Durham Amateur Rowing Club

City Boathouse, Green Lane, Old Elvet, Durham, County Durham, DH1 3JU

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Ideal for ...

  • Dogs
  • Families
  • Fishing
  • Scenic views
  • Waterside stays

Why stay here ...

  • Coarse fishing in the river which runs past the site.
  • This CL is located an easy 15 minute walk from Durham City Centre and Durham Cathedral.
  • Fully licenced clubhouse offering drinks from 7pm each evening which everyone is welcome to use whilst staying at the CL.
  • On arrival, please call in to reception to collect a fob which enables members to access the facilities on site.
  • Toilet and shower facilities are not available when the clubhouse is closed overnight.
  • Baby changing facilities available.  Free wifi.
  • Dog walk nearby.
  • Cycle route.

Facilities on site ...

  • Bar
  • Coarse fishing
  • Disabled facilities*
  • Dog walk from site
  • Drive over waste disposal for motorhomes
  • Shower (shared use)
  • WC (non-exclusive use)
  • Wi-Fi

* Please confirm with owner

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Latest arrival time: 12:00 AM

0.25 acres

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Postcode:
DH1 3JU
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Lat 54.773393 / Lon -1.557585
OS field ref:
NZ285422
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Transport links

  • Bus stop within 1 mile
  • Buses go to: Durham
  • Daily public transport within 1 mile
  • Train station within 5 miles

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Ok - not bad - wouldn't rush back

We came up here to see my nephew at Durham Uni. There was no one to welcome us - luckily i paid before we arrived - we didn't see anyone managing the CL AT ALL during our stay. The CL was VERY MUDDY the electric points were a bit chaotic. Once you have spent an afternoon in Durham - there is not a lot else to see and do - just handy if you have a relative at the university really. Not that impressed with the CL site itself - tatty and muddy :-( Sorry.

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We would stay here again

Overall we enjoyed our 2 night stay at this site. However, there are one or two things that need improving: There was no one around when we arrived so we had to work out for ourselves where to pitch which isn't obvious as the site is really just an extension of the rowing club car park. We went off for a walk and found someone when we returned who was very friendly and made sure we had everything we needed. The site itself is not the most attractive we have been on, (as said above re carpark extension) and, although it is right on the river, hedges stop you being able to see it from the van. Please note that the shower and toilet facilities are not available between 9pm and 9am and that they are shared with the rowers. I cannot comment on the men's but the ladies had a communal changing area which was not my cup of tea at all. Saying all that, it was surprisingly peaceful and offered lovely riverside walks straight from the site into Durham (20 mins) and it was a bonus having a bar on site.

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Central location - ideal for visiting Durham

Spent 4 nights here during July peak season, arrived within the allocated time given when booking in prior. On arrival given the fob to access the building between 8am - 9.30pm The CL is an area off the main car parking to the rowing club, it has the potential to be busy but only a few comings and goings when we were there Pub on site opened from about 6ish - 9.30. Level site, great for motorhomes, good WiFi which kept our 7 year old entertained. Ideal location to see Durham main town walking distance along the river. Lovely watching the rowers/boats sail past . Good facilities will visit again.
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Excellent location and facilities

THE best thing about this CL is location location location but other things are good too. We arrived on Late May Bank holiday Monday mid afternoon. Access is along Green Lane which was busy with parked cars but not too difficult to travel. The boat club was very quiet and we chose one of the three riverside pitches that look straight over the river. Good information board and usual facilities were easily accessed, we booked in when the clubhouse bar opened later in the afternoon this gave us a fob to access the toilets and showers between 8am and 9 pm, they were clean and tidy being similar to a sports centre set up. Good WiFi also included in the price which was of good speed and stability. Fab dog walking and exercise opportunities from site and 15 easy walk to town centre, thoroughly recommend. Staff in the bar (which you can use) were very friendly and helpful.
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Pitch access restricted

When we arrived at about 5:30pm on a dark, cold November Friday evening, the rowing club was a hive of activity with members loading boats onto 3 large trailers. The club car park was full and there seemed to be no access to any of the CL site pitches. Not having been to this site before, we were somewhat confused so I started to walk to the clubhouse to find out what we should do when I was intercepted by a gentleman who seemed to know about the caravan site and he explained that they were preparing for their last away event of the season. He showed us what pitches we could use (2 were available) and said he would get a couple of the parked cars moved to give us access. We never saw him again and never received any further information about the site regarding fresh water point / waste and toilet disposal etc. and there was no mention about the clubhouse or other facilities - we were just left to our own devices. It didn't take long to find the water and chem toilet disposal points so this wasn't really a problem but it would have been nice to have been shown the facilities in the clubhouse. On Saturday, there were plenty of people about but I quickly discovered that access to the clubhouse (and its toilet/shower facilities) was by electronic key so we were unable to use the facilities. On Sunday, the club was once again very busy with members not just unloading the trailers but also launching boats and going rowing so once again, access to the CL site pitches was blocked by parked cars and boats on cradles being assembled. Don't quite know what would happen if there was some sort of emergency as it would have proved difficult to evacuate the site quickly, especially if the drivers of some of the cars were on the river somewhere. Although there is an emergency exit, there were several boats parked behind it that would have to be moved first. It must be said though that none of this detracted from our stay here and we really enjoyed our walk along the river into the city and back again. Although the rowing club was busy, and the bar facilities were open on Saturday night, we were never disturbed by any excess noise. We were not in any rush to leave on Sunday either so just sat and watched all the activity until it had died down enough to allow us to leave the pitch. We just found it a little concerning that when the club is busy (and I suspect it is frequently busy), access to the CL site could be so restricted. We felt that a couple of the car park's parking spaces should be given over to provide easy access to the CL site pitches in event of an emergency.
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