East Yorkshire Reports
Fangfoss, East Yorkshire
Review of Fangfoss by Jo Ross on August 19th, 2006
We recently decided to try out family camping. We chose our campsites over a period of two weeks and were travelling between Forres, Moray and Ilfracombe. With our newly purchased equipment and enthusiasm for our new adventures ahead, we arrived at Fangfoss Caravan Park, near York, somewhat bewildered. The campsite was truly below standard, in fact to compare it to a cess pit would be an insult to a cess pit. There were numerous dead flies, wasps, moths etc to be found in the sink, along with newly cut human and animal hair, mud and dog excrement were also present in the kitchen area washing facilities. The ironing board cover was burnt, smelt and was ripped. The toilet and shower facilities were appalling. The curtains were mouldy, the stench from the toilets was nothing short of vile. The pitch where we set up was apparently used for dog exercise and fouling, although we were not informed of this by the owner of the campsite or the dog owners nearby who were pitched in their caravans. The numerous flies hovering should have been a give away but being our first time camping we did expect there to be some wildlife. After setting up our tent with all our equipment for the three days we were booked in, we sat quite dismayed wondering if this was what we had ahead of us for the next fortnight. Feeling rather down and dejected, we decided to visit the local town of Pocklington for our tea and to check out the local area. On our way we passed several sign posts for nearby campsites. On the turning to Pocklington we decided to drive into one of the other campsites, South Lea Caravan Park. It was as if I had driven into heaven. The difference between the two sites was immediately noticeable. We asked the owner if she had any vacancies, which she did, and also asked to see the facilities, which were clean and fresh smelling. The grass areas were immaculate and obviously well maintained, friendly people that communicated with you, obviously happy because they too were in heaven. What a difference between the two campsites. It took us an hour and a half to pack up our equipment and set up some ten to fifteen minutes drive away, at South Lea Caravan Park, where we spent an enjoyable three days and nights. This was the camping experience we were expecting, not a visit to a cess pit whereby we were all likely to go down with Typhoid. I would strongly recommend that Fangfoss is taken off your recommendations list. A visit to the site would show all of the above. I would highly recommend a visit to South Lea Caravan Park to anybody. It is five star camping at a great price. Good, clean facilities, well maintained grounds, secure entry via pass card, large childrens play area, with substantial play equipment, all pitches with electrical hook up. If you wish to contact us about this review please feel free to get in touch.