Why we have a recycling symbol on the campsite pages
Posted by: cyclecamp at 11:19, March 24 2016.

There's no doubt in our mind that cycle campers care about the environment. They may not be mad keen paid up members of the Green Party but it’s quite likely they love what they see of the natural world and want to care for it.

When it comes to reducing our impact on the natural world, recycling is probably the best thing you can do yourself (apart from riding a bike of course!). Apparently we get through about 8 billion drinks cans in the UK every year (yes that’s 8 billion and, yes, even we had to go away and check our figures on that one). About six billion of these are recycled at Europe’s only can recycling plant in Warrington, Cheshire - that’s about 18 million cans per day.

That means there are still a few lying around the countryside but it shows that they can be recycled if people get them to the recycling points. Cyclists also drink from cans and most do the right thing and wait until they see a recycling point before throwing them away.

But what we cycle campers really appreciate is a recycling point at a campsite. Many campsites try to reduce their rubbish (which costs them to have it removed) by asking campers to take their rubbish away with them. That’s not so easy on a bike so a recycling area for cans, food waste, paper and so forth is really useful. If a campsite has a recycling facility we list it with the other symbols on the campsite listing page.

The good news is that we’re noticing more and more campsites are providing recycling and we’re asking all cyclecamp campsites to do this where possible. We hope you agree it’s a good thing! You can see the symbol here on our Campsite of the Week.



Winter cycle camping
Posted by: cyclecamp at 23:29, February 16 2016.

Yes, it might even snow!

Brrr...! But who says you can't go cycle camping in the winter? Yes, you might get a frosty nose when you stick your head out of the tent in the morning and, yes, you might want to take that hot water bottle with you.

But just imagine it: frosty ground, a warm sleeping bag, foxes and deer looking for food. It might even snow! Every season is magical and winter more so perhaps than the others.

It would indeed be a brave person though who ventures out in winter on a bike with a small tent. But it can be done: modern equipment is lighter, gas stoves more efficient and old fashioned down sleeping bags still give the most warmth. Studded tyres can make cycling in the snow a reality. And gadgets like the Kindle can brighten up a the long, dark winter evenings in the tent.

Most campsites close for the winter months but some stay open: where they do, we point this out in the facility symbols on the campsite pages - look out for the 365 symbol.

So why not give it a try - just for a weekend? You'll come back hardier and emboldened - a real adventurer. And isn't that what cycle camping is about?



To WiFi or not to WiFi, that is the question
Posted by: cyclecamp at 23:15, February 5 2016.

A smart phone

We regularly ask at cyclecamp: “What do cycle campers need?” People often say they need WiFi. This is for a whole host of reasons but not least is the ability to plan their next day’s journey on cyclecamp.

Most people look out for WiFi when they are travelling and indeed the cyclecamp network is designed around being able to access the cyclecamp website on your mobile (smart) phone. We’re assuming (and it’s a big assumption) that most cycle campers don’t carry laptops because of the weight.

People mainly use the 3G or 4G networks to find out where the nearest cyclecamp campsite is when they’re going along. They only use WiFi where and when they can find it. But WiFi is obviously useful for all the other things you use it for. So, the question is: do you need it on the campsite?

Amongst all the other facilities we list that are useful to cycle campers (we don’t list for example whether you can bring your dog or empty your chemical loo) we don’t list WiFi.

This is partly because many smaller campsites don’t yet offer it (about half the cyclecamp campsites do). And although the owners of many small farms for example would have their own private WiFi connection and might offer it for use, we can’t guarantee that. What we do reckon though is that most of the time, even in very rural areas, there will be a mobile signal. Not cheap but still useable.

And would you not use a campsite because it didn’t offer WiFi? Some of the simpler more attractive campsites don’t. And for the rest of the time, it’s likely that you‘ll find a WiFi café or hotspot somewhere en route.

