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Why autumn is the best time for camping

Autumn's stunning colours of gold, burnt orange and fiery red make it one of the best times of year to go camping. With a campervan you can of course head out in any season, but here's why I think autumn leaves (sorry) the other seasons behind.

The best weather for outdoor sports

In autumn, the weather is consistently pleasant - not too hot and not too cold. Temperatures are ideal for active daytime adventures like hiking, mountain biking, kayaking and even swimming (if you're brave). If you're anything like me, it's just nice to be able to play out all day without the risk of sunburn! Get some inspiration for walking routes here

Cool mornings means long sleeps

In autumn the later sunrise means you’re less likely to be woken by a sweltering tent and more likely to sleep in longer. Waking up after a good night’s sleep to the spectacular autumnal views, with a cup of fresh coffee, has to be one of the best possible ways to start a day.

Campsites aren’t booked out

Popular camp sites are usually booked up well in advance in summer but, in autumn, spontaneous camping adventures are easier to organise. Plus, fewer people at your campsite means you're more likely to get a bigger, quieter and more secluded site. There are a few suggestions for great autumn camping spots here

Skye without the midges

Fewer bugs at camp

Insects generally retreat over the colder months. The infamous midges in Scotland only hang around until late September. There are fewer mosquitoes and flies, so if bugs put you off the outdoors, autumn is the time to venture out.

You can have a campfire

One of the best things about camping is sitting around the campfire with good people and good food. In autumn the temperatures drop at night, giving you the perfect excuse to light a fire and watch the sunset. Wrap up with a blanket and warm layers under the stars and by the crackling fire — the epitome of snug.

The colours!

Of course, one of the best things about autumn is that it just looks incredible. The leaves are changing colour, and the sun's sitting low in the sky, casting long dramatic shadows. You can see a few suggestions of where to take some great autumnal shots here

Thanks for reading! Nick 😄🚌

(Oh, and if you're heading out in the autumn you can also take advantage of a few discounted items over at Ellis Brigham...)


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