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  • Tents
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  • Glamping
  • Showers
  • Wash-up
  • Fires Allowed
  • Pets Allowed
  • Electric Hook-up
  • On-site Shop

Pitch & Canvas is a small family run campsite based on a working dairy farm in the heart of the Cheshire countryside. The site is designed to provide quality family time and help families reconnect and relax. With plenty of things to do close by such as the Ice Cream Farm, Candle Factory, Chester Zoo and many more there is always plenty to to. However we encourage guests to make the most of the ‘natural play ground’ we have by exploring the Sandstone Trail with its breathtaking views and scenery, nature trails on the doorstep, bat watching at dusk plus much more we have here at Pitch & Canvas.

New for 2019 will be the introduction of new activities such as fact sheets for children to get them to look out for various birds, wildlife, and plants. We also are running a home schooled activity week designed specifically for children that are home schooled along with autistic friendly family weekends.

Pitches for Large Family Tents

Large tents need to be mentioned at booking. Gazebos 3m or larger have a fee of £10 per night.

Campfires

Fire pits can be hired for £5 per night or £20 for a week and logs are sold at £5 per bag. Kindling packs £2 (single us) or £5 (3 uses).
All campfires must be off ground with a slab underneath to protect grass – slabs are FOC

Shower Facilities

Showers are FOC and included in price. There is one shower block with 2 toilets and 2 showers for ladies and the same for men.

Electric Hook Ups

There are 8 EHU pitches with a 10 amp supply.

Nearby Places to Eat

Sportsmans Arms Pub – traditional pub food – beer garden – 15/20 min walk – dog friendly
The Letters Inn Pub – serve Chinese food take away or eat in – beer garden – 15/20 min walk- dog friendly
The Village Indian – eat in or take away – 15/20 min walk – no dogs allowed
Allium Wine Bar – wide selection of gin and wines – Grill food (amazing menu) – 25 min walk – dog friendly at one end – takeaway delivery to campsite on set days
The Pheasant Inn – 5 min drive – dog friendly
All local eateries are family friendly

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Pitch & Canvas Prices

We only have 2 tariffs, high and low and do not increase our prices for school holidays. EHU pitches in high season are £23 per night and non electric £20, low season is £20 for EHU and £17 non EHU. Glamping and self catering vary dependant on unit and all prices can be found on the website.

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Prices last updated Feb 2019

Getting in Touch with Pitch & Canvas

Here's how you can get in contact with Pitch & Canvas.

Pitch & Canvas Website

info@pitchandcanvas.co.uk

https://twitter.com/PitchCanvas

Pitch & Canvas Facebook Page

01829 772698

Where to find Pitch & Canvas

Sat Nav Postcode: CH39NL

Latitude: 53.1205025, Longitude: -2.7413893

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From Tattenhall village follow road out of village towards Burwardsley. After approx 3/4s mile turn left on to Birds Lane and Pitch & Canvas is first place on left.

Broad Oak Farm, Birds Lane, Tattenhall, Chester, Cheshire, CH3 9NL.

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    Problems viewing? To read at the website click: New look Outwell tents for 2019

    Preview of Some New 2019 Outwell Tents - YouTube

    Outwell have entirely restyled the look of their tents for 2019 bringing a sleek modern look to the family tent.

    It’s a look that we first saw on our Outwell Tide Caravan Awning in 2018: streamlined with large windows.

    Some of the new features introduced to Outwell tents in 2019

    Outwell says that the large windows help bring the ‘outdoors in’ when you’re in the tent. And you know what, it works. The interior of the tents is very light.  You’ll just want to pitch your tent somewhere with a stunning view!

    The new Outwell PANORAMA design brings more of that view in into your tent. You just need to pitch in a stunning location, like this!

    However, despite all these large windows, you are not on show to the rest of the campsite, as all of the windows are tinted, which give a reasonable degree of privacy.

    Inside the Stone Lake 7ATC tent

    Are you looking for something a bit different?

    A couple of tents in the collection with a distinctive look are the Outwell Middleton 5A and 8A, with their gothic arches and matching large gothic windows.

    The Outwell Middleton 5A will look very distinctive on the campsite this summer, with its gothic-arched entrance and windows.

    The Outwell Middleton 8A tent redefines the vis-a-vis layout and provides large gothic-arched living space.

