Sadly, there's a lot of inverted snobbery about clubs and campsites here but, personally, I've never found any campsite to be particularly formal or rule-bound. It's more down to the people there at the time as to whether it's friendly or not... you get back what you give out don't you think? I grant you there was just one Warden one time, who was a bit too 'little man with a big hat' but it didn't spoil the stay... most people laughed and took no notice because all campers are rebels at heart Obviously, wildcamping is tops but I kept up my membership of both big clubs after being widowed because for me it's more about proximity to the person/place I'm visiting and there may not be a POI in the area where I'd feel safe on my own.
I'd agree that the C&MC has a far better network of small CL sites... there are far more of them than the C&CC and in my opinion, they're often better situated and quite quirky. Many C&CC sites are open to non-members anyway. Leaving aside cost of fees, discounts, etc, if I had to pick just one club for locations and convenience, it would be the C&MC.
I'm in both too, the C&CC is better value as often I can pay as little as £7 a night as a single midweek pensioner.
All this talk of little Hitler wardens is a little over the top. Traditionally the club's recruited from the police, army and prison service, but the current generation are people like us looking for a way of enjoying the love of Motorhome by earning a living at it. I'm at a club site tonight and the wardens are young modern and couldn't do more to be helpful.
I remember pitching up at a club site once, on the off-chance. It was pitch dark and snowing heavily, so I knew I wouldn't make it to the pub stop I was heading for. They were really busy but not only found me an 'unofficial' space next to some building or other so I'd be on hardstanding but they threw in ehu for no extra charge because of the weather and because it wasn't a fancy pitch. They even connected my cable to one of theirs so it would reach! Definitely above and beyond and they tried to give me change from a tenner!
Been members of both in the past but now just turn up, if they want us, great, if not, sod 'em, we take our money elsewhere. Only ever been turned away once and that was because they were full.
Currently at week 8 on the Willows Touring Park in Nantwich, another 4 weeks to go. Must admit, despite it being an excellent site we are going a bit stir crazy
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Been a member of the caravan and Motorhome club for three years now, and although I much prefer wild camping, I have found every site we have visited of a high standard, with helpful friendly staff.
We have visited sites only to find that there were plenty of wild camping opportunities available. So I take note of these for future reference. But places like York are s bit more difficult, and getting booked into rowantree Park means booking months it not a year in advance, if you want to visit at the weekend.
We bought a Motorhome to give us the options of wild camping or going to a site, we much prefer wild camping, but have enjoyed the sites also, particularly with our grandson.
If we all agreed there would be no discussion, and it would be a dull boring world.
Anyone who thinks the Caravan Club sites are all friendly clearly hasn't been berated for not parking exactly in line with the marker posts or had visitors refused entry because we hadn't made an appointment for their visit, or hasn't been glowered at for arriving in a travel-stsined motorhome (after many thousands miles of journey).
As for the intolerance and narrow-minded intolerance demonstrated in the awful magazine...
You're right HD... I've never been berated for any of those reasons.
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