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This week's question:My friends and I want to go camping in the south east of England. We are all under 18 and having trouble finding a site that will accept us. We would like a site to be somewhere that is not too crowded and 'city like'. It has to be reasonably cheap and have something for us to do for the five days we wish to stay.
Personally I would sack off the idea of southeast England. There is basically nowhere there which isn't “crowded and 'city like'''. Why not go somewhere nice like Cornwall, The Lake, The Peak or The Hebrides? In a lot of these places you don't actually need a camp site. I live in the Lakes and the general rule is that if you're far enough away from people you can do what you want (so long as you take your rubbish home!). Have you considered YHA
s as they aren't too expensive and they take under 18s?Alex
When we were teenagers we used to go to the Dales walking a lot as we lived not too far away. The following campsites let us on, I don't know the actual names of all of them, but we stayed in the following places;
Horton in Ribblesdale
Green Dragon in Hardraw (campsite behind good pub with a spectacular waterfall, Hardraw Force, at the other end from the pub)
Both campsites in Edale (in the Peak District, not the Dales, and the start of the Pennine Way)
Tan Hill Inn. It's not officially a campsite, but there is space behind to put up a couple of tents, or there was 20 years ago.Pete
What is preventing them from staying where they want? Do the site owners ask for ages on booking? What's to stop them making the booking and turning up - I'm sure most site owners will be only too happy to accept the money!
If they want certainty, the YHA offers camping at various hostels - see yha.org.uk/find-accommodation
for list. Provided that they are members they should have no problemLuke