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Message posted by ukros01/4/2021 at 10:54am
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I've been searching for sites (for a tent) in the Forest of Dean area and Cambridgeshire. I've found a number which suit my requirements (near a pub serving food and with quiet lanes around for cycle rides)

However, we would like wifi in order to be able to plan cycle routes, download the daily newspaper and keep up with emails. Most of the sites that seem ideal don't list wifi as a facility - either on here or on their own websites.

How do others manage - is it a question of checking the 3g/4g coverage, buying a data sim and using a mifi?

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Message posted by Fiona W via mobile 01/4/2021 at 1:04pm
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We just use our mobile data & supermarket free Wi-fi.
Weve been on plenty of sites that claim to have Wi-fi but weve not been able to find it - even in sight of the relay post.

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Message posted by Monty1501/4/2021 at 1:18pm
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I've never bothered with site WiFi, often you have to pay dearly for it, and then the coverage is variable, the bandwidth limited (not necessarily fast in the first place, but dragged down by multiple users at peak times).

To be fair I go away to escape 'normal life' so WiFi or data connection to the outside world is not a priority for me and my phone bundled data suffices for the odd weather check etc. Plenty of places where there is no phone signal or at least no data signal, extra data sim or not! Hilly or forested areas are notorious for 'not spots' where you have to move to a better reception area to get a signal, even if the general area is classed as good reception, and reception is often dependent on network, not all networks are equal!

I cope by not being bothered about getting a phone/data/WiFi signal - it's nice to escape the force fed drivel that inescapable comes with it!

Message posted by dk16801/4/2021 at 1:25pm
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AFAIK, all C&CC club sites have wifi.

I am still new to CAMC and do not know if this is the case for their club sites.

As for non-club sites, I would check the facilities under individual site's listing.

The site search function on UKCS allows one to search for sites with wifi as part of their listing which I find very useful.

I now have an unlimited data plan (including 5G where available with a 5G phone) on my mobile phone, and shall use that if the 4G signal is good enough instead of forking out extra for site wifi.


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Message posted by Graham T01/4/2021 at 2:05pm
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I simply go to the pub for wifi have a pint and catch up on daily news etc a good excuse to go to the pub if you need one !

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Message posted by chrisandsandra01/4/2021 at 2:45pm
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We've found wifi provided by sites either unreliable or expensive, or both, in most cases. Bandwidth is often restricted and coverage can be patchy depending on where you are on the site in relation to the sites routers.

Some people use their phone data allowance but as we hardly use our mobiles we are both on cheap PAYG and it's expensive if we go over our allowance. We therefore use an unlocked mifi dongle and buy PAYG data sim cards as and when we need them.

Our dongle is a Heuwei and cost about 30 in 2016. All of the big mobile companies do PAYG sims and we look round for the best value one for our needs as and when we need to renew it.

Some PAYG sims are only valid for set periods and may have other restrictions but with a bit of homework it's worked fine for us, even down to watching the Tour de France on my Ipad every year when we were in France as we don't have a tv in the van.


Message posted by Pixie_Hez01/4/2021 at 3:46pm
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We gave up on site wifi a few years ago as the speed was always terrible if you ever even managed to get connected! Now we just use our 4G data from the phone and if there is no 4G signal in the area, we do without until we are in a town with wifi in a coffee shop etc.

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Message posted by cliffbrown01/4/2021 at 8:34pm
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we use a mifi dongle, it was originally a vodafone one, but i found that they became expensive so i found how to unlock it I have been using EE coverage is good and prices are reasonable, my wife likes to facebook a lot, I mean A LOT, it keeps her quiet, well apart from the time we where in Weymouth and she found a new puppy in Humberside, and we drove home to Derbyshire and onto see this puppy on the same day, anyway I digress.
As with everything it can be signal related but we havent had many problems, good for checking out the local area, pubs, eating out, shopping etc, gives you extra allowance from your phone data, and you can connect a tablet or laptop to it, we dont leave home without it

Message posted by cliffbrown01/4/2021 at 8:37pm
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vodafone R206, used one on ebay cheap

Message posted by Speaker1201/4/2021 at 8:50pm
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I think many go to campsites to get away from the internet!

Any route planning I do before I go. I use the OS maps app and save maps/routes to my phone so they can be used offline. You might find there's a guide to local routes online that you can download to your phone before you go.

If I do need an internet connection I just use my phone data.

Many sites have a shop where you can by a newspaper if a physical paper is ok rather than an electronic one.

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Message posted by JoannaLesley02/4/2021 at 8:59am
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We lived in Herefordshire for many years and the wifi is patchy at best (some villages were still on dial-up when we left 4 years ago). The Forest of Dean has always been a tricky spot.

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Message posted by Ancient Uncle02/4/2021 at 6:14pm
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For caravanning, I use an EE data card in my iPad. When we go cycling I take the iPad to supply maps when needed. Something along the lines of "where on earth hare we now? What direction do we need to get back to the caravan?"
It also comes in handy for me to have a chat with my brother using Facetime.

On that last use, when we were in New Zealand, I bought a local data card and could call him for a chat and show him around the area we were camping that night.

Message posted by Whatamess03/4/2021 at 7:16am
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Three do 12 or 24 gb data sims reasonably priced. They last for 12 or 24 months or until used up, when you have the option to buy more data although its probably cheaper to buy another sim. Check prices on Amazon. I have 100gb on my phone with Vodafone which we use as well to save the sim for when we really need it.

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Message posted by SGThomas03/4/2021 at 9:06am
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If you are with BT you can pick up the local hot spots

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Message posted by ukros08/4/2021 at 4:26pm
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Thanks everyone for the replies and suggestions, which stopped me only looking at sites with Wifi available.

I do have a Huawei mobile internet (Mifi), which was used for trips abroad, but as many of you have pointed out, it's cheap enough to buy a data sim for the UK these days.

In the end, I did find a site I really liked the look of in the Forest of Dean, which also has wifi available at the clubhouse. Between that and our phone data allowances we shall be fine.

Thanks also to Stuart (SGThomas) for the reminder about BT hotspots.


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