Today I wanted to promote single parent camping with the camping and caravanning club. I am not a single parent in my everyday life although I am when we camp. My Husband is not a fan so my Daughter and I choose to leave him at home and travel solo. We have stayed in many sites which belong to the camping and caravanning club and have always felt very welcome, safe and secure. Most sites have a play area so always ask to pitch up near there and you will be surrounded by lots of other families and children to entertain your brood.
Recently my Daughter and I stayed at the Folkestone camping and caravanning club site. We were really impressed with the facilities there and also found some great local attractions to join in with for free. You will need a car as the site is not accessible by public transport. So read on to see how you can have a successful, stress-free trip when single parent camping with the camping and caravanning club site in Folkestone.
The Folkestone site is a stone throw away from the beach. There is a path that leads from the campsite down to the waters front which is lined with whitewashed cliffs and wildflowers. This part of the coastline is a really great place for a walk. You can also fish in the fish pools here and climb the big bouldering rocks. It is pretty safe but children should be accompanied at all times. We took a small bag and collected beautiful shells. My Daughter even found a piece of fools gold! The beach by the campsite could have easily entertained us for the whole weekend.
Folkestone town Center is fairly nearby but we found Park Farm retail park handy for any last minute essentials that we needed. It is a five-minute car journey and has shops such as B&M and Sainsbury’s. There is also a Macdonalds and subway in the facility but I strongly suggest you make the most of your camping experience and eat around the campfire. Check out my post for easy campsite dinner ideas and inspiration.
After googling a few ideas and days out, we decided to head to the infamous wild swimming area called mermaid beach. We arrived late afternoon but I wish I had of known about this area of Folkestone in advance. Take money to park and wander down through the beach cliff gardens and onto the beach. The lower leas coastal park is fairly steep and although my 6 years old found it manageable, I could not imagine pushing a buggy up the stairs or slopes. The play area is amazing!! Really worth a good day out and we are looking forward to returning in the near future. If you are considering single parent camping with the camping and caravanning club then grab a picnic and spend the day here.
The Folkestone campsite is basically next door to the warren country park.
The Warren Country Park has been formed by centuries of land slippage. Steep paths wind through this woodland and the chalk cliffs. The Country Park is home to a wide variety of rare animal and plant life. These include some rare types of butterfly and around 150 species of birds can be seen around the cliffs. Wild cabbage, samphire and rock sea lavender can also be found here.
From the top of the cliffs, there are spectacular views out to sea.
Nearby, Folkestone’s East Cliff has three Martello towers, built in Napoleonic times as part of the south coast defence system.
I took this photo from the mound that our tent was pitched on. I really like that there is a view of one of the towers from Folkestone campsite. This site is fabulous for a spot of bird or ferry watching so remember to bring your binoculars too.
And finally, on our way home to Bedfordshire, I just couldn’t resist taking my Daughter for a ride on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch railway. I used to ride the mainline miniature railway with my family, en route to our summer holidays in Kent a lot when I was a child and the memories of being back on the platform at Hythe was a very precious experience. Please visit their website and check out all the stops. It cost my Daughter and I around £15 return but the experience really is worth it. Kinda felt like we were in the setting of a children’s film!