    Visiting the Caravan, Camping, and Motorhome show?
    Are you planning to visit this year’s Caravan, Camping, and Motorhome show?

    If you are visiting the show this February at the NEC in Birmingham, Outwell is planning to bring many of their new tents at this year’s larger camping area of the show. So pop along and have a look of them yourself.

    If you do, I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on this design update. Post them in the comment form below.

    Outwell Tents at this Feb’s NEC Camping show

    The Cedarville 3A, Reddick 4A, Broadlands 5A, Chatham 4A and 6A, the Middleton 8A (the gothic-arched one in the photo above), the Woodburg 6A and 7A, the Mayville 3SA and 6SA (the one in the photo showing the new features), the Belleville 5SA and 7SA, the Rock Lake 5ATC and Stone Lake 7ATC (the one in the picture at the top of the page), the updated Outwell Montana 6P, and the Vermont 6P.

    Click here to view more details on the tent range on Outwell.com

    Reviews on the new 2019 Tents

    Check out some of our reviews of the new 2019 Outwell tents.

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    Problems viewing? To read at the website click: The Caravan, Camping, and Motorhome Show 2019 – Ticket Prizedraw

    Yes, the Caravan, Camping, and Motorhome show is back this year at the NEC in Birmingham between the 19th and 24th of February 2019.

    We always like this February show, as no matter how cold it is still outside, this show always inspires for the coming adventures later in the year.

    We have 20 pairs of tickets to giveaway. Simply enter your details for a chance to win.

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    Are you visiting on Saturday?

    If you are visiting the show on Saturday, pop along to the Freedom to Go theatre to see Gav.

    Saturday 10-11 am – Gav will be at the morning drop-in advice clinic

    Saturday 1:15-2:15pm – Gav will be at the afternoon drop-in advice clinic

    Saturday 3:15-3:45pm – Gav will be giving a talk on family camping and caravanning.

    What’s On at the Show

    Set across five halls, the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show is set to welcome more than 90,000 people over six days.  Visitors will be able to view the UK’s largest display of caravans, campervans, motorhomes, caravan holiday homes and lodges, tents, awnings and accessories in one venue, including a wide variety of the latest options for families of every size.

    Special guest appearances by celebrities, adventure challenges, dog agility demonstrations, interactive exhibits, theatre events and much more guarantee a packed and value for money day out that will keep everyone entertained.

    A highlight of the 2019 show will be the brand-new Bear Grylls Adventure feature area which will give visitors of all ages a chance to test their physical and mental strength by taking on a series of exhilarating challenges.  This feature is based on the activities available at the new Bear Grylls Adventure theme park that opened recently at the NEC.

    A returning favourite to the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show is the Top Dog Arena where visitors can take a break from exploring the show to enjoy some amazing canine agility demonstrations.  Celebrity spaniels Max and Paddy, along with the new addition to the family, puppy Harry, and owner Kerry Irving, will be making a special appearance on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 February.   Max and Paddy have become internet and social media sensations since 2006 when Kerry started sharing their adventures.

    Other family-friendly activities include the popular skate rink, toboggan slide and climbing and bouldering walls, guest speakers, live cookery demonstrations – plus the chance to win some huge prizes!

    To find out more about The Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show or to purchase tickets please visit: https://www.ccmshow.co.uk/

     

    *£7.00 Senior (over 60s), £8.00 Adult when booking before 23.59hrs 18/02/19 after which time prices revert to the on-the-door price of £9.00 Senior and £10.00 Adult. A £1.25 transaction fee applies. Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge. Car parking is included in the ticket price. No dogs (except assistance dogs). Children 15 years and under go free when accompanied by a paying Adult/Senior. Tickets are non-refundable. Free show guide and towing & manoeuvring tuition are subject to availability. 

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    Problems viewing? To read at the website click: Getting your Family Started with Scuba Diving

    To most people, scuba diving is an extreme activity that’s fascinating to hear about, but too wild or dangerous to try, especially with kids. I’m here to tell you that all of your previous thoughts about the dangers of scuba diving are wrong. This is coming from someone who started snorkeling at 12 and diving at 16!

    Snorkelling at 12, and diving at 16!

