Durham Amateur Rowing Club

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Plenty to watch at this site

Rung up on the off chance and managed to get 1 night stay only as CL was fully booked for rest of week.  Mark was very friendly and helpful.   Plenty to watch whilst on this site with all the different rowers training during the evening and also again in the morning, but not noisy. Easy walk to Cathedral and a pleasant walk along riverbank into town. Will return for a longer stay next time.
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Spent the May 2013 Bank Holiday here. An ideally located site not only for visiting Durham City with it's fantastic Cathedral, Castle and wonderful old pubs, but also for lovely walks along the River Wear and through wooded hillsides. Booking (via e-mail and then telephone) was very well handled and facilities on the site were very good - as others have stated access to toilets/showers when Rowing Club open otherwise you need your own facilities. Loved the bustle of the rowers around the club - a positive, friendly buzz rather than a noisy crowd - and added to the atmosphere rather than detracted from it. Will definitely stay here again.
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April 2013 Stay

Beautiful location let down by site. Hard standing for vehicles but that is it. Only grass.No laid paths so can get very messy. A little more effort from the club would make this a cracking site. You have lovely walks along river and into Durham.The social club does not allow dogs, but you can walk or drive to Shincliffe village (within 2 miles) where Rose Tree/Seven Stars pubs both welcome dogs.We ate at the Rose Tree, friendly staff and good food.. Access to showers/wcs on site only when members are around to let you in- after 8am usually.

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Great site for access to Durham city

We stayed here three nights in early September 2012. The site is very small and the pitches are squeezed into an area at the side of the rowing club car park although you are not that close to your neighbours. However, this site has one of my “pet gripes” in that, whilst the site advertises hardstanding pitches, you have to track across grass to get to them! Not an immediate problem in the summer/autumn, but it maybe in the depth of winter as the site is open all year! The clubhouse toilet & shower facilities [& bar] are available to site users but only when the club is in use. The showers are clean, spacious and with lots of hot water. If you needed a quick getaway in the morning, you would need to be able to use your own facilities or find someone with the entry code to get you into the clubhouse. Having said that, this is all explained on the club website & site notice board. We did find that the “day to day” maintenance of the clubhouse left a bit to be desired, esp. the lack of toilet paper in the loos. Also, if the club has a function on, the car parking close to the perimeter of the site can obstruct the entry/exit and this would have been a concern if you needed to get away in an emergency. The site is, however, superbly located for access into the centre of Durham, being only a 15 minute walk along the river bank to be in the main shopping & touristy area. Riverbank walks to the south towards Shincliffe are also possible with a few stopping off points like pubs and a garden centre with a tea room. We never did find the facilities manager who had taken our booking despite a couple of attempts to find him! Having paid “up front” there was no real need but it would have been nice to have been able to meet the person that we had had e-mail contact with. Overall a very convenient site for Durham centre but just a little more effort from the club itself would make a visit a bit more enjoyable
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