Camping at the HSBC UK National Downhill Series Presented by GT Bicyles.
Spectators Camping Charge: £10.00 per unit payable by cash on arrival.
Please note camping pitches are allocated on a first come, first served basis. There is no booking system in place.
National Series Marshals will get one free camping pass for one pitch that they are staying in. A pitch is defined as a vehicle or a structure for which one or many persons will reside in over the race weekend.
The site speed limit for all vehicles is 5mph.
1.1 – This policy of the National Series covers all venues. In special circumstances, they may be altered or added to by local rules, made necessary for good management or because of agreements, planning consents, etc. entered into by the National Series.
1.2 – We ask all of our campers to comply with our policy. If you or your party do not comply with the policy we may ask you to leave the site.
1.3 – The use of threatening behaviour and/or foul and abusive language will not be tolerated and will result in the offender being asked to leave the site.
1.4 – Please consider other users of the site and we ask that all users conduct themselves at all times with due regard to the health and safety of themselves and others.
1.5 – On all of our sites, the maximum stay allowed is for two nights from the Friday at 15:00 through to Sunday 19:00, after which time your pitch must be vacated.
1.6 – Size of pitch: Each pitch will allow you room for a vehicle and your tent/e-zee up/work space. If you require more space there will be no extra charge, please contact a member of the National Series Team on arrival and we will accommodate you.
1.7 – If you have two or more tents, then each tent must be on a separate pitch.
1.8 – If you have a vehicle that you are using for accommodation and a tent, then the tent must be on a separate camping pitch.
2. Check In.
2.1 – Camping Pitches are available from 15:00 on a Friday.
2.2 – On set up please make payment for your pitch fees.
2.3 – On arrival visitors should make contact with the National Series Team. Admission to the site is at the discretion of the National Series.
2.4 – In the event of poor ground conditions, a pitch may not be available. The National SeriesTeam will endeavour to advise you in advance should this occur but no responsibility can be accepted if this is not possible.
2.5 – Please familiarise yourself with the site’s fire regulations and fire fighting equipment and its location as soon as you arrive on site.
2.6 – Please note the venue will close at 23:00 for vehicle access on a Friday and a Saturday night.
3.1 – On arrival, the National Series Team will show you to your pitch and answer any queries you may have.
3.2 – For your safety, we have a “four-metre rule” which means that units (excluding guy ropes) must be four metres apart from adjacent units in order to protect against fire.
3.3 – Anyone caught tampering with fire extinguishers will be detained and reported to the Police for criminal damage and will receive a lifetime ban from the National Series. You will also be invoiced for any damage.
3.4 – If the fire extinguishers are tampered with and we are unable to meet the fire regulations then we will have to close the campsite and everyone will be asked to leave the site and return the next morning.
3.5 – A fire assembly point will be clearly marked at each venue.
3.6 – The pitch (along with any ancillary equipment) must fit within the confines of your pitch whilst maintaining the four-meter rule.
3.7 – Vehicles on the site should be parked at right angles to a slope where possible.
3.8 – The transfer or sub-letting of pitches is not allowed.
3.9 – Do not move or adjust any markers that are laid out to allocate pitch space.
4.1 – Barbecues must be purpose built and portable, standing clear of the ground. There must be no possibility of damage to the ground. Only gas or a charcoal barbecue should be used.
4.2 – Barbecues must be fully extinguished and cold before disposing of in the skip. Anyone causing a skip fire will be billed accordingly.
4.3 – Campfires are not permitted.
5.1 – Pets are welcome on site but you are responsible for the behaviour of your animals. Please ensure that your animals are not allowed loose on site and are kept on a lead no longer than 2 meters.
5.2 – You must ensure that your pets do not foul the site and you are responsible for cleaning up after them.
5.3 – If it is deemed a pet is creating a nuisance or causing disturbance to others, you will be asked to remove them from the site. Please note we do not allow on site, any breed of dog listed under the Dangerous Dogs act 1991.
5.4 – Please do not leave pets in your vehicle if there is a chance of them overheating.
5.5 – Check dogs for Ticks, we always advise you to pack a Tick Removing Tool.
