Camping Legally, or not

Discussion in 'Hiking Chat' started by dovidola, Apr 20, 2020.

  1. HillBelly

    HillBelly Section Hiker

    I think we'd agree that where its any good to pitch your tent up (on or by a public right of way) it'd be far away from any interested parties asking you to move on anyway (or care one way or the other.)
  2. fluffkitten

    fluffkitten Moderator Staff Member

    Last time I camped on a golf course (back in Oz) I woke up surrounded by kangaroos. Was surreal.
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  3. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    TBH it doesn't really matter if this is right or wrong the chances of it being tested and for the testee to lose is so remote as to not matter.

    At the end of the day if someone more aggressive looking than me tells me I've got to go I'll go.
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  4. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    I concur.... But with a bivi bag... Should an interested party, happen upon you... Then one may give them cause to comment and one may not give them cause?
  5. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    That's a good way forward...
    If I can't remove a problem, I will attempt at moving myself from the problem :thumbsup:
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  6. Rog Tallbloke

    Rog Tallbloke Thru Hiker

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  7. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    I liked the look of some of the pitches you did on one of your walks last year that you shared pics of. One was using a tarp over a grouse butt and another I remember was a tarp against a fence. I wouldn't have the bottle to do those, especially as I guess you were using a bright orange tarp (can't remember).
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  8. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Goody gum drops :thumbsup: I was going to email him. Hopefully your message will be seen... Some of those message requests can get buried on FB. I'm looking forward to his response. Cheers Rog.
  9. HillBelly

    HillBelly Section Hiker

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  10. Padstowe

    Padstowe Thru Hiker

    After trying to google where you stand in the UK with regards to your rights to camping, best I could find was this http://tlio.org.uk/home/fly-camping...ate-land-by-wild-camping-author-stephen-neal/
    Trying to find the reference in the law to where he states "Nope! Wild camping is not illegal. It used to be, back in the 1930s. But it was decriminalised by Section 4 of the Vagrancy Act 1938." Was too much for me :(
  11. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    I’ll move this discussion to a new thread to save cluttering this one up ....
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  12. Padstowe

    Padstowe Thru Hiker

    Did they have a decent handicap? :whistling::biggrin:
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  13. Charlie83

    Charlie83 Section Hiker

    3rd world problems

    I am sovereign, i'll camp far i want...
  14. HillBelly

    HillBelly Section Hiker

    I was thinking it must take a certain type of person to want to camp out on a ROW. But then I realise that I've been fortunate to live in the north!:angelic: where access/open land is there a plenty. I recall a podcast of Bob Cartwright doing a trek darn south, where the only choice across countryside was ROWs across farmland, so the only choice was stealth bivvy camping near to the path - rather than obviously on Farmers land.
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  15. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    I slept all 2 nights by the side of the DW and the grouse butt was 20 yards from the DW. With the grouse butt, I'd have given no argument, only a plea to stay. The other two locations, I'd have stayed put as to the point before physicality, but as I was using a tarp with a pole, I would have conceded and walked till they gave up or run out of fuel.....or maybe I'd have taken the tarp down and just covered my lower body with it :whistling:
    PN.
    I did have it in mind to offer mesen up for a day's grouse beating when the season came round...
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  16. Rog Tallbloke

    Rog Tallbloke Thru Hiker

    Andy got back to me in response to my question of who owns the quote on his blog:
    “on public rights of way I have a right to pass and re-pass, take rest and/or sleep so long as it is not in a tent”

    He said: "Mine. Natural England did not disagree with it!"

    :cool::cool:
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  17. Heltrekker

    Heltrekker Section Hiker

    What was their handicap?;)
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  18. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    As long as there were only "Four!!!".
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  19. fluffkitten

    fluffkitten Moderator Staff Member

    :roflmao:
  20. Heltrekker

    Heltrekker Section Hiker

    So far the only place I'd be wary of trying a stealth camp is in the Neouvielle National park in the Central Pyrenees. I was passing through on the GR10 when I was intercepted by a ranger, very nice young man, wanted to know where I was planning to sleep (this was about 6.00pm). I had a nice chat with him, he informed me that the rangers patrol the area frequently to move on campers - even discreet bivvies are banned unless the weather is exceptionally dire. They do have the power to fine you, not a lot of discreet places close to the trail, so probably not worth the risk.
  21. fluffkitten

    fluffkitten Moderator Staff Member

    Hard to tell, they were to busy eating the fairway for me to ask. :D
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  22. Rmr

    Rmr Section Hiker

    If you sleep on the greens there's no need to dig a cat hole!
  23. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    In a previous life when I played a lot of golf we’d sometimes find fox poop in the holes, true story.

    Not as surprising as finding a comatosed young lady fast asleep in a bunker on the 9th, she’d been at a wedding in the clubhouse hotel the night before apparently.
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  24. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    Sounds like something a person does after a B and S ball?
    I know they love them in the ACT.
    What were you doing on a Golf course?
  25. fluffkitten

    fluffkitten Moderator Staff Member

    :roflmao:

    I'd probably been too hung over to have noticed the roos if that was the case. :)
    Was the last night of a four day walk and I misjudged the terrain so got a bit exhausted and need a snoozing place.

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