The hustle and bustle of the summer holiday season is over, the campsites are quieter with more space to spread into, long walks on deserted beaches, finding a window seat in a country pub for a long lunch, having the cycle paths almost to yourselves and pottering around villages and seaside towns. These are just some of the things that pop into my head when I think about hitting the road and getting away from it all in what we call the “off season”. Don’t get me wrong I love the warmth of the summer sun and the longer days but there is also something very special about waking up and looking out of the window at the frosty trees and grass, (obviously while having the heater on in the camper, I’m not completely mad!) popping the kettle on for the first brew of the day knowing that you are in for a day without queues and parking spaces galore.
Have I got you convinced yet? Maybe? well how about after spending the day at one of our most popular tourist spots without the usual crowds, then heading back to the campsite to toast marshmallows around a camp fire under the bright night stars. Or if you have a four legged friend you can take advantage of the many beaches that relax their rules allowing dogs to roam free on them in the winter months, taking a bracing walk to a prom side cafe watching the waves crash in while sipping on a hot cuppa. Or perhaps a hike in the Lake District with stunning views across the Tarns with mountain back drops and a crisp clear sky makes for stunning pictures while knowing you are heading back to a cosy pub with a roaring open fire for a well earned glass of the local brew.
Being prepared and packing the right gear will definitely enhance your off peak holiday, a couple of thin layers of clothing is better than one thick one and can be adapted to changing weather conditions, take your waterproofs some decent walking shoes and warm socks, don’t forget your hat and pack a few towels as the chances are it will rain at some point. Take advantage of the galley kitchen in the camper, a cooked breakfast sets you up for the day and a stew on the hob is a great way to finish it off.
I know camping in the Autumn or Winter months will not be for everybody and in a way that what makes it better for those of us that do enjoy it. So I do urge you to try it at least once, take advantage of the lower rates on campsites and the bargains that can be had hiring a campervan in low season. We currently have an offer of 25% off our low season rates for the rest of 2018 and 10% off next years bookings.
So what are you waiting for get out there and give it a go, Winter and Autumn camping can be a real joy!!