Our Wild(ish) Camping is very popular, you get to pitch your tent a stones throw from the beach and can have campfires and long days on the beach. Our site is basic but it does mean we attract a certain type of camper, and lovely ones at that, who relish the back to basics approach.
We are always surprised how many people want to stay on our little (and very basic!) campsite. It is a pop up site and only open for a short time over the summer so there isn’t a lot we can put onto the site, but that doesn’t seem to stop people and we end up with campers staying who love the fact that we aren’t a big commercial site.
Our ‘site’ is an area of the dunes that is set back from the beach with new composting loos, a water pipe and very little else. It is perfect for basic camping with great views. However we do try to make some improvements each year.
Plans for 2017
November is always a chance to catch up and reflect on the last season of camping and glamping here at Hemscott Hill. We get lots of feedback from our campers, and actively encourage this and last season the feedback was…
Despite asking for campers not to drive around the site at night and not to park outside of the designated parking area there were still cars causing problems, especially at busy times such as bank holidays. So we will have a car free zone next year where cars will not be permitted past certain points at all. To stay in these areas campers will have to carry their gear to their pitches, or wheel it.
There will still be flat areas on the links for campervans and areas for those with larger tents who need to take their cars closer, but we wanted to introduce a car free zone too.
We get constantly asked about whether we can take dogs and this is something that we are looking into. As a livestock farm we have to be careful and when we have let dogs on before we have seen them running around off lead. We are going to trial a dog friendly area and allow dogs on leads on a part of the campsite.
We put solar shower huts in last year but we know you want a hot shower at the end of a sandy day so we are installing showers at the farm that can be used by all campers for a small fee.
We are looking at placing water pipes closer to the camping areas and having additional washing up points.
We will continue to remain a family quiet site so our group policy will remain, we will only accept groups in a certain area as part of an organised event through The Clarty Events Co. All groups who book through Clarty Events will be required to sign up to our Group Booking Policy and will pay a noise deposit.
We trialled The Old Dog & Duck last year and it was a huge hit. We will be welcoming back this quirky mobile bar again next year and look forward to running Beer & Barbeque, Canvas & Canape nights amongst other ideas.