    Scuba diving is an incredible combination of science and nature that allows humans to interact with ocean life in a much more direct way. While it seems dangerous at the surface, it can be an extremely safe and relaxing hobby once you take the time to learn.

    Steps for Certification

    Before anyone can scuba dive, they’ll need to acquire a certification.

    The two most common certifications are SSI and PADI.

    The youngest age someone can legally scuba dive at is 10 years.

    Austin
    The youngest age someone can legally scuba dive at is 10 years.

    Youngsters who choose to dive this early are rewarded the PADI junior open water diver certification.

    In my experience, I received a PADI certification at 16 before I made a trip to Hawaii. The PADI certification involves a combination of book and pool work to prove you know your stuff and are comfortable in the water. Everyone should pass the written exam with proper studying. However, the pool assessment can get tricky for those not in shape.

    The two parts of the test that stuck out to me were:

    • Swim 200 meters/yards (or 300 meters/yards in mask, fins, and snorkel) without stopping. (Not Timed)
    • Float and tread water for 10 minutes, again using any methods you want.

    If your kids are struggling or worried about this part, consider teaching them how to float on their back!

    Austin
    For most people, these trials should be pretty easy, but as a kid, I really had trouble with the treading water for 10 minutes. If your kids are struggling or worried about this part, consider teaching them how to float on their back! Checkout Dives

    After passing both the book and skills test, like the star you are, you are ready for your checkout dives.

    Checkout dives are the final steps for achieving certification. These are real dives where a dive master will verify that you are a safe and comfortable diver. The dive master will test you throughout these dives by making you repeat skills and asking you questions.

    After a few checkout dives, the whole family is all set to dive!

    How do you get your family into scuba diving

    But I Heard Scuba Diving is Expensive?

    Another common thing you might hear is the following… “Scuba Diving is expensive!”. And people that say that aren’t completely wrong!

    Unlike some sports, Scuba Diving requires you to be in some pretty exotic locations to pull off.

    Outside of travel costs, scuba diving can be a fairly cheap hobby. To start out, all you really need are a mask, snorkel, and fins. Dive shops provide the rest like tanks, buoyancy control devices and more. Scuba diving starts getting more expensive once you start looking for your own gear such as dive computers, watches, knives and more.

    Ok, so now you know what certifications to get, and what gear to buy, you are now ready to plan your first dive! As we mentioned earlier, checkout dives are required to complete certifications. If cost is an issue, consider going to a cheaper cost of living country such as the Philippines or Thailand. I got my checkout dives done in Hawaii, although this was somewhat expensive.

    Why Scuba Diving is the Perfect Hobby For Kids

    As a kid, the idea of keeping a log book sounded so silly to me. I laughed it off when my camp’s dive master made me keep a log of all the dives he did with me. Looking back years later, I’m so grateful that I did this. Not only do you keep track of the number of dives you’ve done, but you also keep the memories forever.

    If there’s anything I want a reader to take from this article is that scuba diving is not as dangerous as it appears, and its a fantastic sport for the entire family to take part in.

    Next steps? Click on the link below and find some local certified PADI instructors for kids diving experiences and lessons. You child will need to be at least 8-years-old, and can do a Bubblemaker experience in a pool to see how they like it.

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    Problems viewing? To read at the website click: Fun Cycling Games For The Whole Family

    So, you’ve managed to convince the whole family out on a bike ride, but you’re worried that you might hear those dreaded words at any moment: “I’m bored”. Well, in this article, I want to talk about ways you can keep a bike ride fresh and interesting by incorporating games into your ride!

    1. Races

    This is an obvious place to start – a good old fashioned race! Nothing could be simpler, just pick a point and race to it, first one to reach it wins. But, you have to be careful when it comes to racing.

    First, it might be a bad idea to start with a five-mile ride with a race; everyone will be tired out and wanting to quit before long. Similarly, if it’s a hilly ride, or particularly tough going, maybe racing is a bad move because it’s so exhausting.

    Second, when you have kids of different ages and riding abilities, it might be a little unfair to race, which can be disheartening for weaker riders. However, this is where you can get a little bit creative.

    Maybe give headstarts or stagger when each racer begins. Or maybe the stronger riders have to stay in a tougher gear, while weaker riders are allowed to swap.