In fact, we’ve always believed that what may be more important than WiFi is the facility to charge your mobile phone. We do recognise that more and more cyclists are carrying either or both GPS and smart phones (we haven’t mentioned tablets it’s the same issue). Charging is the real problem, not access to a signal (which there usually is) or to WiFi (which you can get round using some of your data allowance.). Perhaps both would be nice!

Of course, you don’t really need a smart phone let alone WiFi. You plan your journey at home and print off the campsite details! Yes, it’s the old-fashioned way but it still works. And you can still make ordinary mobile calls along the way if need be.

Let us know what your thoughts are on this tricky topic and what you currently use on your tours (use the comments box below). At the moment we’re relaxed about WiFi on campsites but that might have to change in the future.

www.cyclecamp.co.uk



All about our Gap Fillers
Posted by: cyclecamp at 23:15, January 24 2016.

The cyclecamp Gap Filler symbol

Cyclecamp is unique: we’re the only (as far as we know) camping website that makes sure that you – the cycle camper – can get from one campsite to another in a day's cycle ride – and that’s with a heavily loaded bike. And we choose the nicest campsites, always with a shower and toilet. But sometimes even cyclecamp is stuck: we cannot stick to our 15 mile average distance between campsites without selecting larger, sometimes very commercial campsites.

Many camping websites either give you every campsite or just the really nice ones; cyclecamp is different - we find the nice ones but we also make sure that you can reach them. And if not, we offer an alternative: these are our Gap Filler campsites and they are clearly marked on the campsite pages with our Gap Filler symbol.

These campsites aren’t bad. Mostly they’re quite big and commercial, are less likely to offer a peaceful night’s sleep and have facilities which the cycle camper probably doesn’t need or want. In one or two places, they might be a pub campsite or one with less than brilliant reviews. But nevertheless it might be a case of “any port in a storm”: if you can’t or don’t want to cycle another 20 miles, then better to make your night’s halt.

Although Gap Filler campsites are often large, that doesn’t mean they will have space in high season, so you will still need to give them a ring. But where we have listed a Gap Filler, it means that there isn’t a better campsite nearby (always let us know if you do come across a better one!).

But the best thing of all is that with Gap Fillers we have been able to create a network of campsites: that means that you can set off on your bike in confidence, knowing that there will always be a campsite in reach that day that accepts tents and has a shower and toilet. Not bad, eh?    



Booking a campsite
Posted by: cyclecamp at 21:51, January 7 2016.

Booking a campsite

It should be very easy – to book a campsite that is. And most of the time it is. You just give them a ring (every cyclecamp campsite has the telephone number listed), tell them when you’re coming and that you’re a cyclist.

Most campsites are very happy to operate in this way. Sometimes you don’t even have to ring, although that telephone call is a great way to know that you’ve got a pitch for the night and you can focus on your day’s ride.

But at other times it isn’t that easy. Many campsites have large serviced pitches and they’re expecting people to book a two week holiday not just a one night stopover. Lots of campsites don’t even want you at all – they’re caravan only and will turn you away if you are a cycle camper. Cyclecamp have solved at least this problem: we've created a network of sites that accept cyclists.

But other niggles remain: some campsites insist on a two night booking over bank holidays. Others want to charge you the same rate as a family with their car, the dog and the awning extension.

To get round some of these hurdles, we’ve put up a new Resource page here on cyclecamp. It tells you the best way to book a campsite and what to look out for. Cycle camping has its own challenges, that’s for sure. But booking the campsite shouldn’t be one of them!

© www.cyclecamp.co.uk



Could they do it?
Posted by: cyclecamp at 10:33, December 22 2015.

The open road - could they do it?

Look around at your friends and family, people you know, at work or down the street. And think: could they travel to some exotic far-flung country - let’s say Morocco or Thailand?

Well yes. Travel today is familiar and straightforward: you book a flight, find a hotel on the internet (or a package) and go. You take a taxi from the airport, check in to your air-conditioned room and go for a drink in the hotel bar.

Now let’s ask a different question: could any of them travel just twenty miles down the road on a bike and camp for the night on a simple campsite in the middle of nowhere? Hear the owls, make a cup of tea on a stove and feel the dewy grass under their feet in the morning? Could they pack up their stuff back on the bike and get back home under their own steam?

