15. Jun, 2021

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As the time got closer to 14:00 we felt it would be safe to turn up at our next campsite Waren Caravan Park (N55.600450° W1.754426°). We arrived here just before 14:00 and sat in the vehicle until the appointed hour. The Chef went in to sort things, and came out less than impressed as the young man in charge of the campsite reception had only been in post for three days and knew nothing. We had booked a Premium hard-standing pitch with electricity at a cost of £87.36 for three nights. What we got was a bit of gravel and an electric hook-up on a glorified pikey site. The galling thing is that I had two campsites to choose from when booking. The other one was Budle Farm Campsite (N55.609067° W1.755207°) which provides no facilities, but only charges about ten pounds a night with the added bonus of a great view over Budle Bay and a bus stop outside. It is the same bus stop we need to use but will have to walk over half a mile to get to. We decided to get a taxi in the morning to ensure we arrived at Bamburgh Castle in time for our visit. I spoke to a taxi driver recommended  by the campsite. He wasn't sure if he could get us there in time, in fact he was pretty sure he couldn't be with us until 10:15, and would charge us twelve pounds for the privilege. In the end we reluctantly decided to set out in good time in the morning and take the motorhome in the hope we could bag one of the allocated motorhome bays in the P&R car park. At least that way we'd know we could also get back again. The road from the campsite to the main road is dire, but needs must.

The UK definitely favours caravanners.