Do you actually like camping?

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Re: Do you actually like camping?

Postby Scottishgaucho » 16 Jun 2016, 1:25am

bigjim wrote:i was perusing campsites the other night. I am considering doing a bit of car camping so I can carry a bit more of the luxuries that I miss out on when dragging the load around on the bike. I could therefore take a nice light road bike, discover some new rides, maybe even join a local CTC group for a day. I'd have a decent sized tent with, heaven for me, a proper pillow, plus good cooking facilities. I was though, a bit shocked at how much the rental of a piece of grass costs these days. £17 to £20 on a lot of sites! I can understand costs for site owners will have probably shot up and have to be covered, but they do not now compare well with staying at a hostel IMO.


Yes some privately owned camp sites are to be avoided as they charge a fixed price per tent no matter what size it is. I did an about turn after being told they were going to charge me something ridiculous when I was on my end to end run. I did get the impression they were quite glad to see the back of me as after a hard day in the saddle I did look as if I would have lowered the tone of the place. :D

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Re: Do you actually like camping?

Postby bohrsatom » 16 Jun 2016, 7:26am

bigjim wrote:I was though, a bit shocked at how much the rental of a piece of grass costs these days. £17 to £20 on a lot of sites!


Over the Bank Holiday we went for a ride around East Anglia, staying at two Camping and Caravanning Club sites. As we're not members, each night cost £23! We've only camped on the continent before and in comparison this is by far the most expensive camping. Being a member (£40) only reduced the price by a fiver or so, so not economical unless you stay regularly.

In comparison I could have found a Travelodge for £30/night.

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Re: Do you actually like camping?

Postby jags » 25 Aug 2016, 9:38pm

i like the idea of camping but i find sleeping in a tent next to impossible,
i'm to much of a fidget to relax ,this wild camping lark sounds great even looks great when u see the photos people post, but in reality.. no toilet no showers no feckin nothing except if your lucky a view. god help u if the land owner comes across your ass on his precious land you could be walking bandy for a week. :(

yeah still haven't found the secret of camping one day maybe. :wink:

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Re: Do you actually like camping?

Postby pjclinch » 26 Aug 2016, 10:15am

jags wrote:yeah still haven't found the secret of camping one day maybe. :wink:


You just need the right tent jags. The Hilleberg Akto is often given glowing reviews, perhaps you should get one?
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Re: Do you actually like camping?

Postby al_yrpal » 26 Aug 2016, 10:40am

Off to a festival next weekend in my sons Hymer camper, will take my Brompton. Luxury! :D

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Re: Do you actually like camping?

Postby jags » 26 Aug 2016, 12:07pm

PJ your a gas man :lol: :lol:

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Re: Do you actually like camping?

Postby MrsHJ » 26 Aug 2016, 8:39pm

Junior has now identified two types of camping- dry camping ( this is what civilised people do involving cars, camper vans, caravans large tents and awnings etc).

Then there is the other type of camping- this is the type that happens when mummy drags you off cycle touring. Apparently this is "wet camping"- I think mildly damp would be a better description or "getting close to the elements" camping.

Anyway the rest of the family have chosen next years camping venue- apparently we (that means me paying) are hiring an RV in Colorado ( at least I can go and buy a new big Agnes tent from the local REI and even camp and sulk by myself!).

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Re: Do you actually like camping?

Postby Jacqueslemac » 23 Jan 2017, 5:39pm

The answer is "yes". I've done it all my life. For the last few years I've spent a lot of time in hotels because of my job. I'd rather be camping any day and can't remember the last time I used my own money to stay in an hotel (YHAs don't count).

A good sleeping mat, sleeping bag and pair of earplugs (I'm also a musician so have a pair of £150 earplugs which block out virtually all unwanted noise, including the dawn chorus!) are a must for me.

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Re: Do you actually like camping?

Postby Cyril Haearn » 23 Jan 2017, 5:55pm

There is a network of bothies in Scotland (and elsewhere I believe) which offer a "halfway house" :wink: between camping and BB/YH etc, the bothies have a good ethos I think, I have read about them but never used one.

I prefer to stay in one place the whole holiday and explore a small area in detail. For those not tied to school holidays the static caravan parks in North Wales and elsewhere have good low season prices.
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Re: Do you actually like camping?

Postby Sweep » 23 Jan 2017, 5:59pm

interesting point bryn.

Had many a happy holiday in a static caravan as a kid.

What do you do with the bike?
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Re: Do you actually like camping?

Postby landsurfer » 23 Jan 2017, 6:07pm

I travel extensively throughout the UK on business, I have cards for Premier Inn and Travelodge, i can book in at no notice without having to pay ... my company does ...
But..
Between May and October i regularly stop at small campsites.
I have a Vango mountain tent in the pickup truck and.. sleeping bag, inflatable pillow and self inflating mattress in the truck at all times .. and my Trangia hybrid cooking thing ....
Set up camp, cook dinner on the tailgate of the truck, fish? cycle? .. then shower, bed and read ..... love it, absolutely love it .
Heinz chicken soup for breakfast ... as the sun comes up ...... I actually feel as if i am stealing from the company ....lol :) :)
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Re: Do you actually like camping?

Postby Cyril Haearn » 23 Jan 2017, 6:19pm

Sweep wrote:interesting point bryn.

Had many a happy holiday in a static caravan as a kid.

What do you do with the bike?


I had it in the car but I did not use it, walked every day, used the train and buses (4 times an hour through Penmaenmawr weekdays!) The car did not move in the two weeks I was there either.

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Re: Do you actually like camping?

Postby landsurfer » 23 Jan 2017, 6:38pm

Cyril Haearn wrote:There is a network of bothies in Scotland (and elsewhere I believe) which offer a "halfway house" :wink: between camping and BB/YH etc, the bothies have a good ethos I think, I have read about them but never used one.


Have used them extensively, shelter from the storm, from sheds to stone crofts ... Their numbers are getting smaller as the "cheque book mountaineers" keep dying trying to get to them rather than retreat .... There is a Mountain Bothies Association .... give the website a look .... you'll have to leave the bike outside ...lol
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Re: Do you actually like camping?

Postby Cyril Haearn » 23 Jan 2017, 7:43pm

Sweep wrote:interesting point bryn.

Had many a happy holiday in a static caravan as a kid.

What do you do with the bike?


One could chain the bike to the gas bottles behind the van, or ask the site manager, there are probably sheds or stores where it could be left securely.
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Re: Do you actually like camping?

Postby pete75 » 23 Jan 2017, 9:19pm

landsurfer wrote:I travel extensively throughout the UK on business, I have cards for Premier Inn and Travelodge, i can book in at no notice without having to pay ... my company does ...


But if it's your company paying aren't you, as the owner, paying for it yourself?