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Message posted by tiacat on 31/10/2013 at 5:39pm
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We are fairly new to camping and want to go for our 3rd trip this weekend.

One camp site got back to me this week to say that its too wet for camping this weekend so they cant offer me a pitch. She almost sounded like she thought I was a bit mad.
My next choice however is full up!

Do people go camping when its wet? Is it dependent on what sort of soil a campsite has and how would I know whether a site is going to be a quagmire or not?

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Just check with whatever site you want to book with. They will be able to tell you the condition of the ground.

Some sites will be more prone to flooding than others. Also some site owners will be fussier about having their pitches churned into mud.

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Tricky one that - there are people who will camp all year round, and there are a few sites that will allow it:)

One of the main considerations though is whether you are able to dry out your tent afterwards.

You'll also have to contend with the fact that you will without doubt get muddy, and unless youre fully kitted out, cold as well - but it can still be fun!!!!

Youre really only going to know about the quagmire bit from experience of several campsites, and do listen to the campsite owners - they generally know their fields:)

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Clippesby hall have hard standing which are suitable for tents. It's in Norfolk so further than i expect you would want to travel but it might be there are sites more local to you that have tent-friendly hard standings which would help avoid getting v muddy. They use pea gravel, or similar, I think.

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As said, it's all down to the individual site.
Our favoured site close their tent field for winter, but do still accept tents on the caravan hardstanding area. I guess it would just get churned up otherwise?

We too have been desperate to get away this weekend, but the forecast has ground us down, and we have caved in! We'll be leaving the canvas at home, and instead, spend 3 nights in a country inn, and take in a half hour drive to see the illuminations de la Blackpool.... for the first time in nigh on 20 years! :-)

I don't mind bringing our weekend tent home wet normally, but there are limits to just how wet I want to be myself! (At least we'll now have hotel radiators!)

This is the first time we have let the weather forecast get the better of us, since we started camping last year.... and I actually feel a failure!

Roll on proper winter, when we only have the snow to consider!   

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Message posted by tiacat on 31/10/2013 at 8:27pm
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Well I really wanted to go this weekend because Im desperate to get the chimney put in the tent and test out the stove inside it as I have no idea about how warm or cold it is inside the tent with the stove on.

I dont like the idea of the tent being wet but we plan to hang it over the bannisters if we go home with it wet.

Im waiting to hear back from somewhere else now but will ask about the condition of their ground.

its so difficult for us to get time off work and have a weekend free of other committments that we have booked this one now so I really want it to happen!

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It's just a bit of mud.



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No, I'm sorry Sarah, but if I wanted to stay in that sort of filth and squalor.... I'd stay at home!!!

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Mucker, does Beachcroft, excepts tents on their hardstanding now, through the winter months.

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Too wet to camp? That can mean anything from wall to wall mud to the pitches being twelve inches under water. Both of which I have camped in btw, but I was already there when it happened. I'd not have voluntarily gone on either trip put it that way, it's a bit different when you are already there as you just have to cope. It's not the most fun way to camp though, having to put your wellies on just to walk across the living space. And the wetter it gets outside the damper everything gets inside, just from contact with the damp air. Damp bedding, damp clothes, mildew growing on the inside of the canvas despite your best efforts and the heating on 24/7? Time to go home, really, and wish you'd never bothered.

And no-one wants sodden tent, sodden carpets, sodden kit and a bad case of trench foot to deal with when you get home, trust me. Apart from anything else once your tent gets mud stained it's very hard to get it properly clean again, the pigments in many type of earth stain the canvas. And a 5m bell tent will weigh a ton if it gets really sodden. You won't be able to dry that out with just a night over the bannisters, the water will be dripping off it onto the carpet. You'd need to pitch it somewhere until it was at least merely damp.

Just be grateful that the campsite was being upfront about the conditions. There's plenty more that will let you turn up, take your money and then when you go home early due to the conditions it's your own choice and they still have the cash in their hands.



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Quote: Originally posted by heath63 on 01/11/2013
Mucker, does Beachcroft, excepts tents on their hardstanding now, through the winter months.

Heath63



We'll they did last winter, Heath. We were there a month ago, but the tent field was still open then, but I'm relying on them allowing us back on the hard standing through this coming winter.
In all honesty, we would be there now if it wasn't for it being such a lousy forecast. We've had to leave the canvas at home and are currently slumming it in a rather nice country inn just outside Blackpool!


I'm hopeful of another visit to Beechcroft before Xmas, touch wood, so I'll let you know once I know..... Unless you beat me to it, of course! :-)

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2013 = 36 nights
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Haha you read my mind.
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When I phoned them they said that tents are going on hardstanding this winter too

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That's great to know. In the past October was the last month to camp at Beechcroft. Then closed to tents. I didn't go there this time around
I just need to save some pennies to go. It's the only thing which keeps mr sane., at the moment.

I shall take my constalation series; instead of my Nevada.

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