Cotswold Sailing Club Camping Rules

Cotswold Sailing Club (CSC) is not a registered camp site. It does, however, have an exemption certificate to allow camping in support of its aquatic activities. As such, it is subject to certain rules and regulations. In addition to this, Natural England via the site of special scientific interest (SSSI) places additional requirements to those of the certification. This document should be read in conjunction with the codes of practice and any legislative requirements in place at the time. During the Covid-19 pandemic, anyone camping must abide by the government’s guidance and any CSC guidance and risk assessments that relate to camping and/or the use of the lake, the grounds, and the clubhouse.

The term ‘camping’ is used generically and refers to any overnight stays on the club’s land to support members’ use of the lake. Members need to be aware that any infringements to the rules may lead to the club’s camping certificate being revoked. Therefore, to ensure the continued enjoyment of the club’s camping facility, any members and/or guests that do not adhere to these rules may be given a warning or asked to leave the camping site. The committee will then determine whether any other action is required.

To maintain the certification and meet the requirements of the SSSI, the following rules MUST always be adhered to:

  1. Prebook all camping via the camping portal or by contacting the camping coordinator.
  2. One guest comprising of 2 adults plus children are allowed per unit on 3 separate occasions of 4 nights in any one season and subject to the fees at the time, or that are subject to a separate agreement. Collection of these fees and payment to the club is the responsibility of the associated member.
  3. Members may apply to the camping coordinator to host more than two adults and/or their children at any time, other than during the Regatta (which has separate rules that are published in the run up to the Regatta). Approval is at the discretion of the camping coordinator. Such approval will only be for a maximum of 4 nights and cannot exceed three occasions.
  4. Children (i.e. anyone aged 17 years or less) listed on the family membership that wish to camp alone are to apply individually to the camping coordinator.
  5. Camping is only allowed within the designated camping areas, highlighted in green on the attached map.
  6. Each stay is limited to 14 continuous days.
  7. Camping is not allowed on non-camping days.
  8. Observe the rules of the road and keep to the main tracks.
  9. Observe the Country Code.
  10. Keep to the speed limit of 5mph.
  11. Always keep dogs under control. Dogs must be kept on a lead between the main gates and the end of the public footpath past the clubhouse.
  12. Place all dog poo in a poo bin or general waste skip, and NOT in the recycling.
  13. Respect each individual’s space/designated area including sound levels of audio equipment and a sound curfew after 23:00 Hrs .
  14. All units are to be parked or erected a minimum of 6 meters from neighboring units. The extremity is to include parked vehicles. All associated vehicles should have an all-round clearance of 1.5-2.0M and must have a clear forward direction escape route. awnings, and pup tents. A unit bis any facility that bis occupied overnight excl
  15. A one gallon minimum, filled fire bucket or extinguisher must be placed on the A frame of caravans and by the front left-hand side of all other units. It is recommended that each unit should have a fire blanket adjacent to the cooking facility.
  16. Use cooking devices in appropriate designed positions.
  17. Site open flame fires/devices in a safe position and keep to an appropriate size and level to protect adjacent units.
  18. Free standing fires/appliances are allowed. However, ground fires cannot be used until we receive authorization from Natural England. *This rule has been superseded by a temporary ban as of 11th August 2022 on open fires (including disposable BBQ’s) due to the extreme weather conditions. The committee will inform all members when this ban has been lifted.
  19. Grey water and spent cold ashes with small solids can be discharged along the hedge row. Grey water must not be allowed to enter the lake.
  20. If a unit is left unattended overnight, the unit’s owner must nominate a responsible adult who is staying overnight in another unit to be responsible for the unattended unit. Where a unit is left overnight, the unit’s owner must advise the camp coordinator. Unless there are exceptional circumstances, and the camping coordinator has been contacted to approve a waiver, no unit may be left unattended for more than one night.

Camping contact details:


Or: Bill Wells 07980870265