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Message posted by BrandNewDay30/7/2010 at 7:35pm
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I live less than ten miles from Loch Lomond. I intend to take my little boy to a site there next week so we can try out the tent and get a feel for camping. It's a really beautiful site, has raving reviews, and it's right by my house, so it will be a good place to go on a whim when the weather looks good some weekend.

Message posted by adiekate30/7/2010 at 7:36pm
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We go to Sherwood Forest Holiday Park which is 20/30 mins away from home. As o/h works weekends she can go to work and we still have a break without her losing holidays.

Once we've pitched we could be anywhere as far as we are concerned.



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Message posted by Sceptical Camper30/7/2010 at 8:05pm
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Nowt wrong with camping near your home!

There's a site just a few miles from me and I camp there occasionally because I like camping for its own sake, it's nice to wake up to a different view and because there are some great walks on the adjoining footpaths.

On another tack, choosing a site close to home is a wise move for novice campers. If they find they've forgotten some vital item - food, toothbrushes, OH - they can nip home and fetch them. Or, if the weather gets rough or they simply decide they don't like camping it's no problem to up sticks and go home.

Another good reason for spending a night or two on a nearby campsite is to road-test new gear, especially tents. I have always pitched new (or new-to-me) tents in my garden first (often striking and re-pitching) to get the hang of them. After that I take the tent and spend a night away from home in it - either at one of the three or four campsites within 15 miles of my house or, more often, in a field nearby (with the farmer's permission).

I'd far sooner find any drawbacks or problems with new kit when I'm a few minutes from home than a few hundred miles!

Message posted by rooks30/7/2010 at 8:22pm
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we dont plan going further than 30 miles ever !! great to think ill be on site within 40 mins of leaving home lat the holidays begin no long drive or bored kids
and great to think im only 40 mins from home when packed up and time to go

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Message posted by Librasam30/7/2010 at 8:28pm
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All our weekend camps are within a 30-40 minute drive away, why spend all Friday night driving when you've got another hour or so to get set up, especially as I don't finish work till 5pm.

Our closest camp was 3 miles away!

A field's a field, wherever you camp.

Best wishes Sam

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Message posted by PigletandTigger30/7/2010 at 8:29pm
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I'm glad we're not alone, we've often camped close to my work for long weekends so that we get a trip without me taking holiday as i work away from home all week.

This was the first time we've been that close to home! We'll def do it again!

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Message posted by Jules330/7/2010 at 8:39pm
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We did this a couple of weekends last year to test our new tent. It was quite refreshing to see our area through a visitors eyes.

We had planned to do it again this year and camp near to a country pub we like but OH is too busy at work :-(


Message posted by dk16830/7/2010 at 9:20pm
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I am lucky to have a few good sites very close to home, and have done a number of very pleasant short trips.

I used a simpler set up for such short trips, such as without windbreak or camp kitchen.

If I had a garden with grass, I would have camped out there for sure!

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Message posted by madmum200030/7/2010 at 9:30pm
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We will be just in case. With young kids and new to all this better safe than sorry. Fingers crossed.

Message posted by cathyh30/7/2010 at 10:39pm
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Well we have only ever had one set of kit before, as we only ever had one tent. That has now all gone into the trailer tent and so is inaccessible, so now I'm trying to get together stuff for a 3 day trip from tomorrow using the Izmir I'd got so used to having it all together, this is like starting again and I'm getting cross because it won't all be co-ordinated!! And I'm kicking myself because when we got the TT I got rid of all the cooker stands with shelves, so now I don't have one - will have to put the cooker on a table. Gah, so annoyed with myself - need to get sorted out, I hate being disorganised!

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Message posted by Ladyluck30/7/2010 at 10:46pm
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Quote: Originally posted by BrandNewDay on 30/7/2010
I live less than ten miles from Loch Lomond. I intend to take my little boy to a site there next week so we can try out the tent and get a feel for camping. It's a really beautiful site, has raving reviews, and it's right by my house, so it will be a good place to go on a whim when the weather looks good some weekend.

I went camping at the CCC site at Luss a few years ago & that was lovely.

We went looking a few weeks ago & found 3 great sites within 14 miles of home but could have been miles away so hoping to go for a weekend soon.

We will be camping close to home as we are hoping to put our new tent up tomorrow so may just camp out for the night.

 

Julie



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