx#container)

London Lad
31-08-2011, 07:50
There's a problem with camping near Central London after Jan 2012, most of our vehicles, including mine, will not meet the standards for entering the new Low Emissions Zone (LMZ).

Which vehicles are affected? | Low Emission Zone | Transport for London (http://www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/lez/17700.aspx#container)

My Fiat petrol is ok for now as are other petrol engines.
(despite mine being 22 years old!)

simonp820
27-12-2012, 21:40
I'm going down to the "Smoke" soon, I was considering overnighting here and getting the bus into central London.

51.482225,0.077292

Hi fofeg101 - did you stop here? I'm heading down next week and this looks like a great little spot for where I need to be!

fofeg101
28-12-2012, 05:21
Hi fofeg101 - did you stop here? I'm heading down next week and this looks like a great little spot for where I need to be!
No, we didn't get around to it and I think that location is now within the LEZ so my van wouldn't have been able to get into there. One reason I'm now looking for a van to convert which will meet the standards.

lebesset
28-12-2012, 11:53
Thanks for sharing your experiences. I guess I'll check out the campsites. I think my van is not affected by the lez, because the weight is less than 3.5t.

Cheers,
Karl

presuming it is diesel it IS affected by the LEZ ...anything before 2002 is unlikely to pass ; google up LEZ and you will see

rmorris
28-12-2012, 22:36
From looking around the TfL site it seems the only ways to deal with LEZ for motorhomes are:

1. Euro3 compliant engine
2. Pre-1973 vehicle
3. GVW <2.5t (note 2.5 not 3.5! It changed in Jan 2012)

Toonman
29-12-2012, 13:13
Here's a good spot convenient for London, Lat 51.577928, Long 0.010707. Car park near the hollow ponds, some truckers overnight, 2 food cabins adjacent.
Approx 10/15 minutes walk to Leytonstone Central line station, easy for central London & 2 stops to Stratford (Olympics)
This is an Epping Forest car park where the byelaws prohibit overnight parking. Until a year ago I worked there and often turned motorhomes away. If I was ignored they were then summonsed and had to answer in court where the penalty was usually a fine up to 200 plus costs.


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