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Visitor Reviews - Cambridge Cherry Hinton Caravan And Motorhome Club Site

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Cambridge Cherry Hinton Caravan And Motorhome Club Site
Lime Kiln Rd
Cherry Hinton
Cambridge
Cambridgeshire   (Browse area)
CB1 8NQ
Tel: 01342 327 490
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Pitches: 67
Open: 10/01 To 04/11

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 52 Reviews
                8/10 from 52 Reviews

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Who's it for
 Families Welcome   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 <5 miles   Bar <5 miles   Restaurant <5 miles   Wifi Access 
Activities
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing <10 miles   Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool <5 miles   Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding   Cycle Hire   Golf <5 miles   Tennis 
 Beach   Watersports   Boat Launch / Mooring 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 Waterside Pitches   Public Transport <1 mile  Offroad Dog Walk On Site or Direct Access 

Reviews:  52 in total, now showing 1 to 10                 Previous 10          Next 10
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Date of Visit: February 2019 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: David Klyne 212 reviews from this member

To find site:- Leave M11 at junction 11 and head towards Cambridge on the A1309. Passing through Trumpington turn right onto A1134 also called Long Road and signed for Addenbrooks Hospital. Continue to roundabout and go straight ahead into Queen Edith’s Way, speed limit 20 MPH. Just before next major junction (crossroads sign in view) turn right into Lime Kiln Lane and the campsite is on the right after about 100 metres. The official CMC routes suggest either junction 9 on the M11 or leaving the A14 at junction 35. However they are both longer, albeit probably a bit quieter. Be aware if approaching from the west that there are major roadworks on the A14 so on weekdays this route might best we avoided

The Cherry Hinton site has been created out of a disused chalk pit and as a result is long and thin with pitching areas branching off the main site road at different levels. All of the cul de sacs have little space to turn so it might be wise to take advice from reception on where the free pitches are. We found the site surprisingly quiet given its urban situation with the exception of a small amount of noise from the floodlit pitch behind the campsite. The site is now open all year non-members and tents are accepted. There are a total of 54 caravan/motorhome pitches with an additional 4 pitches for tents. 44 pitches are on hardstandings and 10 on grass. This site has a high percentage of non-awning pitches. Unfortunately some of the hardstanding don't exit onto the tarmac site roads but are instead surrounded by grass which tends to result in damage to the grass in wet weather. Access to electric points is convenient to all pitches, they use CEE17 blue connectors and are rated at 16amps. The bollards also have access to a TV signal booster system which is free to use but you have to supply your own co-ax cable. Because of the steep sides to the site and trees satellite TV may be a struggle on lots of the pitches. There is one central toilet block which also contains an enclosed and generously sized dishwash room. There is also a laundry and disabled toilet. There are service points dotted around the site. The motorhome service point is opposite the toilet block but has yet to be converted to an open grill. WiFi is site wide and access can be purchased online. The mobile signal including 4G is good on this site. There are no play facilities on site for children. On the access road into the site just before the barrier are about three late night arrival pitches with electrics. Use of these pitches should be discussed with the site prior to arrival.

Cherry Hinton is an ideal base for visiting the City of Cambridge, renown worldwide as a seat of learning for over 800 years. Not all the colleges have public access and sometimes a ticket is required. Likewise the famous “Backs” which offer those wonderful views across the meadows of the Cam can have restricted access but even the longer distance view looks stunning. There are good transport links within walking distance of the site. There are two high frequency services one of which has a stop outside of Addenbrooks Hospital. It’s probably best to leave the car on site as the City has a reputation for congestion and very expensive parking charges. The National Trust have the properties of Anglesey Abbey and Wickham Fen are within easy distance of this site. Cambridge has an excellent selection of shops and eating places. Within walking distance of the site is the Robin Hood and Little John pub that does reasonably priced meals. For Supermarkets there is a Waitrose at Trumpington and a Tesco towards Fulbourn.

Date of Visit: May 2018 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Margaretsp 3 reviews from this member

It's true that the layout of the site is unusual for a C&M club site but we found it charming and found a lovely quiet pitch down one of the many cul de sacs. To be fair to the club, extensive redevelopment has been planned for the coming winter. The toilet block is great, warm and clean, as is the laundry and washing up area. Being just outside Cambridge is handy for sightseeing with shops and pubs just a walk or short drive away. There is a good dog walk on site and an even better on within 50 metres of the main entrance. The staff are friendly and cheerful.

Date of Visit: April 2018 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Nights stayed: 6 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Pixie_Hez 42 reviews from this member

I feel conflicted about reviewing this site as it is in a fantastic location and we keep returning to it time and time again, but the site itself is very poor.

Firstly the area. This site could hardly be better situated. It is on the outskirts of Cambridge and a short walk from the bus stop where you can get a bus every 10 minutes into the centre of Cambridge. There is a pub nearby and a parade of shops with a number of takeaways (Indian, Pizza, Chinese) if you don't fancy cooking and it is a 3 minute drive from a large Tesco for groceries. There is a small amount of road noise but not too bad and there is a sport field nearby so a couple of evenings a week you get the noise of football training or matches but it is generally quite peaceful. 10 out of 10 in my book.

