Bedale Camping and Caravanning, a Camping and Caravanning Club Certificated Site (CS) near the North Yorkshire Georgian market town of the same name, has picked up the top award in this year’s Best CS competition.
Club members have voted the campsite the best CS for 2017. Owners, Ross and Lorraine Jenkins, have invested time and money in the site since its launch, with new spacious shower blocks, hardstanding pitches with electric hook-ups, a dog walking field and a cabin full of information on local attractions and what’s on nearby.
Certificated Sites are exclusively for Club members and are small, privately run campsites that can accommodate up to five caravans or motorhomes and up to ten tents per night.
Site owner, Ross Jenkins, a motorhomer himself for the past 25 years, said: “We set up our site with no other aim than to open up our land for others to enjoy. We’re very pleased to have won this award as you don’t set out to win anything you just do what you can. I’m chuffed to bits.
“With our own site, it’s nice to meet lots of people from different walks of life. It’s also rewarding to bring something to the local area and attract visitors to Bedale.”
Darren Whittington, Membership Services Director at The Camping and Caravanning Club, said: “The Club has been thrilled to support Ross and Lorraine in setting up their site. Their reasons for opening up their land are very touching, and completely in the spirit of the Club’s founders.
“Our members enjoy camping on nearly 1,500 Certificated Sites across the UK and have plenty of choice in terms of on-site facilities. With a prime spot on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, Bedale Camping and Caravanning is in a great location and the dedication of Ross and Lorraine really shines through.”
Pitches on Certificated Sites start from £10 per unit per night, with many sites open year round. They range from sites with full facilities ideal for families, through to sites with minimal facilities in secluded hideaway locations, often within National Park land, or other locations where larger commercial sites are prohibited.
Winners in other categories in this year’s awards include:
Best Hideaway: The Osiers (also winner of Best New CS in 2017), West Sussex
Best Facilities: Castle Camping, Staffordshire
Best Friendly Club Welcome: Riverside Caravan Site, Cambridgeshire
Best CS for Families: Riverside Caravan Park, Cambridgeshire.
For more information visit: www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/certificatedsites.
For more details about Bedale Camping and Caravanning, and to nominate your favourite CS for the 2018 award, visit www.bestcs.co.uk.