Campfires and barbecues at Natural Campsites
There’s nothing like a blazing fire to put you in the real camping holiday mood! Not all sites permit fires: those which do are listed in The Green Guide and on this website. There are, of course, restrictions. Can you just gather a pile of wood and light a fire outside your tent? Where are you allowed to hold a barbecue? Which sites have communal campfire areas where you can meet your fellow campers? You can download a guide (in Dutch) using the link below.
Building a fire is generally subject to restrictions. There are some Natural Campsites which do not allow fires at all. That may be because they are in particularly vulnerable nature areas, or because the layout of the site makes it difficult to avoid causing nuisance to others. There are some Natural Campsites which do permit fires but impose restrictions during a prolonged dry spell. Safety is always the number one priority.
If you intend to light a fire, keep the following in mind:
- Always follow the instructions of the site manager.
- Have a bucket of water or sand standing by. If anything goes amiss, you can take prompt action.
- Maintain a safe distance between the fire (or barbecue) and any flammable materials.
- Do not allow the flames to get too high. About 30 to 40 cm is quite enough for a pleasant blaze.
- A barbecue or fire bowl on legs will minimise damage to the grass underneath. Lay a fireproof blanket underneath to catch any stray embers. If you are using a barbecue or fire bowl without legs, place a plank underneath to avoid scorch marks on the grass.
- Use only clean, dry wood. Damp wood gives off a lot of smoke, which is bad for the environment and likely to inconvenience fellow campers.
- Ensure that people nearby are not bothered by smoke.
- Extinguish flames or smouldering firewood using sand.
- If anyone suffers a burn, cool the skin in copious lukewarm water.
The link below opens a list of Natural Campsites which permit fires, together with any applicable restrictions. The list is not exhaustive. If a site is not included, that does not necessarily mean that fires are prohibited, only that we have been unable to obtain the necessary information.