We're not big campers - we've done it a couple of times before and to be honest the campsites put us off. Many seem to be cliquey, cramped, rule-driven places where people arrive in their caravans or massive tents, set up shop and go about their normal lives with the sole difference being that they have to perform their ablutions (or at least dispose of them eventually) in unsavoury communal blocks. But I've always wanted to rent a vintage VW camper so we decided to give the camping thing another crack and spend the long weekend cruising the New Forest. We stayed at three places, this being the first. And I have to say it was brilliant; the kind of campsite you hope to stay at when you make the crazy decision to try it again after how it was before. In the middle of the forest, nice staff, lots of spacious grass to park on, only a few helpful signs around (not hundreds of rules about this and that plastered on signs at every corner) and mostly lots of nice, normal people just enjoying the fresh air and biking and hiking. The communal facilities were quite savoury (my non-communal abluting wife even agreed) and the pub literally at the front gate was lovely. There was a nice little store on the grounds and all in all, whilst there for only a night, we thought it great...we might even be back!
- Also Known As:
- Red Shoot Camping Park New Forest/Ringwood