£20 to wild camp?

Discussion in 'Hiking Chat' started by Fossil Bluff, May 30, 2019.

  1. PhilHo

    PhilHo Section Hiker

    The Gendarms picked us up the night before in a big van with machine guns clipped inside the roof and dropped us off where the other 49 tents were pitched. It would have been a bit scary but we were at that stage of life when you think you are invincible.
  2. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    I'd suggest they **** off
    They can try their luck.,.
    Ironically much of my disregard for rules stems from time living in France :D
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  3. dovidola

    dovidola Section Hiker

    There's a time and a place...
  4. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

    Even if they've got a gun??

    Now that is BIG talk.

    But I don't really know how often landowners really do get @rsey with wildcampers??

    Or even know they're there.

    Mostly they're indoors, in the warm, watching the telly, and eating their tea, like normal people ..

    Not scouring the fell for supposed miscreants - - strikes me as all a bit over egged.. :rolleyes:
  5. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

    Gilet ex featherlight jaune.
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  6. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

    Just out of interest, how many folks here have actually been chased off, by an irate farmer when wildcamping in the UKs more remote country?

    Assuming we've been behaving in a reasonable manner?

    Being moved on from a rave doesn't count.
    :angelic:
  7. Henry

    Henry Ultralighter

    Never.


    And I’m really old.

    What’s a “rave”?;)
  8. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

    Inevitable considering how many birthdays you keep having.
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  9. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

    It's a bit like a 'cave' ..

    Only slightly noisier
  10. PhilHo

    PhilHo Section Hiker

    Around where I live the issue might be gamekeepers out lamping for foxes who might spot you and chase you off.
  11. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

    Can't blame him really.

    Birthdays are such fun.

    :happy:

  12. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

    Might, but actual, UK occurances??
  13. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

    This evening a parakeet flew into my window, stunned itself, fell to the ground, and was instantly eaten by a baby fox. Such is the state of invasive species in inner London.
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  14. Baldy

    Baldy Thru Hiker

    Yep. Me and a chap called Tim on OM meet many years ago.
    We'd camped in thick forest in East Sussex. Standing idly chatting at dusk we noticed there was actually three of us. We'd been joined by a bloke in full ghillie suit and with a rather large gun.

    He asked if we'd seen the 'Deer culling in progress' signs. No we confessed.

    We could stay for the night as our scent had ruined the nights culling but must move on in the morning.
    He was actually very decent about it and even showed us his gun:)
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  15. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    I had a similar experience in Italy - in the woods above Portofino, I think - except they just said we must be gone in the morning. They came back the next day and said it again.

    I used to stay at a reasonable camp site in the Bois de Boulogne. It can't have been very expensive because I was always skint in the those days (early 80s).
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  16. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

    That's leafy suburbia for you, right there...
    all "Nature red. in tooth and claw"

    It's a fox eat parakeet world, I'm afraid. :blackeye:
    .
    . but have the verbascum flowered yet?

    How thrilling :)

    And he showed you his gun :x3:

    .. but was actually rather decent about it.

    For a moment there, I thought you said he was wearing a gorilla suit.. That would have been even better :dude:

    Edit... Does a rendezvous with one other guy off of the Internet in the local woods, really comprise 'an OM meet'
    You sure it wasn't a 'butchcrafting' thing :geek:



    A chap with a mahoosive rifle, and an infra red nightscope picked off nine foxes at our place, a few years back.
    He showed me his gun too..:happy:
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  17. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    ♫ Edh fought the law and the law won... ♫
  18. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

    That's what that foreign travel, to 'Abroad-land' can do to people -

    -Probs shouldn't be allowed :rolleyes:

    But then again, some of us seem to have been born, as fully formed members of 'The Awkward Squad' :angelic:

    Have you ever had any run-ins with grumpy UK farmers, objecting to your wildcamping @Balagan??
  19. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    The only times I camped on farmland in the UK was aeons ago, with prior agreement of the owner and organised by the Scout troop leader.

    I've only been asked to move on a couple of times and that was cowboy camping in Israel. Owners were grumpy but not belligerent.
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  20. Fossil Bluff

    Fossil Bluff Ultralighter

    The Newcastle Rambler... and (reputedly) ad hoc lyricist for Ewan MacColl, given his first hand experiences on Kinder Scout... :D

    <singing>

    “He said "All this land is my master's"
    At that I stood shaking my head
    No man has the right to own mountains
    Any more than the deep ocean bed”

    Does anyone realistically give a toot if you pitch yer silnylon structure on some remote bit of Lakeland mountainside? Probably not. But start rigging yer cuben fibre contraption outside Farmer Palmer’s cowshed, then you might be on dodgy ground.

    Has anyone here been kicked off an English / Welsh mountainside for wildcamping?

    The proposed North Wales ban on brightly coloured tents above 2000ft seems interesting, I’ll try and find a link...
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  21. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    Whilst I wouldn't disagree with the principle:angelic::wink:
    I wonder how they'd ever police that?
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  22. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    The area South West of Loweswater has some online reputation of a farmer who won't allow wild camping in the hills. Iirc "you can't camp here", "why?", "Cos it's my f!!!! land!"

    And here I had a similar experience walking solo at Floutern Tarn around 5pm. Two quad bikers approached me but we're on the other side of the fence. The riders stopped and sat watching, but I walked around the Tarn and started to traverse the boulders up to Great Borne. They watched me until I was about quarter of the way up and then rode off. I never thought anything of it until finding it online months later.

    They weren't there to see me descend Great Borne later and camp on Blake Fell...:angelic: (how wild I am...)

  23. HillBelly

    HillBelly Ultralighter


    I've pitched up in the Peak, and sat around when the Gamekeeper was on fox patrol, he then wished us a good night and headed off.

    once in the Peak and once in Scotland - We have been woken in the night/early morning as the Mountain Rescue went by on a call, and been asked if we had seen said person.

    But never had anyone in a capacity to move me on when up high. The only issue I could see would be low level on farming land.
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  24. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

    And if you bother to talk to Farmer Palmer first - you may find that she or he has no real objections to you parking y'self over night.

    they might be a bit taken aback otherwise - just as anyone would if they found someone camping in their garden..

    No-one seems to have come forward with a scarey farmer story yet - so we might assume its not so very common..

    And how are they going to define bright ?? are they going to have colour charts?? like in paint shops??


    I'd love to be in on the conversation -

    "i'm sorry madam you'll have to move lower - this tent qualifies as crimson"

    "Oh but officer - it was sold to me as burnt umber - the manufacturers spec said it was approved for deployment upon the hillsides of Cymru - sob"
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  25. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    And what about the poor colour blind campers who think their orange tent is actually green

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