We have just returned from a 7 night stay at Highlands End. We took our caravan and booked online, opting for a serviced pitch.
The journey to site was straightforward and check in was easy. We were directed to the touring section and told to select our own pitch. We drove around the site twice and found that some pitches were too small for our twin axle van- the pitches on the far left of the site in North Rye Acres are ideal for the big vans but we would have struggled on the smaller pitches, especially if we'd brought our full size awning with us.
Once we'd set up, we took in the magnificent views from the cliff top at the end of the site. A short walk left will take you down to West Bay where Broadchurch was filmed. This is a lovely little harbour village and has a lovely vibe.
On site, there is a bar and restaurant. We didn't try the food so can't comment but the local ales were £3.50 a pint which is about right these days.
Toilet blocks are nice and clean as are the showers.
There is a dog walk as well and we used this twice a day. It was a shame to see that some dog owners couldn't be bothered to pick their dogs mess up. It really stands out on the immaculately cut lawns.
I did notice that there were several large empty gravel pitches on the site, which had amazing views of the sea towards Charmouth. I didn't see these pitches mentioned when booking though and 4 of them were empty for the 7 nights we were there, all with uninterrupted views. Had I have known about these pitches, I would have booked one. I pointed this out to staff and asked why they weren't advertised, and the answer I got was that maybe they had been reserved for the dates I'd requested. I was asked if I wanted to move, but I hadn't brought an Aquaroll with me, else I would have. Sufficed to say that when we return, I shall be booking one of the gravel pitches for the views.
One thing to watch out for are the narrow roads on the site. As we were driving round, the caravan mounted the kerb on one of the bends and scratched the alloy wheels. The only way to avoid this is to take the bends wide and drive onto the grass opposite the kerb. However, this can prove difficult if a motorhome is parked on the grass, as we found out when we left. We observed several caravans mount this same section of kerb whilst we were there. I did report this to the receptionist and she said she'd get someone to look into it. There is no reason for those kerbs to be there in my opinion.
We will return and hopefully soon. This is one of the better sites we've visited.
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