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Peace and tranquility

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Access to local places of interest

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Beauty of surroundings and scenery

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Ease of arrival/welcome

Very welcoming CL

We stayed here twice in September - once at the start of our holiday and the second time when heading home - when we had the CL to ourselves. We arrived and set up near the fence line as the sun was already casting shadows over the hedges. Fortunately our cable was long enough. Later in the afternoon Jonathon, the owner, and his little dog Betsy walked over the fields and welcomed us. He could see we were busy setting up so left us to our own devices, but made a point of coming over to chat with us the next day. He did the same on our second visit. He was very relaxed about the method of payment and happy for us to put the cash in an envelope and post in the box in his information shelter. The CL is a great place to access the Flitch Way cycle path (though the Braintree direction from Dunmow isn't well signposted and not well maintained in parts, so we ended up ditching the idea of cycling all the way to the end). The National Cycle Network can also be accessed from the end of the farm road. We cycled everywhere - Finchingfield, Thaxted, two thirds of the Flitch Way, Felsted, and Hatfield Forest and we had the cycle path round Stansted airport to ourselves. As motorhomers we rely on our bikes for getting around, so this CL was ideal for us. We have never stayed over in Essex before so we were very pleasantly surprised - lovely little villages and beautiful cottages. The highlight of the CL for us was the visit of a red kite on the first afternoon of our second stay. It was circling over the adjoining field and at one stage circled over our motorhome. Lovely to see. Word of warning - make sure you don't run out of provisions - local shops are few and far between. Reading a previous review that Great Dunmow has a 24 hour Tesco the reviewer couldn't understand why - well I think it is possibly due to the lack of village stores. We needed milk and returning from a bike ride asked a lady we passed where the nearest shop was - the Rodings was her reply - about 5 miles away. It wasn't until we reached Leaden Roding that we found the local convenience store. Don't rely on the sat nav either to get you to the CL - it may well take you into the picturesque hamlet of Church End (like ours did)!
Motorhomer from Lincolnshire

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