Camping In The Heart Of Hampshire
I always loved camping, basically spend half of my childhood exploring beauty of Czech Republic and sleeping in a tent. Now, that we finally got a car (only took us like year and a half … ), buying a tent and camping stuff were the first thing that came to my mind. I literally couldn’t wait.
Everything is starting to get back to normal, and as of 4th of July, pubs, restaurants hotels and all the other kinds of accommodations were allowed to open. Before it was even official, I was already searching for campsites to book for us!
We didn’t really want to go too far away, as it was just a one night getaway, but didn’t wanna stay too close to home either. Another requirement was to keep it as cheap as possible, since all the lockdown thing did make a bit of an impact on our finances. I was browsing the internet for a little bit when I found PITCHUP – exactly the website I was looking for. Easy to go through and helps you not only find, but also book your perfect campsite.
Camping in the middle of nowhere
Our winner was MEONSIDE CAMPING – lovely small campsite in the heart of Hampshire, about 50 minute drive from our place. It is the closest to wild camping I could find – do not expect restaurant, showers (there is however a little outdoor washing up area, so don’t worry, plenty of water to use) or even a normal toilet (you can find 4 chemical toilets there, all really nice and clean at all times). The price is really inviting though – £12 a night! I absolutely fell in love with it’s surroundings just on the photos and couldn’t wait to be there.
Here comes Saturday, THE DAY, haha, we left early in the morning and were the first ones to arrive, so finding a spot was very easy. We chose a nice corner place with a fire pit right in front of us and started putting our tent up. Wish the weather was a bit better on Saturday, but little rain never killed nobody, right?
About 10 minute walk from the campsite, you can find a lovely village called East Meon. I guess you could literally count how many houses there is! Sort of felt like I was going back in time, in the best way possible. We stopped for lunch in a local pub and went on a little walk around to find out what this magical place has to offer. Old beautiful houses everywhere, church from 12th century and amazing views around. If you ever get any close to East Meon, I definitely recommend stopping by.
Our evening was filled with relaxing by the tent with an open beer and lit fire. We did manage to to grill some sausage on a disposable BBQ for dinner first. I missed enjoying these quiet camping evenings!
To our surprise, instead of waking up into cloudy rainy day, there was sun and blue sky waiting for us in the morning! Even though there isn’t any restaurant or so on the site, you can still get a nice warm coffee and a bacon roll from a van that is parked up there every morning on the weekends – what a saviour that latté was for me!
Breakfast from a van
After enjoying morning coffee and a breakfast, it was time for our second trip – walking over the hills that were surrounding us the previous night. We packed our bags, light snack, and left. It took us about 40 minutes to get off the road and up the hill, but there wasn’t lot of cars on the road anyway, so I wouldn’t worry about that. Getting up early and leaving before anyone else did definitely paid off – the views were stunning (we could even see a little bay of the ocean from one point!), sheeps everywhere (and I mean like literally everywhere) and not a single person in sight. All of that just for us!
I was almost feeling sad when it was time to pack our tent, load everything into a car and go back home. I think I can say though, that our first camping trip was a huge success – and I can’t wait for another adventure!
And what about you and camping? Do you enjoy the beauty of nature while sleeping under a tent, or do you prefer a cosy hotel room? Share your adventures or tips for beautiful spots in the comments!