Lyndon Top caravan park, “112 acres of peace and tranquility running directly to the shores of one of Europeʼs largest and most beautiful man made lakes.”
We recently spent five very enjoyable and peaceful days at Lyndon Top in Rutland for a Caravan & Camping Club THS (Temporary Holiday Site) rally. Although “rally” is an over statement more a gathering of club members taking advantage of a very advantageous rate on a picturesque site.
Our thanks go to the Northants District Association of the Camping and Caravan Club stewards, Maureen & Duncan, and others for organising the rally.
As one who normally stays on small 5 van Certified Sites, I initially found the shear size of Lyndon Top a little overwhelming, if you suffer from agoraphobia, then this is not the site for you! Fortunately the rally we attended was assigned one end of a field that extended to perhaps twenty acres, so the question of “where do we pitch?” was easily taken care of, but still plenty of room for all.
The site is open all year around to individuals, so if you are visiting the area make it your base. The site facilities are limited to water supply and disposal, although toilets are provided for those tent camping.
This was our first experience of being off-grid for any length of time. We have a 100w solar panel on our caravan roof which provided ample electricity for our needs, our battery being recharged by late morning each day. Our gas consumption was a little higher than when we have the use of an on-site electricity supply, at about two litres per day. In cash terms that worked out at about £5 a week for gas from our refillable Safefill cylinder.
Rutland Water has the added benefit of a level 22 mile cycle track around its perimeter for those fit enough to cycle. Of greater interest to us were the collection of waterside car parks to visit, each with its own essential coffee shop. Lyndon Top is also an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding country side and its towns and villages.
Unfortunately this treasure of a site is currently under attack from NIMBYism and the local planning authority, seemly intend on depriving us of its use, your help and support will be appreciated as outlined in the following notice.