Don’t let the cool winter weather stop you from enjoying the outdoors. From the coast to the hinterland, many of Britain’s best camping destinations are as much fun in winter as they are at the height of summer.
However, with cooler weather, much more snow and a different range of activities, it’s important to plan your winter camping trip carefully.
We have worked with the Aquadrome winter camping experts to help you have a safe, adventurous and fun experience in the UK countryside this winter.
Winter camping: how to prepare
No need to be afraid of a little snow. While temperatures are certainly cooler in winter, camping has some advantages during the cooler season. There are fewer insects-if at all-and the white winter environment is a great place to spend your vacation.
While winter camping is far from peril, it’s important to take a few basic steps to stay safe and healthy while camping in the snow. Be sure to camp with a friend or family member and research the area where you are camping so you know about the nearby harmful and helpful emergency services.
Prepare clothes that are appropriate for the environment in which you will be camping. The American adventure travel clothing company REI has a great guide on how to choose the right clothes for your winter camping trip. There are also many camping areas that can help you prepare for a safe and enjoyable camping trip.
Winter camping: what to do
When you have the right equipment, there are no limits to what you can do on a winter camping trip. The hiking trails are quiet and pleasant, while the snowy ground is perfect for building snowmen and fortresses. Many rivers are full of fish in winter, making it the ideal destination for an adventurous fishing trip.
Even the basics of camping are fun in winter. Prepare steaks and sausages and prepare a party in the countryside, or prepare camping favorites like porridge and fried potatoes. Use common sense when preparing food and never light a flame in your tent or snow shelter.
In some areas you can even go sledding or cross-country skiing. Be sure to check your campground’s local rules as many campgrounds have restrictions on winter sports and activities.