Wild Camping Responsibly

A recent back page article in MMM appeared to contend that it wasn't possible to "wild camp", i.e. "in perfect isolation and with a view to die for" responsibly because we would inevitably be:

A] Despoiling the place we had come to enjoy.

B] Breaking the law.

Hence we should all use ever more expensive campsites as that is the only way to be a responsible motorhomer!

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What a great blog!

  mothy54
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Hi ianandsue<br /><br />Agree with you entirely, we too can go a week without a fill up or need to dump waste, (two cassettes) and also have a Nature Pure filter. Responsible wild camping is definitely possible, with no 240 volt hook up has far...

Hi ianandsue<br /><br />Agree with you entirely, we too can go a week without a fill up or need to dump waste, (two cassettes) and also have a Nature Pure filter. Responsible wild camping is definitely possible, with no 240 volt hook up has far less impact on the planet than a package holiday in a hotel. Although I have no evidence to back up this claim.

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  Spinner
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Lol. I raced at Buckmore many times too 20 years ago

  Tom1
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Yes we were at Buckmore park actually!! it was about 10 by the time we circled and eventually stopped, just couldn't settle anywhere!

  neg09011
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Were you at Buckmore Park circuit out of interest? I often don't park up somewhere until 10 or 11pm

  Tom1
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Found this article to be great! Especially being new to wild camping having only upgraded to a motorhome from a 'camper' 6 months ago! (the novelty of having an onboard toilet and being able to stand up straight has not worn off yet haha) We had...

Found this article to be great! Especially being new to wild camping having only upgraded to a motorhome from a 'camper' 6 months ago! (the novelty of having an onboard toilet and being able to stand up straight has not worn off yet haha) We had an incident just last weekend where the race track we usually stay at the night before (my husband takes part in go karting) was locked and we found ourselves on the outskirts of Kent trying to find somewhere to stop overnight and it was quite difficult (at 9pm), we ended up in a local Asda which turned out to be fine until some drunk person decided to come running at the 'van and bang on all the windows. Needless to say we were a little distressed and did move along, eventually finding a lorry stop on a dual carriageway which turned out to be perfectly dark and fairly quiet for the rest of the night! it hasn't deterred us too much, I think as newbies to this side of it it is a learning curve!!

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  neg09011
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Thanks for this information. <br />As a newbie, it's most helpful

  Roy Scott
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Just returned from Scotland where it is actually encouraged! I actually found an idyllic spot where my wife nervously agreed to wildcamp. It was a most beautiful white sand blue water cove ( no, Scotland wasn't an error) with mountains...

Just returned from Scotland where it is actually encouraged! I actually found an idyllic spot where my wife nervously agreed to wildcamp. It was a most beautiful white sand blue water cove ( no, Scotland wasn't an error) with mountains surrounding about 120 degrees. After an undisturbed dark and silent sleep I ventured out with the dog. On the road we had come in on was a small building which turned out to be proper toilets, drinking water on an outside tap and a fixed sign on the wall encouraging wildcamping but just asking us to use the waste bins provided and not disturb nesting birds etc! WELL DONE Scotland. This situation was found many more times especially at very scenic spots. Obviously toilets and fresh water were not always available but overnight sleeping with respect for your surroundings definitely was. Even the camp sites were okay with it all. The general opinion was "There's plenty for all of us".

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  mothy54
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I agree, no issues responsibly wild or free parking in the UK, been doing it 35 years, never had a problem at all!

  Tom1
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I have heard that 'Napoleonic" i.e. European law allows you to do anything that is not expressly forbidden so wild camping is fine as long as you don't break, say, a trespassing law or where there are signs restricting or forbidding camping.<br...

I have heard that 'Napoleonic" i.e. European law allows you to do anything that is not expressly forbidden so wild camping is fine as long as you don't break, say, a trespassing law or where there are signs restricting or forbidding camping.<br />However English common law prevents you from doing anything that is not marked as 'allowed' i.e. the absence of a No Camping sign doesn't mean you CAN camp you would need a Camping Permitted sign to be lawful!!<br />I don't know how true that is :-?

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  Tony Park
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