Camping guide books have become increasingly popular in recent years with new lifestyle orientated releases looking more like coffee table books than traditional guide books. But before the camping was ever considered cool their was the Alan Rogers guides championing the best campsites the UK and Europe had to offer.
The venerable Alan Rogers Guides have been published since 1968, started by camping enthusiast Alan Rogers, the guides distinguished themselves by taking no payment for listings. Some sites from the first edition in 1968 are still featured and the guides are very much the granddaddies of camping books.
The guide lists 600 campsites with comprehensive descriptions and summaries of their facilities. Whilst sites can’t pay for inclusion the guide is a little advertising heavy and the listings suffer from a lack of photography. The guide looks a little retro when compared to new books like Cool Camping and the Rough Guide to Camping in Britain but they do offer wider listings and feature caravan sites as well as campsites.
The cool camping revolution hasn’t quite touched caravanning yet so the typical caravanner is probably more comfortable with the Alan Rogers guides than the type of guide book that recommends staying in a site with stunning views but cold showers.
More practically the Alan Rogers guides are designed to fit into the glove compartment of your car, you wouldn’t leave one lying on a coffee table! But if you’re are looking for a broad guide that is likely to feature sites in any region of the country the Alan Rogers guides are a safe bet.
The Alan Rogers guides are RRP £11.99.
Win a copy of Alan Rogers The Best Campsites in Britain & Ireland
To win a copy of the Alan Rogers guides simply leave a comment below with the name of your favourite campsite and why you love it.
Closing date July 15th 2010.