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Message posted by Stanoutdoorman on 14/10/2013 at 1:48pm
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Afternoon folks..I'm new to this Forum lark, so please be gentle with me!
Im used to dealing with Summer Campers all the time. But as we are becoming more hardy we are taking to the old tent winter times more often. I'm keen to hear from people who are taking to the campsite for this October half term. I'd love to know where you are going, what facilities are available this time of year and even more importantly - what tent you will be taking!

I'd also like to add, that should you need any advice or help along the way, then please please don't hesitate to contact me.

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greetings stan and welcome to ukcampsite

a lot of sites start closing october time.

theirs a lot of glamping going on now a days with pods and yurts



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Message posted by heath63 on 14/10/2013 at 5:55pm
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Welcome Stan, I'm not going anywhere this half term
I have been to Beechcroft October HT. Lovely site, new facilities if you have EHU   you only pay for what
You use, fab walks. It is in the peak district.
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..... And underfloor heating, Heath.... don't forget the underfloor heating!!

Welcome Stan.
No definite plans here, as such, but we'll be very disappointed if we dont get away at least twice between now and Crimbo! And January is a must, as we failed to camp last January.

The main problem with winter camping is the wind. Went to Beechcroft last Feb, (Don't think I've mentioned this before, so thanks for reminding me!) and dropped my talc on the way back across the site from the aforementioned underfloor heated shower block...... It blew everywhere......



Seriously, keep warm, keep dry. Decent sleeping gear is a must, whichever way you do it. Even a fan heater, if needs must.... Oh, and Baileys..... the cheap versions from Lidl/Aldi is fine. The empties always end up in the site bin/recycling, not your own at home, so the neighbours will never know!




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Ooooodaaa muckers, underfloor heating, I did'nt know that.
What luxury, It's worth going just for that.

Take heed, what muckers said. Decent winter clothing, thermals, keep, . , hands, head, feet warm.
Don't scrimp on bedding, don't want to wake up freezing.
Hot water bottle, a must.

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Message posted by jelboy53 on 25/10/2013 at 8:47pm
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I'm champing at the bit to get away sometime in Nov or Dec two things are against me....Lack of company...and the imminent advent of the C season...Pennies for camping or pennies for pressies and the turkey etc...Might phone round the children and see if they will be joining me as usual on C day........If not...Glencoe here I come..... If the buses are running over C day..... Hold on a minute...Had'nt factored in the works night out middle of Dec....Might not be a goer after all.............

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Being a teacher we have just broken up for half term. We are chomping at the bit to go away but are hanging on a few days. We aren't bothered by the wet as we're water proof. Plus we're snug and don't get cold. It's strong winds we hate. And having just moved to a folding camper from a tent, we have not been in that in high winds yet.
Fingers crossed it'll pick up.

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Welcome to UKCS!

I still have one more trip planned over Christmas before the year is out, just hoping for some dry weather, as it is no fun to be cold, wet and damp.

Don't mind snow though, we had a great time in Feb 2012:



The tent is canvas with a zipped in groundsheet, and is very cosy.

I shall have EHU with plenty of layers and water-proofs, plus a Coleman Dual Fuel 2-burner stove that works at low temperatures.

Can't wait!

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Camped all last Winter,if I was closer would join you Jel in Glencoe so its New year at Hardacre Farm in the peak district on EHU,for the dogs of course lol

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Jel , if you take 'a wee maddie' give me a shout . I'm keen to get away even for one night, but like you would prefer to have company.
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One thing, if you want to use gas, get propane. Camping gas and butane all freeze before freezing point and won't work.

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Hi Stan,

Our half term has just ended. I took a Vango Halo 200 to the Red Squirrel campsite in Glencoe for two nights a couple of weeks ago.

For camping through the colder, darker winter season last year I took a 4 metre canvas bell tent with woodburning stove, which is what I will probably use this winter too.

On a site which allows campfires the type of tent is not as important. As long as it's possible to put up a tarp over the fire area then I can keep warm and dry whichever tent I take.

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I've not done camping in a tent in winter before, but I know the kids, (teenagers now), would give it a go! Fires & heaters have been mentioned above, but which types are carbon monoxide safe? Thanks

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Personally I think I would put a tent up in the garden to try it first. The neighbours will think I've fallen out with the wife.

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I think that if you go camping in winter, unless you are a hardy trekker who likes to battle the elements, you will definitely need a tent with a sewn in or zip in groundsheet to keep the draughts out, electric hook up with electric cooker and kettle to save worrying about gas bottles, and a good fan heater with safety cut-out. Obviously good bedding is essential any time of year.

As somebody else mentioned...wind is probably the killer at any time of year and so a stable tent ( maybe steel poled) would be desirable. Unless you have a degree in survival the tent needs to be big enough to stretch your legs and move around to keep the blood circulating, accommodate a table and comfortable chairs, and store dry clothes and equipment inside.

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Muckers how did you keep your tent warm. Mine is too big for the two of us, to winter camp. I will have to go back to the drawing board.
If I did it again with Lucas. I would have to use the bedroom pods as both living area and bedroom and just use the living area as storage; instead of trying to keep the whole tent warm, even the living area was hard to warm up.
If I was on my own, I would use a smaller tent, heating is not such an issue.
I did enjoy camping over the New Year.

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