Trees from the Centenary Wood – planted in 2001– are now flourishing at this lovely Club Site on the Kennet and Avon Canal. The surrounding countryside includes some of the UK’s most significant prehistoric sites – and you can visit at any time of the year.
Walk to Devizes – four miles from the site – along the refurbished canal towpath, passing the 29 locks in the Caen Hill flight.
Devizes is a pretty market town. The museum has one of the finest prehistoric collections in Europe. Buses to the town stop near the site.
Hire a boat on the Kennet and Avon Canal from Trowbridge or Devizes.
Bowood House and Gardens include an adventure play area and soft play palace for youngsters.
Lacock Village, Abbey and the Fox Talbot Museum are popular with visitors and film-makers alike. They are managed by the National Trust.
Visit the Georgian city of Bath by bus.
The Museum of Costume and Assembly Rooms in Bath hold costumes worn by film and television stars as well as original garments.
The prehistoric site at Avebury includes Avebury Henge and Stone Circles. It is a World Heritage Site.
The Atwell-Wilson Motor Museum has many interesting vehicles on display.
Melksham has a good shopping centre.
Longleat – star of the BBC’s Animal Park – is one of the best examples of high Elizabethan architecture in Britain and has 900 acres of landscaped parkland.
Eight of the 13 known White Horses in Wiltshire are still visible as chalk figures. The Westbury White Horse is thought to be the oldest and best situated, immediately below the Iron Age hill fort of Bratton Camp
This is a very well laid out and maintained site with plenty of hedges and trees. The wardens were very helpful and knowledgeable and will even aid your reversing onto a pitch if required. They manage the pitch allocation very well here i.e. if you wish and you have children they will site you near the playground and if you do not they will site you in another part of the site. Even though we were here in August and the site was full with every type of unit it was still a relaxing and peaceful stay. This site has recently installed a new barrier security system which is always reassuring. Also a one-way system operates around the site which makes life easier. A disappointing element to this site however is that there is no recycling facilities whatsoever just big general waste bins at the back of the car park at the entrance.
The site is ideally located to explore the surrounding area; there are tourist information leaflets at the reception which also has a small shop. Best of all, the site is right on the Kennet & Avon canal for cycling and walking.
The toilet/shower block was always kept clean and tidy however it did struggle at this peak time during the mornings so for those that used these facilities there was some queuing to be done. During other times I expect they are adequate. There is also a family room and laundry.
There is a play area for children and a large area at the back of the site for ball games etc. Also at the back of the site is a dog walk area for those with our four legged friends. Dogs must be on a lead on the site which as non-dog owners we think is important and not once did we see a dog off the lead around the site, something you do not always see at a lot of sites despite it being a requirement.
The Three Magpies pub is a couple of minutes walk from the site (you will see it when you arrive). We had a couple of meals here and found it reasonable and the food good. There is also a very nice Tea Room on the canal at Semington.
Overall an excellent site and we will be returning soon.
I had read about the problems but went to this site regardless.
I found the staff could not have been more helpful and polite. They were aware of the problems and it appears that the staff had been changed. We had a great time and will be returning soon. A great site and open to non-members such as myself.
This site is well situated for exploring Wiltshire and like most CC clubs it is very well equiped. Unfortunately this potentially lovely site is spoiled by rude unfriendly staff for whom holiday makers are apparently a huge inconvenience. For this reason I would not recommend this site especially if you have children.
This reviewer is a family with children, a tourer/motorhomer