CLDA Social Camping FAQ,s

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Frequently Asked Questions

Never Tried DA Camping?

Why should I camp with Central Lancs DA?

What is a DA?

Do I have to be a member of the Camping and Caravanning Club to camp with a DA?

My membership card says I am a member of another DA can I camp with Central Lancs?

How much does it cost to camp with CLDA?

How big a pitch will I get?

Do you have any rules?

Are tents allowed?

Are toilets available?

Are dogs allowed?

Can we just turn up at a meet?

How long does a meet last?

When can I arrive/leave?

What is a Steward? 

Do you cater for all age groups?

What activities do you organise?

Do I have to join in the activities?

Are there electric hook-ups?

How long will my Leisure Battery Last

Can I use my own generator?

How do I know how to get to a meet?

My question is not covered here who can I ask?

Never Tried DA Camping?

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions, but if you have any other questions please email or phone.
 

Why should I camp with Central Lancs DA?

It is much cheaper than using commercial sites. You may make new friends as we have events and social gatherings at our meets to which you are always welcome Freedom - we camp in places where only DA’s can! We often arrange our meets (rallies) to coincide with local events and attractions. Please explore this website to find out who we are and what we do.

What is a DA?

The Camping and Caravanning Club is organised into Regions and each Region into District Associations (DAs). Each DA elects its own committee, raises its own funds and arranges camping and caravanning meets (rallies), events and associated social activities.

Do I have to be a member of the Camping and Caravanning Club to camp with a DA?

Yes, anyone attending a DA Meet must be a member of the Camping and Caravanning Club and you will be asked to show a valid membership card when you attend a meet. All/Any adult members will need to show proof of membership if staying in a unit overnight at all DA rallies. For a THS only, a temporary membership can be obtained for a small fee to cover your non members for the duration of your stay. Please consult the stewards.

My membership card says I am a member of another DA can I camp with Central Lancs?

Yes, you can camp with any DA. Your membership card tells you which DA you are a member of and this gives you voting rights at their meetings. In the first instance, your DA membership is determined by your home postcode but you can opt-in to another DA if you wish by contacting the secretary and applying to Club HQ.

How much does it cost to camp with CLDA?

Site fees are levied on a “per unit night” – (PUN) basis. There is no extra charge for an awning or children’s “pup” tents. Our current PUN fees range from £6.50 to £9 for a normal weekend meet. All prices are subject to VAT.

How big a pitch will I get?

The walls of your unit (including awning) will be at least 6 metres away from any other unit. This is the minimum but normally there is space for a greater distance and we encourage this. There is normally much more free space around you than you would get on a commercial site or even a Club site.

Do you have any rules?

Yes but these are simply in the interest of the safety and comfort of fellow campers. For example: 5mph speed limit on site, no noise that would disturb your neighbours after 11pm, pets to be kept under control. You will also need to take your own rubbish home.

Are tents allowed?

Yes, tents and all types of unit are welcome as long as they are designed for overnight accommodation.

Are toilets available?

Normally there are no toilet or shower facilities available and therefore you must provide your own. Sometimes we camp on land owned by a commercial or Certificated Sites, which have these facilities, but this is on the understanding we do not use them.

Are dogs allowed?

Yes, as long as they are kept under control on a lead no more than 2 metres long, exercised off site and the owner cleans up any mess.

Can we just turn up at a meet?

Yes, in the vast majority of cases. Occasionally, mainly due to space restrictions, we ask campers to pre-book. However if you are new to DA camping and are unsure we suggest you contact us beforehand. We also suggest that you make this known to the steward on arrival so that he can give you that extra bit of help if required.

How long does a meet last?

Weekend meets usually start on Friday and finish on Sunday. However thanks to some of our members who have more time available we have recently organised more meets lasting up to 5 days starting for example on Thursday. Bank holiday weekends are usually 5-day meets. We also organise special meets called Temporary Holiday Sites (THS), which typically last for 10 days. In principle these are no different to weekend meets but we have to seek special permission from Club HQ before they can go ahead.

When can I arrive/leave?

We ask that no one arrives before 2pm. By this time the steward or another responsible member will be on site who will be able to offer advice on pitching and explain any rules/information particular to the site. There is usually no restriction on the leaving time.

What is a Steward?

