Glamping and camping in winter can be a surprising joy if you take the plunge. Here are our top 10 reasons you should still go camping in the cold...
Peace and Quiet
While the summer sun can bring campers in
their droves and fill every site to breaking point, winter sees the calmer,
quieter side of camping. Space to roam, no screaming children and a true sense
of traditional, outdoor living allows you to feel wonderfully ‘lost in nature’.
In winter you don’t have to go to the ends of the earth to feel like you're camping somewhere remote, you simply need to get outdoors.
Plenty of folks love camping with dogs and often taking your poochy pal along can be a real deal breaker. A lot of sites, while accepting dogs, are restricted by the fact that, during summer, most beaches in the UK don’t allow them. Winter is the perfect time for dog friendly camping. Plenty of sites accept them, most beaches will do to, and a little brisk exercise will do wonders to warm you up!
Had a Scottish camping gem in mind all year? Missed
the boat to go this summer? Worry not, for those hardy enough to head out in
the winter months there is one happy guarantee… No bugs. Midges, mosquitoes,
horse flies, wasps – whatever your fear, there won’t be any near – a happy bonus
of winter camping.
Camping isn’t all about being outdoors. In fact, when it comes to winter an awful lot of it is about being indoors, whether its castles and stately homes or long walks that end in the comfort of a village pub. Fires roaring, wellies by the door and hearty winter roasts with sticky toffee pudding. Now that’s how you do winter camping!
Half price glamping, discounted weekend breaks, free breakfast hampers… you name it and we can guarantee there’ll be a site out there offering. Winter is a fantastic time for snapping up good deals. Glamping and camping sites all slash their prices, and glamping sites throw in handy extras like bumper baskets of logs and winter warming dinners. It’s the perfect low cost option.
Last Minute Availability
We’ve all had that camping trip where we thought we could turn up on the weekend and there’d be plenty of space, only to arrive to a “sorry we’re full” sign swinging from the gatepost. The beauty of winter, though, is that you can keep your eye on the forecast right up until the weekend and when you’re sure it’ll be dry simply make your booking and pootle along.
The Changing Scenery
Summer in Britain isn’t exactly ugly but
it’s easy to overlook the power of our winter scenery. Leaves turn to a burning
autumnal red, crisp frost sparkles in the morning sun and waterfalls pour under
the force of new found water. In the summer we enjoy the parks with weekend
picnics and late night barbecues but in the winter we often shy away. Camping
forces you back out into the Great Outoors – there’s no
better way to appreciate it.
A Good Excuse For Glamping
Been eying up that yurt all summer but couldn’t convince yourself (or your significant other) it was worth it? Well, hey… Wintertime is a ready-made excuse. Woodburners roaring, lanterns strung up in all directions and huge double beds scattered with cushions and 50 extra blankets. If you’ve been trying to convince your other half to go glamping all summer then now’s the time to ramp it up again. Trust us. You won’t regret it.
The caw of morning birds, the sun breaking
through the tent flaps and the sound of children booting a football dangerously
in your direction are the staple of summer camping and with the sun rising at
6am it’s not exactly a recipe for shut eye. Cosy nights in the pub give way to
lazy mornings waiting for the sun to rise in winter, a simple camping pleasure
only assured at this time of year.
At the end of the day, if you go camping in winter you're officially a cool camper. And that, of course, gets a serious thumbs up from us.
By James Warner Smith