Graffham, May 2017

We visited the Camping and Caravanning Graffham site for a short weekend break. Left home soon after 4pm, and onsite by 5.30pm. SatNav took us to the wrong location, and we had to consult the locals for the right route. Lovely secluded pitch. Not much mobile coverage, but that was a fair price to pay for the location. Friendly site managers, but not that knowledgeable on how to get to the South Downs Way on a bike.

Village shop a couple of miles away – well-stocked. Being the South Downs environs, of course, no journey was on the flat. After about an hour we found a route up to the South Downs Way, behind the West Gate to Seaford College. However, it was not very navigable when the ground is wet, and had a very steep incline. We are going to tackle it again in the summer.

Petworth House was about 5 miles from the campsite – not the quietest or flattest of roads, but well worth the trip… if you have National Trust membership.

The toilet block was very clean and nicely decorated (womens’ block). There were only 3 shower cubicles however, and the water pressure was poor.

There were no breakfast eateries (that we fancied, at any rate) within a cyclable distance, so we had… porridge. The photos also show a shelter which is dedicated to one of the founders of the site: it was bequeathed to the C&C Club in the late forties, with the intention that the spirit and values of that time should be preserved. Certainly, you get the feeling the Club has tried to stick to those principles. And the final photo is the lodge at the entrance to the site – as said above, friendly managers.

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