For months, frost has slithered its way over branches and treetops, and animals have burrowed themselves away, waiting patiently for warmth to resurface. But, at last, the new season is here, bringing life and colour to our beloved forests. With the arrival of spring and brighter mornings, camping is back on the menu for warmer weather campers across the UK.
So that you can start planning your first spring camping trip of the year, here’s what you can look forward to as the weather starts to brighten…
Lighter provisions If you’re a hardcore camper, you might not shy away from chilly conditions, since you’ve experienced everything under the winter sun. However, that still means preparing a suitable collection of coats, blankets and thermal wearables for your jaunt.
When spring emerges, you can enjoy basking in the warmth of a sunny day, perhaps on one of many beautiful grass pitches at the Savernake Forest. So consider packing a few camping chairs and t-shirts in the hope of good weather.
However, don’t forget to bring waterproofs in case April showers come your way. And remember that, on an evening, the temperatures can still be pretty chilly; we recommend packing a 3-season sleeping bag to keep you warm at night.
Visual splendour The UK is a treat in springtime. As spots of rain align with those first, shafting yellow rays from the sky, our flowers yawn and stretch from their slumber, blooming to gorgeous proportions beneath the trees.
We’re lucky to have a veritable feast of colours on our doorstep. Bluebells will nod and fill the breeze with pollen. Coralroot – with a stunning head of lilac petals – will colonise areas that manage to stay in the shade.
Our Bracelands campsite is situated some way into the Forest of Dean, which has some of the finest bluebell sight-seeing opportunities in the country. Get yourself there between April and May for a peak floral tribute!
Witnessing new life Animals are a saving grace for the frazzled, 21st century human brain. In comparison to the madness of everyday life, the mere sight of a young lamb, bouncing around its mother, can bring things into perspective. The grounds around our campsites are going to welcome plenty of creatures great and small in the spring months…
Take the New Forest, for instance, renowned for its wild ponies. This camping hotspot will have a deluge of foals roaming the hills from March to August. They’re allowed to trot freely around sites like the Matley Wood grounds, so you can see the miracle of nature first-hand.
Whilst observing the ponies from a distance is a joy for spring campers, it’s important to respect the ponies whilst they’re in their natural setting. Our guide to New Forest Pony Safety is an essential read for campers.
Easier outdoor pursuits Generally, winter makes trail walks difficult, or at least tougher than they should be. The soil is dense and unyielding, whilst mud, ice or a combination of both lie in wait for an unsuspecting foot. Spring thaws out those routes so they’re far easier to traverse.
The surroundings of our Cashel campsite are a real treat when March rolls around. There’s less chance of a gale spoiling your strolls by the loch. Activities like kayaking, windsurfing and archery are a short drive away too.
We simply can’t wait for the warmer weather camping season to begin. Find a campsite today and book ahead to greet the trumpeting entrance of spring…
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