Maybe a few could, perhaps just one or two. The fact is that most people can now travel all over the world on a package holiday. But far fewer people than ever get can cope with travelling simply and sustainably in their own country. And even fewer would actually look forward to the physical challenge of taking what they need on their own bike.

But this is changing – and it’s changing with you! You’re thinking about it, you care about the planet and you know there's more to life than being cooped up in a motor car. Here at cyclecamp we passionately believe that you’ll be leading the way: you’ll be showing that we humans need a challenge and that how we travel has to change.

And the country that you'll see from the saddle of your bike or from the door of your tent is the most exotic country on earth! Go for it!

Back to cyclecamp.co.uk



Cyclecamp - it's a network!
Posted by: cyclecamp at 00:02, December 13 2015.

Just as steam trains needed a network, cyclecamp is building a network as well!

Many people have asked what cyclecamp is really all about. Our answer is that, above all, it's a network - a network of cycle friendly campsites. It absolutely isn’t just a list of campsites: it's a carefully researched and selected network of campsites.

This means that you are able to cycle from one campsite to another knowing that there is always another suitable campsite within reach of your daily mileage. And because cyclists can be travelling anywhere in Britain, there will be a cyclecamp campsite in every part of the country, not just the tourist hotspots.

Just knowing this is a huge help to cycle campers – you can feel assured that you will arrive to find a welcoming campsite, a shower and toilet facilities. And you know that you won’t have to fight your way tired and motor-less into a vast and noisy campsite full of caravans.

As the cyclecamp network develops, more and more cyclecamp campsites will be installing useful facilities for cycle campers such as a cycle shed and a car-free area. This isn’t going to happen overnight. But slowly and surely cycle campers are going to get a better deal.

Far from arriving at a campsite to be told that there isn’t even a separate rate for them, they will be offered a price that’s right for their small and environmentally friendly footprint.

Cycle campers started the camping movement - the first campers took their tent and luggage on bicycles, almost before cars were invented. The wheel has turned full circle: we are now in an age when people want to be closer to nature and to hear the birds singing.

Many people now appreciate that there is no better way to see the world than from a bicycle with a tent on the back. Cycle camping is today’s new means of travel - and cyclecamp is the place to find out what you need.  So, remember, cyclecamp – it’s a network! 

© www.cyclecamp.co.uk



We’re an ETA Green Friend!
Posted by: cyclecamp at 23:44, November 30 2015.

 

ETA is the Environmental Transport Association and is famous for rescuing people in their cars at the roadside. But for some years now they’ve been rescuing people on bicycles too! That means that you can go away for a long trip or on a short holiday knowing that if your chain breaks loose or the front wheel buckles you can call out ETA.

Their rescue vehicle will take you and your bike to the nearest railway station to get you home or to a bike shop for a repair. That’s nice to know when you’re in the middle of nowhere, it’s pouring with rain and it’s getting dark! Not everyone can deal with bike repairs at the roadside and indeed sometimes a bike cannot be repaired there and then - so it’s nice to know that ETA are only a phone call away.

Cyclecamp have had a link to ETA on our website for a couple of years now and ETA have acknowledged cyclecamp's support by making us an ETA Green Friend – we share the same concern for the environment and green values so we’re very pleased to be partnered with them. We now share the same status as well known organisations like Friends of the Earth and Ecotricity. 

You can check out ETA's other Green Friends here. And you can look at bike rescue cover from ETA here. It costs from just £18.00 per year. Cyclecamp reckons that’s excellent value for money for that amount of peace of mind. It also extends cycle camping to lots of people who may have been nervous about venturing out on their own with just their bike and camping stuff.

Now you can have the assurance that there’s someone to rescue you, even if you’re a long way from home!

And of course you can also get all your regular bike insurance from ETA. Cycle breakdown cover (including punctures) is even included in the cost. Why not give them a try here?



