Autumn Camping: 20 Reasons Why You Should Go Camping in Autumn
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Autumn Camping: 20 Reasons to Go Camping in Autumn

Nothing showcases the beauty of the British landscape better than the autumn season. Imagine walking beneath towering trees as leaves of all shapes, sizes and colours tumble down around you.

What about the cold and the rain? Your objections to autumn camping are duly noted, but we’re British, the type of people that would turn up at the beach in a blizzard. We’re made of sterner stuff and the great outdoors is in our blood. It’s not like the autumn weather comes as a surprise, right? It happens every year and it is all part of the camping experience. Here are 20 reasons why autumn camping rocks.

Derwentwater in the Lake District in autumn

1. Follow the golden trail

Autumn unveils a beauty that’s breathtaking to behold as greenery gives way to a stunning display of crimson and gold. Stepping out of your tent each morning to the splendour of the season will warm your heart as you witness the magnificence of one of nature’s greatest transformations.

2. Embrace the kids love for autumn

There’s no greater joy than witnessing the excitement on a child’s face when they spot a huge pile of leaves they want to pounce upon. Experience the laughter and delight as they frolic in the autumn foliage, kicking up leaves and rolling around raucously. Find your ideal family-friendly campsite

3.Autumn is a dog's best friend

There’s nothing more entertaining than watching your canine companion bound head first into a mountain of forest foliage. The autumn season brings new sights, sounds and smells for your four-legged friend to experience and their enthusiasm will make any autumn camping trip worthwhile. Camping with your dog is a great way to make memories, check out our dog-friendly camping advice to find packing list essentials and to view information on Seasonal Canine Illness which campers should be aware of during the autumn months.

Tree lined night sky full of stars

4. Embrace early morning sunrises

The crisp, clear mornings of autumn offer the very best weather, making it the ideal season for walking. Enjoy a heart-pumping hike like never before as you breathe in the fresh air. Rise early enough from your slumber and you might witness a sensational sunrise as light pierces through the trees illuminating the woodland around you. It’s magical.

5. Set up camp to take in the clear night skies

Behold the vast expanse of clear night skies, lit up by thousands of stars and the mystical moon. Gaze upon twinkling stars and surreal meteor showers before winter brings nights too nippy to sit outside. 

With a number of our Club Sites located near dark sky parks, take the opportunity to marvel at the wonders of the heavens on a whole new level. Don’t forget to bring a camping chair and cosy blanket with you for a comfortable stargazing experience.

6. Bring a camera to capture special moments

Capture ‘no filter’ moments on camera that will look great on social media. Against a backdrop of wondrous woodland, where leaves tumble from the trees around you in a rainbow of vibrant colours.

Couple with backpacks on autumn hike

7. Put your feet up and relax at quieter campsites

As the autumn season arrives, peace and tranquillity settles on campsites up and down the country. The hustle and bustle of summer has passed, making autumn camping more appealing for those of you who enjoy a quiet, relaxing pace of life. Our Club Sites are a haven of serenity at the best of times, but autumn brings with it a different atmosphere.

8. Strike gold with off-season prices

Autumnal camping means lower prices, a chance to enjoy an action-packed adventure and experience something new, at a fraction of the cost.

9. Reconnect with families and friends in nature

Whether it’s a team-building break or a family foray, our Club Sites are the perfect place in which to share an autumnal camping experience. It’s a great way to bond, as you gather in the customary camping circle, snuggled in your warmest outdoor gear, drinking hot chocolate and recalling the activities of the day. No technology, just pleasant conversation.

Beautiful sunset over Scottish mountains

10. Getting active outdoors

Not too hot, not too cold - autumn is the perfect season for getting active outdoors. Autumnal camping opens your eyes to the true beauty of the great outdoors, offering you an unrestricted journey of discovery and exploration. Walk, cycle, hike or run and experience the intoxicating aromas and the stunning scenery that autumn brings.

Find inspiration in our list of incredible hiking trails in the UK.

11. Enjoy a spot of alfresco eating

Breakfast at the break of dawn against a back-drop of the rising sun. Dinner beneath the stars surrounded by camping lanterns. Alfresco eating is a must when camping in autumn, it adds to the experience and our Club Sites are the perfect place to indulge in camping’s culinary delights.

12. Spectacular sunsets

As the autumn days draw to an early close, the whole family can experience incredible sunsets together. There’s nothing quite like watching the last flicker of light sink below the horizon as you see the sky transform before your eyes, revealing the mindboggling mass of space above you.

Man with a red backpack walking through valley in the autumn

13. Pencil pub pit stops into the diary

Many of the walking routes in proximity to our Club Sites are home to a number of delightful taverns along the way. Autumn ales and classic pub grub favourites make any walk all the more enjoyable. If you've bought your dog on your camping trip with you, check out a list of dog friendly pubs in the UK.

14. Dust of your gilet for the cooler months

At no other time of year is a gilet more fashionable than autumn. Gilets and autumn camping go hand-in-hand. Wear that gilet with pride this autumn, you will be one of the coolest campers on our Club Sites.

15. Keep an eye out for insects and bugs

While camping in the autumn means fewer bugs to contend with as they head for warmer climates, there are still certain pests active during autumn. Don't forget to pack insect repellent for your autumn camping trip.

Conkers on the ground in autumn surrounded by leaves

16. Halloween camping

Autumn treats you to camping activities you can’t experience during other seasons of the year, for instance pumpkin picking and carving ready for Halloween. To attract more campers in the autumn season, campsites will normally increase the number of activities available on site.

Autumn treats you to camping activities you can’t experience during other seasons of the year, for instance pumpkin picking and carving ready for Halloween. Here are some halloween activity ideas to check out:

• Best Halloween Events UK 2023
 Pumpkin picking
 Halloween films

17. Going bird watching in autumn

With a number of species migrating from Britain’s shores and heading for warmer climates, the exodus can be quite a spectacle. Catch a glimpse of rarely seen birds as they take to the skies, there’s no better place to see these magnificent creatures than in a rural, countryside setting.

18. Make sure you pack all of the essentials

Camping in autumn means you should pack essentials needed for camping in cooler and wet weather. Swap out the lightweight sleeping bag for a three-season one. Make sure you pack extra layers to wear for the frostier mornings. Autumn can often bring with it blustery winds and rain, so make sure to pack waterproof jackets and a gazebo or windbreak to provide shelter from the rain when you’re sitting outside your tent.

19. Playing conkers

Autumn is the time of year conkers shed their spiky exteriors. Although banned on the school playground, with a little adult supervision, a gentle game of conkers can be really nostalgic. For some, it’s an opportunity to relive your childhood years, making conkers a really good reason to set off for a camping trip this autumn season.

20. Appreciating the atmosphere

Autumn makes camping really atmospheric, with eerie mists hovering over the landscape and captivating cloud displays, it’s almost as if you’re on the moors of Wuthering Heights.

Autumn camping is an incredible experience that will ignite your sense of adventure. With hundreds of campsites across Britain, make this autumn season one of the most memorable of your life. Camping is a British tradition, whatever the weather, whatever the season. We can’t wait to welcome you.

Our campsites open this autumn

All of our Club Sites are open through to October, allowing you to enjoy the joys of autumn camping in all locations. However, if you're looking to camp later in the season, then check out our campsites which are open all year round.

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