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Camping Through COVID | Your Questions Answered

Coronavirus has kept the nation indoors for what seems like an eternity, but better days are on the horizon.

This summer, staycations remain the most feasible holiday option. You’re probably desperate to dust off the tent and get camping again, even if it's likely to be a slightly different experience compared to years gone by.

While life as a whole won’t be totally ‘normal’ for some time yet, things are looking up for UK campers now that campsites have been given the greenlight to welcome back customers.

PLEASE NOTE – all information is as given at the time of writing. Please refer to government guidance and check before you travel.

London Campsites - Lee Valley

 

Can I go camping yet?

Great news! Campsites and self-catering holiday parks in England, Wales and Scotland are now open!

Of course, all these plans are subject to change in accordance with public health developments regarding COVID-19. Our advice is to plan for the best, but be prepared for changes and check your destination's cancellation policy before booking.

Beech Estate Campsite

 

What about wild camping?

UK stay-at-home orders have now been lifted, which means domestic travel and wild camping is no longer prohibited.

Regardless of COVID restrictions, you need to remember that there are well established rules on where and how you can wild camp in the UK. Do your research before you travel.

 

Will it be safe to go camping?

It’s hard to guarantee anything in the current situation, but health risks can certainly be avoided by taking the relevant precautions when camping. And as it is a predominantly outdoor activity, camping is likely to be safer than a lot of alternatives. Evidence suggests that the virus is far less likely to spread in open-air environments and it’s pretty easy to socially distance on a campsite.

Ferrygate campsite

 

But what about toilets and other campsite facilities?

Campsites are now able to operate shared facilities but their use is very much dependent on whether social distancing rules can be observed. We recommend that you check with your preferred campsite on what they are putting in place when they open before you book or travel.

Site management need to ensure regular and effective cleaning. If campsites do keep facilities open, it's likely that toilet and shower blocks will be used on rota systems and temporarily closed for deep cleaning during parts of the day. There have been no special limitation on shared spaces on campsites, so common sense and personal responsibility are important. If you have doubts, call ahead and enquire what measures the site is putting in place.

Shops and onsite catering premises will probably also be forced to operate differently for a while.

- Cleaning products and hand sanitiser being made available

- Self-check in/out

- Increased minimum spacing between pitches

- Staggered or ‘bookable’ shower times

Whatever rules are in place, it’s important to do everything you can to stay safe. If you have any concerns, it’s a good idea to have a conversation with campsite staff to ask about their specific plans.

Cowpots campsite from above

 

Can I book a campsite now?

Yes! Many campsites have been taking bookings for several months now. With imminent relaxations to government guidelines, it’s likely that campsite bookings will surge, so it's a good idea to book your trip as soon as possible.

We suggest that you check booking terms and cancellation policies to make sure that you’re covered if circumstances change.

 

What about camping abroad?

Non-essential international travel is now permitted, but only a handful of countries are on the government's 'Green' destination list and COVID tests are required before you go and when you return. All other destinations still require quarantine measures upon return. 

We recommend checking the latest government guidance before booking.

Although camping abroad will no doubt become a whole lot easier in the coming months, it’s probably best to stay in the UK for now.

 

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Cameron is a young(ish) family man finding whatever time he can to read, write and kick a football around. His weekends involve getting the kids out in the Cheshire countryside for adventures, increasingly involving tents! Photography is the newest of his hobbies – documenting days out and doing his best to capture wildlife on film. Follow his blogs here for a candid view of family fun in the great outdoors.

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