We tried to book a last minute break in Mid October intending to stay at the Caravan and Motor Home Club sites at Cheddar or Chew valley only to discover they were fully booked. Looking at the availability on the website we decided to try the Hurn Lane site outside of Burnham on Sea. It turned out to be a reasonable choice.
If you like a site with views this is not perhaps the site you would choose. However, as a base for exploring the surrounding area or walking miles along an open beach with your dogs, it is an excellent choice. A well laid out and spotlessly clean site, it has 82 well-positioned hardstanding pitches with electricity points, including a number of fully serviced pitches available for longer stays.
The sanitary blocks are very good, and the chemical waste disposal point generous in size and well thought out. The pan has a pull flush, hose pipe, and a well-positioned container to place your screw cap.
(I only wish every site had a container to put the cap in while emptying the chemical toilet as I always have an irrational fear I will knock the cap off the side of the disposal point, only to see it disappear down the drain)
When you find a site with friendly dedicated staff who take pride in their work it is always a pleasant experience. Hurn is an immaculately kept site and the wardens manage a small shop for essentials items, such as milk, bread, newspapers (which need to be pre-ordered). If you need a wider range of items a quick trip down the road finds a well-stocked co-op to meet your needs.
A short 10 min walk down the lane and across the main road, brings you to the dunes and a path to the beach. Dog-friendly, and miles of empty sand (when the tides out) you can turn left and walk along the sand to Burnham on Sea (3 Miles). The sea here is part of the Severn Estuary and experiences very strong tides so the sea always looks a dirty brown muddy colour (definitely not the Mediterranean). However, you can enjoy bracing sea air, open views across to the Hinckley Point nuclear power station and the coast stretching away in the distance to Minehead, Linton, and Ilfracombe.
Estuary sand can be very soft to walk on so the trip to Burnham can be harder on the legs than you would expect. There are signs warning you of sinking mud and sand, so it is best to keep to the firmer sand and stay away from the water’s edge, particularly if the tide is out.
Arriving at Burnham on Sea will be a relief to the calf muscles for some people not used to walking. Burnham has a selection of shops, cafés, pubs and restaurants for you to sit and rest awhile, and recover. Always a good idea to take some refreshment before facing the return trip to the site. For the less active a regular bus service runs along the coast past Hurn Lane (Unless; as we discovered on our visit, the bus route had been diverted due to road repairs. So on this occasion, we had to walk most of the way back (the wife refuses to use taxis)
Would we stay at Hurn Lane site again definitely, excellent value for money, good location for local attractions and a well-kept peaceful site looked after by dedicated wardens