A little bottle of Green magic
Posted by: cyclecamp at 10:15, November 7 2015.

Bottle of Green Oil

As you know, cyclecamp is passionate about the environment. It’s when you’re on your bike and looking for a place to camp for the night that you realise that you’re part of a wider world. And you want to look after it. Bikes are not bad but they do have an impact and that comes from their need for constant lubrication of the chain.

That lubrication (usually a petroleum product) finds its way into the environment. And the packaging it comes in, tubes and plastic bottles, also has to find its way out. So when cyclecamp discovered Green Oil it came as a more than pleasant surprise (well, to be honest, we were delighted).

Green Oil is a brand of oil made entirely from biodegradable plant-based ingredients. It’s made in south Wales by a man who rode his mountain bike through a stream, realised the chain lube was washed into the water and thought there must be a better way: Simon Nash came up with the idea of Green Oil, sourced all the ingredients from plants and made sure the bottle it came in was made from 100% recycled plastic.

It’s been sold since 2007 and gets excellent reviews from cyclists - it isn't just green but works brilliantly too.

As an added bonus you don’t have to worry about the effect of the oil on you (yes, that’s your skin!). Once you know about Green Oil (and not everyone does) its hard to use anything else.

You can find out more about Green Oil and the man behind it here and get your first (or next!) bottle of Green Oil here from Wiggle. It costs £4.50 a bottle and costs the planet a little less too. Give it a try!



Lose your heart in Hertfordshire!
Posted by: cyclecamp at 00:22, March 16 2015.

 St Albans Abbey

St Albans Abbey Photo: CC BY-SA 3.0 Przsak

We’ve added Hertfordshire to the cyclecamp network. Where? You might ask – unless you live in North London (or Hertfordshire of course). Hertfordshire is a county immediately  to the north of London.

Not many people have a clear picture in their mind of Hertfordshire but its most famous town is St Albans (well worth a visit) and for Jane Austen lovers, it’s the setting for Pride and Prejudice. It’s also popular with motorists in that the M25, the M1 and the A1 (M) all run across it, as do several main railway lines.

But don’t let that put you off – Hertfordshire is mainly rolling farmland with lots of pleasant country lanes and attractive villages. In many ways, it’s ideal cycling country with the chalky landscape opening up in wide vistas.

And what’s more, it’s close enough to London to make weekend forays with a bike and tent easily possible – no need to wait for your summer holidays - you can get planning that Easter break now!

A cyclecamp campsite in Hertfordshire

We’ve selected the best six campsites in Hertfordshire for the cyclecamp network. All but one are small, green and rural - ideal for a peaceful weekend in what will feel like the middle of nowhere even if you know you’re in easy reach of the metropolis.

And like all cyclecamp campsites they have a hot shower and a toilet. You can see the sites on the South East regional page from where you can click through to the campsite listings. Enjoy!



What should cycle campers pay?
Posted by: cyclecamp at 23:50, March 8 2015.

 Money

The most surprising thing about being a cycle camper is turning up at a campsite and being asked to pay the same price as a family with a car and a large tent, if not a caravan.

Most campsites charge for a unit: this really means a car and a tent and whoever is in it. But there's no rate for a cycle camper! Some campsites have never met a cycle camper so they haven't even thought about having a separate rate for them.

A cycle camper takes up a smaller space, they don’t need room for a car and most probably have a smaller tent. Not only this but they do less damage to the grass, don’t puff out exhaust fumes and don’t make as much noise (they haven’t got the sound equipment with them).

And there’s another reason cycle campers make less noise: they’ve got rid of all their spare energy doing the cycling!

So just for all these reasons, a cycle camper might expect to pay a bit less than a motorist for a night’s camping. And you might think that campsite owners would be pleased to encourage cycle campers and generally think it’s a good idea.

They might believe that having more cyclists rather than cars might reduce traffic jams and pollution in their part of the world. But that unfortunately is not always the case, as cyclecamp has found out in talking to many campsite owners.

