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May 30, 2015

Camping in the Sunshine!

Our first Duke of Edinburgh Bronze expedition was upon us and, for many young people, it was their first time camping and having to look after themselves away from home. It’s always a huge learning curve for everyone involved, and the staff often end up feeling a bit like stand-in mums and dads for the weekend.

As we weren’t staying too far away from home, my husband and daughter joined us for the adventure. We stayed at one of my favourite campsites, which is Biblins Youth Campsite. This is a Foresty Commission campsite situated in the gorgeous Wye Valley, near Monmouth. It’s a beautiful area right on the banks of the River Wye, with no mobile phone signal or WiFi, and so it has a realistic feel of being isolated from everything.

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Finding some fun, back-to-nature style.

The weather was beautiful and the sun was out, which always makes camping that little bit more special. After a day of walking, the groups started to drift into the campsite. They were all happy to reach the end of day one, and were looking forward to an evening of relaxing and fun.

After the tents were up and they’d cooked a variety of meals, (some a lot better than others!), a football appeared and many of the boys piled onto the large field, energy levels recharged. Of course, my little girl joined in, and “managed” to get a few goals in.

The great thing about Biblins is that it allows open fires on the site and, when everyone got a bit tired, we settled down to a roaring open fire and (of course) we toasted marshmallows.

Later, as the fire died down to just the pulsating glow of embers, we were able to gaze upward into the clear night-sky, seeing a speckled tapestry of brightly-sparkling stars, and even the occasional orbitting satellite.

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It was the perfect night, watching the stars and enjoying tasty treats.

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This early-morning picture reminds why I love waking up to a beautiful, crisp start to the day.

The second day started with a few moans about aches and pains, but knowing that they were walking to the finish-line gave them the boost they needed to set off. I had a lovely surprise at my checkpoint, as I was able to sit enjoying the scenery and watch Canadian canoeists paddle slowly by on the Wye.

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Periodically, each group would pass through my checkpoint, and I’d make sure that they were refreshed, and then safely cross the bridge to continue on their way.

As each group finished, everyone was happy to see the mini buses at the end, throwing off their rucksacks and jumping on the buses ready to get home for cooked meals and clean clothes.

We were only out for one night, but the feeling and the atmosphere when camping at Biblins is just perfect. It’s a quiet and easy campsite, with no frills or fuss, but the setting is just amazing.

It always reminds me of why I love camping, and that it’s a great way of spending really great family-time together.

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

6 thoughts on “Camping in the Sunshine!

  1. One of the reasons it’s always so nice to read your blog posts is they’re always so positive. Your enthusiasm is really infectious.You’re willing these youngsters to succeed and teaching them how to do it and I’m sure they have a great time in your company on expeditions like this and I swear your lovely daughter is going to be a total daredevil when she grows up- just like she is now.
    I hope for some nice weather to make sure you can enjoy being out and about.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

    1. kim says:

      Hi David,
      What a beautiful comment, thank you so much.
      We do have a lovely time on expeditions, its a great way to get to know the young people and all in a very relaxing environment.
      She is a little dare devil, my Mum despairs sometimes!
      Be lovely having some sun around I think, makes everything a little happier.
      Thank you for looking in, I’ve caught up a little with you. Loving the beard!
      Take care,
      Kim

  2. Christine says:

    Sounds like a great way to spend a couple of days. We haven’t been camping this year yet but I hear the weather is going to be much better this coming weekend so might be time to get the tent out!

    1. kim says:

      We had sucha lovely time, we really enjoy camping. Be great to have some good weather as we’re trying to plan more camping trips!

  3. Charlotte says:

    There os nothing nicer than sitting around a camp fire! Looks like you had a lovely time! x

    1. kim says:

      Thank you, the camp fire was brilliant. A perfect evening while camping.

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