The penultimate stop on our spring holiday was at Highfield Farm Touring Park in Comberton near Cambridge. Friends and regular readers – yes there are one or two – will no that Cambridge is our home town and many friends and some of Trev’s family still live here including his 88 year old Mum who is often referred to in our blogs as HRH. Obviously we’ve brought the caravan up here a few a few times and always try and stay somewhere different.
Whilst they have a website – which the above link will take you to – up until recently to book you had to print out a form and send off with a deposit in the form of a cheque, paying the balance by cheque or cash on arrival. I see now that they are taking card payments. Wise move.
Firstly the site is easy to find, being only minutes from the M11 and with no narrow lanes and blind corners to navigate. Being local (ish) we new roughly where it was but the directions given were accurate with the brown camping signs helping you on the way.
The welcome could not have been friendlier. We (as usual) apolgised for being earlier than the sacred midday beloved of so many sites but that is not generally applied except on Saturdays for one night bookings when you will have to pay a supplement. This makes life a whole lot easier but I hope their flexibility is not abused, particularly at busier times.
The site itself is divided into a number of paddocks separated by high hedges which also border most of the site. You can even pitch amongst the trees opposite reception and this area looks particularly lovely.
There is a choice of grass or hard standing pitches and all can be booked with or without electricity. We had one of the larger hard standings but they were not that big. There was not enough room for a car, caravan & awning and some are considerably smaller.
Each paddock has it’s own facilities block – barring the rally field at the end – and they were immaculate. Plenty of hot water and none of this push button nonsense either. Plenty of water points too although these ARE push button. Gives you something to lean on though whilst you’re waiting for your barrel to fill. We were on site right at the start of their season so there weren’t many of us on site, however given the number of facilities I can’t imagine you needing to queue for long, if at all, even during the busy times.
There is a 1.5 mile walk around the farm (no, we didn’t do it – not enough time – honest!). The local pub is about a 15 minute walk away. Only one real ale on offer when we visited.
The City of Cambridge is but a few miles away but for gawd sake don’t drive in unless you like sitting in traffic and getting fleeced for parking. Make use of the excellent park & ride service, the nearest one being at Madingley, however motorhome users will need to go to Trumpington because of height restrictions. There is also a bus stop just a few minutes from the site.
So, all in all, a great site. We were only here for three nights but would love to have stayed longer. The facilities are excellent and whilst both the major caravan clubs are represented in Cambridge this makes a great alternative. It is owned by the people that run it and you can tell their enthusiasm and commitment. We’ll certainly be back at some point.