The good news though is that most of the owners of campsites selected for the cyclecamp network are very keen to encourage cycle camping. Some of these campsites are on organic farms and have staunchly green credentials.

These owners really appreciate people leaving the car behind (if they have one) and arriving on just a bicycle. And in many cases these campsites do offer a discount to cycle campers or have a completely separate rate for them - and that’s what we want to see!

Our campsite of the week offers such a discount - have a look here on our Campsite of the Week page and tell us what you think by clicking on the comments below.  



Is the weather better at night?
Posted by: cyclecamp at 22:17, February 28 2015.

It’s not often you find a question that hasn’t been asked before on Google but we dug deeper and, sure enough, we weren’t the only ones who had pondered it: is the weather better at night?

Have you ever sat in your tent as the night draws in, the sky clears, the temperature drops rapidly and the stars begin to twinkle? On a warm summer evening that’s great. But if the day has been cloudy and cool, a cold night isn’t necessarily what you want.

As the condensation begins to form on the walls of your tent and you snuggle deeper into your sleeping bag, you look forward to the bright morning and a blue sky. Which is what you get.

But by the time you’ve cooked up some breakfast and run your feet through the dewy grass, the wind is up, the clouds are scudding across the sky and you feel the chill. Why is this? Why can’t you seem to keep that blue sky?

In fact, why couldn’t you have a clear blue sky during the day and a cloudy sky at night to keep the heat in? Well, it doesn’t always happen like this but in the UK at least, our proximity to the sea means that, since the land cools faster at night than the sea, the wind drops quite quickly.

In the daytime, the air over the land warms faster than the air over the sea: the wind from the sea rushes in to fill the void, bringing plenty of cloud with it.

So there we have it, the weather can be better at night. Cycle campers notice these things because they sleep in a tent and are outside in the daytime.

And it’s observations like these that go into the memory store to be reflected upon on a winter’s evening - that's cycle camping! 



Welcome to the cyclecamp blog!
Posted by: cyclecamp at 13:08, February 24 2015.

It's over three years now since cyclecamp came into being and gingerly stepped into the public view. And we've now had our very own blog for two years.

There's loads happening here at cyclecamp: we're still busy researching the campsite network and will be releasing our next county very soon.

We've had good reports of the cyclecamp network being used on trips and we are now receiving regular requests from campsites to be part of the network. Thanks to cyclecamp, campsites are now making the changes that cycle campers want to see (especially quoting a separate rate for people who arrive on a bicycle having left the kitchen sink and the family car at home!).

Cyclecamp now has the number one search spot on Google for cycle camping and we are making contact around the world with people who have the UK in their sights for their next cycle adventure.

Best of all though has been the support and encouragement we have received over the months from friends, loyal forum members and others - support that every growing website needs - so a really big thanks for that! 



East Sussex - our new happy hunting ground!
Posted by: cyclecamp at 18:53, February 6 2015.

 Picture of the East Sussex countryside

We've just re-uploaded the cyclecamp network for East Sussex - a county which, as you may know, is dominated by the South Downs, a sublimely beautiful low-lying range of of chalk hills. It's so good it's now a National Park. Not all East Sussex is hilly but most of it is very beautiful: it boasts staggering white chalk cliffs along most of its coastline and lovely cycling roads further inland.

What's more, it can make a great weekend out from London or a one nighter from Brighton - no excuse not to go cycle-camping and no waiting for that week's holiday - East Sussex has loads to offer.

And East Sussex has several campsites just right for cyclists - why not explore them by looking at the cyclecamp South East England page



Floods, storms and oil
Posted by: cyclecamp at 13:21, January 31 2015.

Flooding in the UK

It's a year now since the storms and overflowing rivers of January 2014 caused mayhem around the country and brought global warming back to the forefront again.

Hopefully people are now thinking a bit more about how they use oil and gas (one of the biggest energy users is transport). But how many people are still planning to go by car or on an aeroplane this year for their holidays? A lot.

