Camp Site Review: Upper Lynstone Caravan & Camping Park, Bude

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Upper Lynstone Caravan & Camping Park is a smallish, 4 star, family run camp site, a five to ten minute walk outside of the North Cornish coastal town of Bude. Its elevated position gives it excellent views, and it is just a stone’s throw from the coastal path, which offers, amongst other things, a more scenic walk into Bude, itself. The site takes pretty much any type of unit, including tents, trailer tents, folding campers, caravans and motorhomes, making it an ideal location for larger family groups to meet up and share one site, regardless of the accommodation they are bringing with them. The site, also, offers a number of static caravans, which can be booked directly with the site.

Facilities

The site, currently, offers approximately 40 pitches, with 10Amp electric hookup, plus a similar number of non EHU camping pitches, some of which are pre bookable. The site is sloping, but those pitches that aren’t on level ground have been terraced, to ensure that, wherever you are on the site, sloping ground will not be an issue.

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The pitches are, in the main, separated by very low wooden fences, and are a minimum of 11 metres wide, which is pretty impressive, for a site of this size. All are grassed, with no hard standings that I am aware of. The main camping field is somewhat less formal, offering a number of open plan camping pitches.

There is one main facilities block, but there is a second, smaller one, close to the main reception, where the recycling area and laundry facilities are, also, located, as is the shop and children’s play area.

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The facilities are modern, and clean, and more than adequate, for a site of this size. What was particularly impressive was the attention to detail, and some of the little touches, such as cloths to wipe down the sinks, in the wash room areas, drainer racks in the dish washing areas and hand gel at the chemical toilet emptying point.

Site Review

Upper Lynstone Caravan & Camping Park is situated on the Lynstone Road, approximately half a mile outside of Bude. The site is approached via a short driveway, with the reception, shop, and, presumably, owners accommodation directly ahead. This is very picturesque, with the main accommodation being a typical, if rather large, chocolate box cottage, with thatched roof.

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The Shop, Although Not Huge, Contains Most Of The Basics

Inside the main reception area, there is, also, a small shop. Whilst this is rather diminutive in size, it has a reasonable array of products, for its size, including both the basic food produce items (bacon, eggs, milk etc) and the key camping essentials, in case of emergencies. There are, also, a number of non essential items, such as a rather tempting ice cream freezer. A freezer pack service is also provided, as is a phone / mobile device charging service, both at a small charge. The site does have wi-fi, although this is not compatible with some of the more high usage streaming sites.

Having checked in, we drove past the children’s play area, recycling area and laundry room, through the small selection of statics, and up into the main camping fields. As already mentioned, the pitches were large, level and with both excellent views, and EHU.

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Modern Amenities Block Is Clean, And Well Maintained

The toilet block is commensurate with the size of the site, with around half a dozen showers in both male and female facilities. These areas were extremely well maintained, and very clean. Hair dryers were, also, provided, if required. As is the way, with many camp sites, these days, showers are a push button affair, with no temperature adjustment. No great issue, normally, except we happened to be visiting in the hottest June for 40 years, so the ability to turn the temperature down, just a touch, would have been more than welcome (especially with my own, customary, sun burn). Other than that, it really is difficult to fault the toilet / shower facilities provided, especially in such a small, family run site.

Washing up facilities consisted of a couple of sinks in the main facilities block, and a couple more in the laundry area. Again, about right for the size of site, and the plastic drainers provided were a nice touch, surprisingly lacking in many sites.

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One Of The Two Dish Washing Areas

The chemical toilet emptying point, likewise, was very modern and the addition of a hand gel dispenser on the wall did not go unnoticed. A simple, but often lacking, touch.

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The Well Equipped Laundry Room, With Additional Washing Up Sinks. You Can, Also, Hire An Ironing Board And Iron, If Required

Away from the main facilities block, near to reception, is the laundry area / second washing up area. This, also, doubled as an additional information room, with a large array of brochures and flyers for local attractions and events.

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Comprehensive Play Air With Extensive Views Behind

Immediately opposite the laundry room is the children’s play area. This is a very respectable feature, for the size of site, and set in front of some pretty impressive views.

Bude, itself, is a lovely town, with a great beach, plenty of pubs and eateries, and a decent array of shops and super markets. The main beach, also, features an outdoor tidal sea pool, which is a bit of a tourist attraction in its own right.

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Bude Canal And Wharf, Looking Towards The Sea

A 10 minute, max, walk into Bude, brings you to the canal and harbour area, with car parks and a number of pubs and eateries, including the Brendon Arms, Falcon Hotel and the Olive Tree Restaurant.

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The Falcon Hotel. One Of The Many Pubs & Eateries In Bude

A further two minute walk along the wharf brings you to the main beach, with sea pool, traditional beach huts, and highly recommended ‘Life’s a Beach’ Bistro / Restaurant.

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The Outdoor Sea Pool, With Beach Huts Behind

Behind the beach is the main town, with its selection of shops, cafes and super markets. Plenty to see and do here, even when the weather isn’t the greatest.

Dogs are welcomed on the site, at a small additional cost. There are no specific dog facilities on site, but almost unlimited walking options just outside.

Conclusion

Upper Lynstone is an excellent little site, in an exceptional location. Facilities are modern, and well maintained, and pitches are large, level and with, in the main, excellent views. Cost of an average pitch, with EHU, ranges from £18 to £25, depending on the season. Awnings and dogs, again, depending on season, range from £1 to £2. What I loved about this site is that it is the best of both worlds. Family friendly, but without hundreds of kids running around. Well maintained but without too many rules and regulations. Large enough to have a bit of atmosphere, and all the facilities you could need, but small enough to provide a relaxing and welcoming stay.

Local facilities, in Bude, are excellent, with plenty to see and do. All in all, the whole package makes for a very enjoyable experience, and one we will be looking forward to repeating in the forseeable future.

To take a look at the main Upper Lynstone web site, click Here.

For details of pricing and booking, click Here.

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About Alan Young

MD and owner of the Woodhurst Group, including Praxis Accountancy Limited and Blue Sky Recreation Limited. Also Commercial Director of The Sky visor Group
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