What is Wildcamping?

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  1. normanandsue

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    Jim has put out a request for photos of members with their motorhomes "wildcamping" and Douglas, though very enthusiastic, posed a problem I thought worthy of a separate thread?

    "What is wildcamping?" In its basic form I thought this was just when you stayed anywhere other than a recognised campting site or aire?
    (But obviously a friend or neighbours driveway wouldn't count as wildcamping)
    What are other people's definitions of "wildcamping?"

    Norman
     
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    Gets my vote.
     
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    My definition as I see it, where we spend a day or two parked up not in anyones way or annoyance, off the beaten track.
     
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    I have seen long lists of wildcamping spots, but many of them are, in my opinion, not 'wild' camping, more like free parking:Smile: Think wilderness and that is what I strive for, think Asda car park and while i might stop overnight in one on route, I'm not going to base a holiday around it like some seem to.

    Of course, there are not many true "wildernesses" left in Europe, but its amazing where people find to camp, many are truly wild. By a lake, a deserted beach carpark in winter, country lanes, river banks etc. With a bit of thought, and common sense it can be wonderful to be wild :thumb:
     
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    Sounds good to me, although as Jim rightly points out, that could include anything from an Asda car park to the top of a mountain.

    So I suppose the word 'wild' can mean different things to different people. What is classed as wild to a 70 year old in a 30-foot A-Class with air-con and hot water on tap, might not seem so wild to a 26 year old in a VW Camper on a round the world trip :Smile:
     
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    Its like being homeless put doing it in a motorhome:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    Ive worked with a lot of Romanian lads, they are buying up caravans like the are going out of fashion, because back there you can still truly wild camp. They just go and find somehwre nice (loads of places), by a lake for instance, they catch fish, cook them and eat them "not put back like you silly people", along with a few beers and family around them, they have alot of fun.
    I have a DVD of some of Romania, we were arranging a trip there with landrovers, some absolutly stunning countryside where you can wild camp every night, you would just have to be very picky on routes with MH's.
     
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    Complete the word for a definition.
    Wild becomes Wilderness,
    Self explanatory isn't it.:Rofl1:
     
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    For me Scandinavia above the Arctic Circle is one of the last true wild camping domains. Its possible to park up in the woods and watch dear and moose and all sorts of wild animals that are not seen anywhere else in Europe. There are log cabins provided by the local community and BBQs with wood also supplied. A great place for wilding in its truest form.
     
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    Oi that's too close for some!

    Norman
     
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    To me its like been on holiday without paying for hotels:Rofl1:
     
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    Just nattering to K about this. She says that it's as far away from an ASDA carpark as you can get. Or, for that matter, any other buildings, vehicles or people.

    It's a bit more difficult with Rosie II but we've still managed to find some great spots in the Forest of Dean, Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons.

    In the old Rosie I think we only ever stayed on sites for about three nights, including a week in the Highlands in winter, and a month travelling in France and Spain.

    We head to where the road disappears and nature greets you. :thumb:
     
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    There is a common definition of that, a crash.
     
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    :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    I dislike the term "wildcamping"

    I don't think staying in an air-conditioned motorhome with central heating, hot and cold water to bathroom and kitchen and wall to wall carpets is "camping."

    I always park "off site" (unless at a Funster Meet)

    JJ :Cool:
     
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    Spoken like a true motorcyclist...........................:Wink:
     
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    As far as I'm concerned every fun meet I've been on is wild camping:Rofl1:
     
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    Oi, get back to sleep:Smile:
     
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    snoooooooooooooooore snoooooooooooooooore snooooooooooooooore
     
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    That makes me the only wild camper at the "RED KITE" !!!!!! Tent , rain , cold and .... slippery night:Eeek: ... Spent all the nights crowling to keep my feet IN the tent , no levelled place at the Red Kite..... for the tents...that is !But loved it :thumb::thumb:

    Frankie:Wink:
     
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