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    • gt568
    • By gt568 5th Jan 18, 1:44 PM
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    Yo dudes,

    When I was a nipper I recall my old man taking me camping, and by camping I mean we carried all our gear on our backs into the middle of nowhere, pitched a tent, and walked out the following day. Not a camping site with others around, kind of wild so to speak.

    Can you do this these days? I'd like to do it with my kids, but don't know where to start.....
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    • spadoosh
    • By spadoosh 5th Jan 18, 1:52 PM
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    Look at the laws of where youre wishing to go.

    In england, the last time i checked dartmoor was the only place you where allowed to wild camp. In wales i think its restricted to pretty much snowdonia national park. Although i think the policy is not allowed but tolerated.

    Scotland is a lot more liberal with wild camping although there are some popular tourist areas which have local bylaws preventing it, loch lommond comes to mind.


    Google wild camping uk and youll find plenty of information as to where you can and cant and recommendations on spots.
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    • gt568
    • By gt568 5th Jan 18, 2:16 PM
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    In england, the last time i checked dartmoor was the only place you where allowed to wild camp.
    Originally posted by spadoosh
    Damn, thats not a great start.
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    • greenface
    • By greenface 5th Jan 18, 4:15 PM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 4:15 PM
    Its not free but have a look at CL sites around . Pay the farmer about a fiver a night and maybe you've got somewhere to yourself . We used to disappear into some woods as kids for a few days within walking distance of a shop etc no phones or care if your parents were pulling their hair out . wouldn't like to think my kids/grandkids would do it now.
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    • gt568
    • By gt568 5th Jan 18, 5:41 PM
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    CL sites???????
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    • gettingtheresometime
    • By gettingtheresometime 5th Jan 18, 7:51 PM
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    CL sites???????
    Originally posted by gt568
    Caravan Club certified locations.

    Basically these are sites that met certain standards & are run by the owners rather than the caravan club
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    • gazapc
    • By gazapc 6th Jan 18, 2:13 AM
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    As pointed out, it's technically not legal in England but lots of people do it including myself. Just be sensible, bivvy or small tent, rock up in the evening, no mess, leave early. I bet you can find somewhere good to stay even very close to home.

    Look up 'microadventures' as there is a chap promoting exactly this sort of activity.
    • gt568
    • By gt568 6th Jan 18, 1:15 PM
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    As pointed out, it's technically not legal in England but lots of people do it including myself. Just be sensible, bivvy or small tent, rock up in the evening, no mess, leave early. I bet you can find somewhere good to stay even very close to home.

    Look up 'microadventures' as there is a chap promoting exactly this sort of activity.
    Originally posted by gazapc
    This is the kind of thing I want to do, just to give the kids a taste. Camping on a site, with all the amenities and other people around, doesn't have the same appeal....
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    • gettingtheresometime
    • By gettingtheresometime 6th Jan 18, 4:49 PM
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    This is the kind of thing I want to do, just to give the kids a taste. Camping on a site, with all the amenities and other people around, doesn't have the same appeal....
    Originally posted by gt568
    The CLs are small - it!!!8217;s usually a field by the side/at the back of someone!!!8217;s home. Some have electric hook up but nearly all I would imagine just have toilet/washing facilities.

    tbh if your children have never been camping before then to expect them to rough it on their first experience, you might find that it!!!8217;s their last.
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    • gazapc
    • By gazapc 7th Jan 18, 1:50 AM
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    The CLs are small - itís usually a field by the side/at the back of someoneís home. Some have electric hook up but nearly all I would imagine just have toilet/washing facilities.

    tbh if your children have never been camping before then to expect them to rough it on their first experience, you might find that itís their last.
    Originally posted by gettingtheresometime
    I would also agree with this, particularly as it depends in the age of the children.

    Another option may be to consider a rougher campsite as previously suggested. One where you can have a camp fire and no distractions like an on site 'club house' etc.. I've had good success with searching on UkCamping and filtering by 'allows fires'.

    Where are you in the country? May have some suggestions.
    • gt568
    • By gt568 7th Jan 18, 9:23 AM
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    Eastern England.
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    • KeithP
    • By KeithP 7th Jan 18, 3:30 PM
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    Eastern England.
    Originally posted by gt568
    So somewhere between Berwick-upon-Tweed and Dover then?

    Should be easy for someone to find your nearest campsite.
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    • By gt568 7th Jan 18, 3:42 PM
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    Ha, fair one. Between Lincoln and Peterborough.
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    • suejb2
    • By suejb2 7th Jan 18, 6:39 PM
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    Camping
    Just seen before Countryfile, the BBC intro ( different groups of people). This time they were Wild campers in Glencoe.
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    • Ilona
    • By Ilona 8th Jan 18, 2:11 PM
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    Have a look at this on the Walking Forum. Might give you some ideas.

    http://www.walkingforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=30713.0

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    • masonsmum
    • By masonsmum 8th Jan 18, 3:46 PM
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    Such a shame you wouldn't consider Scotland, so many amazing "wild" campsites up here and we don't have the same trespassing laws as England.


    My boys and I love camping, there's nothing better than getting away from it all. We are not far from a Dark Sky area, we light a campfire and watch the stars before bed! I cant wait for the good weather to come around again till we get away for some more adventures.


    These are our favourite "wild campsites"


    http://www.ballochodee.com/


    https://redsquirrelcampsite.co.uk/
    • gt568
    • By gt568 9th Jan 18, 8:36 PM
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    Such a shame you wouldn't consider Scotland, so many amazing "wild" campsites up here and we don't have the same trespassing laws as England.


    My boys and I love camping, there's nothing better than getting away from it all. We are not far from a Dark Sky area, we light a campfire and watch the stars before bed! I cant wait for the good weather to come around again till we get away for some more adventures.


    These are our favourite "wild campsites"


    http://www.ballochodee.com/


    https://redsquirrelcampsite.co.uk/
    Originally posted by masonsmum
    I would, but it's a bit far for a taster trip, that's all.

    Plus I hate midges...
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    • Seanymph
    • By Seanymph 19th Jan 18, 7:07 PM
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    There are many, many small sites - I have camped on farms with only me in a field with an toilet and sink in the farmyard........... if you are taking small children then totally wild camping is a challenge, no running water, no toilet, have to carry everything in and out..

    You can camp legally, taking your car, and still have a really really excellent experience. I like the look of this one:

    https://www.pitchup.com/campsites/England/Central/Lincolnshire/Burgh_le_Marsh/crooked-willow-campsite/?type=4
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