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Sooooo... where will be driest this weekend near a beach, and am I crazy to think of camping on BHW?

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EachPeachPearMum Wed 20-Aug-08 17:14:48

supposedly it will be dry in some areas hmm
DD is desperate to visit a beach, but they are 3 1/2 hours drive in every direction, so we will have to stay over....

Help please!

Slubberdegullion Wed 20-Aug-08 19:10:11

Metcheck says S and E best for weather, so you need to get a map of UK and draw a line in a 4 o'clock direction. Where your line hits the sea, that is where you should go camping.

MegBusset Wed 20-Aug-08 19:13:39

Where do you live?

You might find a lot of campsites will only take two or three-night bookings over the weekend. If you are planning on going without booking then make sure it's in an area with lots of sites so you have some options in case some are full.

Goober Wed 20-Aug-08 19:14:43

It will be sunny here, Suffolk.

Slubberdegullion Wed 20-Aug-08 19:17:46

Meg has a good point. Last BH w/e we had to book and pay in advance for 4 nights.

EachPeachPearMum Wed 20-Aug-08 20:08:13

I am in West Midlands.
4 o'clock from us will likely be very busy if it is dry...
Umm, only want to do one night really- am pg, and exhausted tbh.

Slubberdegullion Wed 20-Aug-08 20:14:23

ummmm how about a back garden camp with fake beach (sand pit plus paddling pool) and a large mound of LU puddings to eat?

Slubberdegullion Wed 20-Aug-08 20:20:06

W midlands, is that nearish to Shropshire?

[did not do gcse geography]

This site in Wentor got a very good review in this month's Camping magazine. Not by a beach but it sounds peaceful.

EachPeachPearMum Wed 20-Aug-08 20:42:37

rofl- back garden is a swamp at the moment! (she has a sand pit though) Has rained non-stop all summer!

Erm, WMids is politesse for Birmingham!
(Obv the posh part!)

I'm afraid Shropshire is too far from the beach for usgrin

Washersaurus Wed 20-Aug-08 21:11:30

Birmingham is not 3.5 hrs away from a beach - what about Brean or Weston or Burnham on Sea etc?

EachPeachPearMum Wed 20-Aug-08 21:25:36

Um- I believe Weston is a dump, but feel free to correct me! blush
I have never heard of Burnham or Brean (am not actually from midlands)

lucykate Wed 20-Aug-08 21:27:58

we are spending saturday on clacton beach (fil lives there), am hopeful if will be sunny, it was glorious last year, but am taking waterproofs and wellies just in case.

EachPeachPearMum Wed 20-Aug-08 21:28:13

You're right- Weston is 2 hours drive, sorry.
I was going off last time I drove to Wales.
I think Norfolk is similar time.

Washersaurus Wed 20-Aug-08 21:29:40

IME most seaside towns are a bit on the seedy side. I have never camped in any of those places (apart from caravan in Brean Sands when I was younger). Burnham on Sea looked lovely when we visited recently.

PeaMcLean Wed 20-Aug-08 21:30:32

Weston is a dump I agree, but would be very interested to know about other places near there smile

Have heard of Brean sands. Aren't there lots of caravan parks there?

PeaMcLean Wed 20-Aug-08 21:31:06

whoops x posts... you're quick off the mark!

Washersaurus Wed 20-Aug-08 21:35:04

Had a quick gander on UKCS and there seem to be quite a few campsites in Burnham - didn't read the reviews though!

EachPeachPearMum Wed 20-Aug-08 21:38:04

Thanks people!
Will start looking at reviews... metcheck says it will be vaguely sunny down there.

Washersaurus Wed 20-Aug-08 21:39:20

Here is their website

saggyhairyarse Wed 20-Aug-08 22:16:18

The forecast for South Wales was looking good last time I looked.

PeaMcLean Wed 20-Aug-08 22:52:31

Yup, forecast ok for here.

You really need to go as far as Gower though before you get to a decent bit of coast. There are nice beaches before then - there are a couple of campsites near Rest Bay (Porthcawl) if you only want a night away. don't know what the sites are like though.

sallystrawberry Wed 20-Aug-08 23:54:07

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

PeaMcLean Thu 21-Aug-08 07:42:49

No. Gower is beautiful. Especially if you find a little out of the way campsite with few facilities.

South Devon on the other hand smells of poo.

wink


(10 hours and I'll be on the train!!!)

EachPeachPearMum Thu 21-Aug-08 10:40:44

rofl Sally- I have been to Gower- thats what takes 3.5 hours from Bham...

Yeah, it was horrible wink

Don't need/want 'facilities' other than a loo- we are minimalist types smile

surprise Fri 22-Aug-08 10:17:40

Norfolk's sunny today and supposed to be quite good - particularly Monday. How about www.breckfarm.co.uk? About 2 miles from the beach (too close to the beach otherwise it gets too breezy).

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