Camping

Posh camping

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The wife and I have been known to venture into the great outdoors in a tent over the last few years. I find it really relaxing and great to get back to the countryside. There are a few pre-requisites to a weekend away however – it needs to be warm, not raining, and the campsite needs good facilities and a pub within walking distance! Most of these are easy to achieve in the UK now (and especially in Derbyshire which is close by) with one exception –  the good weather!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo our recent visit to Wiltshire for a few days was ‘upgraded’ to a glamping weekend! I had seen various sites on the web with ‘pods’ when looking for campsites, but had never experienced one first hand. So our first attempt at glamping was going to be a great adventure!

And, having now ‘glamped’ for two nights in a wooden ‘pod’ at the Stonehenge Campsite (highly recommended by the way) I can confirm that it is without doubt the way to go!

The pod was large enough to contain a proper bed, a cool box, a comfy chair and even an area with a kettle and toaster! Most importantly it had a heater and electric lights and was consequently amazingly comfortable and warm. The site even has WIFI so we could keep in touch with the World if we wanted to without difficulty.

And the best bit – you don’t get woken by the sun coming through the walls of the tent at 5am! Thoroughly recommended for a few days away with a difference!

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The joy of camping

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'Home' for the last two days

The recent fantastic weather has enabled the wife and I to get back to nature for a last weekend this year. We decided to get a tent and start having occasional weekends under canvas earlier in the year – but not early enough to really make the most of it this year.

So being able to get a ‘surprise’ night away in Derbyshire has been great, and the best bit this time? Apart from walking Dovedale early before the hoards descended, the view of the stars at night – absolutely breathtaking ………

We forget what we miss out on at night living in cities with their light pollution. From the campsite we got a magnificent view of the night sky – including two planets visible with the naked eye. I found this great Blog showing the effect of light pollution on visibility – have a look.

Time to prepare now for the winter………

Camping re-discovered!

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This weekend the wife and I have done something that we have both not done for years – camping!

our tent

We took the decision that due to ‘parenting’ duties getting more and more time-consuming, the chances of getting away for proper breaks was limited – so a tent was decided on as a good compromise. And what a revelation it has been! Camping is much more civilised now than it was when I was a kid!

We acquired all the kit last weekend, tent, bed (with electric pump), double sleeping bag (civilised) and gas stove which didn’t need matches – so this weekend was the first ‘shakedown’. We booked a single night (didn’t want to over do it!) on a small site near Ashbourne – which was lovely and I would recommend to anyone.

OK, so the weather wasn’t great, but the tent was dry, the bed comfortable (so much better than blow up beds used to be) and the double sleeping bag was acceptably social! And waking up with the view we had would be hard to beat at any hotel.

Not a bad view to wake up to!

All the facilities on site were also as good as you could expect, and the pub in walking distance had some very good beer! So we are now agreed that there will be many more weekend forays into the wild when we get the odd night free!

I never thought I would say this having been on years of caravan holidays as a child (on some very basic sites in the North of Scotland) – but camping is actually quite fun and thoroughly recommended!