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Visitor Reviews - Riverside Lakes

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Riverside Lakes
Slough Lane
Dorset   (Browse area)
BH21 7JL   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01202 821212

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Featured Site

Pitches: 55
Open: May > October (weather Dependant)

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 45 Reviews
              9/10 from 45 Reviews

Units accepted:    Tents  Caravans  Motorhomes  Glamping 

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This is a Camping and Caravanning Club Certificated Site, which accept five caravans or motorhomes and usually tents, space permitting.

Reviews:  45 in total, now showing 1 to 6                 Previous 6          Next 6
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Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Ad2101 2 reviews from this member

My new favourite site! Really friendly, good facilities in an amazing setting. Owners really put themselves out to make sure you have a good stay. No cars on site is a really good idea and just improves the standard of this site. Can't wait to book up next years trips. Fishing is very much a small fish course fishing lakes. Great for the kids but I would like to see a few more larger carp in there, but that's just my style of fishing!

Date of Visit: September 2013 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Simon8132 2 reviews from this member

Have just returned from a week at riverside lakes and decided to write a review as not many on here covered the fishing.

The campsite is superb. We had one of the 5 pitches with electric hook up and you had more space than you could ever need. Its really nice that kids are free to play here and there aren't loads of health and safety rules. The fires braziers are a really nice idea and definitely add to the experience. Washing up facilities are excellent and very clean. Shower block is spotless and the shower cubicles are really big however the water is not that hot and there is no temperature adjustment. Its warm enough but don't expect a nice hot shower. The tent camping areas look great all set out in there own little meadows connected by meandering paths.

There are 3 lakes to fish, the water level was very low in the top lake and the small lower lake is completely weeded over. The larger middle lake is lovely. The fishing is quite difficult and its not a bite a chuck venue but the fish are in superb condition and worth the extra effort to catch. I had around 10 bream around 2. 5lb, 2 common carp to 13lb and a lovely 10lb Koi. Never had any maggots to try for smaller silver fish but never picked any up on sweetcorn or bread. I'm no coarse fishing expert so the fish are catchable. On the sunnier days saw a few nice Carp cruising but not loads.

Would highly recommend drusillas pub and the drovers arms to eat and avoid the Horton inn.

Oh and the owners are as helpful as anyone could possibly be.

Will definitely return

Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: KerryHodg 1 review from this member

We’ve just returned from five nights at Riverside Lakes. We spent a long time deciding which site to book for our first camping trip and we were so pleased we picked this one.

The site is fantastic for families – our ten year old son quickly made friends and the children spent their time climbing trees, swinging on rope swings, splashing in the stream and playing wide games.

Visits from the ice cream van most nights and glow sticks each night were also very popular. Everyone loved visiting the piglets and the hens - one small girl was so excited to find two freshly laid eggs that she was allowed to keep.

The site is teeming with wildlife – we heard or saw owls, bats, rabbits and lots of different wild birds. We had several clear evenings to sit and star gaze and look for shooting stars.

The pitches are in small groups but are well spaced and the site is well maintained and tidy. The shower/toilet block is clean and modern and is kept well stocked. Washing up areas are good, with excellent recycling/rubbish arrangements.

Braziers for open fires are available, along with larger central firepits and logs are delivered each evening for a charge. Some of the pitches have electric hook up and there are several fresh water points around the site.

Mobile phone signal didn’t seem too good in the area generally but the escape from technology was a bonus for us. Apart from arrival and departure cars are off-pitch, but the parking spaces are nearby.

The owners are very friendly, thoughtful and helpful. They’ve obviously put a great deal of thought and effort into creating a fantastic campsite.

Organised, modern facilities are balanced by a relaxed, back to nature site with freedom to play and explore that children rarely have now. We were all so chilled out by the end of our stay and we hope to return next year.

Date of Visit: July 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: FrankorJulie 2 reviews from this member

We did benefit from the hot weather in the week before the olympics started so this may colour our experience but we loved this site. We're a family of 4 with 2 boys aged 7 & 6yrs. The car free nature of the site and pitch clearings mown in the meadow field gives this a natural camping feel. There are some individual pitches and others grouped in larger clearings (perhaps 6 or 7 together). Kiln dried wood is sold (at cost) for £4 a bag to give (near) smokeless fires in the evenings in the braziers provided.

No electric (at least for the meadowfield pitches) but there's a freezer to put your iceblocks in, and a communal microwave. The showers were good (free and powerful) but the hot water had run out by 9. 30am. The toilet block was cleaned regularly but was some distance from several pitches. The nearer Eco toilet was fine - composting toilet but odourless and fly free.

The owners Nigel and Maggie are helpful and accommodating with Nigel distributing free glowsticks to the kids at dusk. There's a great tyre swing for kids to mess around on and space for family games but I suppose there's little for teenagers who seemed to congregate around the powersockets in the toilets to recharge phones and Nintendo DS's.

The nearby Moors Valley Country Park is an excellent day out - the blue family cycle route is lovely. Bournemouth is 30-40mins away so plenty of more coastal sites if a beach holiday is on your agenda. Wimborne is a lovely small town and the pub in Holt is nice too.

All in all a fantastic site for a weeks camping

Date of Visit: June 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Wellhello 2 reviews from this member

We have just got back from our first visit to this site. Firstly, the owners were generous and full in their email responses to our questions. I was bringing my cousin and his wife for their first ever camp so I was quite picky.

We are seasoned campers and could find nothing but praise to describe the space we had, the beauty of the sculpted pathways,

The quiet at night and above all the welcome and bonhomie from the owners.

A job well done and my cousin has not ruled out another camp despite the awful weather. Thank goodness for the open fires.

Date of Visit: May 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Hbamford 1 review from this member

First time camping and what a good choice. Went with parents from school and we have one child. Stayed with 6 other families and in total 17 children.

Great site for the kids to kick the ball around. Two lakes on site and there were two sets of Goslings to see.

Our first time camping and the site had good facilities. Recycling bins, great toilets, showers with hot water.

Very clean, smoke free wood can be bought for a reasonable cost for a group fire, which was great for us as the weather was quite cool in the evenings.

We all stayed for 2 nights and the people who run it were very nice.

Would happily return for another visit, hopefully when the weather warms up.

Didn't feel like we were on top of each other and you are given a map of where to pitch and the markers are clear to see, you can also follow the golf buggy to your pitch if you aren't sure. Everyone was very helpful to us.

I don't know if it was cheap to stay at or not, as I have never camped before, but £7 per Adult and £5 per child.

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