Abbey Wood Caravan Club Site - Site of the month (Feb 2011)
Abbey Wood sits just south of the Thames in East London near Greenwich. Despite its proximity to the centre of London, the site feels rural, thanks to its spacious grounds and screen of mature trees. Public transport into the city centre is frequent, good railway connections (35 minutes) into central London are within walking distance of the site. And, if you fancy something a little more unusual than the train, you can hop on board a river cruise that leaves nearby – now that’s a much more relaxed way of reaching your destination.
This large site is open throughout the year and is often busy, but the wardens ensure that noise is not a problem. Tent campers can expect a gently sloping but comfortable, mown, sheltered pitch free of stones in a tent-only area that has its own toilet/shower block – one of three on site. A baby and toddler bathroom is available and keys can be borrowed from reception for a small deposit. The toilet and shower facilities for the disabled can be accessed with a RADAR key. As to be expected, you have the usual vegetable preparation/pot washing area and laundry facilities.
The reception has a small shop stocking everyday items, as well as Wi-Fi cards at £5 for five hours, so you can check weather forecasts, book your transport and research your daytrips. There is a Co-op within walking distance.
As with all Caravan Club Sites, Abbey Wood welcomes dogs and there is a park and woods across the road where dogs can be walked. There isn’t a playground on site but, as with any city break, the children will be worn out by the time you return to your tent. If they do need to let off steam they can head to Bostal Heath and Woods adjacent to the site, which used to be a haunt of highwaymen, it’s the perfect place for adventures.
• Abbey Wood Caravan Club Site, Federation Road, London SE2 0LS. Tel 020 8311 7708. Web caravanclub.co.uk/tents
This review was published in the February 2011 issue of Camping magazine. Order our latest issue.