Durham Amateur Rowing Club

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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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Riverside bliss

Wasn't sure what to expect arriving the day after a regatta but very pleased with what we found. Clean and tidy site, we were lucky enough to pitch facing the river and what a view. Good hard standing pitch, the grass recovering from the recent floods and regatta, and the water and waste as you would expect on a CC CL - clubhouse facilities a bonus if you use them. Easy walk into the city which has everything you want in miniature except the cathedral, which dominates. Blissfully calm, hugely entertaining watching the crews on the river (warning - they start at 7:30ish but it didn't keep us awake) and very relaxing. Great place for a break.
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Never to be repeated!

A photo of the site has not been uploaded by the club because it is a patch of waste grass next to the club's car park. It has 5 pitches and the clubs sewage treatment plant which constantly smells. If the parking spaces alongside the site are taken, as they usually are, you are blocked on the site and cannot get your vehicle off. The facilities are the clubs facilities. These are accessible if you are lucky enough to find a member with a card to activate the clubhouse door lock. They are typical sports changing rooms. Open with a multi head shower area. There is no privacy. The lights are on motion sensors and the showers are timed 'cut out' There are no windows for natural light. If you are the only person in the shower, the lights go out so you dash into the changing area to put them on but your shower has 'timed out'. You turn that on and the lights go out so you_______. If you are the only person in the toilets, locked in a cubicle, the motion sensor turns the lights off leaving you in absolute darkness and there is nothing you can do about it. This was an extremely unpleasant experience never to be repeated!
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Excellent site very close to Durham centre

Visited 15 & 16 June 2015, immediately after the Durham regatta. Although some staff were still clearing up after the regatta, there was no mess or rubbish lying around. The staff were very friendly and helpful, as were a couple of members. All staff and members were very friendly at all times. The pitches were fine, no churned up grass and we were never blocked in. We also did not really notice any noise from early morning rowers.  It is a lovely walk along the river into Durham centre, and we even stopped to watch a couple of cricket matches along the way! Although it is right next to the car park, if you face the river, it is a beautiful location. We had access to the toilets and showers throughout the day until 10pm. We loved this site and will definitely return again.

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A very handy place to stay.

Just had a few days in this Durham CL. Very handy for all local attractions and a good base for the larger area. Site is busy with boats and the crews but also interesting to watch. Lovely walk into town. River is good to see with boats and crews training. I would recommend this CL to all but those who are looking for peace and quiet.
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Brilliant CL

We had four nights here during the third week of April, and will definitely be back. Although busy much of the time with rowers coming and going, there was very little disturbance. And what a beautiful setting, beside the River Wear, lots of walks into countryside from it, and just a 10 minute walk into Durham itself. 20 minutes if you want to enjoy the lovely riverside walk which takes you there. You can see the cathedral and castle as you walk along. There is so much to see and do within the city you can leave the car on site. The people are friendly, the streets amazing, lots of different eateries/pubs, you'll not go hungry or thirsty. You can also enjoy the clubhouse on site if you don't wish to go far, the members are friendly and helpful. There are also information leaflets available as you enter the building. It is a very popular site so do phone to book. We saw one poor soul who didn't and they had to look elsewhere. We are looking forward to a return visit.
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Excellent base near city

We stayed 3 days midweek in March and loved the site. It won't suit everyone, but it was great for us, a mature couple, wanting a base to explore Durham. The site is small, with 3 of the 5 pitches being a few metres from the river (unfenced). Great views from one side of the van onto the river and woods, other side looked onto the car park and clubhouse. Its about 10 mins walk to city centre, along river, past sportsgrounds. Also good walks along river away from Durham. We found the staff in the clubhouse, and the rowers, very friendly, and enjoyed a chat with them in the bar in the evening. The weakness of the site is that the toilets/showers aren't always available. The clubhouse door is open from 12am to 3pm, and 7pm to 10pm, however there were always people around from 7am onwards who could open the doors for you, so the only time we couldn't get in was after10pm, when everyone had left. Toilets excellent, didn't use shower. We found the site very quiet generally, although rowers do come fairly early in the morning, and you can hear their voices if you have a pitch next to the car park, as we did. Didn't bother us though. No litter problems, something other reviewers have mentioned, no dog walkers seen, not blocked in, plenty of space. One churned up area, but most of grass area fine. Some trees have been cut down letting more light in, so grass should grow better. Overall we really liked it, you wont get better this close to a city. Would recommend the Court Inn, 10 mins walk away, for good food and ambience, tho bit pricey.

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Very handy to Durham centre but read on!

We arrived at the site and were horrified to see the mud bath we were supposed to park our caravan on. Apparently there had been an event on the weekend before which had churned up the caravan parking. In no way did it resemble a caravan club 5 site of any description, it was not just the condition of the grass but the unkempt surroundings too, paper coffee cups bottles of water old inhalers, mats and dog dirt. The ease into Durham was great but beware walking back on the opposite side as there is a diversion which is very slippery.
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The site is a very small gravel and grass area, under the trees, to the side of the Rowing Club's Car Park. It is frequently inaccessible due to parked cars. Even when there were approx 50 other spaces available, they seemed to prefer those which obstructed the caravaners. There is a locked gateway behind the caravan area, which we were told is an escape route if someone needs to get out in a hurry. There was barely enough room for the five caravans, as it was, so I defy anyone to turn a unit round in order to get out, without a mover. The Club is in constant use, which is good for them but the car park is also a public right of way to the riverbank, so people, cars and dogs are using it from as early as 6 a.m. and upto 11.30 pm. Dogs were not kept on leads and on several occasions, whilst the owners stood talking, the dogs made for the grass around the caravans to do their business. We never used the toilets or shower facilities, but people who tried were turned away during the day time and in the evening, the main door was locked so access was via the bar! Nice! We went in the bar once, and asked the bar man for the wifi code, despite having two drinks as we waited, we never got it. When we asked again, he said if we gave him our Lap Top he would put it in. I don't think so! The only plus side was the beautiful river walk straight into Durham. Despite planning to stay a week, as did others, we left early, in desparate need of a good night sleep, if nothing else.

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Handy location

We visited this site in June 2014.  The booking process was very straightforward and the site has good facilities with use of the toilets, showers and bar in the Rowing Club  The Clubhouse has wifi when the bar is open. The site is ideally located for visiting Durham, a pleasant 15 minute walk into the centre either via the road or along the river bank. The Rose Tree at Shincliffe serves reasonably priced pub grub and is dog friendly.  It is fifteen minute walk along the river bank away from the City. There is great walking from the site.  You can see our walks on our blog www.twodogsandanawning.co.uk
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