Rated 4 of 5

Rated 5 of 5

Peace and quiet

Rated 3 of 5

Facilities and cleanliness

Rated 4 of 5

Location

Rated 2 of 5

Good for families

Personal View of Bingham Grange

Downsides: The toilet/shower facilities are basic and antiquated. The plumbing throughout is functional, but it's Heath Robinson in appearance. Showers heads are vertically above the user in the relatively small cubicles – OK if you want to wash your hair at the same times as everything else but otherwise not very user friendly! A shower cap is a “must” for the ladies. The 2 shower installations in the wooden building building behind Reception are best. The only chemical emptying point is by the site entrance - quite a tramp from many pitches Pitches are narrower than normal CAMC sites, but many are nicely shielded by Laurel hedges between about waist and chest high. There's room for a caravan / motorhome and awning, but the car has to be parked in front of the pitch. Wi-fi is available, costings [in Sep 20] 1 day = £3; 3 days = £7.50; and 7 days = £10.50. The site is still very much as I imagine it was when a private concern. The site roads are pea gravel and dust [which gets everywhere when the wind blows] and the site lighting is minimal – so torches are strongly suggested. There seems lots of potential here which could bring the site up to normal CAMC spec, but for the moment it is well below the normal standard. We feel the nightly charge is quite high for what you get. It is far too expensive compared with other CAMC sites that have far more up-to-date facilities and much larger pitches. Transport-wise, 2 bus services [X51 and X53] run through Bridport [and West Bay] every couple of hours between [respectively] Dorchester and Axmintster; and Weymouth and Axminster. The bus “station” [for want of a better word!] is near the bottom of West Street in Bridport, and there is adequate car parking available there. We didn't explore the “Bus stop 500 mtrs” quoted in the Sites Directory, but we saw no evidence of one and I would expect the frequency of service [if any] to be very limited. Positives There are presently 29 pitches for tenters or motorhomes only. We think those pitches are deemed not suitable for caravans because of the position of established trees making caravan manoeuvering difficult or hazardous. Some sympathetic tree thinning would make those areas available and would significantly increase the site capacity for caravans. There's an area of “dog walking” which is lovely. It's wooded, dogs are free to run off-lead, there's a nice river and the flora is a delight. The whole area is probably the best we have seen in more than 40 years of caravanning – and we don't have a dog! Because of the limited site lighting, evenings of clear skies are a star-watchers delight. The Wardens are doing their very best under challenging conditions. By and large they are working miracles, but they can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. The site has lots of potential, but as outlined above it needs a significant amount of work and investment to make the best of it.
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