Autumn is on its way

Autumn is very nearly on us and after a year of lock downs and very strange and unpredictable weather there is every reason to still get out and explore Britain. Holiday destinations across the country have reported record crowds.

Staycation has become the buzz word with so many people finding new places to visit that they may never have visited before in the UK, having always travelled abroad, ignoring what is on their very doorstep.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Busiest Outdoor Year for Britain?

Does the schools re opening mean that finding a parking space in the country’s top beauty spots is now going to be a lot easier? This year has seen a proliferation of parking madness and over crowded beaches and countryside as a frustrated public has rushed to get outdoors, having been incarcerated  since March. The dramatic reduction in overseas holidays has been wonderful for the camping, caravanning and motorhome industries with sales of everything outdoors being eagerly snapped up by a public eager to enjoy the delights of our island home.
For many this has meant visiting places they may have only ever heard of , yes there really is beauty north of Manchester, the downside has been that residents living in some of Britain’s most beautiful places have been over run and subjected to litter and lack of consideration and common sense by visitors who have made themselves very unwelcome by ignoring what some would call common courtesy.

Many favourite organisations are still having to allow entry by prior booking due to the Coronavirus, despite needing to get things as much back to normal as possible. Thank fully this new way of doing things has been, it appears, not impacted too terribly on the country homes and parks with the public following the rules.                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Now September is upon us and the amazing and unpredictable weather is still keeping everyone guessing what to take each time they step out of the door. When all is said and done there is a positive side to this years events, more people have discovered just how stunning and diverse the British isles are and how easy it is to get to our National Parks and coasts. One can only hope that with an easing of Lockdown everyone will give more thought as to how to make their visits more enjoyable for them and their families and for the communities they visit.

 

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Longshaw in the Peak District

Situated on the eastern edge of the Peak District the Longshaw Estate is run by the National Trust. It is an area of ancient woodland, parkland and upland  from where it is possible to enjoy dramatic views over the surrounding valleys.

From the National Park car park there is an information centre and delightful restaurant and shop from which the visitor can enjoy un restricted views towards several of the stone outcrops and surrouding moorland and access to all the walking routes allowing you to decide just how far you want to go. The famous Stanage Edge is accessible  giving you the chance to  watch climbers on the crags above you. The free guide, available in the visitor centre,  is clear and easy to follow.

For more details simply click on the National Trust link on the Homepage.

 

                                                                             

 

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Being ‘Self Sufficient’ in a tent.

From Saturday 4 July Camp sites across England can open their doors, but with restrictions which will mean being ‘Self Sufficient’ in your tent will potentially be essential if you are to enjoy your stay.  It is very likely that toilet and shower blocks will be closed but chemical waste and water facilities will be available.

A toilet tent pegged up inside or outside your main canvas accommodation with a chemical loo toilet installed is the perfect solution.

 

The aptly named Thetford Porta Potti has a long and well tested, and proven history of providing self sufficiency in this aspect of outdoor living. Easily and cleanly emptied into the chemical waste point at camp sites it relies upon a dissolving chemical which is diluted into the empty waste tank, add water and you will have no embarrassing waste or odours to worry about. 

 

 

 

Showers are also a possibility with lightweight foot pump operated items from Amazon, 

 

 

 

 

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