Thursday, 5 June 2014

Cartref Campsite, Shrewsbury

Last weekend, despite the fact that it had rained pretty relentlessly all week, we decided to take the caravan to Cartref Campsite, which is just outside Shrewsbury, in Shropshire.

My parents have a caravan on a season pitch just a few miles away, and my brother and his new fiancée decided to come and join us at Cartref, in a tent.

The owners at Cartref were lovely. They called us as we were on our way up on Friday, to find out what time we would be arriving, so that they could be there to help us pitch, if we needed it. They had had a lot of rain over the last week, so the grassy areas of the site were wet and springy underfoot, with the odd muddy patch. Apparently it had been much worse. The owners had a tractor at the ready, to help anyone that was struggling, but our mover coped very well on its own.

The site is very well maintained, with well cut grass and hedges between each pitch, even the tent pitches. There was a field for dog walking, with a play area for children in the middle.

If you haven't got a dog to take away with you, why not take your cat? We would have done just that, if I hadn't just caught movement in the corner of my eye, as I did my last check of the van before heading off.

That's our idiot cat, Purdey, who's obviously decided that the caravan is a good place to go and hide, for a bit of peace and quiet!

But anyway, back to the site. It was basic in terms of amenities - the wash block was clean enough, but was of the 'just a curtain between the shower and your dry clothes, so everything ends up wet' variety. If you use your own loo and shower though, everything else was lovely. You do need to use your car to get anywhere and there was no shop on site, so it's certainly not a 'pitch up and don't leave the site until it's time to go home' kind of site, but it was ideal for what we wanted and we will certainly be back.