Saturday, February 28, 2015

Activities - Books and videos about outdoors

The book suggests" I just want space and  unallocated time. I want disorganised activity for my children. 
I want the time table to be torn up."  The reveiwer Tom Fort says..."I like the no telly and reading in the early morning with hot tea... I like the easy sociability so rare in this country, and the opportunuity camping gives to observe the lives of others. I like the adventure of it. I like the way the children make friends after 10 minutes and you hardly see them again except for meals... This book is essential reading for thoughtful campers."

Booking and confirmation. Reception

Reception hatch on right, 10 metres from entrance gate.

Reception Open
Monday to Friday 10.00a.m. to 6:00p.m. (3:00p.m. in winter)
Saturday  and Sunday 3p.m - 6p.m.

Charges:- First night
£8 per person all ages.
£8 per car. £4 per motorbike.
£4 per visitor/drop off.
£4 per visitor/drop off car

Second night onwards:-
Cars and motorbikes free.
Pre teens half price.

Please pay  on entry at reception hatch before pitching.
Visitors -  must check in at reception
(We need to know who is in the camp for security.)
If no answer at reception, write all  names, car reg, who you are visiting, thanks.

Booking procedure:- Phone or e mail.
Then you receive a  standard reply with various links for more information.
When you confirm your  number of people and cars - time of arrival and departure, etc.,
visitors, then I send a confirmation quote/directions.

Usually, if pre-arranged, we are there to welcome you,
show you the gate combination and
lead you to a turning area,
then back down to the parking area tucked in at the side,
show you your pitch - now is the time to say if it doesn't suit you for tent size, etc.
Pay and pitch your tent.

Activities - Sports. Horse riding. Fishing. Knockhill racing. Cycling. Swimming. Showers. Skateboarding

Fishing - Loch Gelly
Shore fishing


Feeding the ducks - Moorhen, Coot, mallard, swan....

Forth boat tours
and Maid of the Forth
nearby from South Queensferry.
Loch Leven

Did you know you can camp at this rustic campsite and a mile or two up the road you can get showers at the Duloch leisure centre -Leisure centre showers

showers from £1.25 Jnr low season - £1.85 - £2.60 Adult high season.
 just behind Duloch Tesco.
Also at Dalgety Bay Leisure centre.

 Sport and leisure centres

Cycling -cycle path approx. 100 metres from here. See fuller info on post "Cycle..."
Fishing here and see suggestions below. You can then search the internet for more detail.

 knockhill racing

Swimming baths:-
Burntisland - Beacon leisure centre -Flumes.
Perth - Outside feature pool
Cowdenbeath - plus gym

Sports centre Dalgety Bay.

Local taxi 01383 410088

fife fishing guide
Stenhouse Loch,
Loch Leven but not re-stocking.)
 Kirkcaldy Raith Lake
North Queensferry sea fishing.
Dysart pier fishing.
Coastal fishing- Maggies croft Cumbernauld.
Orchil. Deanswood Livingston.

Horse riding Falconry

Fife Leisure park, bowling, crazy golf, cinema,
several eating places, Pizza, mexican, etc. lots of walks.

Burntisland skateboarding video

What's on free in Dunfermline

Horseriding Lochgelly equestrian centre

Horse riding Fife Visit Scotland

Horse riding Lochore activity meadows

Maintenance - Driveway 2010 and 2009

Much behind the scenes preparations for our  campers.
Annual maintenance of driveway.
Another ditch dug for water drainage and 70 more tons of road coverings.
More diggers, road scalpings and rollers to smooth the surface.

2009 maintenance:- Driveway and  small digger

for campers' lane - drainage

road scalpings

Another 40 tons of road surfacing delivered this year, for the 3 turning points.
We spend a few hundred £'s a year on this.
There's about 1500 metres of this road to tend to.
So we charge a £8 one off, car entry fee for the whole of the campers' visit
 and £4 for their day visitors' cars.

Re-doing all the pitch signs.

Processing the dead trees to logs for trugs.

Maintenance - 2013 Camp entrance

 50 metre hedge at entrance 
Annual cut

From this

July 2013

Archive photo

Maintenance - drainage video Top pitches)

Press video link

Maintenance - 2011 Drainage and footpaths

December 2011 improvements
200 metres of Field Drains at the lower camp, included :-
60 tons of 40 ml graded aggregate,  200 metres of trenches,
a 2 cubic metre soakaway
3 men and a few cups of tea.

Plus machines:-A Dumper truck

Large and small digger

With assorted buckets and fork attatchments 
 for trenching and removing old scrap metal from near the badger hide.

New pitch after removal of rubbish

New path on top of drainage channels

Lower pitch footpaths

Maintenance - Camp service vehicles

Various trailers and  motors used for servicing
 the camp, cottage and woodwork

3 pannier  grass cutter

trailers for tree coppicing

Including logging
grass cutting, water carrying, rubbish recycling

Guess what's in the box?

A pit bike for my 40th anniversary

No hands for braking! The germ of an idea for haulage Seems to be turning into a boat

I name this trailer...

You'll see us working round and about.

Maintenance - 2012 Ground water drainage video

Little waterfall feature

At entrance to campsite

This is a small exposed part of the "Cundie" 
which stretches a few hundred metres all the way up the drive on the left.

While you were packing your tents away for the winter,
 we've hired in the usual machines to keep draining the land
and channelling the water off the pitches and driveway into the unusual " Napoleonic" drain.

Maintenance - 2014 - Machinery for grass cutting, rubbish collecting, etc.

Some uses for a dead tree (see fuller posts):-
Poles for the "Truncator"

Kindling and  beefy logs for the hydraulic "Wood splitter"

 beefy logs for the hydraulic "Wood splitter"

Brushwood for "Dead hedging"

Roof repairs

Heating up the bitumen for camp roof repairs

Clearing up pitches, leaves to compost.

 22.5 litres of waterproofing for various camp roofs


Repair to rustic steps to lower pitches

14.1.2013 - Out with the old

Into the mechanical "Grab"

Weigh bridge

 After unloading

After unloading

 at the scrap metal recycle yard which was the old "Wards" shipbreakers.

 3rd and 4th grass cutter from this excellent specialist

In with the new