    By mixing it up his way, you make it more fun, more interesting and much less predictable!

    2. No More Pedalling Past a Certain Point

    This is a classic. Basically, you pick an upcoming landmark and say that after that point no-one is allowed to pedal. The winner is the person that travels the farthest.

    It works best on rides with a nice downhill section, because you can call the top of a hill the point where you stop pedalling. This way you can go for a really long time and cover some distance. Also, this gives you a welcome break and a chance to catch your breath after ascending.

    You’ll find that this game is well balanced too because while heavier riders will initially build up the most momentum, they will also lose that momentum faster once the track flattens out and starts to climb again. So, parents have the initial advantage and take the lead, only to have children whizz past them as they’re bikes come to a standstill! This is a game that rewards good balance and being able to get yourself as streamlined as possible.

    No more pedalling past a certain point. Which one of you will travel the furthest?

    3. Geocaching

    Another great way to keep a ride interesting is building it around geocaching. Basically, geocaches are like hidden treasure, but their GPS coordinates are published online. They are usually plastic boxes containing a log book and if you’re lucky maybe some kind of treasure! The idea is that when you find one, you add your name to the logbook and update the site online to say that you have visited that cache.

    While many would think of geocaching as primarily something you do on foot, there are some that can be found by bike, especially if you’re on a mountain bike and are willing to go offroad!

    The fun here is that it feels like a secret; like you are spies on a mission. This can give purpose to a ride, and might just spark your kids’ interest and be the push they need to get them out and riding.

    Once you get into geocaching, it can also become kind of addictive. You want to find them all! This is great because it’ll get you out the house and on your bike. It also makes the planning of rides fun, as you do your research, plot your route. It can even be a great way to teach map reading, a useful skill even in the age of the smartphone.

    One thing is that you will need to purchase some GPS gear, especially if you’re going after rural caches, because you’ll probably be without a signal on your phone and need some way of navigating to GPS coordinates. Also, although most websites offer the basic level of information for free, you may have to pay for more advanced features and bonus information.  So, there is a little extra investment involved. But it’ll all be worth it when you’re whole family’s out on your bikes and exploring!

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    Get Out With The Kids by Gav Grayston - 4M ago

    Problems viewing? To read at the website click: Looe Country Park

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    • Tents
    • Caravans
    • Motor Homes
    • Static Hire
    • Glamping
    • Showers
    • Wash-up
    • Fires Allowed
    • Pets Allowed
    • Electric Hook-up
    • Chemical Disposal
    • Entertainment
    • Internet Access
    • On-site Shop
    • Play Park
    • By the Beach

    Looe Country Park caravan and campsite is around 3 miles from Looe town in the rolling hills. It is very peaceful and relaxing. We have large pitches so enough room for everyone …. and the dog. For a small site we have a lot of green areas which are used for playing badminton, volley ball or gather for a BBQ. There is also a kids play area which we are growing. Campers if you need anything we have a small shop which has all the necessities and extra things for the kids to keep them entertained. We have a large heated toilet block with plenty of loo’s and shower cubical’s. In the ladies there are also hair dryers no charge. We also have a laundry room so you don’t need to worry about the kids getting a bit muddy on a day out.
    Out campsite is one of the few which allows caravans, camper vans of all shapes and sizes, motor- homes, trailer tents and tents. Also on site we have Static caravans and pods.

    Being on the south coast there are so many different beaches you could never get board. Looe Country Park caravan and campsite is close to the small seaside resort of Looe which is popular with holiday makers for its sandy family beach, fishing trips from the harbour, glass bottom boat trips around Looe Island, shops, pubs and cafes serving Cornish pasties and delicious Cornish cream teas.

    An invigorating walk westwards along the spectacular scenic coast path brings you to the picturesque fishing village of Polperro with its shops, cafes, fishing harbour, sandy beach and smugglers caves. If you walk eastwards you will come to the beach of Seaton which is amazing for rock pools and a great dogie beach.

    This lovely part of Cornwall has many beaches, hidden coves, country houses and gardens to explore and there are a host of tourist attractions and leisure opportunities for all the family.

    Pitches for Large Family Tents

    We do not have any pitch restrictions. A lot of our pitches have space for awnings all tho if you could let us know when booking we can put you on the best suited pitch.

