Imagine if you will, the perfect campsite. Beautiful views, campfires and a feeling of utter tranquility. Until someone rocks up and pitches thoughtlessly close to you, with all their mates.
The Lake District has some great campsites, I remember (dimly, it was a while ago!) some very happy days lounging next to Lake Coniston and exploring the sculpture trail at Grizedale. Unfortunately, like many beautiful places in the UK, the Lake District can feel overcrowded at times. Now, imagine the perfect campsite with one extra feature – no noisome, annoying ‘other people’! Yes, it is possible.
I came across the sedately named ‘The Private Camping Company’ last week and I have been dying to share my discovery ever since. In a stroke of sheer brilliance, this enterprising organisation will arrange for you to camp in an idyllic spot usually unavailable to you and I. Ideal for group camping, so you can share the cost and enjoy the experience with your friends. ‘The Private Camping Company’ has made arrangements with land owners in the area to allow a camping experience you won’t forget. They will organise a ‘camp’, you will need to bring your own tent etc, they will provide a fire pit, composting toilet, a communal weather proof marquee, plus a number of other optional extras. One of their ‘sites’ is on the shores of Lake Coniston with direct lake shore access. Sigh.
I have been persuaded this year to do a camping tour of Cornwall, owing to, well a persuasive husband and some other supporting factors. However, I have been longing to re-visit the Lake District for some time. The existence of ‘The Private Camping Company’ has strengthened my resolve for next year!
In case you are wondering, I am not being sponsored or in any way benefitting from the ‘Private Camping Company‘. I just think it is a BRILLIANT idea. whisper: And what is even more exciting? There is a pilot scheme running in the Bristol/Somerset area this summer. Eeek.
And if this has made you suspect I’m an anti social camper – well, yes I might be, a little bit.