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Would you go camping in December?

(58 Posts)
Creamswirls Thu 02-Nov-17 16:41:41

In the North?

Or would you be mad?!

speakout Thu 02-Nov-17 16:42:20

No way.

Littlechocola Thu 02-Nov-17 16:43:32

Yes. Lots of layers

MegBusset Thu 02-Nov-17 16:43:39

No. Went in September in the south and was freeeeezing at night!

butterfly56 Thu 02-Nov-17 16:57:10

You would need serious bits of kit for that expedition!

gigi556 Thu 02-Nov-17 16:59:40

Why not? Layer up! I’d suggest a pub dinner though because otherwise you’ll be cooking in the dark.

Cleanermaidcook Thu 02-Nov-17 17:00:11

Hell no - and i like camping!

LaughingLlama Thu 02-Nov-17 17:01:31

No. I love camping and have some srious kit but no. Too cold and damp!

Santawontbelong Thu 02-Nov-17 17:04:10

I would but am slightly unhinged!!

user1491295468 Thu 02-Nov-17 17:04:10

Nope. We camp a lot and did a frosty early March trip once and it was pretty miserable. The nights were really long and unpleasant.

MrsPworkingmummy Thu 02-Nov-17 17:06:35

I absolutely love camping, but have never considered going in December. The earliest we have been is March and the latest October half term -we've thoroughly enjoyed it at that time of year although the wind can be problematic. In December you'd need to be sure you had high quality kit, such as an all season sleeping bag. You could also get a pitch with electric hook up and plug in a heater, and take a kettle. Camping can be soooo cosy in the cold - blankets, hot chocolate, fairy lights , fire pit and the heater going, but I guess that's more glamping than camping. Where in the North? I live in South Northumberland and the weather is fairly mild here currently. However, we once visited the Scottish Highlands in December and it was -16 so absolutely perishingly freezing (stopping in a hotel). There's potentially lots of variation in weather depending your perception of the 'North'.

IsabelleSE19 Thu 02-Nov-17 17:06:42

Another keen camper here saying no way! We went early May one year and it was really cold at night then - December doesn't bear thinking about.

Creamswirls Thu 02-Nov-17 17:12:07

Thank you all. We have some friends visiting from abroad who are keen walkers/campers. They have expressed interest in going walking, which I said would be fine, and then said they’d like to go camping. Which I did not think would be fine! So I’m glad you (mostly!) agree.

So I will find an area that is good for long day walks but which is near some nice country pubs and b&b’s!

Creamswirls Thu 02-Nov-17 17:13:18

@MrsPworkingmummy - interestingly, both the Lakes and the Scottish Highlands have been proposed. Thank you for the -16 statistic!!

pilates Thu 02-Nov-17 17:13:20

Definitely not 😂

PotteringAlong Thu 02-Nov-17 17:14:30

You need to get yourself to the camping topic and post there - you'll get advice from people who camp all year round!

dinkystinky Thu 02-Nov-17 17:14:37

No - will be absolutely freezing. Your friends are insane! Go walking during the day and stay in a lovely b&b with roaring fire and hot food in the evenings

AcrossthePond55 Thu 02-Nov-17 17:25:14 our caravan!

DH, on the other hand, does quite a bit of snow camping and snowshoe backpacking with his friends. They love it. I'd rather chew glass.

CMOTDibbler Thu 02-Nov-17 17:33:14

It depends (and I was thinking about camping in December at Kielder this morning) - in our trailer tent with down duvets, electric hook up to make boiling a kettle inside the tent for hot drinks and hot water bottles. a nearby pub for dinner and socialising, going to a cafe for breakfast, and a campsite with lovely hot showers? Yes. Sleeping on a sim, having to cook outside in the dark, and a shower that you put 20ps in, absolutely not

Fitzsimmons Thu 02-Nov-17 17:36:30

I'm in the lakes. Don't do it. It's already cold! Have a look at Sally's Cottages for somewhere self catering in the Lakes.

reetgood Thu 02-Nov-17 17:41:55

What kind of abroad? If they’re from somewhere where there’s actual winter and they camp there, then I’d say have at it. If they are from somewhere temperate, hire a cottage or cabin for the weekend. I’ve been in a yurt in North Yorkshire inOctober but it crucially had a stove. I’d want some proper kit if I were going to camp, and I’m assuming getting that together would cost as much as renting somewhere.

reetgood Thu 02-Nov-17 17:43:11

And nope no way to camping in the highlands in December!

averylongtimeago Thu 02-Nov-17 17:44:06

If they have all the proper kit and are experienced campers they should be ok. With the proviso that you check the weather forcast - gales, heavy rain, snow and very low temperatures are all normal in December, especially in the Lakes or Scotland!
The coldest I have ever camped out in was -6, my water bottle froze solid overnight and although I wasn't cold in bed (layers of down s/bag, fully dressed, thick feather quilt above and below) it was "an experience " rather than fun, iyswim.

Branleuse Thu 02-Nov-17 17:56:16

no way, not in this part of the world.

Hooleywhipper Thu 02-Nov-17 17:57:50

Nope,no canvas after August bank holiday for me.

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