    Campfires

    We do allow campfires as long as they are off the ground and don’t mark the grass. During the high season we will be selling logs so no need to worry about running out.

    Shower Facilities

    We have a male and female modern heated washrooms. They are kept spotlessly clean at all times. All hot water is provided free of charge along side Soap dispensers, electric hand dryers and in the ladies, hairdryers are provided and are free to use.
    There are 8 showers in total and 9 toilets with an additional shower and toilet room around the back of the block.

    Electric Hook Ups

    We have hard standing and grass pitches, some with gravel awning stands. Our pitches are larger than average with space for an awning or car beside your caravan. The individually marked pitches are separated by a hedge or rustic fence and all of the pitches have water points within easy reach and electric hook up (bar 4 grass pitches).
    Several fully serviced pitches are available with water, electric and drain on each pitch, and the electric supply is 10 amps.

    Internet Access

    Our WIFI covers the whole park and is free!

    Nearby Places to Eat

    There are lots of places in Looe town from fresh Fish and chips to Thai restaurants and lots of café’s. Near the campsite you have the Black Rock Beach Café & Bistro which is on the beach front at Millendreath 1.7 miles away and newly refurbished. The smugglers inn Seaton 2 miles away is a dog friendly pub with good food.

    Description supplied by Looe Country Park

    Looe Country Park Prices

    We are open all year round and pitches range from £10 per night base price in the winter months (electric additional cost around £3.50) to £30 for a fully serviced pitch (electric, water and drainage) over the summer holidays.

    View prices on Looe Country Park website
    Prices last updated Jan 2019

    Getting in Touch with Looe Country Park

    Here's how you can get in contact with Looe Country Park.

    Looe Country Park Website

    info@looecountrypark.co.uk

    Looe Country Park Facebook Page

    01503 240265

    Where to find Looe Country Park

    Sat Nav Postcode: PL13 1QS

    Latitude: 50.3817749, Longitude: -4.4239345

    Click here for directions

    SATNAV Postcode PL13 1QS Please make sure if using a Satnav, that it brings you via the B3253 and No Mans Land. Directions From M5 join the A38 towards Plymouth. Go over the Tamar Bridge, follow A38 for just over 7 miles where you reach the roundabout at Trerulefoot and take first exit, stay on A374 towards Looe and Torpoint, after about a mile turn right A387 towards Looe, follow through Hessenford and on to Widegates. At Widegates stay left onto the B3253, after approx a mile turn left just past the bus stop in No Mans Land (opposite Bindon Court). At the top of the lane, turn left onto Bucklawren Road, then continue for approx half a mile past the signpost to Bucklawren and approximately 50 metres further on you will find the entrance to Looe Country Park on the right, the entrance is clearly signposted.

    Looe Country park, Bucklawren Rd.

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    Get Out With The Kids by Gav Grayston - 5M ago

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    • Tents
    • Caravans
    • Motor Homes
    • Static Hire
    • Glamping
    • Showers
    • Wash-up
    • Fires Allowed
    • Pets Allowed
    • Electric Hook-up
    • Chemical Disposal
    • Entertainment
    • Internet Access
    • On-site Shop
    • Play Park
    • By the Beach

    Looe Country Park caravan and campsite is around 3 miles from Looe town in the rolling hills. It is very peaceful and relaxing. We have large pitches so enough room for everyone …. and the dog. For a small site we have a lot of green areas which are used for playing badminton, volley ball or gather for a BBQ. There is also a kids play area which we are growing. Campers if you need anything we have a small shop which has all the necessities and extra things for the kids to keep them entertained. We have a large heated toilet block with plenty of loo’s and shower cubical’s. In the ladies there are also hair dryers no charge. We also have a laundry room so you don’t need to worry about the kids getting a bit muddy on a day out.
    Out campsite is one of the few which allows caravans, camper vans of all shapes and sizes, motor- homes, trailer tents and tents. Also on site we have Static caravans and pods.

    Being on the south coast there are so many different beaches you could never get board. Looe Country Park caravan and campsite is close to the small seaside resort of Looe which is popular with holiday makers for its sandy family beach, fishing trips from the harbour, glass bottom boat trips around Looe Island, shops, pubs and cafes serving Cornish pasties and delicious Cornish cream teas.

