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are there places where you are allowed to camp just where you want rather than at an actual campsite?

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juicychops Mon 10-Aug-09 15:06:01

as that would obviously be cheaper. i mean if you was travelling and just needed somewhere to sleep so you could move on again in the morning

millenniumfalcon Mon 10-Aug-09 15:32:23

i'm pretty sure you can camp in a lot of places on dartmoor. if you google wild camping that should turn you up a few pointers. there are also campsites that have wild areas away from facilities etc. if you fancy trying it somewhere "safer" first.

troutpout Mon 10-Aug-09 17:03:01

You can in Scotland i believe

Overmydeadbody Mon 10-Aug-09 17:06:27

Yes you can camp wild at places over a certain height above sea level, but I forget what the actual figure is, so in much of the Lakes and Scotland.

Not sure it would necessarily be cheaper if it means travelling further though.

I have friends who do just pitch up in the middle of the night in any old field or wood and then leave early in the morning without getting 'caught' but I wouldn't bother with DS, we'd be noticed for sure grin

nuttysquirrel Mon 10-Aug-09 22:03:04

You can wild camp in very many places in Scotland as long as you do so responsibly, its a right enshrined in law, along with the right to walk anywhere (well apart from peoples gardens).....I do love Scotland.....the freedom.....!!!

Its nothing to do with height above sea level, although that bit made me laugh OMDB grin. You can wild camp next to beaches, in many fab spots.....

www.outdooraccess-scotland.com/default.asp?nPageID=189

2to3 Mon 10-Aug-09 22:16:24

Anywhere in Norway - and there's a lot of space there!

juicychops Tue 11-Aug-09 07:20:07

what about wild animals? that is what i would be most worried about.

OMDB, im planning on goin on a long camping trip around great britain next summer with ds so will be travelling lots anyway to different places. it would work out cheaper for me to 'wild' camp as i wouldn't have to worry about pitch costs

saggyhairyarse Tue 11-Aug-09 10:12:09

I think you can in Snowdonia National Park.

nuttysquirrel Thu 13-Aug-09 21:31:43

You mean spiders or what? No big wild animals usually come anywhere near you (although I do remember one occasion camping on Islay when a red deer stag took offence to us.....it was the middle of the rut tho......I made DP get out and flash a torch around to scare it off......as I was worried about it charging the tent.....they have got some big antlers.........grin

Fennel Thu 13-Aug-09 22:04:30

I thought it was anywhere over 1000 ft, traditionally in the Lakes.

Dartmoor is the only place in England you can officially camp rough as long as you're not right by a farm or a house - we have had some lovely times camping there.

Scotland you can officially, as people say, but in practice it can be hard to find somewhere suitable if you aren't halfway up a mountain, lots of places are boggy or midgey or rocky.

WidowWadman Thu 13-Aug-09 22:25:54

I love wild camping and before having our daughter for me it wasn't camping if we didn't have to take a shovel, but we usually did that with a lightweight 2 man mountain tent, which fitted into the backpack easily and didn't need a big space to pitch.

When wild camping, and Scotland indeed is the place to go, make sure that you take everything with you when you leave and get up and leave early in the mornings.

Take a good midge repellant and off you go. I've camped wild half way up mountains as well as right next to the road side, depending on how far we've got.

fluffles Thu 13-Aug-09 22:39:59

wild camping - ok in most of scotland although the land must be 'wild' so nobody's field or garden. you also have to be something like 100m from a road so no parking next to the tent unless you have an offroad vehicle.

rules are - take everything you came with, bury human waste away from water sources and arrive late and leave early.

alternatively there's a campsite in torridon that's free and even has a shower!

janmoomoo Sat 29-Aug-09 19:41:52

Anyone know any outside Scotland? I am in Kent so its a long way to go...!

EleanoraBuntingCupcake Sat 29-Aug-09 19:44:03

even scotland was covered in 'no overnight parking' notices this year, which is sad

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