Major Bridge Park Certificated Site
Open - March to October
Current fees - Contact site for details
This quiet and quirky site is situated just off the A163 about two miles from the village of Holme-on-Spalding Moor. When you turn into the entrance you would be forgiven for thinking you'd got the wrong place, as with the two very large corrugated workshops and various vehicles dotted about it looks more like an old bus depot, but drive down by the side of the workshops and you'll find the site behind. And what a gem of a place it is!
The main part of the site consists of a large level field surrounded on three sides by tall trees; on the left is a group of large greenhouses and a couple of polytunnels, and anyone wanting an ehu pitch will be sited somewhere in that vicinity as that's where all the power is supplied from, though if you have a very long hook-up cable you'll be able to pitch a bit further out into the field. If you don't want power then you can pitch where you want - most campers seem to settle round the edge of the field leaving plenty of room for kids to run about. At the very end of the site there's a path leading to a bridge over a brook with another field on the other side - if you want to be really secluded you can pitch there if you wish but you can't get a car over there so you'll have a long walk back to the toilet block.
The toilet block itself is a little dated, but though the facilities are basic they are very clean, with three cubicles in the ladies and two in the men's, plus disabled facilities and one large shower room which is free but has an honesty bowl for a £1 donation. There are two drinking water taps on the wall outside the shower room and the cdp is round near the men's toilet; there's a second drinking water tap down at the far end of the field. The owners/wardens are very friendly and helpful and are always on hand if there's a problem; they do allow camp fires in fire pits but they have a restriction on which part of the site you can use them, so if you want a fire it's best to check with them when you arrive as it may affect your choice of where you want to pitch.
This is a great site for dog owners and cyclists as the Howdenshire Rail Trail footpath runs behind the site and goes for miles both east and west, so it's ideal for dog walking or a gentle cycle ride. Anyone with a liking for vintage vehicles would probably be interested in the old cars and tractors stored in the various barns and outbuildings on the site, and which are in various stages of restoration ranging from completely unrestored to fully restored and running.
The nearby village has a general store, post office, bakery, butcher's, take-aways and pubs, and four miles away the larger village of Market Weighton has some nice little shops and a Tesco supermarket. About twenty minutes drive away is the village of Melbourne where on Sundays you can have a short trip on a narrowboat on the Pocklington canal. These are run by members of the Pocklington Canal Society, and while the trips are technically free they do appreciate a donation towards the upkeep and running of the boat.
There are just a couple of minor niggles which stop Major Bridge Park from being totally perfect; firstly there are no washing up facilities so you will need to do your pots in your unit, which could be a challenge for a large family, and secondly there are no waste bins so you will need bags to take your rubbish with you when you leave - another challenge if you stay for more than a couple of days.
One thing to note which could be a problem for some people - the site is adjacent to fields of high value crops and during the early growing season there's a bird scarer in operation. This starts soon after first light and lets out an almighty bang every hour for several hours, so if you don't like being wakened early or you have children who are easily scared then this site may not be for you, although if you pitch on the side where the greenhouses are it may not trouble you too much. I heard it once on my first morning then went straight back to sleep again!
If you want to chill out in peace and quiet (apart from the bird scarer!) then this site has it in shed loads, and at only £8 per night or £9 with ehu (May 2011) it's certainly value-for-money, though if you have kids who need entertaining then it may just be a little too quiet!