Now for the site. I will start by saying that none of what I am going to say should reflect badly on the wardens as they are doing their best and are so friendly and helpful. However, the site is very poor. Many of the hardstanding pitches are very very small, the only one that was left when we arrived over Easter was too short for our medium sized caravan so the jockey wheel and the rear steadies were off the pitch which made levelling difficult. In addition, to get to many of the hardstandings you have to drive over a grassy area about 5 metres wide which gets very muddy when wet. Over a very wet Easter we watched several cars getting stuck and churning up the grass and mud and eventually having to be pulled or pushed off the grass. Then, when you want to walk to the toilet block you have to walk over this muddy area so you are constantly clobbered in mud if the weather is wet. The toilet block is not too bad but has windows which open and therefore is always cold as people go to the toilet and open the window before they leave. I must have closed the windows every time I was in but the next time I came back, all the windows were open again and the block was freezing. Then, if you are in the shower and the windows get opened, there is a Siberian blast that seems to funnel down the corridor to the shower area so you end up shivering through your shower. The layout of the site is also very poor with no way to drive around the site so you have to leave your van at reception and walk around the site to pick your pitch before returning to get your van. If you take a wrong turn in getting to your pitch you have to reverse. In the area where we were pitched there was no service point nearby so to fill the aquaroll you have to drag it up a big hill the longest distance I have ever seen on a CC site and then repeat to empty the waste.

The site needs a complete rethink in terms of layout and pitches but because of its location it is very popular. I guess if a site is popular, the CC probably think what's the point in improving it. If people (us included) are mad enough to pay to stay here because of the location, why would they bother fixing anything? My score for the site would be 2 out of 10.

Date of Visit: September 2017 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: UKreplay 16 reviews from this member

Very pleased with the site. Was given several pitches to chose from, asked to walk and look at them first before choosing. Staff extremely helpful, always smiling. Yes there is minor road noise, yes there is a sports area nearby, there are birds in the trees, all make a little noise but nothing extreme. Shower block top notch, can't fault it.

No 3 bus stop is around 100 yds from the site entrance, costs £4. 30 return to Cambridge town centre.

Robin Hood pub opposite bus stop serves food and beer to a good standard.

Shops are 2-300 yds away.

The chalk pit nature reserve opposite the site is recommended. If you stay on the path it's a good walking surface, off the path the chalk becomes very slippery.

Date of Visit: May 2017 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: MichaelandAllan 3 reviews from this member

Used as stopover between Dover and Lincolnshire

Staff permitted me to call each day to get stopover on return (Bank Holiday fully booked).

Very easy to find by satnav - easy access and good facilities.

Local general store nearby.

Staff even helped when oven door came off!

Recommended - so wish to stay longer and explore more fully later.

Date of Visit: April 2017 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Paolo999 8 reviews from this member

Arrived here for a visit to the city of Cambridge. Warm welcome and the usual health and safety talk about parking gaps.

The site is on the edge of town a good two miles walk, cycle or bus journey into town There is a bus stop nearby. Recommend cycling. There is a fairly good cycle route nearby.

The site was a little noisy from traffic noise and a sports field nearby.

I felt the cost was a little high and had been bumped up for the May Day Bank Holiday weekend

Date of Visit: February 2017 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Les and Jenny 24 reviews from this member

A typically predictable Caravan Club site where we arrived without a booking but were welcomed without ceremony and told to find a slot. The usual stuffy warden insisted we moved the rig all of a couple of feet to comply with the usual mantra 'Elf and Safety' 6 meter spacing. No other sites we visit insist on this precaution so why the CC sites I wonder. Perhaps if they didn't try to squeeze so many pitches into their sites, we, the paying public, might just have some room to breath. Speed humps, this site not only had them but they resembled peaks on the Eiger. When asked why the vicious nature of the humps, 'you should see the European visitors' came the reply. It seems then that even these draconian measures fail to curb the excesses of the Europeans. An OK site - convenient for the city of Cambridge but not for the long term visitor.

Date of Visit: September 2016 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Kaut0Bill 17 reviews from this member

Wish I'd read these reviews before visiting. My receipt indicated arrive between 12 and 2 pm. Of course we arrived at 12. 10 to find we weren't allowed on site until 1pm.

Wardens were friendly and very helpful. This is a small site and as indicated by others is very dark at night. Also noise from adjacent sports hall in evenings.

Road layout is poorly designed.

Site is however well situated for visiting Cambridge with frequent and regular buses from nearby bus stops. The Robin Hood pub is well worth a visit and there are also shops and takeaways nearby also.

If we ever decide to visit Cambridge again we will certainly use this site.

Date of Visit: January 2016 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: SimonandNik 4 reviews from this member

Very nice typical caravan club site about 3 miles from Cambridge city centre on the bus.

Two pubs about 5 minutes walk away, one doing live music.

The old disused quarry across the road is a good dog walk and everyone was friendly.

Pub recommendations in Cambridge are the pickerel, the champion of the Thames and the Kingston arms.

Date of Visit: September 2015 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Paul@Bank 119 reviews from this member

The Caravan Club site is located 3 ¼ miles from the centre of Cambridge at Cherry Hinton. Regular bus services take you into the centre involving a ½ hour journey or ¼ hour cycle ride along the numerous cycle lanes/path way.

The site is accessed from the narrow and busy (at rush hour) Lime Kiln Road. Site has 54 pitches (plus 6 tent pitches) with a combination of grass and hardstandings. With the new Club rules most of these pitches are none awning – i. E. Narrow pitches, and quite dark given the number of trees and the old quarry location. If you want a sunny site use the Camping & Caravan Club site at Shelford.

The usual high standard of Caravan Club facilities and (unfortunate) numerous rules and warden detachment.

Dog walking adjacent the site at the old chalk quarry and nature reserve, or little walk takes you to Cherry Hinton Park and lakes. Nothing on site for kids at all.

Numerous supermarkets and shops within the area. Ideal base for visiting Cambridge, but it is a dark site!

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