Wild Camping and Stress

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  1. Gromett

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    I have just realised that I haven't been on a campsite for just over a year now.
    Well I have but only stopped either a weekend or a day or two.

    I didn't realise until today that my stress levels had been building.

    I have just pitched up at Louth and booked in for 3 weeks (less 1 weekend away)

    I was sat here with perfect surroundings, not thinking about where to get water or empty waste, not worrying about people walking past or security. Not being irritated by noisy oicks.

    I enjoy wilding, it is cheap and gives plenty of variety but doing it for months on end does eventually build up the stress levels as you never 100% relax.

    If I was just going away on holidays wilding is great. But doing it long term without any end in sight slowly but surely builds up the stress level.

    I really enjoyed my weekend in Derbyshire. But it didn't reduce the stress levels as I knew I was moving again the next day or had to get up before a certain time to meet friends.

    For the next 13 days. I go to sleep when I want, eat when I want and do what I want. I don't have to worry about noise or people banging on the van because it is funny. I don't have to worry about driving to get fresh water or empty waste. I can just chill and relax.

    The only down side is I have to spend over £150 to get it:Laughing:
     
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  2. PenelopePitstop

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    Karl most of what you've said is the reason we don't wildcamp!:Smile:

    I couldn't cope with all the stress - had enough of all that in my working life thanks!:Rofl1:

    Going to bed at night knowing you are 99.99% secure is worth the cost in my mind. Also being able to go out for the day without worrying if our home is safe!

    I keep a spreadsheet of our camping costs each year - I include free nights where we have stayed on aires or on friend's drives etc and last year we averaged £8.36 a night. The most expensive site was £23.84 a night in Roses, Spain. We only stayed a few nights but it was in the perfect place for where we wanted to be at that time :Smile: We had 61 "free" nights over the year - drives. aires etc.

    Most of the time we are on sites with EHU etc so not a bad average really.

    Our most expensive year was 2008 / 2009 when we averaged £10.16 a night - that year we had 6 weeks in Italy as well as travelling to Spain and back as usual and only 24 free nights.

     
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  3. Gromett

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    I don't do stress and tend to roll with the punches. When shit happens I roll my eyes and carry on...

    I don't feel stressed when wilding. I was just surprised how destressed I felt after only 24 hours on a normal campsite.

    I will definately be going back to wilding but will probably book myself into a campsite for a week or so every few months :thumb::thumb:

    Until this weekend I spent £120 odd in the last year on campsites.

    I don't mind paying for campsites if they are where I want to be. However most campsites are a few miles from where I want to be so wilding becomes attractive.
     
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  4. Stephen & Jeannie

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    This time next week !!!

    I will be working my way up the East coast of Scotland, wilding where I can ! Up as far as Inverness and then down through the Great Glen wending my way to The Isle of Skye, catching the ferry to the Isle of Lewis (great wild camping there !) then back to the mainland for the mini meet at Magbrin's herb gaff, then back to Shrewsbury for the final planning ( The plan is, there is no plan ! ) for the trek to Espana for the Winter ! Wild camping all of the way !!....:Cool::Cool::Cool:
     
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    I agree Karl - if a campsite is exactly where we want to be and it is expensive we'll bite the bullet and go for it rather than be in a cheaper one a few miles away and necessitating long walks / buses / taxis! We just won't stay as long as we otherwise might :Wink:

    As we generally go on sites with EHU we don't spend a lot on gas - generally only use gas on Fun meets! So that's a bit of a saving too!
     
  6. keith

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    Had the Police knock on out MH while stopped in a car park/lay-by south of Girvan last week and all they were asking was had we seen some travellers parking in the lay-by.
    Seems someone had called them when 4 caravans towed by Tarmac trucks (signs on their sides) turned up then went off, I guess to find somewhere nearer a pub maybe.
    That's all the police were interested in and checked with the other MH parked with us then left us alone.
    Incidents like this clearly show the police actions are not directed at us but the travelling community that take advantage of any parking area for there own use. :Eeek:
    Now that did cause some stress with H I D until they left.
    The great thing about W C is the fantastic places you can get to and enjoy once the tourists have left. :Cool:
    The shot below is the Mull of Galloway, the most Southerly point in Scotland, surrounded by the sea views we spent the night here on our own, very peacfully. I also think sometimes it is worth it.
     

