The Lodge CL, Halmer End, Stoke on Trent – Score 4/5

We visited this site on the recommendation of fellow time travellers, Cap’n Bertie and his good lady M’Julie. We turned up late on a very sunny Fri afternoon, just as the farm traffic on the adjacent lane was winding down for the weekend. The site is well laid out, with all five pitches offering some privacy with shrub hedging.

All the pitches offer south facing aspects for the sun, additionally the site is well sheltered in a bowl of trees from any prevailing winds….Top Marks to the owners, who have clearly thought a great deal about this. Facilities wise, just EHU and normal waste disposal….So no toilet/shower facilities. But at £11 a night, on a well laid out site, you really don’t need a lot. The site also has its own fishing pool, stocked with tench and carp.

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The Mutt guarding his food bowl filler-uppers

No Wifi on site, but we were able to use our MIFI on the 3 Network, Freeview is available, but it was patchy on our system. We gave up in the end.

For the first night we ordered a curry from the Royal Balti at nearby Audley, this was promptly delivered by the takeaway and thus everyone went to bed happy and full and very windy! The Naans are the size of baby blankets, be warned.

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Next Day: Yours truly moving the Royal Balti takeaway from the van to the recycling point….I’m so green, I don’t even know it.

The following morning we woke up to the sound of birdsong and the sun was shining. Actually the pitch was under the rays from first till last light, which in the UK is absolute heaven, we even had the awning out for the full 48hrs of our stay.

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Breakfast

The site is in a very rural  location, it sits alongside the Batewood Nature reserve, which has acres and acres of well laid out paths through woodland and open pasture, ideal for the dogs, ours certainly loved it. The village of Halmer End is also close, 5 mins walk and has a pub and newsagents.

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The Missus and Mutt try to outpace me in Bateswood!….No chance

The nature reserve also has its fair amount of interesting wildlife, including Skylarks and Dragon Flies. Signage in the reserve is not brilliant, I would suggest you take a map, or use a map app on your phone. Either way, its a nice place to spend a summers afternoon.

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A small lake in the nature reserve from a Viewing Butt.

Overall, a perfect bolthole for us, as its only an hours drive from our base location. Well done Bertie, great location, we will certainly use this for a weekend run again.

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