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Message posted by caroline2209 on 10/2/2011 at 3:53pm
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Hi there, I know this is a site for campsites etc, which we use often, but was just wondering who out there takes their van on a spot of wild camping?  We park up on Dartmoor sometimes, it's lovely & peaceful (first thing in the morning before the day trippers appear anyway).  Always looking for nice spots in Somerset/Devon/Dorset area's....thanks

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Most campervans and some caravans are made for wildcamping and up until we bought our present unit (a FC) we were well into wildcamping.

Ofcourse living in Scotland and our sensible approach to tresspassing and all that nonsense, our countryside is made to be wild-camped in.

However, the only part of the UK where the councils actually promote wildcamping and supply toilets, showers and CDP places for them is North & South Uist, Benbecula, Barra and Vatersay. All in the Outer Hebrides.



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Hi, if you do wild camping have a look at this website
www.wildcamping.co.uk/

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Hello Caroline

This site is for camping of all kinds as well as other outdoor persuits - there is one user (Delta9) who wild camps almost every weekend - i shall tell him of your post. Id love to but i need a largish tent as well as my campervan.



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I still wild camp whe ever I get the chance but many of the areas close to me (SE England) where it was possible have introdued bans over the past few years.
All sorts of excuses are given but basically its those who think the value of their homes (in most cases second homes) are being devalued. A few ild campers have left rubbish about and given the nimbys plenty of ammunition but most of the wild campers I've met have been OK.
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had a site last year where we took a couple of rabbits from the hedge behind the unit. and cooked them. couple of other campers saw and came to ask for some for their BBQ and helped them out. owner of site thought it was great !.

then one woman had her husband come over to moan while she went off to the owners to complain. got no joy. packed up and roared off in the morning to all of us sitting waving them off.

fresh Rabbit and Nettle with wild Garlic.  way to go!


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always try to find a wild camp before anything else, porlock weir in n somerset , in the carpark opposite the pub , fantastic veiws, great pub , and toilets in the carpark, just buy an overnight ticket, no outside taps tho, we negotiated with the pub for some water , need a long hose tho.



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<<< then one woman had her husband come over to moan while she went off to the owners to complain. >>>

This reaction to what happens in the countryside is not uncommon when townies, who enjoy being in the countryside, come up against practises that are considered normal by country folks.

I have only lived in the rural setting for 40 odd years and so although some of the local practises have rubbed off on me, there are still the occasional ones that shock me but not my born and bred rural neighbours. 

Recent TV wartime food programs have shown us that not so long ago, a bit of nice Rabbit would have gone down a treat where now, if it doesn't come on a polystyrene tray, wrapped in clingfilm and stamped with a well known supermarket label, then it is not fit for human consumption and anyone caught eating it chould be criminalised.

The folks that did not like what you were doing were not wrong in their thinking. They were only wrong in the way they reacted.  



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The only problem that I find with Wild Camping is that as soon as a place becomes too well known the Councils step in and ban it; Aldeburgh sea wall is a classic example.

I was there today and the town was full of Londoners. You can tell them immediately by the clothes they wear. The poor fools think that the local people like them. They are detested.


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In Scotland it is very difficult to ban any group/individual from enjoying the countryside but two areas have been covered by a banning notice and that is one of the valleys in the Lead Hills and the other is the south eastern area of Loch Lomond, both of which have been ravaged by the wild party brigade who think the countryside is a place where they can do what they want and destroy what they want.



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Quote: Originally posted by LobeyDosser on 11/2/2011

This reaction to what happens in the countryside is not uncommon when townies, who enjoy being in the countryside, come up against practises that are considered normal by country folks.

Recent TV wartime food programs have shown us that not so long ago, a bit of nice Rabbit would have gone down a treat where now, if it doesn't come on a polystyrene tray, wrapped in clingfilm and stamped with a well known supermarket label, then it is not fit for human consumption and anyone caught eating it chould be criminalised.


to true !  just had Dinner of Fillet of Bambi's Dad guess the thought police will be knocking soon!   had the same re-action last year when I served Crayfish at a picnic. they went down so well that some time after I was invited again and this time cooked them outside in the pot. few couples went quiet one left and several could not bring themselves to tuck in. more for us we said.

and yet everyone eat the burgers and chicken drumsticks.  strange folks outlook to food


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Must be honest in 18 months of use, some 90 nights out have only paid for site on half a dozen times. The whole reason we brought our van was wild camping, can't beat it.
Over christmas was parked up on Exmouth Sea Front, about 9.00 police car pulled up along side, thought time to move on, but no he just wanted to have a look at the van. Even told us of a few places to park and location of a drinking water supply.
You have to try wild camping, on the whole people are very welcoming.

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Hey Mick-Gail

We probably saw you at Exmouth!!!  My dad lives there & we actually took our van down just after christmas to spend the night on the sea front but our heating broke down so we came home again (as I'm a wimp!!)  Dad said there was 9 vans parked up on the sea front this weekend!  We're hoping to pop back down at the weekend :)

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used to be able to park up on clacton seafront but the no overnight camping or cooking signs , have now appeared. i think you can still overnight park up the road at holland on sea tho. i think the best thing you can do is adopt a travellers accent. theres a good wild camp at point clear , over the ramp onto the hard fantastic sunsets over mersea island and great views of the estuary, you may get a visit from the nearby haven campsite guards, but they have no right to move you on , as its classed as the village green.you get lots of windsurfers along this part of the coast also, as , apparently the wind and surf is the best for miles around.

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HI Caroline
We park up on the front at Exmouth a lot, Gail's brother lives in Shillingford so it is a perfect spot for us.
We have found during the off season there is no problem parking up on the front, but when it gets busy during the summer we move to the carpark at Dawlish Warren (read the parking charge notice board carefully 1 covers you from evening till 9.00)
Other nice sea front spots in the west country are Kennack Sands, Godreavy Pt. and Gunwallow. While the UK is not as van friendly as the rest of Europe there is still a lot of places to stay especialy out of season, Which I have no problem with as if my earnings were dependant on the tourist trade I would be a bit miffed if my B&B was empty and the carparks full of vans, so for us it tends to be winter in the UK and summer round France
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was there today and the town was full of Londoners. You can tell them immediately by the clothes they wear. The poor fools think that the local people like them. They are detested.

Not many folk do - I myself don,t mind em , - couldn,t eat a whole one though.



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