Silver Sapling Campsite

Important information
about our Covi-19 Pandemic requirements.

Being in the fresh air, the physical space between pitches and with additional social distancing measures, we believe that we are well-placed to offer you a safe, enjoyable camping holiday at Silver Sapling.

We’ll continue to follow government advice on when our campsite can re-open (at the moment we are legally closed). We’re hoping it will be from the 4th July as part of the government’s phase 3 plans.

We’ve had a team of people working hard on when and how we can safely re-open and we can’t wait to welcome you back.

We’ve been working behind the scenes with various industry organisations and Girlguiding and we hope that clear operational guidance will be issued soon by relevant government bodies, as well as confirmed opening dates for England. Until we have any further official guidance, we wanted to share how we are planning to operate safely and responsibly – we’d ask you to check this page regularly for the latest updates.

At the current time we plan to open the sites, including if possible with toilet block facilities. Opening with toilet and shower facilities will only happen if we’re allowed to do so by the government. 

If the campsite however, opens with toilets and showers, in order to operate the site in a responsible manner you will have to increase your cleaning regimes; where facility blocks are open they will need 2 deep cleans a day and 4 supplementary cleans – these will place an extra demand on you.

While many things remain uncertain, our management committee have a draft plan for how we hope to open the site as soon as we’re legally able to.

We’ll publish full details soon and explain a little more about what it will be like on our campsite when we re-open, but we are looking to implement:

  • Contactless self-check in – following the new self check in guidance that will be issued with your booking. Payment will be by BACS
  • Sensible social distancing – your pitches should have six-metre spacing and we’ll reduce the number of people on site with facility blocks, so we can manage demand.
  • There will be signs as a common-sense reminder to keep two metres from other people.
  • Where facility blocks are open you will need to commit to 2 deep cleans and 4 supplementary cleans a day and guidance on how many people the block can accommodate at one time. Campers will also be able to pitch their own toilet tent on their allocated pitch and use the Elsan point for disposal.
  • On the campsite if we are allowed to open the facility block, we’d ask that if you are able to use the same facility in your family units, if you do so as much as possible this will reduce the number of people using the same unit.
  • Campers will not be able to have any day visitors to their pitches – this will help us limit the number of people on the site.
  • The service point will be open – please follow hand washing guidance; whilst we will have this available on sites, we’d ask campers to also bring with them their own supplies of soap and hand sanitiser.

About Silver Sapling

Enclosed by picturesque woodland, Silver Sapling is a voluntary run campsite that provides an outstanding outdoors experience for Girlguiding members, as well as family camps, schools and other non-guide association groups. We are easily accessible from the M6, yet set in peaceful countryside, located in a National Trust “area of outstanding natural beauty”.  With direct access to beautiful woodland walks and stunning rocky coastlines, Silver Sapling campsite provides camping facilities for large or small camps.

Our campsite is ideally situated for exploring the historic city of Lancaster and the Lake District, we’re also a short walk from Silverdale train station for trains to Preston, Manchester and beyond. On site, we can supply numerous activities including garden games, archery, go carts, grass sledges and even a large marquee capable of hosting your events. Complete with indoor facilities for the preparation of food or for wet weather shelter, clean washrooms, hot showers, disabled access and fridge freezers, we really are an ideal location for your experience in the North West.


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