London sites

Ph1lTurner replied on 08/01/2019 23:10

Posted on 08/01/2019 23:10

Hi All,

I am based in Devon and my boy is doing "fire of London" this term at school he is wanting to see London this year so we are contemplating taking the van up to one of the 3 potential London sites so we can take day trips into London to visit the sites. We are newbies to vans, but I am doing the course in March and am taking several trips between now and August locally.

The sites I've been looking at are Crystal Palace, Abbey Wood and Wyatts Covert and was wondering if people have any experience or recommendations on these 3. How easy is it to get into central London, etc.?

There is 4 of us (2 kids - 1 will be nearly7 in August and a 4 year old). No dog, but will have an awning.

Many thanks for any suggestions or thoughts.

Phil.

Wherenext replied on 10/01/2019 16:04

Posted on 10/01/2019 16:04

Stayed at all 3 sites. Would choose Abbey Wood if staying any length of time. Access to centre of London is easiest from there and site is biggest of the 3.

Good advice above about buying travel cards etc.

hja replied on 10/01/2019 19:52

Posted on 10/01/2019 19:52

Dont know the London roads too well, but we approach from the north.  We are experienced towers, and the journey to Crystal Palace was still a bit of a nightmare.  Quite a long trek into centre of London by bus also.  Site was fine, however.

Wyatts Covert suited us because of whee we wished to visit (Kew, for the National Archive) but probably wouldnt use for central London. 

Not stopped at Abbey Wood.

Fozzie replied on 10/01/2019 20:25

Posted on 10/01/2019 20:25

I can see you are looking at just 3 sites for London,but would Alderstead Heath be worth a mention.If you travel via M3 or A3 you will aim for the M25 J8 to follow site arrival instructions.Doing this avoids the bottle necks you get at Heathrow,

It is a couple of miles to the railway stations Coulsdon or Merstham which the latter does have a station car park.

If you are in the other Club,their Horsley site is accessible from the A3. Just not sure if you need sites open all year.

 Again in the other Club has the busy Chertsey but again you will have to drive to Weybridge for the trains.

Abbey Wood is a short 5-10 min walk from site to station,and on the same line as Greenwich which the kids should like.Also it is  a lovely site.

Ph1lTurner replied on 11/01/2019 23:25

Posted on 11/01/2019 23:25

Many thanks for your thoughts. Some good suggestions and thoughts.

I agree about Crystal Palace and looking at the proposed directions I can understand.

Abbey Wood seems ok. Travel up A303, M3, M25 and onto the A2. Years gone by for work I had to on several occasions drive up to Purfleet. Like the idea of the grass and play area if we want to stay on site for a day. Also got camping pods so am trying to entice the in-laws down laughing.

Wyatts Covert as you say is closer, but not much there so would need to travel around. Thanks for the other sites suggested they all look interesting and I will take a look at them.

Also good thought about getting the oyster card sorted before. Will do.

Thanks again.

Phil.

DavidKlyne replied on 12/01/2019 10:32

Posted on 11/01/2019 23:25 by Ph1lTurner

Many thanks for your thoughts. Some good suggestions and thoughts.

I agree about Crystal Palace and looking at the proposed directions I can understand.

Abbey Wood seems ok. Travel up A303, M3, M25 and onto the A2. Years gone by for work I had to on several occasions drive up to Purfleet. Like the idea of the grass and play area if we want to stay on site for a day. Also got camping pods so am trying to entice the in-laws down laughing.

Wyatts Covert as you say is closer, but not much there so would need to travel around. Thanks for the other sites suggested they all look interesting and I will take a look at them.

Also good thought about getting the oyster card sorted before. Will do.

Thanks again.

Phil.

Posted on 12/01/2019 10:32

Phil

If you decide to to go to Abbey Wood I have an alternative route to the site from the M25 which I found much easier than the "official" route in the site directory. Have a look here http://www.davidklyne.co.uk/abbey_wood_cc_site.html

David

amytree replied on 12/01/2019 11:00

Posted on 12/01/2019 11:00

I'm from Cornwall so I can appreciate your dilemma. We stayed at Crystal Palace for 5 nights last July and thought it was a lovely site. We approached it from the west, off the M4 and around the south circular as described in the instructions. I frequently drive around parts of London and was pleasantly surprised how easy it was to tow along that route as it's pretty well signposted. If you can familiarise the route in advance using Google Earth and use your sat nav intelligently, you should be OK. The number 3 bus service from Crystal Palace to the Trafalgar Square area is frequent, if a little long but very convenient as the bus stop is a short walk from the site entrance

I've also stayed at Abbey Wood but its a bit more of a trek from the west. However, using the train to access the city from there is easy. Consult the TfL website for all your London transport travel info and get Oyster cards in advance.

Enjoy your trip

meecee replied on 12/01/2019 11:43

Posted on 12/01/2019 11:43

Crystal Palace site is about three quarters of a mile walk from CP railway station - trains either go to London Bridge or are part of the 'London Overground' system - both options give access to the tube for reaching most places in central London and Docklands/Greenwich.

Wildwood replied on 12/01/2019 15:06

Posted on 12/01/2019 15:06

My feeling is that at the end of the day the choice of site probably comes down to what else you want to do other than visit central London. Greenwich is a long way from any but Abbey Wood, and Windsor Castle is far nearer Wyatts Covert.

EasyT replied on 12/01/2019 15:16

Posted on 12/01/2019 15:16

I have zero desire to enter London. I have, in the past, used Abbey Wood to give access to London to take my youngest in to London and it was a good access point