30th Nov, 2020

Malvern campsite hoping to draw in late holidaymakers after Covid cuts usual season short

WITH THE time for holidaying being limited in 2020, a number of Camping and Caravan Club sites have extended their season to give more people the chance to take a well-earned break.

Others are open all-year-round which the club is highlighting for those wanting to get away.

One of those is Blackmore Club Site in Worcestershire which, with pitches from £12.80 per night for two adults, is located on the edge of the Malvern Hills, just a mile away from the village of Hanley Swan.

The Caravan and Camping Club said this summer had seen a big increase in people new to camping, caravanning and motorhoming and the club has seen its membership boom with new joiners up 36 per cent during one week in August, compared to the same week in 2019.

Ian Hewlett, Technical Manager at the Club, has compiled five top tips for caravanning and motorhoming:

1. Complete vehicle checks: Checking over your unit is important in any weather but more so when roads risk being slippery or wet. Always check tyre pressures before setting off and check for uneven wear or signs of bulging or cracking. Don’t forget to check oil and water levels too.

2.Check the power: Most modern caravans and motorhomes come equipped with solar panels or as an optional extra. However, travelling in autumn and winter will mean you need to up your power game. Check your leisure battery is maintaining its optimum power level while in storage and before you head off. And why not make the most of your gas supply for caravans or motorhomes – it packs a lot of energy for its weight making it ideal for touring in colder months.

3. Keep your eyes and ears on the weather: Your ’van might be cosy and warm, but the elements might have plans to derail your trip. Keep an eye on the forecast and if possible, try to avoid travelling in high winds or heavy rain. Call on ahead to the campsite if you anticipate arriving later than first planned.

4. Think about where you pitch up: Pitching under a tree is to be avoided where possible and never more so than in autumn when bird droppings and falling leaves might damage bodywork. Find shelter such as hedges, walls and other units, which can give protection from the elements.

5. Prepare your pipes: You rarely need to insulate your fresh water container in cold weather, however the inlet hose can freeze up. So if a frost is expected, draw off a bottle of water for drinks and then remove the inlet hose to store in the vehicle overnight. You just refit the hose in the morning.

For more on Blackmore Club Site, visit www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/blackmore

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