They're everywhere! We use a windbreak (and not just in the New Forest). Good for privacy (especially when you have a stag group pitched up 2ft away ), and stopping gusts of wind blowing the stove out.
Depends on what site i go to . If it's a regimented pitches type place (which i am increasingly going off of tbh), then i use a windbreak. If it's 'find your own pitch behind a bush' type place ...then we don't.
I bought one this year (a very nice one in subtle green and cream)...and it is yet to come out of the bag . I've got it to protect the stove and kitchen set up, with tarp to go over the top for when we can't take our utility tent.
My personal opinion on pretty much all things camping is horses for courses BUT I am not a big fan of the windbreaked corrals, to say the least.
I'm with you notanumber if you want privacy go hire a holiday cottage, or wild camp. Why and earth would anyone want to sit outside their tent and stare at blue and red and yellow plastic stripes? What's wrong with looking out at the view and other campers pottering about doing their camping business.
I find them antisocial and rather absurdly territorial (This patch of grass here is MINE ALL MINE I TELL YOU you cannot look at my grass or me sat here in my chair).
I haven't camped in Europe for a few years now but I have a feeling that the French, Dutch and Germans probably get by and have perfectly pleasant camping trips without them.
those blue and yellow and red ones are from Aldo. we camped in a field with about ten tens, eight had the same wbreaks, including us. felt like a bit of a nob but it was good for corralling the barbecue.
yes you are absolutely right woolyjo, it is semi communal, which is one of the big things that appeals to me. Little smiles and nods at your neighbours, eyerolling in spirit at disobedient children, compilments about good smelling sausages....
I was there too - I actually got kicked by a pony and am now mildly phobic of tiny ponies - and was A.Mazed at some of the setups. That said, we had two large tents and a gazeybo so we were not too discreet, but the windbreaks thing was wierd...
Yes, that's the thing Slubber. The New Forest is beautiful . I just don't see the point of fencing yourself in so you can't see any of it.
What is so private that you need to errect a fence around you? Is it the possibility that <gasp> a stranger catches a glimpse of your condiments?
We're such loons, us English. Seriously, why go camping if privacy is so important that you need to build yourself a wall so you can pretend that there is no-one else there?
Btw, specialmagiclady...if my 1.5 year old kept you awake on Wednesday night by screaming in the manner of one who is treated apallingly by his cruel parents, I do apologise. And those ponies were vicious weren't they?
We used to do the coralled in with windbreaks thing to stop autistic ds from vanishing. That worked for about 5 mins . Now we just have one to protect the cooker as I'm paranoid about a dc running into it, or a ball landing on it or something. Yesterday I saw a tent with a huge canopy attached that was completely walled in with windbreaks. I must admit I thought, why not just get a bigger tent?
supersalstrawberry What do you mean by a day tent? DH had to leave the gazebo as he didn't have space in the car. We were going to share the gazebo with friends but it didn't work out maybe we need an alternative