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Bloke from Poole Sitting in a Bar in Sidmouth (24) RE: Sitting in a Bar in Sidmouth 10 Aug 09

Requesting comments about the campsite - brave man!

I see the point about vehicle movements, but it ain't always that simple. I would have liked to have made a run to a launderette (if Sidmouth has one!) to clean up some mud infested clothes (and it weren't just mud).
Apart from that, having a bus pass meant that I didn't feel much need to use my car - pretty much concur with Steve. However, in the circumstances, the restrictions were both necessary and reasonable.

But I would be lying if I said the mud didn't spoil my camping. I'm not blaming the organisers for the rain! But:

I was at the top (Causley Court) and getting to and from the bus stop was an expedition. I didn't visit the on-site catering because it was such a bind getting there and back, not helped by slipping up on my *rse in the mud on Tuesday night. Similarly I avoided coming back on the campsite during the day because of the unpleasantness getting back to the tent.
And, since I was stewarding, I needed to be a bit presentable when I got into town.

Just getting to the nearby loo block was a problem because it meant crossing a roadway constantly churned up by the service vehicles and always slippery. Then coming back into the tent with ankle deep mud, and it wasn't always mud - hard to see at night. Then once the tractors started operating the ruts became too deep for cars to use the roads, and held the water to keep things unpleasant for pedestrians even though it was beginning to dry out.

Similarly getting to the showers and fresh water was a long and dangerous trek, I slipped a number of times.

- Designate separate pedestrian routes and vehicle routes.
- Provide crossings where pedestrians and vehicle routes cross, with some solid surfaces so people can get to key facilities safely.
- Provide some taps nearer the top of the site so people don't have to carry heavy containers long distances on poor surfaces.

Finally, a round of applause for the camp site stewards. They had a difficult and often unpleasant job and did it cheerfully.


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