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August 2018: Camping on the Jurassic Coast

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In stark contrast to my typical wild-camping blog entries, I thought I’d post up a short report on a different kind of camping trip. Yes, it was time for my wife and I to head off on our summer holiday. This time we were loading up the car and heading down to a campsite for the week. Our destination was the glorious campsite that is Eweleaze farm near Weymouth in Dorset. It’s not the first time that we’ve been here and in my opinion, it’s probably one of the best campsite’s that we’ve visited.
This kind of camping differs greatly from my more regular backpacking adventures. I don’t necessarily class it as ‘Glamping’ as we bring all of our own gear and can’t afford to pay minions to set everything up for us. It’s all about enjoying the outdoors while also bringing a little bit of luxury from home. And it really is like a home away from home…..minus the plug sockets – anyone that uses an electric hook-up while camping is, in my humble opinion, CHEATING!.
Gone is the lightweight backpack…

July 2018: A Tale of Two Camps

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It’s been a while since my last blog entry, and for that I apologise. Sometimes other commitments must take priority and I’ve simply not been able to get out for as many adventures. Stick around though, because this one’s a good’un.
For a long time now, I’ve been wanting to camp on the north Kent marshes. It is, in my opinion, a serene environment. It is also a conflicted environment in which you almost feel like nature is waging war against great titans of industry. The landscape is dotted with fascinating wartime relics, disused factories and quarries that are still in service. It is also flanked by one of Europe’s largest container ports. At this point you’d be forgiven for wondering why on earth I’d want to camp here, but bare with me!
The thing that makes this marshland so serene is that it’s jam packed with amazing wildlife. The north Kent marshes stretch from Dartford to Whitstable and are recognised as one of the most important natural wetlands in Northern Europe. Hundreds of…

March Wild Camp: A Rite of Passage

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Yay, it’s that time again……time to go camping. I had to abort my last camping trip (in February) due to man-flu so it’s been a while and I needed a ‘fix’. The solution – two glorious nights in my local woodland! However, the weather forecast was pretty foul with lots of rain on its way. But who cares, I would at least be ready for it.


Camping for two nights means I’ll be packing some extra food. The cold and wet weather also meant I’d be packing some extra clothing and kit. All of this gear was shoe-horned into my 65 litre rucksack and wow, it weighed an absolute ton! It would however take more than a spot of rain and a cumbersome rucksack to dampen my spirits. I heaved the pack onto my back, cinched down the straps and slowly made my way to camp as I pondered whether it was really necessary to be carrying all this kit!

Happily, I didn’t have so far to walk to camp. It was a little less than a mile along a mostly up-hill trail. To be honest, there’s no way I’d consider carrying such a h…

Planning and Preparing for a Wild Camp

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It might seem like a strange concept to some folk, but quite often I rather enjoy the planning and preparation that goes into a camping trip. I have spent many a train journey and lunch break at work writing lists of things I need to pack and jobs I want to do on my forthcoming adventures.

So what goes into the planning and preparation, what do I do and what do I take with me on my camping trips?
Get a cup of tea, make yourself comfortable and brace yourself, this could be a long one!!
Throughout 2017 I was able to get out on a camping trip each and every month. Every time I started to plan for a trip, I formed an idea of where I wanted to camp. More often than not it was in the woodland that I’m permitted to use. However there were also times where I ventured into the unknown and sought to break out of my comfort zone!
First and foremost, each scenario led me to consider what type of shelter I wanted to use (more on that later). But every time I go camping, I also like to ensure that …