Late Summer Camping in Norfolk
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Have you always wanted to walk and camp in Norfolk, the home of Lord Nelson and the glorious coast and Norfolk Broads? Well now is your chance, with the weekend being hosted by adopted Norfolk ODLer, Lou!
We cant promise you mountains but we can promise you access to nature, big summer skies and fantastic walks. This is a chilled out weekend at a country park in the Broads National Park and just a short distance to Norwich. Although inland, it's close to some of the most perfect Norfolk beaches. In short, ideal for late Summer camping with loads of options to keep us entertained for the weekend exploring this wonderful area!
On Friday - we will meet from 4pm at the campsite, where we will set up and join together around a camp fire into the evening as the sun sets.
On Saturday, Lou will lead a walk in the local area followed by a pub soiree option (if possible at the time) at a nearby highly recommended pub, or you could choose to cook by the camp fire, as you like.
Sunday will be a day of leisure with options of exploring the nearby Broads, one of the many stately homes in the county, a visit to the city of Norwich or a quiet coastal town (at your discretion). Norwich city itself is just a fifteen minute cycle ride away and a guided walking tour of the city will be on offer.
You've done the mountains, got the BIG Spring Camp t-shirt, so join us in the undiscovered County of Norfolk and tick this off your ODL bucket list in 2021!
Note: Please let us know if you are sharing a tent with someone else, as we will then be able to increase the number of places on the event slightly.
Motorhomes, Caravans, Campervans: The site does not accept caravans. Small (VW sized max) campervans are accepted, and small motorhomes (max 4 berth or 6 metres long) - please check with the OutdoorLads office for space and any additional premium due.
Dogs: One dog per pitch is permitted at an additional fee of £3 for the weekend, payable on arrival direct to the campsite. Dogs must be kept under close control at all times. Please clear up after your dog and dispose of the waste in the nearest bin, no foot flicking!
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- Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, even if they are extremely mild, or who lives or is in a support bubble with someone showing symptoms, is asked not to attend. This is in line with the government’s coronavirus advice.
- You must also immediately self-isolate and not attend the event if you or someone in your household or support bubble shows coronavirus symptoms or tests positive. You can find the NHS self-isolation guidance here.
- This event takes place after 21 June 2021, which is currently the earliest date by which the Government hopes that we will have entered Step 4 of the Roadmap out of lockdown. At step 4, the Government hopes to have removed all legal limits on social contact.
- It is possible that Step 4 takes place at a date later than 21 June 2021 and could affect this event. We will review the situation as things change and will advise members signed up to the event if there are changes necessary to ensure compliance with restrictions in place at the time of the event.
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What to bring
SUMMER CAMPING CHECK LIST
You don’t need a lot to go camping with Outdoorlads – sometimes ‘less is more’. The more clutter you bring the longer it takes to set up and pack up, and the less time you’ll have to socialise. We are a friendly bunch and if you are new to camping and don't have things like a kettle or stove, you should find others around you are helpful and willing to share. the following is useful advice:
You get what you pay for with these. A cheap ‘pop-up’ tent may suffice in better weather, but a proper tent designed for regular use is a good long-term investment, should you get the ‘camping bug’. Nylon tents are light but can suffer condensation issues. Fabric tents stay warmer at night and cooler by day but are expensive. Alloy poles last longer than fibre-glass. A tent that goes up ‘outer first’ is very handy should you arrive in rain. Dark colours keep out the early summer dawn, but also attract heat in the day when you don't want it but then radiate it by night when you want to retain it.
Please keep in mind that space is sometimes restricted when we pitch up as a group. If you bring a tent big enough to sleep 6, but just for yourself, this may take up too much space. Also we cannot always park cars right alongside tents. So you may have to carry all your stuff a longish distance. The heavier your tent the harder that will be.
An absolute must is some sort of mat, this will insulate you from the cold ground and provide some comfort from bumps and lumps. These fall into three categories – rigid, blow up and self-inflating (SIM). Of the three the latter is the easier to use, most comfortable and durable, but can be the bulkiest.
