Durham Amateur Rowing Club

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A pleasant surprise, will return.

After reading previous reviews was expecting to be parked on tarmac at edge of car park with no views. What a pleasant surprise; a grassed area with 5 hard standing pitches, 3 of which are facing river so dependant on your height/ windows you could get a good view of various boats. Water and waste in centre of car park as used to wash boats off as well. Excellent for dog walks; circular one round river & woods, large park just outside club, 10 min walk into Durham with more river walks there plus a good mix of usual & independent shops. Toilets clean and modern, showers- ladies have shower curtains then communal changing, men's are open. Husband enjoyed fishing within site boundary with minimal boats passing. Will definitely return.
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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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Great site

Stayed for one night with my son while visiting the university open day. SItuated close to the city a15 min walk. Super setting by the river, surrounded by trees. Helpful rowing club staff quick response to booking email, allowed me to leave the camper in the car park during the day before return home. Electric hook up, would happily return again nice spot.
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Right on the river

This is a great CL. It is right on the river in Durham and has five pitches all with hard standing. You are a 10 minute walk along the river to the town.Three of the pitches overlook the river and the other two are at the side. This is a busy rowing club and the car park can get full when rowing is on. There is an alternative entrance at the back of the CL if the car park is full as you will not be able to get to the pitches. The pitches are right next to the car park but we found it was empty most of the time. The clubhouse does hold functions as well but these were not particularly noisy when we stayed. Access to the clubhouse is a good bonus as it has toilets, showers, and a bar. Access is restricted between 0900hrs and 2200hrs as they deadlock it overnight. You can get a fob from the cub staff. You also get free fast wifi and we got the code ahead of arrival by e-mailing the site. The rowing club members were also very friendly. I would recommend this site if you are coming to the North East as it is great value.. It may not suit those who want peace and tranquility all the time but we enjoyed watching the rowers.

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Only five pitches but all hard standing when we arrived there wasn't anyone there so just parked up and plugged in "warden" turned up in about half an hour and gave us the run down on the site an a fob for the toilets and showers in the rowing club facilities answered any questions asked rowers were turning up from about 7;30 but didn't bother anyone. lovely walks down by the river and along to Durham watching the sculls "very entertaining" Great wee town and would return to this site again (clubhouse bar open till 10/11 weekdays 12 weekends)

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Close to Durham City

We have family in Durham so this site is ideal as you can leave your vehicle at the site and walk everywhere within the city which is great if you have a motorhome. Yes, it is hard to get hold of someone to give you the fob for the facilities and the clubhouse showers/toilets are fairly modern but not pristine. But we think this is a great site as it is right next to the river and close to amenities. For us that is more important than the quality of the site itself. If location is the most important than this is a great site.
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