    An invigorating walk westwards along the spectacular scenic coast path brings you to the picturesque fishing village of Polperro with its shops, cafes, fishing harbour, sandy beach and smugglers caves. If you walk eastwards you will come to the beach of Seaton which is amazing for rock pools and a great dogie beach.

    This lovely part of Cornwall has many beaches, hidden coves, country houses and gardens to explore and there are a host of tourist attractions and leisure opportunities for all the family.

    Pitches for Large Family Tents

    We do not have any pitch restrictions. A lot of our pitches have space for awnings all tho if you could let us know when booking we can put you on the best suited pitch.

    Campfires

    We do allow campfires as long as they are off the ground and don’t mark the grass. During the high season we will be selling logs so no need to worry about running out.

    Shower Facilities

    We have a male and female modern heated washrooms. They are kept spotlessly clean at all times. All hot water is provided free of charge along side Soap dispensers, electric hand dryers and in the ladies, hairdryers are provided and are free to use.
    There are 8 showers in total and 9 toilets with an additional shower and toilet room around the back of the block.

    Electric Hook Ups

    We have hard standing and grass pitches, some with gravel awning stands. Our pitches are larger than average with space for an awning or car beside your caravan.The individually marked pitches are separated by a hedge or rustic fence and all of the pitches have water points within easy reach and electric hook up (bar 4 grass pitches).
    Several fully serviced pitches are available with water, electric and drains on each pitch and the electric 16 amps.

    Internet Access

    Our WIFI covers the whole park and is free!

    Nearby Places to Eat

    There are lots of places in Looe town from fresh Fish and chips to Thai restaurants and lots of café’s. Near the campsite you have the Black Rock Beach Café & Bistro which is on the beach front at Millendreath 1.7 miles away and newly refurbished. The smugglers inn Seaton 2 miles away is a dog friendly pub with good food.

    Description supplied by Looe Country Park

    Looe Country Park Prices

    We are open all year round and pitches range from £10 per night base price in the winter months (electric additional cost around £3.50) to £30 for a fully serviced pitch (electric, water and drainage) over the summer holidays.

    View prices on Looe Country Park website
    Prices last updated Dec 2018

    Getting in Touch with Pleasant Streams Farm Camping

    Here's how you can get in contact with Pleasant Streams Farm Camping.

    Pleasant Streams Farm Camping Website

    pleasantstreamscamping@googlemail.com

    Pleasant Streams Farm Camping Facebook Page

    01726 74837

    Where to find Pleasant Streams Farm Camping

    Sat Nav Postcode: PL26 7JL

    Latitude: 50.3817749, Longitude: -4.4239345

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    We're off the beaten-track, in lovely rural settings, but we're still quite easy to find. You may use the interractive map displayed on our website, or follow the directions below. From St Austell Follow the A390 toward Truro for approximately 3.3 miles. Do not take the left-hand turn signposted Polgooth, Sticker, Trelowth, but continue on the A390 until you reach Hewas Water. Turn left here. Follow the road into Hewas Water for approximately a quarter mile. Turn right where signposted to Lower Sticker. After a quarter of a mile you'll encounter a cross-roads. Continue straight accross and follow the road for a further third of a mile. Keep your eyes peeled for a small red postbox on the left. Turn right here and just follow the track - Bear to the right to enter the camping field - You're There! From Truro Follow the A390 toward St Austell for approximately 10 miles, untill you reach Hewas Water. Turn right here. Follow the road into Hewas Water for approximately a quarter mile. Turn right where signposted to Lower Sticker. After a quarter of a mile you'll encounter a cross-roads. Continue straight accross and follow the road for a further third of a mile. Keep your eyes peeled for a small red postbox on the left. Turn right here and just follow the track - Bear to the right to enter the camping field - You're There! Please Note: We're not in the best of locations for satelite navigation systems, and some visitors have reported that they lost signal at the most inopportune moment, so to be on the safe side, please bring a map.

    Pleasant Stream Barn Lower Sticker St Austell Cornwall PL26 7JL.

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    Problems viewing? To read at the website click: 10 Tips for lighting your campfire – without matches!

    Survival Dan provides us with a roundup of ten different ways you can start a campfire without using matches.