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  7. Snowbird

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    No stress for me whilst wilding as we don't park in populated areas. We tend to stay away from the beaten track. Have only had theft once and that was on a campsite in Cabapino Spain.
     
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  8. JJ

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    Very strange indeed.

    It just goes to show how different folk are...

    I have just de-stressed after three nights in four ON campsites.

    No one next door to us chatting until 2/3 am.

    No one parked anywhere near and staring in at my Man City jim jams.

    Fire up the genny or Metallica when/if I want...

    Don't have to wait until the gate is open to leave/enter.

    No one coming around and telling me how the route he took to get here was much better than the one I took.

    Dive into the lake and out again and sitting on the sand without any "Save The White Whales Brigade" trying to roll me back into the water...

    ...and other advantages sound-wise that I am far too coy to mention. :Blush:


    JJ :Cool:
     
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  9. Popeye

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    Hi JJ, oh if only those wellies could speak........:Rofl1:
     
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  10. coldstreamer

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    Coldstreamer

    You pay your money and take the choice. I recall two yrs ago parking on an Aires in France, outside a very Posh Site, Very peaceful night and shocked the next morning to find three caravans within the Site had been broken into during the night without disturbing the occupants who lost almost everything including passports. All English and all with children.
    We later spoke with the Warden who told us it was quite common in that region and Foreign Nationals were often arrested with the proceeds.
    He stated they often run a Stanley Knife around the insert window rubber and enter that way.
    I cannot ever recall a site on the continent that had locked gates or secure boundary fencing.
    Perhaps they thought we were poor English that could not afford the Site Fees, so not worth robbing, or maybe the Dog Bowl and Chain outside the van, Put them off. Best Regards, Mac
     
  11. Gromett

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    JJ, You do have your plot of land to retire to periodically...

    I don't [HI]feel[/HI] stressed when wilding. I absolutely love it in France using aires and I feel so relieved when I get there. But wilding in the UK the way I have obviously affects me more than I realised. I have been stopping on industrial estates and in towns to be near friends and pubs etc. Not so much wild camping as parking up and sleeping. The campsite I am on is a CL so limited to 5 units which are really well spaced. The owner is a great guy who is really relaxed about everything. I am surrounded by horses and other wild life and I am only a 10 minute walk into town and a pub. Life here is good but not quite as good as it would be in France...

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    No dog - but I'll be buying the bowl and chain!
     
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    Hey there Gromett, been living on CL / CS sites for the last 4 1/2 years now, mainly in the Norwich area, always up for a break or change for a few weeks so how about letting us know what site it is in Louth looks and sounds very nice, do they allow dogs and pretty big units............Mark
     
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    Dogs are allowed but children aren't:thumb::thumb::thumb:

    2 years ago I converted a large 10 mtr Optare Metrorider over the winter while staying on the site so yes big ones are welcome. However you would want to ensure you could get on one of the 2 hard standings...

    http://happyfordcl.co.uk/

    I can see it is going to get harder to book in here now for me now. :Doh::Rofl1:
     
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    PS: If you do get up this way in the next 2 months give me a shout for a beer :thumb:

    November I aim to be heading down to portugal.
     
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    Cheers for the link, got a bit of work here in Norwich at the moment but I wouldn't mind getting up there for a break when I'm done, who knows we might just get that beer in.....Mark
     
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    PM me when you are coming up :thumb:
     
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    Will do......
     
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    There ya go !!

    Bump for Callumwa !!!
     
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    Give me a site EVERY time, I feel safe, meet people, dont care if the gate is not open before 8 am as I really dont want to leave before 8 am. I have plenty of water, can dump whenever I want and best of all relax, hey! thats what MH is all about for me. Yes it costs money but if I didnt spend it on a campsite, I still wouldnt find it in my wallet!!:Smile:
     
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