The Exmoor Fish Camp is just one of the many camps that travellers have enjoyed over the years. They have a lot to offer including, the chance to go to a number of interesting locations, including some that are not open to visitors. When people think about camps, they often think of them as places where young people go to spend a week or two in a location that has been selected on a whim, without much thought.
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But these Exmoor camps offer something more than just entertainment. On camps such as the Ryabaga Camp there are opportunities to work with wild nature. The fish are attracted to the area because of their feeding grounds at the base of the Coniston Mountain. For many of the kids who travel to this special summer camp it is a chance to learn how to work with the environment and enjoy the wildlife that is gradually becoming more common in the UK.
There are various experiences on offer for kids at this summer’s Exmoor camp. At the beginning of the week, children can help to prepare fish by hand. This is an exciting way to learn about how food is prepared, especially considering how little space we have for the preparation of such food. From here, kids can then head off to a local fish processing plant. There they will be able to see how the fish are prepared, including cutting, boiling and draining. Once they return home they can help prepare dinner and maybe even make some delicious homemade sausages.
During the second week, children are invited to work alongside the local fishermen. Part of the role of the rutabaga camp is to provide fish processing workshops so that kids can learn how to cook traditional British meals using fresh fish. A typical day might involve making carpacchelli from carp and then frying it in a frying pan with local spices before serving it up with local pickles and vegetables.
For the third and final week of camp, students will be hosted to do a salmon fishing tournament. In this competition, teams will be formed from groups of four and participants will be split into two groups. A team leader will be appointed to lead the first team to the river where a salmon is landed. At the end of the tournament, the group with the best four catches will join the winning team. Each team will then get a commemorative salmon hat, which they will take home. It’s a fun way to promote sporting excellence and enjoy the thrill of catching a fish.
The events in the Exmoor camp this autumn run the full course during the week ending on Sunday, September 8th. From here, all students and staff can look forward to a relaxing and invigorating autumn holiday full of fun activities and chances to get closer to nature. During this festive period, it also becomes possible to book some of the best and most affordable deals for holidays in the UK, making Exmoor and Uxbridge a popular weekend getaway location.
For the more energetic anglers, this festive period offers the perfect opportunity to try their hand at salmon fly fishing. Fly fishing involves using lightweight rods that are specially made for reeling in salmon eggs. Anglers landed five or six fish on average during a successful fly fishing trip. Fish are usually easily pulled from the water by using an egg-shaped lure, although some may be caught using a spin caster. The best salmon eggs can be reeled in with a pound per rod, but anglers landed an average of ten pounds of fish during a single trip.
Last but not least, for those who want to keep up with the latest news from Exmoor, there is always the weekly Exmoor magazine. It’s packed full of information from the council and businesses around the area. It’s also filled with exciting information on local events, nature and culture, schools and things to do. This is also a great place to find out about Exmoor’s popular annual event, the Ryabaga Camp. If you haven’t checked out the issues in the last few weeks, you really should pick up your copy before it’s too late!