Enjoy Camping Year-Round With Our Winter Camping Tips

Feel crunchy leaves underfoot, snap snowy photos and snuggle up in your sleeping bag on one of our Club Sites this winter. We’ve shared our best winter camping tips and tricks below as well as a few of our campsites that stay open during the winter months.

Our top winter campsites

Blackmore Club Site, Worcestershire

Just one of the perks of camping on Blackmore Club Site is its proximity to the Malvern Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Perfect for exploring on foot or by bike, the Worcestershire countryside has a range of landscapes to explore. There’s a bus stop near the campsite entrance with routes to Tewkesbury and Worcester.

Malvern-Hills (Shutterstock, Malvern Hills)

Devizes Club Site, Wiltshire

Pitch up near the Avon and Kennet Canal which provides pretty scenery, walking routes and cycling trails aplenty. The quiet and secluded Devizes Club Site allows you to explore some of the UK’s most popular prehistoric sites including the Avebury Stone Circle and Stonehenge. Bath is around a 35-minute drive away, giving you the option to explore a little further afield.

Stonehenge (Shutterstock,Pajor-Pawel)

Loch Ness Shores Club Site, Scotland

Situated on the south shore of Loch Ness, this campsite offers mountain views, access to the water and fantastic nearby attractions. The nearby village of Foyers is named after the river that feeds into the Loch. The Falls of Foyer, two nearby waterfalls are well worth visiting. You’ll be just a 40-minute drive from Inverness, and it’s attractions including Inverness Castle.

Loch Ness (Shutterstock, Zdenka-Mlynarikova)

Oxford Club Site, Oxfordshire

This campsite is ideally located just a mile from the city of Oxford. Oxford Castle, Blenheim Palace and Oxford University with its many museums, are all within easy reach. Take a tour of the filming locations of Harry Potter or Inspector Morse and use Oxford Club Site as a relaxing base after a long day of exploring.

Oxford (Shutterstock, Alexey Fedorenko)

Boroughbridge Club Site, North Yorkshire

Pitch up alongside the River Ure, within reach of the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales, providing plenty of walking and cycling potential. The town of Boroughbridge is within walking distance of this campsite. Harrogate and the City of York and their many attractions are also nearby.

Yorkshire-Moors (Shutterstock, Gordon Ball LRPS)

Kingsbury Water Park Club Site, West Midlands

This relaxing campsite in the heart of the Midlands has plenty to offer for all ages. Kingsbury Water Park is just across the way and offers watersports, wildlife spotting, family fun and plenty of walking and cycling trails. Camping here, you’ll be within driving distance of Birmingham, Coventry and Tamworth.

Kennilworth-Castle (Shutterstock, Nicholas E Jones)

Derwentwater Club Site, Lake District

In the north of the Lake District, this campsite is just a few minutes’ walk away from the centre of Keswick, a popular town with tourists. Walkers and cyclists will be in their element with the Catbells providing breath-taking views of the region. For a gentler option, take a boat cruise to see views across Derwentwater.

Derwentwater (Shutterstock, Simon Baylis)

Scone Club Site, Perthshire

Camp within the grounds of Scone Palace, a category A listed historic house and enjoy the deer, owls and buzzards that live in the surrounding grounds. There are many walks to take directly from the campsite and Dundee, Scotland’s 4th largest city is a 40-minute drive away.

Scone (Shutterstock, Derek Laurence)

All-winter campsites

Top winter camping tips

While the weather in the UK can be unpredictable, we have plenty of winter camping tips and advice to make camping in colder weather a walk in the park.

  1. Set up camp while it’s still light. With an earlier sunset in the winter months, it’s a good idea to pitch up before the sun starts to set. It’s difficult enough to set up your camping space when it’s dark, but in the winter months, the temperature will start to drop early too. Pitch your tent, hook up your motorhome and get cosy in your caravan before the cold sets in.
  2. Don’t wait until you’re cold to take action. If you start to notice your feet or hands getting chilly, take action right away. Getting on top of being cold immediately is the best way to prevent it from taking over your camping trip.
  3. Insulate from the ground up. If you’re tent camping in winter, one of the most important elements of your sleeping area will be the insulation between you and the ground. In the summer, a ground mat suffices, but in the winter, the ground will be much colder. There are specific winter camping mats and beds available. The same rule applies to dogs, ensure their sleeping area is insulated.Thermos (Shutterstock, Michaelspb)
  4. Take extra blankets. You can never have too many blankets when you’re camping in the colder months. They’re useful for throwing on the ground as extra sleeping insulation, layering up when you’re relaxing on the campsite and even for taking out on walks to throw down for somewhere to sit.
  5. Layers. Tight clothing can reduce circulation, which will make you feel cold quickly. Instead of bundling up tightly, wear layers made up of materials designed to keep you warm. Thermal base layers are a great idea as well as items made from wool, silk and polyester. Down is a good option for jackets, but it’s not waterproof.
  6. Keep your shoes inside. When your summer camping, leaving your shoes in your porch or awnings fine to prevent mess from coming inside your unit. However, when you’re camping in the winter you’ll want to make sure your shoes are kept inside, in a warm area in your tent to prevent them from freezing.walking boots (shutterstock, Maksym Azotsev)
  7. Let the air circulate. It may seem unproductive to open your vents in cold weather, but the added airflow will reduce condensation, which could lead to damp conditions.
  8. Stay dry. If clothing, shoes or bedding gets wet, it’ll be much harder to stay warm. Many materials lose their insulating properties when wet, rendering them useless.
  9. Take extra lights. Don’t get caught out by the early nights, make sure you pack a torch and head torch which can be useful if you end up having to move around in the dark.snowdonia (shutterstock, Valdis Skudre)
  10. Smaller is better. A small tent is much easier to keep warm in the winter with reduced air space to heat up.
  11. Eat yourself warm. Foods that take longer to digest should help your body to stay warm for longer. Oats, bananas, potatoes and caffeine can help to raise your body temperature. In general, if you eat nutritious, balanced foods, your body will have the right type of fuel to keep you warm. Remember to take snacks like nuts, cheese and granola bars out with you if you’re spending the day outdoors.
  12. Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water and don’t overdo it on the alcohol. Look after your body to keep it performing optimally.
  13. Useful kit. A shovel, first aid kit, emergency blanket and even hand warmers are a few things you might benefit from in a pinch.
  14. Sleep warm. If you get into your sleeping bag cold, you’ll find it hard to warm up. Try and get yourself warm before climbing in, and you’ll find it easier to get comfortable.

Pack up your cosy camping gear to enjoy frosty mornings and walks in the crisp winter air. Our benefits for members are applicable year-round, find out how to save up to 30% on Club Site fees by joining the club.