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A great idea, but....,
This review is from: Cool Camping: England (Paperback)
A book of out of the way, out of the ordinary camping is a terrific idea, which is why I bought the book. Many of the sites featured look amazing, and they have all been personally 'road-tested' by the CC crew. So far so very good. However there is a (quite a big in my view) downside in that although there is on the surface a large choice of sites, in reality this amounts to an average of less than four sites in each of the 23 counties/regions represented.
So if you want to use this to plan a trip, rather than take it with you, then its really good and will get you to some really interesting off-the-beaten-track places (and I do intend to try some of them out), but much less use as something you carry around in your panniers or glove compartment. So great for selecting a camp for a week's holiday, but much less useful if you are on tour, the kind where you say 'This looks a nice area, let's find a campsite near here' because (my experience) the nearest one might be 50 miles away (and if you happen to be travelling anywhere near a border - Wales, Scotland -- you'll need to buy another book).
Ideally this approach would suit the 'TripAdvisor' style of online consumer contributions. The CC people do have a site, but is is mainly to sell their books. Nothing wrong in that, this is really good book worth buying provided you know what it does and doesn't do - and nothing to stop someone else setting something up of course (maybe someone already has)
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Initial post: 5 Aug 2009 23:28:53 BDT
I found this review useful, as I am going to buy a tent and start camping in the very near future, so I think it will be a good starter book for me, as an OAP, I have to keep my costs down and this book will help me decide where to go,for the best value for money . So thank you "CHRISTOF"
Posted on 16 Mar 2010 16:35:16 GMT
J. Carty says:
I'm not so sure your review exlpains why the book is deserving of 2 stars. It's focus is on highlighting 'cool, boutique' camp sites not listing all the sites available. The Michelin guide lists the best restaurants, following your logic it should be chastised for not listing the local curry house?
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Dec 2011 14:18:15 GMT
Hello J. Carty - I ahve just seen this (only 18 months too late!). You make some good points - and maybe I should uprate my review (can I do that?)
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