The steward(s) is a member who has volunteered to look after the meet. He takes on the responsibility for collecting site fees and liaising with the site owner. He sometimes will arrange small events on site and can usually offer advice on the local area. He also has the authority to advise campers to adhere to our basic rules.

Do you cater for all age groups?

Yes. We have members of all ages and backgrounds and interests: families with young children, families with older children who can join our junior and senior youth section, couples, singles, and retirees.

What activities do you organise?

Camping with CLDA is very informal. During the summer season we have regular coffee morning gatherings which enable members to chat to a wide cross-section of members and for latest news to be exchanged. We occasionally have organised evening gatherings for a barbeque or cheese and wine and a quiz. We recently organised a special weekend aimed at younger children at a country park farm. There are also many informal joint activities such as cycle rides and walks organised by groups of friends. We are proud of our annual Carnival Meet which is held in September where there are family games and races, evening entertainment, things to buy and sell, sometimes a hog roast and usually lots of surprises. During the early and late season we often hire a local village hall or on-site room for social evenings with activities to suit all ages During the winter season we organise walks, often followed by a pub lunch, visits to local points of interest, and a special 4-day meet to celebrate the New Year.

Do I have to join in the activities?

No, but this a good way to meet new people and develop friendships

Are there electric hook-ups?

Very occasionally and very limited availability.

How long will my Leisure Battery Last

For most meets a good 12v leisure battery will last over a weekend and is adequate. A solar panel can be used to top-up your battery or sometimes taking a spare battery is worth considering for the TV. It all depends on how much you use the water pump and TV but a fully charged battery can last a week with little TV use.

Can I use my own generator?

We discourage the use of generators because of the noise nuisance they can cause to other campers. However we appreciate there are sometimes valid reasons for their use and do our utmost to be understanding and reasonable. The steward must be consulted before you use or are likely to use a generator. He may ask that you pitch in an area, if available, where you are unlikely to cause annoyance and/or agree with you certain times for their use which would minimise disturbance to others.

How do I know how to get to a meet?

Read the published directions and compare them to good road map or Sat-nav map. Use Sat-navs with care – postcodes do not often pinpoint the site in a country area. Use the map reference given in conjunction with an ordnance survey map to familiarise your self with the local area. Be wary of using apparent short cuts, the published directions are suitable for caravans/motorhomes, other routes may not be – especially in the countryside. It is often worth using the latest map technology available on the Internet. When permissible we display “CLDA>>” direction signs local to the site.

My question is not covered here who can I ask?

No doubt there is something we have missed! Our contact details are published in the Out and About section of the Club magazine and on this website. Please do not hesitate to ask, we will do our best to answer.  

Testimonials

Letter
I would just like to say a BIG THANK YOU to Graham and all the people that made us so welcome to this meet at Bryn Ffanigl Ganol, Abergele, this was our first time at one of these meets and what a welcome it was GREAT. The field was so good and the area & the scenery was great and the people so friendly. We had a super weekend and will be back as soon as we can at other meets . THANK YOU once again . from "A" and "Malcolm H" ,from "B" Lancs. PS if anyone has not been to these meets they should go along and enjoy the camping, check it out it's great. This was our first time, what have we missed all these years ????. (names edited out by webmaster)   

Extract from our newsletter Wittering Witch
I was asked recently to write an article for a charity I am involved with on why I think camping is a good idea for families and for the first time I had to think what it is that motivates me to squeeze four children, 7 and under into a tin tent in some very unfavourable weather. The process of reflection has been helpful though in terms of motivating me to sort out the caravan for the coming season.

So, what did I come up with? Well for a start with a young family the chores are never done. Going away forces me to stop washing, cleaning, ironing etc and spend time with the kids but also as a couple and on my own (its not uncommon for the kids that can, to run off and play and those that can’t be carefully escorted round the field for a walk!) On top of this it forces us to inspect what’s on our own doorstep. Not since I was a child with my own parents have I really spent much time exploring what is within an hour of home. Places like Clitheroe, Gisburn, Lancaster have a wealth of attractions for all ages. I also find that packing up and going off with the caravan extends the weekend. Although I enjoy the odd weekend at home, they fly by in a rash of kids parties, shopping and DIY. Being away from home gives us the break that is as good as a rest. Apart from the initial investment in all the kit required, the weekends are affordable—the only thing I now have to sort out is the mistaken belief that I can eat like I am on holiday every weekend!! Lets hope for a hot summer and lots of salads.—Sarah