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Wild Camping

Who can help? i remember see a post on wild camping in the UK, in which the law had changed to allow, can anyone help
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You should be OK in Scotland
In England / Wales, either seek the landowners permission or just make sure you're not obvious, which is the general rule for most in the more open areas (moorland etc)
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You should be OK in Scotland
In England / Wales, either seek the landowners permission or just make sure you're not obvious, which is the general rule for most in the more open areas (moorland etc)
As stated above, to my knowledge the law has not changed.
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Something we noticed on a recent trip to Scotland were signs (primarily on FC owned land but not always) stating that camping with a vehicle was not deemed to be wild camping and therefore wasn't premitted. Their interpretation of wild camping was more aimed towards backpacking.

Hopefully this isn't going to be setting a trend.
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You need to try to develop a feel for the location so that you don't get seen or disturbed. Make sure you're aware of the land's use; if it's farmland near to populated areas then if you show any light, you're likely to get investigated.

Find your spot well before dark then come back to it at dusk. Arrive late and leave early. If you eat before you stop for the night it's fairly easy to find somewhere just to pitch up and sleep.

I make sure I can bundle my sh1t together and be gone quick if needs be. You can always have a sort out and cook some breaky later.

I once picked a great spot out of site behind some dense woodland. I was woken up by the sound of vehicles and could just see in the half light, a load of squadies, yomping towards my camp. They probably wouldn't have been bothered but I didn't fancy being accidently run over by a Landie or an APC.
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Something we noticed on a recent trip to Scotland were signs (primarily on FC owned land but not always) stating that camping with a vehicle was not deemed to be wild camping and therefore wasn't premitted. Their interpretation of wild camping was more aimed towards backpacking.

Hopefully this isn't going to be setting a trend.
this is not the law on 'wild camping', sounds like the rules on 'right to roam' are being bent or misinterpreted. they are not the same thing.
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Find your spot well before dark then come back to it at dusk. Arrive late and leave early. If you eat before you stop for the night it's fairly easy to find somewhere just to pitch up and sleep.
Thats exactly the optimal way to do it.

Scout the place for the night, leave for a dinner spot (cooking, eating) - and come back so late you can, without using the lights.

And be careful with using fire & light..

This way we plan to do it in africa.

In Europe i would ask - because it is nicer to light up a fire, and be relaxed. Here you have to scout places well - that a fire dont get recognized.

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In my experience, Scotland is fine for wild camping, but I only do this in the highlands and as far away from people as possible.

As already said, arrive late and leave early and don't leave any trace of your stay. Bury any crap, pack out all rubbish and don't damage the environment buy cutting down trees, etc. My camping location is usually determined by where I can find a source of clean running water (stream or river, so needs to be found in daylight).

Forestry Commission lands, I think, often ban wild camping (with or without a vehicle) because of the risk of fire, but if you arrive late/leave early, are discreet and use common sense, it is unlikely you will be bothered.

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