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    Brownsea Island

    Hi - Has anyone camped on Brownsea Island this year? We are off in a couple of weeks time and are really struggling with the 'cargo' allowances. The guy at Yellow Ferries says that we are only allowed a 30L bag each - not very big for a camp mat, sleeping bag and personal gear for 4 days. Plus only allowed 9 boxes of food for 32 people (dimensions again small) which would also have to include first aid kit, paperwork, activities etc. So - if you've been, how strict are they about kit etc - and what was Brownsea like as a camp? We're also sad because it's no open fires so we can't have a proper camp fire.

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    Just back from Brownsea Island earlier this week, found the yellow ferries people nice and flexible [as long as you don't go silly], and they'll take more if you pay more for it...

    We only overnighted on Brownsea, it is an absolutely beautiful island, shame about the fires rule, but once you see the island you'll understand why.

    As I'm sure you've found out, the activities are not as 'thrilling' as some other campsites, but you get a beautiful view, some really nice places to explore, and no "civilisation" noise...

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    I have not camped but have heard
    1. They are strict but they do I am sure offer the option to hire a seperate boat for taking kit, but it does cost more.... it may be worth finding out about this
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeGH View Post
    .......no "civilisation" noise...
    As much as I'd like to live in the UK, and camp at Brownsea, the one very big advantage to living in SA is that I can drive for less then 45minutes in pretty much any direction and have absolutely no "civilisation" noise
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    Thanks guys - especially MikeGH, that has set my mind at rest. Had visions of Cubs sobbing on the quay as they weren't allowed to take their bag or something similar!!! Let's just hope the weather improves!

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    Hi, we have just spent a week on Brownsea, we used the national trusts cargo boat (£75 each way) this was cheaper than paying the extra rucksack costs.
    Please remember that there is about a half hour walk from the ferry to the campsite, the wardens are brilliant and they will pick up your luggage, but you will need to walk to the site. This gives you chance to see the peacocks and the red squirrels!
    The only thing on the bad side would be that the ants are on the large size, and can bite you!
    Other than the weather (we had 50mph winds) we had a good camp, the wild life, the views and the fact that we camped on BPs original site, all added to it.
    My youngest son was invested at the stone, it brought tears to my eyes.

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    When we camped on the island in 2002 it seemed to be infested with the legendary "Blandford Flies"

    Never had a problem since.

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    Im going to Brownsea Island next week!!

    Sorry excited =]

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    So are we - might see you there! Please let the weather improve - and am packing my ant spray - thanks Liz72!!!

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    Watch out for the "Yachties" as the warden called them, they tend to moor their boats and use up the water fron the supply tanks.

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    Sorry forgot to tell you about the wasps - there are quite a few of them and if you are camping watch the water, it is very hard water and there is usually a layer of scum at the bottom of your mug, i didn't finish a cup of coffee all week!!!

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    There are a lot of wasps all over this year, we struggled at Chalfont with them, and at work (Romsey) they are a real nuisance! If only we could find the nest..

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    We found a wasps nest on our site, in the ground about a foot from the girls patrol tent, which we then moved. Had to wait 2 days before the Fire Brigade came to kill them in which time we had about 7 wasp stings. (Fire Brigade is who you call for wasps in Belgium) After they'd been we had a lot less!

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    Really starting to worry now! We have one allergic to wasp stings!

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    Im going to Brownsea Island tonight at midnight! Yay! =]

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