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Where to camp?Created by Verity in Travel
انقر فوق هذا الموقع Fancy a few days in the great outdoors? Camp sites come in all shapes and sizes and the choice can be baffling. Here, with the help of the Camping and Caravanning Club we describe the main types of camp site available here and abroad and explain how you can find some good ones.
بيفوركس There are thousands of camp sites in Britain, ranging from huge holiday camps to delightful small, quiet sites in beautiful locations. Which kind you choose is very much a personal decision.
انتقل هنا Do you want a bar? A restaurant? A club for entertainment in the evening? A swimming pool?
لماذا لا تحقق هنا If the answer to these questions is ‘yes’, you’ll probably pick one of the larger chains of caravan parks. At the other end of the scale, you can find, for instance, a tiny site on an otherwise uninhabited Scottish island where drinking water comes from a spring and the ferry calls every Tuesday. The choice is yours!
http://wilsonrelocation.com/?q=%D8%A3%D9%8A-%D9%81%D9%88%D8%B1%D9%83%D8%B3 The Camping and Caravanning Club (CCC) produces a comprehensive guide – Your Big Sites Book – that lists about 2,500 commercial camp sites. These aren’t officially recommended by the club, but before they can be listed in the guide, CCC volunteers visit each one to ensure they meet basic health and safety standards for camp sites.
اسم نطاقك Many of the bigger sites advertise a rating – five ticks, four roses, three thistles, two stars, one pennant … you’ll recognise the style. These ratings can be confusing. Most are based on the camp site’s facilities rather than how well they, or indeed you, are looked after.
http://www.goffpublic.com/?filter=%D8%AA%D8%AF%D8%A7%D9%88%D9%84-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AE%D9%8A%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AB%D9%86%D8%A7%D8%A6%D9%8A%D8%A9-%D9%86%D9%8A%D9%88%D8%B2%D9%8A%D9%84%D9%86%D8%AF%D8%A7 So a small site with no swimming pool may never be able to achieve five stars, even if the owners or wardens have made it the perfect holiday spot, while a large, badly run holiday park can still boast five stars, however hideous the holiday experience.
http://rtcc.co.uk/?arimenes=%D8%A7%D9%81%D8%B6%D9%84-%D8%AA%D8%AF%D8%A7%D9%88%D9%84-%D9%84%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%B3%D9%87%D9%85&eed=20 Over the years, you’ll find your own favourite sites. In the experience of CCC members, there are many factors more important than star ratings when it comes to judging a site.
Camping and Caravanning Club sites
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http://timberhilltennis.com/?simona=%D8%AA%D8%AF%D8%A7%D9%88%D9%84-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B0%D9%87%D8%A8-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%81%D9%88%D8%B1%D9%8A&408=53 You can book a pitch at a club site through the CCC’s National Contact Centre (ring 0845 130 7633) or by contacting your chosen site direct. Club members can also take advantage of an online booking system. You can also book ahead to your next club site while you’re staying at another.
Certificated sites (CSs)
The CCC has about 1,300 small camp sites all over the UK, exclusively for club members, which can accommodate up to five caravans and motorhomes. Most also welcome tents. They aren’t normally sophisticated sites, usually consisting of sufficient space, a clean drinking water supply, dustbins for dry rubbish and a place (often under a simple manhole cover) where chemical toilets can be emptied.
You’ll find CSs tucked behind pubs, in vineyards and beside small museums. They’re regularly inspected by club volunteers to make sure they continue to adhere to the CCC’s high standards.
The CCC has formed a joint enterprise with the Forestry Commission to offer Forest Holidays, which consists of more than 20 beautiful camp sites in Britain’s forests and woodlands. If you’re looking for a chance to get back to nature and camp in the heart of the countryside, try out one of these.
Temporary holiday sites
Unique to the CCC, temporary holiday sites (THSs) are camp sites hosted by members for members. The club has many groups, some based locally (‘district associations’), others covering larger areas (‘regions’) and some supporting members with specific interests (‘special interest sections’). Many of these run THSs, often for as long as a few weeks. They can be in places where a camp site might not normally be permitted – in a national park, for example – or close to a special event, like the Edinburgh Tattoo or Bristol Balloon Festival.
Wherever they are, these sites offer incredible value. Where else could you stay on a site by the beach in Cornwall for less than £15 a day in high season? You need to be a CCC member to stay at a THS, but once you’ve joined, you’re welcome to pitch up at any of them. With over 350 to choose from, there’s a perfect THS for every member, no matter where or how they camp.
Details of the current THSs can be found in the CCC’s publication Out and About, delivered to members as a monthly supplement with Camping & Caravanning magazine.
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Farmers and other landowners will often establish camp sites for a brief period when demand for camping is high. This demand may be seasonal or it may be due to a local event – a traction engine rally, for instance, or a carnival or village fête. These ad hoc sites provide excellent opportunities to camp in otherwise unexploited locations. For short stays in high season, small unregulated sites such as these fulfil a real need. Find yourself a riverside pitch behind a quaint country pub – what could be nicer? And if it only lasts for a few weeks in mid-summer, so what? Just enjoy.
In Sweden, everyone has the right to walk in the countryside and to camp where they like, within reason. This sort of camping – known as ‘wild camping’ – isn’t really allowed in Britain. If you risk pitching a tent where you want in some of the less-populated parts of the country, you may well get away with it, but it’s not recommended.
The law in England, Wales and Northern Ireland says that you can’t camp without the landowner’s permission, with one exception: wild camping is permitted in parts of the Dartmoor National Park, with a few minor restrictions. In Scotland, things are different again. As part of the country’s land access legislation, you can camp on most unenclosed land.
But with any wild camping comes responsibilities, and the basic principal of ‘leave no trace’ applies. If you want to try wild camping in other countries, check out the relevant law before you go. In most places, it isn’t allowed and local police often take a dim view of foreign tourists abusing their hospitality.
For many people, their first experience of camping will be at a rock festival or some other kind of outdoor music gathering. Thousands head for the Glastonbury Festival every year, bringing with them basic camping gear, a caravan or motorhome.
A simple two-person tent, a couple of sleeping mats, two sleeping bags, a lantern and a stove can all be purchased for the price of one night in a half-decent hotel. After the event, you’ve still got the camping kit for future use – and probably plenty of ideas on how to make your stay better next time …
Camp sites abroad
Everything we’ve already said about the various kinds of UK camp sites generally also applies to camp sites in Europe. France, for instance, has hundreds of small farm sites, and many vineyards and local cheese makers have set aside pitches for visiting campers, particularly those keen to sample and buy local produce. Some European sites are huge. The largest Italian camp sites can have several thousand pitches, and that style of camping has continued to spread, reaching new destinations such as Croatia. The large French camp sites, often based in popular coastal resorts, can offer huge and exotic swimming pool complexes, fine restaurant dining, supermarkets and just about everything else a camper needs for the holiday of a lifetime.
Visit The Camping and Caravanning Club
Now that you’ve seen a selection of the types of camp site available, why not visit the Camping and Caravanning Club’s Advanced Search to find the best camp sites on offer across the UK and beyond?