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Rutland Caravan & Camping Campsite Review

Rutland may be England’s smallest county, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in quality. It’s centred around Rutland Water, a picturesque man-made lake that forms a horseshoe-shape around the Hambleton Peninsula and was created to provide a reservoir for Peterborough. Today, it is the focal point of the county and offers walks and cycle trails around its perimeter, as well as various water-based activities such as sailing, windsurfing and kayaking. Powered craft are not permitted on it, except for the safety boats that patrol the water during sailing races.

Rutland Caravan Park is a few miles to the north of Rutland Water on the edge of the village of Greetham. It’s accessed via long straight roads and has a massive entrance that won’t trouble the longest of vehicles. It’s surrounded by wide open spaces as it’s near the former Cottesmore airfield. This used to be home to the Harrier GR9s but defence cuts have meant that you won’t be disturbed by the roar of a Pegasus engine as the force was retired in 2011. Today the airfield has been renamed the Kendrew Airfield and is now an army barracks.

The campsite is shielded by banking around its edge and the pitches are split into two main touring fields, plus a separate grassed field for tent campers. All the pitches are level and firm, being close to one of the two, high-quality brick shower blocks. These offer large shower cubicles with plenty of changing space and a modern laundry room. Other campsite conveniences include plenty of recycling/waste water/fresh water points and a shop in reception that sells a small range of food and drink including ice cream, soft drinks and freshly laid free-range eggs (the owner’s main trade). They also stock a few camping essentials, such as shower gel and toilet chemicals.

The campsite is particularly suitable for children as they have loads of space to run around and, best of all, a large outdoor play area and sandpit. With a big slide and lots of wooden structures to climb, this is always popular with junior campers. For older kids there’s also a skateboard area, complete with trick ramps and grinding rails. There’s a village stores and post office in Greetham, which is a five-minute walk from the campsite, but for a big shop you’ll probably want to drive to nearby Oakham, which has a Tesco and most shops you’ll need. It’s also home to the delights of the Grainstore Brewery by the station (highly recommended). Greetham also offers various pubs, some of which serve food – the site’s owners recommend The Plough on the main street.

The whole of Rutland is filled with plenty of pleasant limestone-built pubs and it’s well worth cycling or walking around the relatively flat county stopping only to sample their delights. Rutland Water is well worth pedalling around and offers a gentle, but satisfying, 17-mile ride. I’d suggest you start at Rutland Cycles, pedal anti-clockwise around the cycle trail, passing the sailing club and reward yourself with some pub grub at the Horse and Jockey in Manton before pedalling back passing the sunken church at Normanton. On a summer’s day it makes for a perfect day out.

Rutland Caravan & Camping's facilities       Rutland's spacious pitches


Address: Greetham, Oakham, Rutland LE15 7FN
Tel: 01572-813520
Web: www.rutlandcaravanandcamping.co.uk
Email: info@rutlandcaravanandcamping.co.uk
Open: All year

Charges (2013): From £15.75 (2 adults, pitch, electric).
Nearest public transport: Bus stop in Greetham village, a five-minute walk.
Nearest pub/restaurant: There are three pubs in Greetham.
Directions: From A1 north or south-bound turn off on to B668 towards Greetham village. Turn right at crossroads before the village and take second left to campsite.

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