Am I mad to consider camping on my own with 3dc on public transport?

(19 Posts)
TemporarilyOutOfOrder Tue 04-Mar-14 03:25:52

Really want to take them away for a short break but as a none driver will be using public transport. I have 3 dlc aged 9, 8 and 3. I was thinking the eldest 2 could carry a backpack each with their clothes and maybe a sleeping bag in? Is this doable? And if so could anyone recommend a tent that I could put up on my own preferably under £100 and what necessities I will need that are transportable by public transport and a campsite within 2 hours of manchester?

Tia

JeanSeberg Tue 04-Mar-14 11:08:11

I don't think you're mad! I think with planning, you could all have a lovely time - it would be a real adventure!

www.ukcampsite.co.uk/articles/view.asp?id=580

Have a look at the above website as a starting point, it has details of campsites that you can access via public transport. There are plenty within a couple of hours of Manchester - Lancashire, Yorkshire, Cumbria, Cheshire.

TemporarilyOutOfOrder Tue 04-Mar-14 13:18:52

Thanks, my eldest is really keen on the idea, middle one isn't bothered either way and youngest will love it. I'll have a look at that site.

JeanSeberg Tue 04-Mar-14 13:54:52

Well 2 out of 3 ain't bad ha ha.

I used to go camping loads when I was younger with my then boyfriend - no car, used public transport - trains/buses.

We carried a tent, sleeping bags and basic camping equipment so I'm sure you will be OK with an extra few pairs of hands.

Just get organised in advance and perhaps find a site that has a shop/basic cafe so you don't have to carry loads of food and drinks.

Have fun!

Blu Tue 04-Mar-14 17:05:35

I would find this daunting, I must admit. But I suppose if you had a huge backpack and used a buggy or shopping trolley to transport more stuff you might be OK. I think you could manage with giving the older 2 a rucsac with their clothes, sleeping bag and mat (use the roll up mats), but then there is yours and the little ones sleeping bags and mats, tent, something to sit on - rug? cooking and eating equipment? Feeding 2 kids on a tiny one-ring stove?

Have an exploratory pack and see how you get on.

Artandco Tue 04-Mar-14 17:10:02

Look at places that provide tent as will save carrying

Otherwise get a shopping trolley to wheel heavy bits.

TemporarilyOutOfOrder Tue 04-Mar-14 18:38:19

I was thinking of going to a site with a shop on so that I can buy food there, having butties or similar for lunch and maybe eating out for tea. The pram I've got now is great for transporting stuff, it had a huge shopping basket and I can put some stuff on the handles. Planning on going from a Monday to Friday so will only need 4 changes of clothes maybe a couple more for youngest. Seen a few sites that look good I just need to research them further.

JeanSeberg Tue 04-Mar-14 19:14:20

Take less clothes and more wipes, you'll not worry about being grubby for a couple of days!

JeanSeberg Tue 04-Mar-14 19:31:15

I wonder if there's any way you could have a Tesco delivery to the camp site, eg to the farmhouse or reception?

Looby12 Tue 04-Mar-14 19:44:38

We camped in Scarborough and the local takeaway places did deliver smile

Looby12 Tue 04-Mar-14 19:48:22

What about delamere forest in Chester it seems doable from Manchester by train

JeanSeberg Tue 04-Mar-14 20:42:45

Good idea, there's a station at Delamere too.

TemporarilyOutOfOrder Tue 04-Mar-14 23:42:16

I was looking at delamere, it's not too far from me so would be ideal for a first trip.

Lilly20again Wed 05-Mar-14 21:20:42

You could look at edale, the campsite is two min walk from the station. I've gone on the train before and it was fine, I had a shopping trolley, small tent, sleeping bag and a tiny stove. Lovely part of the world.

Blu Wed 05-Mar-14 21:31:24

Lily - did you have 3 kids with you, though, one a pre-schooler? That's the tricky part, IMO.

JeanSeberg Wed 05-Mar-14 21:36:04

You'd have to walk that from the car on a lot of sites where vehicles aren't allowed on site though.

Lilly20again Thu 06-Mar-14 07:08:11

No I didn't have three children, however there is a good cafe/ pub/ shop and it is a two min walk from the station.
I think it's doable with a fully loaded pushchair / buggy board and a wheelie for the children. ( a nine year old can pull a big suitcase or a shopping trolley for two mins surely)
It won't be luxuary no but it might be the difference between a holiday or not.

Pick a hot weekend and you will need less warm stuff.

Ragwort Thu 06-Mar-14 07:10:49

What about going to a Youth Hostel, then you wouldn't have to carry so much?

I've done a lot of camping in the past and to be brutally honest I would not do what you are planning to do. Good luck.

millimat Fri 07-Mar-14 20:40:02

Think I'd vote for youth hostel too tbh. They're very reasonable.

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