Rother Valley Late Summer Camping
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Join us for a late summer camping event on the East Sussex/Kent border just 2-3 hours from London, Chelmsford, Margate and Brighton. The campsite is adjacent the Kent & East Sussex Railway and short distance away from Bodiam Castle and perfectly placed between 1066 country and the Weald of Kent.
1066 Country is now recognised throughout the world as a leading brand of historical significance. The thriving market town of Battle is home to the very spot where King Harold fell during the fateful conflict.
The Weald of Kent is an area in the county of Kent (the so-called ‘Garden of England’). The name ‘weald’ is Old English in origin and signifies woodland, but today the name refers to an area of villages & towns rich in history, culture and picturesque countryside.
There is a toilet & shower block with free hot showers.
Dogs :OutdoorDogs are very welcome on this event when accompanied by responsible OutdoorLads.
Caravans, Campervans, Motorhomes, Trailertents: The site welcomes tents, caravans, campervans and motorhomes, but they will not be able to be pitched with the rest of our group, and are subject to availability and at additional cost. Please contact the OutdoorLads office who will enquire for you.
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.
If your tent is new or borrowed, it’s a good idea to pitch it in advance to make sure you’ve got all the bits and you know what to do with them. You don’t want to find out you can’t or don’t know how to pitch your tent when its dark, raining and windy! Essentials to have are outer, inner, poles and pegs. A rubber mallet is useful if the ground’s a bit firm.
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 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. It’s a good idea to have a tea towel and some washing up liquid (or know someone who has)!
Something to cook with:
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, the daytime activities, and your evening meals.
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 few clothes pegs, 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 are arguably the most essential piece of kit when hiking just about anywhere. Walker’s should make sure that their boots are both waterproof and breathable, and provide good ankle support. Boots should also be in good condition.
Socks: Proper walking socks keep your feet dry, and help prevent blisters.
Gators: Gators attach to the bottom of walking boots and extend to just under the knee. They provide waterproofing for the bottom half of the leg, and are essential in keeping the feet dry.
Walking Trousers: (ideally water resistant and windproof) will be more comfortable than Jeans which are heavy and cold when wet. From April to October shorts can be a better bet, but check the weather forecast and consider the effect of bramble and nettles on bare legs!
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.
Sunglasses: April- Sept: comfortable sunglasses enhance your pleasure and keep insects out of the eyes
Water: even in winter one can lose 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. Water is available at the campsite but you’ll need containers to carry it to your tent and while out for the day on the walk.
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!
Change of Clothes: A full change of clothes should be brought and kept in waterproof bags, as well as multiple pairs of socks.
Food & drink
You will need to supply all your own food and drink on this weekend as per a traditional camping event.
The nearest convenience store is about 1 mile away and the supermarket is about 6 miles away in Hawkshurst (Tesco Metro TN18 4HG).