Situated on the Shropshire / Wales border, Daisy Bank Caravan Park was a tranquil gem, tucked away among the rolling hills. Daisy Bank is an adults-only touring park, so you won’t find any children using your precious caravan as a set of football goals or screaming around the site on pushbikes or scooters. Not that I mind children, but it’s nice to know you can escape it when you choose.
First impressions of the park were excellent. We were greeted at the entrance by one of the staff, given all the information such as barrier codes and Wifi details (which was free!) and then guided to our pitch, which was a Super Pitch, complete with electric points, our own tap and grey waste grid. Help was also available setting the caravan up, but we politely declined, as we have a bit of a routine now. We immediately plugged in the mains, plumbed into the fresh water with a Aquaroll float system and ran a waste pipe to the grey waste grid and we were in business.
The only thing that let us down slightly, was the TV signal was a bit poor and no amount of twiddling with the antenna alignment (using the impressive iPhone app by Chris George), made any difference. However, Daisy Bank must be aware of the issue, as they have a supply of jockey wheel-mounted TV aerials available for free to borrow during your stay. This improved things no end and was much better than my Status 315 antenna and booster, fitted as standard on my Avondale Quantock (yes, i have a new caravan!).
In fairness, this break was our first of the season and Kat and I had decided we were going to relax, take it easy and just enjoy the weather. We were not disappointed. The weather was a scorching 21 degrees and we got a wonderful suntan. It was also the weekend of the Snooker Championship finals, so I decided to enjoy watching that, between reading. We did venture out into the area on a few occasions and got t0 enjoy a lovely day at the Blists Hill Victorian Living Museum (highly recommended 10/10) and we had a day walking around Ludlow, said to be the most beautiful town in Europe. We had a fabulous day strolling around this bustling market town and enjoying the victorian fairground which had been laid on, as it was a Bank Holiday. Very enjoyable.
Back at Daisy Bank, we sampled the toilet block and showers, which were absolutely divine. The underfloor heating and modern decor were a welcome surprise, the showers were lovely and hot each time we used them, and the toilets were kept immaculately clean. The Elsan point was located near enough to the toilet block, but not so near that the smell was apparent. This was also surprisingly clean, with a hose supplied to clean up, and hand wash also.
The park is open all year round so a lot of people on the site loved it so much, they stay there seasonally, in fact one couple we spoke with live on there for 7 months of the year! This makes sense, as it’s such a beautiful caravan site, and the views of the hills are stunning. One of the big features for me was the lack of noise. It truly was tranquil, with the exception of the sound of the birdsong in the mornings, which was remarkable to wake up to, after living in towns for a while.
The caravan park is divided into 4 areas; Roundton, Camlad, Kerry and Meadow. Roundton is a birdwatchers paradise, as it’s scattered with bushes, shrubs and trees and the birds love it. Some regulars even put out bird feeders for them! Camlad is a favourite of the site with a pleasant mix of views and shrubs, giving the feel of being surrounded by greenery, but without feeling claustrophobic. Kerry is truly wondeful with views over the Camlad Valley and the Kerry Ridgeway. This is where we were pitched and can honestly say the views at sunset and sunrise are awe-inspiring. There are also a couple of Camping Pods on Kerry, tastefully blending into the backdrop of the trees. Finally, there is Meadow, which as the name suggests, is a meadow with south-facing views over the Camlad Valley and ideal if you have dogs, as it’s situated near to the dog walking area. Many of the pitches on Daisy Bank are gravel hardstandings on lush green lawns. Most are level, and the ones that arent, have wheel pits to make life easier. Many pitches also have a TV input, where you can tap into their on-site signal booster. We never had this, as we stayed on Kerry and those pitches have antennas for free use, rather than the booster/TV inputs. This works great.
Overall, our visit to Daisy Bank was a fantastic one and will be remembered as one of those trips that highlights what caravanning is all about; having fun, relaxing and meeting new people. In fact, we loved it so much that on the last day, we decided to stay for an extra night, to avoid the Bank Holiday traffic on the roads.
So, was it worth the £22 a night we were charged? Absolutely, and to be fair, I’ve stayed at caravan sites that have cost much more, and delivered much less. Daisy Bank is definitely on our list of favourites and so much so, we are now considering keeping our van there on a seasonal basis. Very good quality, excellent customer service and the location… well… perhaps one of the best countryside and views you’ll ever see. Even the drive there was stunning.
Daisy Bank Caravan Park
Tel: 01588 620471