If you enjoy to camp with the family, your friends or perhaps even on your own, you may think that it is just something which you can do during the summer months. Whilst camping out on a warm summer’s evening may be nice, the best time to go camping in my opinion is just when the cold weather starts to hit. Many may think that I’m crazy but this is really the best time to get in touch with nature. Whilst trying to find some accommodation in Robin Hood’s Bay last year, we found a wonderful campsite with a winter offer on, we took it and realised just how great winter camping is, and here is why.
Camping on campsites around the UK during the summer can often be mayhem and it is usually packed with other campers. The result of this is traffic, long queues for attractions and local restaurants, as well as the volume of people taking something away from the overall camping experience. When you camp in the winter there are significantly less people doing the same.
There are few things more annoying when you go camping than swarms of midges molesting you as you try and enjoy nature. Most campsites are set in near water in forests and woods, the perfect environment for midges and bugs, at least when the weather is warm. The cold weather makes these creepy crawlies disappear however, and you can enjoy your trip without the 50 bites on your legs and face.
The winter months are when the British countryside is often at its best, when the leaves are stripped off the trees and the morning frost coats the forest floor. For me there is little more exciting about nature than when it is touched buy the winter weather, and sleeping in the heart of it is a great way to spend your time camping.
A campfire is something that is a key part of any camping trip and there is nothing better than getting lost in your mind as you gaze upon the crackling logs and dancing flames. The best time to light a campfire is during the winter when you need to warm up after a day of hiking and adventure. In the winter the campfire is not just beautiful to look at but it also keeps you toasty warm.
Starry nights are one of the best features of a camping trip and you can count on far more of them when you go camping in the winter. Because the nights draw in far earlier and there is more hours of darkness you will have a great chance to see the starry night in all of its splendour. Winter nights are perfect for stargazing because the night is also much darker than it is during the summer months and you can spot constellations and planets with far more ease.
Why not try something different this year and pitch up that tent during the chilly winter months? You’ll love it!