    Many families love to gather around a campfire, whether you are on a camping trip or simply gathering around the backyard fire pit. Many families have described some of their fondest family memories around campfires.

    There is only one challenge to this – most people have had little-to-no exposure to getting a campfire going in a more survival-oriented environment. So how would you do so?

    In this article, we will show you ten fascinating tips we found to help you start a campfire – and note – without the use of lighters or matches. Some of these may prompt a double-take, but after you read the explanations of how they work, you might just have to try them out!

    So let us move on with the ten tips.

    1 – The Fire Plough

    Find your fire board and spindle. The fire board should be about the length of your forearm. Cut a groove in this board for its entire length.

    Your spindle will be used to rub back and forth inside the groove to create friction that will produce enough heat to ignite your tinder nest, which you will place at the end of the fire board that you will be “ploughing” towards.

    As you continue in this rapid, ploughing motion, watch for any part of your tinder nest to ignite. If it begins to smoulder, start blowing on it, and you have the base for your fire.

    Fire Plow: Tips and Tricks - YouTube

    2 – Lens & Sun

    Create your tinder nest, and place it under your kindling buildup for your fire.

    Take an old eyeglass lens or magnifying glass, and position it so the sun will be directed through it.

    Adjust the lens so the sunlight gets concentrated at any part of your tinder nest. When it starts to smoulder, blow on it until it fully ignites.

    Fire with glasses - YouTube

    3 – Ice Lens

    If you are adventurous enough to camp in the wintertime, you can take the clear ice, form it into a lens, and use it just like a regular lens to direct concentrated sunlight to your tinder nest to start your fire.

    Fire From Ice - YouTube

    4 – Steel wool & Batteries

    Before you begin using this method, make your tinder nest, and position yourself close enough to put the ignited steel wool on the nest immediately.

    For batteries, any kind will work, but most who use this method prefer 9-volt batteries.

    Stretch out your steel wool to six inches long and half an inch wide. Hold one end over the positive contact, the other over the negative contact.

    With the remainder of the steel wool in between, begin rubbing the side of the battery while keeping it connected to the contacts. When it begins to glow, gently blow on it to increase the glow and place it on your tinder nest.

    Survival- Starting a Fire with Steel Wool & 9V Battery! - YouTube

    5 – Aluminium can & Chocolate

    The chocolate will be used as a polish to shine the bottom of the can. Once wiped away, the can will then be used as a reflective mirror to direct concentrated sunlight to ignite your tinder nest and light your fire.

    Toothpaste can also serve as a good polish.

    HOW TO START A FIRE WITH A SODA CAN ! - YouTube

    6 – Battery & Gum Wrapper (Foil only)

    Make your tinder nest, and get close enough to put the ignited steel wool on the nest immediately.

    Place one end of the wrapper on the positive terminal, the other end on the negative terminal. The wrapper should catch flame immediately, and once your tinder nest is lit, your fire will begin building.

    Bear Grylls Makes Fire With Chewing Gum, a Battery and Fluff! | This Morning - YouTube

    7 – Flint & Steel

    You can purchase a flint and steel set at any outdoor store. Once you have your tinder nest set, you strike the flint and steel together near the nest, and it will eventually ignite to start your fire.

    Survival- Fire Steel for Beginners- Tips & Tricks - YouTube

    8 – Torch’s Reflective Material

    Take out the reflective material behind the bulb of your torch and use it to direct sunlight toward your tinder nest, much like a lens as described in the lens-based methods mentioned earlier.

    How to Start a Fire With a Flashlight - YouTube

    9 – Clear Bottle Filled with Water

    The bottle will act as a magnifying glass, taking sunlight and pointing it toward your tinder nest to ignite the fire.

    How to start a fire with a water bottle - YouTube

    10 – Empty Lighter

    Even if a lighter is out of fuel, it can still produce sparks with the igniting mechanism inside, enough to get your tinder nest lit.

    How To Make Fire With An EMPTY Lighter - YouTube

    Summary

    You may have been as surprised to find so many creative ways to start a fire as we were in preparing this article. Nonetheless, we hope we have stretched your thinking just a bit so you can be prepared to light a campfire with almost anything.

    More importantly, we hope that trying these tips out, will keep you and your kids excited about getting outside more – together.

    Remember, always take sensible precautions with fire, and supervise your kids.

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