Sleeping bags are chosen for the season and compactness. Pay more for a lightweight compact model that’s also warm. However if you are coming by car and space isn’t an issue you can always bring the duvet from home! Keep in mind that even in August in Southern England, temperatures at ground level can dip to single figures. If your bedding is marginal some thermal undergarments will be much nicer than sleeping fully clothed.
A torch, headtorch, or lantern:
Once it is dark you’ll need this to see what you are doing inside your tent, or for walking after dark on or off site. However you don't want something so powerful it will wake up everyone else!
Something to eat from and with:
I.e. a plate, bowl, mug, cutlery. Again if you are coming by car you can nick stuff from the kitchen at home, otherwise camping shops sell all manner of folding and stacking utensils. You will need something to clean it with.
Something to cook with:
If the camping site has a café etc and you can eat out, then you can skip on this, otherwise you will need some sort of stove, and something non stick to cook in – a couple of pans and a big spoon or two. Gas can work out expensive in the long run. If you are going to camp often by car, then a petrol powered Coleman stove will outperform most others and be far cheaper in fuel to use.
By heating things that are pre-cooked in packets or tins you can have a nutritious meal in minutes with hardly any washing up.
Remember you'll need food for breakfast and the daytime acitvities, unless otherwise advised.
Don't forget your wash kit, shaver, and a towel or two. Some items worth their weight in gold when camping: earplugs, insect repellent and sting relief cream, plastic bags, a kitchen paper roll, a piece of string 3m long to make a washing line for drying stuff, a second pair of trainers or sandals for walking across wet grass or if your boots are all muddy, if you like a few beers of an evening and don't want a 100m walk to the toilet block at 2AM something to pee in ;-), last but not least a camping chair (otherwise you'll be sitting on the ground or standing!)
For your comfort and safety please be prepared for the anticipated weather and the terrain of the walk - keep in mind the following:
Boots: Hiking boots that are both waterproof and breathable, and provide good ankle support, are important as soon as you encounter any mud. Cross trainers may suffice in good weather and flat routes.
Socks: Proper walking socks keep your feet dry, and help prevent blisters.
Walking Trousers: (ideally water resistant) will be more comfortable than Jeans which are heavy and cold when wet. From April to October shorts are usually a better bet.
Waterproof Over-Trousers: essential in any significant rainfall. Breathable ones are best.
Layered clothing: allows you to quickly adapt to changes in the weather as well as body temperature. E.g. a base layer or a cotton T-Shirt; a mid layer like a micro fleece, or a rugby type thick shirt, and in cooler weather an outer layer consisting of a windproof jacket or a thick fleece.
Waterproof Jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather. You get what you pay for with these. Breathable fabrics are advisable.
Hat: essential both in mid winter to preserve heat and in summer to prevent sunburn and heatstroke.
Gloves: essential in frosty weather.
Small Rucksack: One that is comfortable to wear is essential so that you can use your arms freely. Place valuables in water proof bags inside.
Sunglassses: April- Sept: comfortable sunglasses enhance your pleasure and keep insects out of the eye
Water: even in winter one can loose a litre or more of fluid by perspiration. If you fail to make this up you'll get dehydrated which can lead to headaches and other problems. A hydration bladder is easier to use than bottled water, but higher maintenance.
Food: a packed lunch will be required unless otherwise stated. In addition carry energy bars or similar to counter 'sugar lows'.
Medicines: If you have allergies, are diabetic, or have minor ailments don't forget these!
Food & drink
You will need to supply all your own food and drink on this weekend as per a traditional camping event.
Please bring everything that you need with you - there are some
Friday night: Please bring your own - we'll be eating at the campsite.
Saturday breakfast: Please bring your own.
Saturday lunch: Please bring a packed lunch.
Saturday dinner: There may be an option to eat at a local pub, or you can choose to cook your own at the site. The leader will message those signed up about this closer to the event.
Sunday breakfast: Please bring your own.
Sunday lunch: Pub lunch.
Drinks: Please bring your own.