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handrew

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handrew says:

Wild camping in south east England.

Hi there
Like all you merry men I enjoy wild camping and walking but having to drive 6 hours to wales every time kind of restricts the frequency I can do it. So I was wondering is there anywhere around the south downs for some wild camping with either a tent or a bivi? I love camping and after doing it wild, camping in a campsite is just feels so ........... you know the feeling!
Thanks for the help guys.
Henry

 
woozle

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woozle says:

Re: Wild camping in south east England.

 My old stomping ground. Doing it with a bivvy (in the days when the word had not even been coined yet) was never a problem because if your bivvy is not bright orange nobody can see you. But tbh I've never really had a problem with a tent either but maybe I was lucky. You just have to pick your spot (sorry I don't know of any particularly suitable spots). Nowadays, like I do here for metal detecting sites, I'd use Google Earth to sus out places far enough from houses to offer some possibilites of remaining undisturbed. 

Bedouin

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Bedouin says:

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 A few months a go I got the train to Eastbourne and spent 3 days bivying on the Seven Sisters. All VERY discreet! had a great time exploring the area!

Bedouin

terrybnd

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terrybnd says:

Re: Wild camping in south east England.

 How about the Chiltern Hills? 

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Screaming Tree

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Re: Wild camping in south east England.

terrybnd said:

 How about the Chiltern Hills? 

I camped by the trig point on the top of Ivinghoe Beacon last weekend. Around here it really does have to be pitch late & leave early mind. I've heard stories of extremely angry farmers threatening campers

terrybnd

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terrybnd says:

Re: Wild camping in south east England.

Screaming Tree said:
terrybnd said:

 How about the Chiltern Hills? 

I camped by the trig point on the top of Ivinghoe Beacon last weekend. Around here it really does have to be pitch late & leave early mind. I've heard stories of extremely angry farmers threatening campers

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Further west along the Ridgeway are some good spots in some lovely woodland. 

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cheers2u

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cheers2u says:

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terrybnd said:
Screaming Tree said:
terrybnd said:

 How about the Chiltern Hills? 

I camped by the trig point on the top of Ivinghoe Beacon last weekend. Around here it really does have to be pitch late & leave early mind. I've heard stories of extremely angry farmers threatening campers

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Further west along the Ridgeway are some good spots in some lovely woodland. 

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Yes there are , Terry ............and I'm not saying where either.

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cheers2u

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cheers2u says:

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Hi Handrew,

There are little nooks you can camp in on the South Downs. But , your problem is that you will have to take all your water needs with you - no running streams at all, and as has been said, camp late, and break camp early. i have been walking on Butser Hill at 8am on a sunday morning.........and have met at least 4/5 people out walking their dogs.

Therein lies the problem. The downs are so bloody accessible for anyone who lives in them. not much height to gain before you're on the top ridge. So you will always be in danger of discovery by the wrong person.

Having said that, with a little ferreting around, I'm sure you could find somewhere out of sight and away from the paths which litter the place. I'm thinking of Beacon hill......maybe the south facing long slope...there are copse', and "bottoms" aplenty, where you could nestle down. Once again, you WILL be trespassing, as all the land is owned by local farmers, who are not very far away.

Personally, I wouldn't camp ton the South Downs. I'd always be twitching at the slightest sound. But, maybe you'd enjoy the thrill of not being discovered.

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MoonlightShadow

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Re: Wild camping in south east England.

Best leave it for when days are a bit shorter. I've got a few projects in the White Peak meself and possibly the West Pennines (Anglezarke to be precise) where there are some lovely little spots that away enough from the main paths.

handrew

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handrew says:

Re: Wild camping in south east England.

Il check out those Chiltern hills terry, I think I will bivi when my jupiter arrives. I recently bought the ME borealis bivi and it leaked like a sieve :( so stay away from it! Yeah maybe will leave it untill the days are shorter aswell would like a bit of peace and tranquility and I dont think the south downs in mid summer are the ideal place to find it!
Thanks for all your help :)

cheers2u

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cheers2u says:

Re: Wild camping in south east England.

Yep, Chilterns offer many more opportunities to "snug" down. I've wandered all over the Chiltern Way and adjacent paths around the Stokenchurch area. There are National Trust areas which can be explored. Once again though, paths aplenty, and people love to walk their dogs at silly o clock.

MLS is right........maybe leave it until october before you decide. So plenty of time to recce a spot in the meantime.

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mickjaggersbestmate

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Re: Wild camping in south east England.

I know a nice little spot in Harwich, Essex.....Like all other Woolworths in the country, no-one has yet found a use for this one, and it appears that the front entrance is very popular with wild-campers. I have used it a few times myself, although you have to get there early to get a place and you often have to share, they are, however, a (aggressively) friendly bunch. And, although the area positively STINKS of alcohol, vomit and p**s, nothing quite beats that feeling of waking-up in the wild (then reporting the thefts to the police)

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Screaming Tree

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Re: Wild camping in south east England.

mickjaggersbestmate said:

I know a nice little spot in Harwich, Essex.....Like all other Woolworths in the country, no-one has yet found a use for this one, and it appears that the front entrance is very popular with wild-campers. I have used it a few times myself, although you have to get there early to get a place and you often have to share, they are, however, a (aggressively) friendly bunch. And, although the area positively STINKS of alcohol, vomit and p**s, nothing quite beats that feeling of waking-up in the wild (then reporting the thefts to the police)


 

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