Camping is one of our favourite things to do as a family. The kids have an immeasurable amount of fun running wild through fields at the best of times, and sleeping under the stars just adds to the magic. We keep a supplies box with the essentials (non food), packed and ready to go. We clean the tent thoroughly after every trip and at a moments notice we can put some clothes in a bag, grab some food (and adult drinks), and be on our way.
As you may have already established by reading past posts, we have quite the collection of outdoor gear. Included in our extensive stash are two tents. Yes two! When we returned from a trip not long after the smallest small arrived, we treated ourselves to a slightly larger one. The original one had been adequate, yet a little snug with the travel cot and pushchair in tow, and there had been an offer on at an outdoor suppliers that proved too good to pass by.
Our smaller tent sleeps 4 people and the label on the larger tent says it sleeps 6, which makes it more than comfortable for the 4 of us to fit in alongside our kit. I’m absolutely certain that we could fit 4 adults laid straight in each bedroom compartment (of which there are 2), but of yet there hasn’t been the need. We have in the past taken a gazebo away with us too, providing invaluable shade protection when the smallest was tiny and not yet mobile (tents get hot in the sun!).
We’ve recently discovered a campsite that we have put straight on our list of ‘must visits’ as it is located in one of our favourite places, the Brecon Beacons.
‘Brecon Beacons WILD Camping’ can be found on Facebook, and the contact number is listed on the page.
Billing themselves as a semi-wild camping site, they are very affordable and more than reasonable at £5 per person, per night with no charge for children under 10!
Facilities on site include portaloo toilets and cold running water. Dogs are welcome on site and campfires are allowed (so plenty of opportunity for camp-side cooking and marshmallow toasting). The site is surrounded by beautiful views and walking routes and is 10 minutes away from Pen Y Fan. Caravans are welcome and the ground is level. They even say “there is no need to book”, just give them a text a few days in advance if possible, and there is always plenty of room! What more could you want?!
If Winter camping was an option for us (and we didn’t have work/school commitments), I’d be writing this from the car on route!
Do you have any favourite camping recipes?