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South Lea Caravan Park
The Balk
Pocklington
Pocklington
York
North Yorkshire   (Browse area)
YO42 2NX
Tel:   or  07989616095
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Pitches: 60
Open: March To October

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 129 Reviews
                9/10 from 129 Reviews

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Who's it for
 Adults Only   Club Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
Facilities
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 Kitchen Facilities   Freezer Available   Motorhome Point   Fully Serviced Pitches 
 Shop <1 mile   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant <1 mile   Wifi Access 
Activities
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing <5 miles   Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool <1 mile   Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding <5 miles   Cycle Hire   Golf <1 mile   Tennis <1 mile 
 Beach   Watersports   Boat Launch / Mooring 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 Waterside Location   Dog Walk   Public Transport On Site 

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Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: JTNILES 8 reviews from this member

We visited this site for 2 nights in August, Louise was very helpful when we arrived, also helped with local areas to visit.

The site was very nice and kept very clean and tidy.

The toilet/shower block was kept clean at all times,

There was a playing area for children but nothing for babies (could do with some baby swings)

There is not shop on the site but there is a sainsbury's and Aldi about a half a mile from the site.

There is also a pub at the end of the camp site which do meals. Excellent all round, will be visiting again.

Date of Visit: June 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Nic0 1 review from this member

We were looking for a site around north/east yorkshire to have a one night stay to test our new tent. We found South Lea via this site and as a dog friendly site it sounded very suitable.

The site is located just off the A1079 and is very easy to find. There are bus stops just outside the entrance (so presumably accessible for those without cars, or for those in a camper van wanting to explore?). Inside the entrance there is a reception hut and an automatic barrier at the gate. After checking in at the reception (there is an intercom there if no one is around) you will be given a card to activate the barrier which then allows you to freely come and go, and gives some security.

There is a central toilet/shower block that also has a sluice point, washing-up sinks, refuse and recycling area. The toilet/shower area is fully tiled, clean, and the showers have a lockable door plus internal shower curtain (thus ensuring anything you leave on the peg/stool/floor doesn't get drenched). The washing-up area is a great idea (especially if in a tent as we were), two stainless steel sink + draining board fixtures with a plastic plate/cutlery drainer with each. There is also a couple of standpipes, but Louise pointed out that these and the sinks were not recommended as drinking water (as they took water from a storage tank) - the drinking water stand pipes are available around the site and we were given a map showing their location.

The camp site has a number of pitches, some on hardcore, all have EHU. We didn't require electric and as there were no children currently staying, Louise suggested we could pitch on the edge of the playground as it was closer to the toilet block. All the pitches are on a flat area and the grass is kept in decent condition (we saw a sit-upon mowing as we left).

Other facilities include a children's play area and a dog walking area. The latter looks like an empty camping section where the grass has been allowed to grow and paths mowed in the grass. It is a nice addition and there are several dog-bins around. On the subject of doggy facilities, there is a dog shower (standpipe with shower hose) near the toilet block, which is a novel idea in case one's best friend gets a bit muddy or rolls around in something they shouldn't.

The owners are very friendly and we would recommend the site to anyone. The price is reasonable too (cost us 12 for the night). Some reviewers have mentioned the noise from the A-road, though as we live in an inner city we didn't find it any different to home.

Date of Visit: May 2012 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Apb1980 1 review from this member

We stayed here for our first weekend caravanning, we had just bought our Caravan and wanted to test things out and have a go at setting the van up as the site is not far from home we thought we would give it a try. The first dealing we had after booking the site was a call to my father in law who was meeting us at the site from Louise the owner, it was to say that with the recent weather we had that there was a slight problem with standing water on the field. She said as we were local and new to caravanning we are more than welcome to view the site and decide if we want to stay or not.

As it happens it was not as bad as we expected and got set up with no problems at all, Louise even offered to help if we needed it and even put the van on the pitch with their own 4x4 if required. This good service and helpfulness continued throughout our stay

The site was well maintained and very clean I can recommend it to anyone who would like a quiet get away at a nice friendly site.

If I can say anything slightly negative is that it would benefit from a small shop on site although not essential as Pocklington is not far away. The play area could do with something for younger children (ours is 18 months) as the swings and play area was for older children, but other than that great site and great owners.

Date of Visit: May 2012 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Eribaist 7 reviews from this member

When enquiring about this site Louise pointed out that as there was no laundrette, she offered to do our washing for us. She refused payment and suggested I made a donation via the charity box. So, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People benefited. This trusting helpfulness was characteristic of the our stay at South Lea. If you wanted Louise, then just ring the intercom at the front of reception, and she'd appear either on her bike of with gardening tools.

We were there during the heat of May! Walks by the delightful Pocklington Canal were shady and cool. Burnby Gardens in Pocklington are worth a visit, water lilys and an interesting rockery.

We used the site as a base for walking the Yorkshire Wolds, never seen so many cowslips and so few people. The site is very handy for the new Park and Ride into York, dogs are carried free. We noticed a dedicated parking area for motor homes with no height barrier. We took advantage of mid-week free day offer, so it was very good value. A very people and dog friendly site.

Date of Visit: April 2012 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Idmainian 3 reviews from this member

We have just spent Easter at South Lea, and what a great site it is when we arrived we were met by Louise the owner of the site she showed us our pitch and gave use the choice of three, she also offered us leaflets with information about ware to visit and the best places to eat.

The site is quite large and partitioned off into different areas with a large play area fore children, there is a large dog walk for pets with a dog shower should your dog roll in any mud or get dirty,

The toilet block was very clean no matter what time of day you go in and the water for the showers is always very hot and never any queues no matter what time you went in.

Pocklinton is about a mile up the road and has all the shops and supermarkets you may need I can recommend a visit to Stuarts fish & chip shop the best in Yorkshire.

We had a meal at the Yorkway motel just outside the site we had the carvery it was great and good value for your money.

It's not far from York or the East Yorkshire coast with loads of places to visit.

Date of Visit: April 2012 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: GeorgeBates 1 review from this member

We were looking for campsites around the york area and we stumbled across South Lea Caravan park. We decided we were going to try it. We rang up to book the pitch. A very friendly woman answered and we said we would like to book a hard standing pitch and 3 people or possibly 5. She was fine with that and when we tried to pay by card she said they didn't have the facility and we had to pay by cheque.

When we arrived at the site it was really tidy and clean. We got given a card to get in and out. Once all that was sorted we went into the main reception. It was just a shed. In the reception you could buy eggs and bread, they are obviously very trusting because you put money in an honesty box. Also there was leaflets for local attractions and games to hire such as monopoly.

We set up on the pitch and was able to park the car behind. We explored the campsite and found the toilets. Inside was clean and lovely and warm.

There were 4 toilets and 3 showers. We realised we had packed everything except bread. I went to reception to get directions to a shop. The reception was closed so we went on an adventure and found a sainsburys. It was only about 2 minutes in the car. On the way back we saw a pub. The pub was just 30 seconds in the car. In the Night you couldn't hear the near by road.

The next morning I went for a shower and they were really a trickle. Suddenly the power went. We checked the electrical hookup which was fine. It was the fuse.

York is near and a swimming pool near.

PROS

Well kept
Shops near by
Quiet
Electrical hookup
Hardstanding and soft standing pitches
Friennly owners
Children's Playpark
Attractions

CONS

Showers are not good
Floods when rains
Reception not open often

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