6.1 – Ball games, frisbee, cricket and any games that may interfere with the enjoyment of others are not allowed in the vicinity of units. For safety reasons, the flying of model aircraft and kites is prohibited.
6.2 – It is the responsibility of parents and guardians to ensure children are supervised at all times, whilst on site.
6.3 – The releasing of sky lanterns with naked flames is not permitted.
7.1 – Noise must be kept to a reasonable level at all times so as not to disturb the enjoyment of others camping.
7.2 – Between the hours of 23:00 and 07:00 all music, lighting and generators must be turned off.
7.3 – Generators may be used, we may ask you to refrain from using them if they cause a disturbance.
8.1 – Vehicle movement on the site is prohibited between 23:00 and 07:00.
8.2 – Vehicle drivers, motorcyclists and cyclists are required to adhere to the Site’s 5 mph speed limit and follow any one-way system in place.
8.3 – All cycles should have appropriate lighting if used at a time when it should be required.
8.4 – Essential repairs can be carried out so that an unserviceable vehicle can leave site, however, general maintenance and servicing is not allowed.
8.5 – Drivers of vehicles, including motorcycles, must hold a full and current driving licence and a road fund licence in order to drive at the venue.
9.1 – Servicing chemical toilets must only be emptied at a chemical disposal point, using water from that source.
9.2 – To avoid possible damage to sewerage systems we support the use of bio-degradable chemical fluids that do not affect the natural bacterial balance within the system.
10. Your Departure.
10.1 – Camping Pitches must be vacated by 19:00 on Sunday.
10.2 – If you leave a camping unit or other property on the site without prior arrangement, the National Series shall be entitled to make such arrangements as it may deem fit for the removal or storage of such property. The expense of such storage or removal shall be charged to you. If you fail to pay such an account within 14 days of an account being rendered, then the National Series may make such further arrangements as it may deem fit to dispose of the property to reimburse itself for out-of-pocket expenses and to recover any unpaid fees due.
11. Lost Property.
11.1 – All items of lost property will be retained for one week. Items not claimed after this period will be donated to a local charity this includes any monies. Any items that are not of use to any of the local charities will be disposed of.
11.2 – Anything, where the owner is readily identifiable will be either directly returned to the owner if still on site or contacted if possible. If it is not possible to contact the owner the items will be passed to the Police.
11.3 – Owners are responsible for the cost of reclaiming their goods.
11.4 – Credit or debit cards. Reported to the card issuer. The card issuer will then advise what further action is necessary.
11.5 – Items where there is any suspicion of danger to employees or to the public. The police will be contacted immediately in such circumstances for advice.
11.6 – Any item that we feel has clearly been abandoned will be disposed of.
11.7 – Where items of property are claimed the claimant should be expected to provide a description of the items lost. The claimant must sign for all items claimed and record their full name and address.
12.1 – The National Series will not accept responsibility for any loss or damage to the property of the visitor, including personal belongings, cash, jewellery and motor vehicles, however, caused during their camping stay.
12.2 – The National Series responsibility and financial liability (excluding any liability for death or personal injury due to negligence) shall be limited to the return of monies received in the event of accommodation, booked in good faith, not being available owing to exceptional weather conditions, flood or fire, or such other cause beyond their control.
No camping at Nevis Range, Fort William.
Apologies to say that there is no camping or overnight stays permitted at Nevis Range, Fort William. The car park at Nevis Range was never intended as a camp site and we must thank them for their flexibility in the past to allow us the use of their facilities overnight at past National Series events. We still have to share the car park with a high number of Nevis Range customers such as the tourists using the gondola, hikers, climbers, MTB trail riders and the high-wire thrill seekers. We are a victim of our own success with ever increasing pit space required and a full allocation of race entrants means last year we were very close to capacity in the car park. Now add in the correct camping procedures of having 4-meter gaps between each pitch and an 8-meter driveway allowing for emergency access and you can easily see why this decision has been forced upon us. Various campsites are around the area, most favourable is the Glen Nevis Campsite. Therefore the official line is that you must leave the site by 21:00 on the Saturday and 19:00 on Sunday evening of the event. Marquees and vehicles may be left overnight at your own risk. We will have security on site along with selected National Series Team Members.
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