Caravanning remains popular into the autumn

Andy Torbet planning a trip for the autumn

The trend for caravanning seems to show no sign of abating as we head into the autumn months, with demands for pitches still high.

Bookings for spots on the Camping and Caravanning Club’s network of sites are at around twice the level usually expected for this time of year.

Normally, things start to wane in September and October, but it seems people are still looking to make up for lost time and enjoy staycations.

As many families invested in caravans and motorhomes during the pandemic, it’s not surprising they’re keen to extend the season and make the most of their purchase.

The Club’s membership is now at record levels, with some 350,000 households tapping into its benefits. That equates to 750,000 individuals.

Simon McGrath, a spokesman for the Club, said: “Despite seeing 100 per cent growth in our Club site bookings for September and October, there are still plenty of pitches available. The autumn is a lovely season to go camping, caravanning and motorhoming – campsites are usually quieter as kids are back at school, while the countryside colours begin to change in readiness for the winter.

“The plants and wildlife in autumn provide a very different backdrop on campsites while the night skies can be crystal clear for a spot of stargazing so it’s a fantastic time to consider heading to a campsite.”

Andy Torbet, adventurer and TV presenter, is another fan of getting away in a caravan or campervan in the autumn.

He has suggested five locations that really shine at this time of year: Scotland’s most northerly national park, the Cairngorms; Dalby Forest, which is set within 8,000 acres of woodland; East Anglia, where bird spotters can see geese and ducks setting up for winter; Cannock Chase, England’s smallest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; and the Brecon Beacons with its network of cycle paths.