A survey* this week that claims 90% of people say camping holidays are the least enjoyable. Well, they’re clearly not doing it right. We’ve spent the last two weekends camping and the constant theme has been, “This is the life!”
Yes, we’ve had fabulous weather – wall-to-wall sunshine and a very welcome light breeze (although not quite enough to fly my kite). And yes, we’re in a motorhome and so, as Mr VWCamperfun mutters, not really ‘camping’ – although we’ve done our fair share of weekends under nylon.
But really, you can’t beat a camping break. You’ve everything you need to hand, and it’s all your own. Meals are whenever you want them. You’re close to the natural world (a little too close at times – there was a bit of a tick fest going on at the weekend!) and you can cloudwatch or stargaze to your heart’s content.
The previous weekend we had taken our recently revamped motorhome (we’ve yet to agree on a name, but I like Monty) on his inaugural camping trip to the Camping and Caravanning Club site at Boot, Eskdale, in the Lake District.
We’d been there several years ago, before it was a C&CC site, and it’s a lovely place in the middle of the most beautiful scenery described by Wainwright as ‘one of the loveliest Lakeland valleys’. We took a walk up to Eel Tarn and then on to Burnmoor Tarn – about six miles and rather squelchy underfoot, but totally worth it.
And managers Martyn and Sara are very keen to encourage VW camper van owners to the site – and perhaps even hold a Dub show there. They’re currently being assisted on site by Kim, who is connected to Dubs in the Forest and who has no doubt inspired their VW show ambition.
We think it’s a great idea and would be a top spot for a VW gathering. Mostly flat, the site has a small brook running through it and plenty of trees. It boasts a well-stocked shop, spotless toilet and shower facilities, laundry, chemical disposal point, water point, camping pods and a camping barn.
Within staggering distance of the site is The Boot Inn, Brook House Inn and there’s a café at Dalegarth Station, where the famous narrow gauge railway known as La’al Ratty terminates before heading back to Ravenglass.
And if you can’t wait for a VW meet to be organised, get yourself up there anyway – you’ll love it.
*Survey by Holiday Extras