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Stamford Bridge, Tarvin, Chester, Cheshire, CH3 8ELView on map
Why stay here ...
Based in the hamlet of Stamford Bridge, the site is easily accessible from the North Wales Expressway and Manchester. It provides an ideal location for visiting Cheshire, North Wales and the surrounding area.
The Roman city of Chester is 2 miles away; Chester Zoo, the Blue Planet Aquarium, Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet and Ellesmere Port Boat Museum are 10 minutes away. Lesser-known local attractions are the medieval Beeston Castle, Manley Mere and the newly opened Wild Shore Water sports and aqua park in Delamere, Go Ape High Ropes and Cheshire Segway and the Crocky Trail.
Alternatively, the area is well served with public footpaths and cycleways, Hockenhall Platts being a popular 8 km walk over three medieval packhorse bridges and a section of Roman Watling Street.
The newly refurbished Stamford Bridge Inn which is renowned for its quality food and drink is a short walk away. Alternatively, the White Horse Inn in Great Barrow can be reached by walking along fields or taking a short drive. A nearby Spar shop supplies groceries, gas and papers.
Latest arrival time: 9:00 PM
Latest departure time: 11:30 AM
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- CH3 8EL
- Lat 53.202565 / Lon -2.797361
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- Buses go to: Chester, Crewe, Nantwich
- Daily public transport within 1 mile
- Nearest port: Liverpool (29 miles)
- Nearest train station: Chester
- Park and ride goes to Chester
- Park and ride within 5 miles
- Train station within 5 miles
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We booked a 4 night stay so as to visit Chester and in particular the Christmas Market. We booked by email and Caroline sent a very detailed email in return containing lots of useful information as well as instructions as to where we were to pitch up etc. Being a motorhome we pitched up on the large hardstanding - which is perfectly big enough for two units. Chester is easily accessible by bike and bus. Our first visit was by bike. We planned our route using our Ordnance Survey map. Fortunately there are lots of National Cycle Routes in the area and the one we chose took us in via the pretty village of Christleton and then on to the cycle route that took us in via the canal. Our circular ride back brought us back through Great Barrow. The following day we planned a route through Tarporley and Tarvin - and back on the NCR71 which took us over the medieval bridges - which are worth a visit as they too are very pretty. To visit the Christmas Market we chose to go in by bus. There is a good bus service into Chester from the top of Cotton Lane on the A51 - a 10 minute walk from the CL. There are two bus companies that run buses into Chester - the number 82 run by D&G and the number 84 run by Arriva. The number 82 runs past the hour and is cheaper than its competitor which runs to the hour. The latter also has a service that runs into the evening - whereas the D&G bus only runs until just after 5. The last 84 bus back leaves the Chester bus interchange just before 9pm. The Stamford Bridge pub is very nice - we didn't have a meal there - but we did pop in for a drink after our day visiting the Christmas Market. The Christmas Market was very small and not as big as we were hoping. The Cathedral was worth a visit especially as it was gearing up for the Christmas Tree Festival. There were lots of trees in situ but the decoration of them was a work in progress - but enough were lit and decorated so as to give a very "Christmassy" atmosphere. For walkers there is a lovely walk to Great Barrow and back through the fields. The circular route we took was just over 3 miles long and enough to blow off the cobwebs after our 3 hour drive to get to the CL. I have given the CL 4 stars for peace and tranquility due to the road noise. Situated just off the A51 the road noise wasn't too bad through the night - but from 6 in the morning you could definitely hear the commuter traffic. The CL does overlook fields, but is mainly surrounded by high hedges. The access to the CL could be a problem if there are lots of customers to the businesses at the access - but fortunately we had no problems. Because of its vicinity to Chester this is a great CL to use for visiting the city. We will definitely use it again as we would like to visit in the summer months and see more that this particular part of Cheshire has to offer. The price of the CL was £15 a night and not £13 as advertised.
We had to get up to Chester to see a very ailing Mother-in-law and looked around for sites but Chester being Chester on a bank holiday and every where was full, except.... I looked on line at the site and the reviews and decided it was good for a stay. I didn't check the book to see the facilities etc on site, and didn't question the owner when I booked, so when I turned up and there wasn't a toilet/shower block I was a bit shocked. I have been molly-coddled by using Certified Sites. The site was nice, clean and small, just about right for 5 vans, the ground slightly soft because of the weather. There is a very nice pub very near to the site and a local Spar/Subway about 2-300yds away. I met Mrs Johnson on our second day and paid her the due amount. A very pleasant and chatty lady, and although I was in a bit of a hurry I stopped and talked to her for about 15 mins. All in all we enjoyed our stay there. Whether or not we stay there or at another CL depends on how we feel about our main comforts in life but if I did I would be very happy to go back there. The access is a bit tight but there is a caravan storage area right next to the site so plenty of people with varying sizes of cars and 'vans have managed it in the past.