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How to choose the perfect campsite pitch

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Once you've chosen your campsite, it's time to start thinking about where you'd like to pitch your tent. Of course, not every site will give you a choice - on many you just have to take what is available when you arrive. But if you do get the chance to pick where you put your tent, here's some things to consider.

First of all, pick the pitch that best suits your needs. Would you rather have one with a great view? Close to the toilet block? As far away as possible from the playground or clubhouse? Each has its pros and cons so weigh up what matters most to you and your family.

Hedges, trees and walls can provide great shelter from wind, rain and early morning sunshine. But beware of pitching directly under a tree. They can drip sap onto your tent, attract birds that will wake you in the morning and rainwater will drip from their branches even after the downpour is over. Falling branches can also be a real hazard in a tent.

Clear twigs and stones from your pitch to help reduce the possibility of punctures and tears in your groundsheet.

Pick the flattest pitch you can find and if you do have to be on a slope make sure your bedrooms are facing the right drection to keep your head above your feet!

Check the land before you pitch – those dips could turn into water traps if it rains.

Try to pitch your tent with the main door facing away from the prevailing wind.

Pitch close enough to the electric hook-up point to ensure your cable can reach the tent. If necessary ask the site if they have an extension lead.

Pack a variety of pegs to ensure your tent is pitched securely whether the ground is hard or soft.

Take time to familiarise yourself with the location of services like taps, loos, bins, waste disposal points and emergency fire-fighting equipment.

If you plan to revisit a site you love, note which pitch suits you best and request it on booking.

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