But across the UK (and across the wider world) there are people who do question their use of energy: they’ve formed a network called the transition towns network ("transition" means the time when the world goes from using oil as though there was no tomorrow to thinking wisely about we can reduce our use of fossil fuels and travel a little more lightly upon the earth.

But the transition towns movement has got another trick up its sleeve: they encourage people to set up small enterprises that respect the environment and give people a proper livelihood, one where they don’t feel their work destroys the world around them.

And who are those closest to the very land they seek to protect? Small farmers and campsite owners! Camping is a mainly seasonal activity: farmers and smallholdings offer camping as a way to supplement their earnings from growing crops or raising animals.

Cyclecamp offers them something more: instead of encouraging people to pack a large car with tons of equipment that they don’t really need, cyclecamp says: just take your bike and some simple gear; leave the gas-guzzler at home.

So it’s win-win for cyclists, the small farmers and everyone else. The transition network folk will be delighted as well: small environmentally friendly enterprises joining up with environmentally friendly transport. It couldn’t be much better. And if you know any small landholder that would like to set up a campsite for cycle campers feel free to put them in touch with us here at cyclecamp!



Sleeping above the ground
Posted by: cyclecamp at 14:17, January 25 2015.

Trailer during the day 

My idea of luxury camping is to turn up on any campsite and know that I don’t have to worry too much about the state of the ground. Stony, hard, muddy or even concrete. I would love a tent that could handle it all – just like a caravan or a trailer tent does. And then someone comes along and designs something that exactly meets my needs. That man is Tony Hoar of Tony's Trailers.

 

He’s a Canadian designer/maker based in British Columbia. Tony loves designing things and has come up with lots of ideas and designs for bicycle trailers. My favourite of all of though is the bicycle tent trailer (or trailer tent as we might say here in the UK). It’s called the Nomad and yes it just makes you dream of a truly nomadic lifestyle!

 

You pull it behind you, you arrive at your campsite and you put down the legs.

 Ready for the night

You unfold the tent (which is attached to the trailer) and, hey presto, you have a tent and a secure sleeping platform - and you don’t have to worry about the ground beneath you! During the day, the trailer obviously carries your luggage and acts in the same way as an ordinary bicycle trailer. Pulling a trailer isn’t difficult for a cyclist and an ideal way to carry larger amounts of camping gear.

 

So is there a downside to the trailer? Well, the first of course is cost. No trailer is cheap: most are about £2-300 and a bicycle trailer tent from Tony is about twice that price. Having said that, it is a bespoke, specially made trailer tent and carries Tony’s personal guarantee.

 

Weight will be an issue for some cyclists (as all trailers are) but the trailer tent will replace the weight (and the cost) of panniers, racks and of course your tent. Tony makes all kinds of bicycle trailers and now has an international reputation amongst utility cyclists. You can see more on Tony’s website (and even order one if you want!) here: http://www.tonystrailers.com/nomad/

 



For one weekend only!
Posted by: cyclecamp at 14:40, January 16 2015.

A different view on Sunday morning

Cycle camping that is! Have you ever thought about setting off for one weekend’s cycle camping? If not, why not? It’s a great idea and they call it over-nighting. The idea is that you pack enough for a weekend, and either set off direct from your front door or take the train part way. It’s not a big trip but it is the chance to discover something about where you live that you’ve never discovered before.

Not only that, it’s a chance to do a shake down trip (this is where you go overnight and test out all your kit before the Big Trip later on in the season). Have you taken too much stuff? Is your rear rack up to it? Do you need lower gears? Is your sleeping bag warm enough? And if it rains, can you still keep a smile on your face?

Sometimes a weekend away is just what you need – a short but exhilarating break away from work or study or even just being stuck at home. You come back feeling that you’ve been to another country. And on your bike, Britain is another country – you’ll discover places, views and experiences that you never will by car.

You can go it alone or ask a friend or two to go with you. You might even find that once you strike out and make your plans that friend will join you, even if they were reluctant to at first. And what’s more, it’s a chance to find out if you really want to do that long trip with that friend. Most of all though, it’s the chance to rediscover your own country.

