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Losing the will to camp

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TheSconeOfStone Fri 02-Jun-17 21:27:06

I am seriously considering giving up camping after a run of dodgy trips. I don't mind a bit of rain but after a terrible week in Brittany a couple of years ago, last August coming home from Hayle 3 days early from a weeks holiday due to forecast 40 mph winds, unable to sleep due to the cold weekend before last and being flooded in the epic thunderstorm last weekend I'm ready to throw in the towel.

End up arguing with DH, kids getting fed up with the stress. They would actually rather stay home and go to the park and do day trips (we live in Devon so we don't actually need to go away for beach and countryside).

Any tips on how to get the love back? We've got a week at Duinrell in August. If it's cold and wet for the duration the tent isn't coming home with us.

I would like to go further South in France but where is sunny without being too hot? My family are all delicate flowers in the heat.

Millybingbong Fri 02-Jun-17 21:36:13

We are fair weather campers. We bail if we get rained out. Screw it.

we might also own a caravan

jellyshoeswithdiamonds Fri 02-Jun-17 21:42:55

You need to be going further south.
Even then the weather can be unpredictable, we packed up a day early last time due to rain coming in and I really didn't want to be drying three tents after getting home from a 1500 mile drive.

As for Duinrell, there's a reason all the Dutch go to the south of France ... even in August.

I take fans to cope with the heat.

What tent have you got? Polycotton or canvas with a heavy duty ZIG makes things very comfy.

TheSconeOfStone Fri 02-Jun-17 23:52:09

Millybingbong I feel a wuss dropping out from a trip early but it makes sense if the weather is foul. Tricky if you're abroad in August with days to go until the return ferry though.

jellyshoeswithdiamonds I guess the weather can go either way in the Netherlands in August. We were in Belgium in 2015 and had fabulous sunshine alternating with rain. I can cope with that. Days out on the drizzly days and loafing on the campsite in the sun. It would be difficult for the weather to be worse than Cornwall.

I'd love canvas or polycotton but cost and logistics of drying (garden not big enough) put me off. Mainly cost. Fan is a great idea as we do EHU for our main holidays.

Millybingbong Sat 03-Jun-17 09:59:05

We always use euro tunnel and they are really good about changing bookings. It costs about £50 but by my reckoning that is one meal out which we would do to avoid cooking in the rain...

ilovebagpuss Sat 03-Jun-17 12:41:41

We are off to the Vendee region of France near La Rochelle about 6 hours from Calais but supposedly very sunny and warm.
Just had a few soggy days with some sun in Wales and I did lose the love a bit. I decided shorter trips when weather forecast looks good might be the way to go for uk camping.
Just go as far south as you can face in France to get some sun!

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