Twenty miles overland on a bike and camping overnight in a place you’ve never been before is worth more than a long boring flight to an over-hyped resort abroad. So go for it: find a campsite on findacampsite not too far away, head off on a Saturday morning and come back on Sunday rich with memories.



The 15 mile rule
Posted by: cyclecamp at 23:48, January 12 2015.

Just in time to set up camp!

It’s starting to get late, evening is drawing in, you’ve been cycling all day and you’re hungry. It’s really no use to a cyclist that there’s a wonderful campsite fifty miles away. That’s why the cyclecamp campsites are just, on average, about 15 miles apart. A cycle camper can certainly go further to find a campsite than a hiker but they still need to be in range.

At cyclecamp we reckon that an average cyclist can do about 35 miles a day with a loaded bike. An experienced, fit cyclist will do a lot more but both need to find campsites in reasonable distance in order to make a ride make sense. Yes, you could cycle 60 miles to a campsite but you will need more campsites for a day’s riding of say 45 miles or 65 miles. Fifteen miles between campsites gives just about the right amount of flexibility.

In some parts of Britain, there are campsites every few miles or even next door to each other, mainly in the popular tourist areas like Cornwall and the Lake District. But outside these areas, campsites can be few and far between. This means that we cannot always find the perfect campsite. But in these circumstances any campsite is usually better than none (and every single cyclecamp campsite will have a toilet and nearly every one a shower). And where we have to use a less than ideal campsite (say, one that is a bit too big or noisy) then we flag it up as a Gap Filler (more on these campsites in a forthcoming Blog).

This means that you can set off on your trip knowing that there will always be a campsite within reach – not bad when you think about it!    



We’re going regional!
Posted by: cyclecamp at 23:32, January 9 2015.

If you’re trying to plan a trip at the moment, you’ll probably have noticed that the cyclecamp campsites have disappeared off our maps! Cyclecamp has gone regional!

This means that you’ll be able to home in on the area you want to travel in and you'll get a better sense of where you are in the country. The maps of the parts of the network that have been completed should be up and running over the next few days; we'll then be completing the whole network steadily over the coming months.

You can check our progress and see the new maps in Find a Campsite here. Remember, cyclecamp is a network of campsites: you can cycle from one campsite to another within a distance you feel comfortable with. There will always be a campsite within reach whatever part of the country you are in, usually no more than a maximum of 15 miles away.Cycle camping has never been so easy!



Happy New Year!
Posted by: cyclecamp at 22:40, January 4 2015.

A Happy New Year to all our visitors!laughing

We hope you’re making lots of plans for cycle camping in 2015! So after all that Xmas pudding, get those maps out and start planning for a great adventure. Remember, all you need is a bike, a tent and the spirit of an explorer! And a few odds and ends of course! And you can eat what you like (despite what you had over Christmas)!
Best wishes from the cyclecamp team!



What 2015 has in store (and we don't mean the shops!)
Posted by: cyclecamp at 11:19, January 4 2015.

No-one wants to sit in a traffic jam!The economy is still in semi-deep freeze and most people are wondering how they will survive the year. But it won’t be long before thoughts are turning to holidays and what 2015 has to offer - apart from doom and gloom!

What is sure is that people will be looking for a holiday that respects our planet. They also want to do more than just lie on the beach and put on weight. In fact lots of people are looking for a way of getting in touch with the fantastic world around us: we've have had enough of traffic jams, parking problems and petrol prices. Looking at the world through a windscreen is pretty dull, to say nothing of the children strapped in the back of the car stuck in a traffic jam on the M5.

And those people who actually do like to go camping, are starting to realise that you don’t need to take everything with you, not even the kitchen sink! It’s about getting away from it all - not taking it all with you!

If belts are being tightened, then cycle camping ticks all the boxes. The continuing meteoric rise in the popularity of both cycling and camping means that anything that puts the two together is bound to be a big hit.

Cyclecamp reckons that you won’t be alone on the roads and campsites in 2015: cycle camping will finally be cool (if it hasn’t been all along).

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