Wild Camping I Dont Think So at Least Not For A While

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  1. RS_rob

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    Well we just spent last night in Felixstowe Port nr Languard Fort & thou we did not get bothered there apart from the noise of cars roaring in & out & the constant clangs of containers moving we well she had a good nights sleep.
    It was not our 1st point of call nor was it 2nd, 3rd or 4th it was more like well its the last place im looking or going home.
    I cant say I enjoyed driving around for hours looking for a reasonable place to park getting more tired bye the minute in pitch black constantly stopping to load up the next poi to go try before giving one more a try @ 1am.
    I dont see the point in wasting all that diesel having spent hours on the net trawling for these so called places to park that have been tested one of which was most definitely a dogging spot & I think we may have even interrupted the couple but we didnt pay much attention to it.
    We should still be out tonight & after we visited Rendlesham searched for more one of which was on a road I was not prepared to enter & the other further down I did not go to as I really wanted some internet signal to place an eBay bid & I knew I would not get that there so we gave up & came home.

    I cant see us doing much wild camping at the moment infact I really cant see the joy in wasting time & diesel when I could have gone to one or more sites & spent more time relaxing however I wont completely throw in the towel just yet lets say after our 1st real wild outing im hanging up the towel for a while but if someone wants to take us out & show us how its done then maybee we will give it another go but to this date the only spot ive found is in Cornwall & thats a long drive to park overnight.

    On as side note I got to place my bid on fleabay or well I let Mandy place it as I was driving at the time & well thought id been out bid untill we parked for dinner & I found out I won the item, well its a no brainier really when she place £13000 instead of £1300 :Eeek: oh well there goes my tax money :imoutahere:
     
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    I've had similar experiences.. but we usually waypoint mark a good enough layby on the main road before we head off looking for the nicer places to sleep.. We quite often end up back at the layby lol.

    The alternative is having to plan ahead and know when you will be tired of driving so you can prebook or always finish driving at 4pm so you can get checked in to a site. I've had site owners being very rude when I've turned up midnight even when I've prebooked
     
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    Looking for some where to park is all part of the fun of wild camping:)
     
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    Driving isnt a problem as thats what I do Im employed to stay awake & manage my sleep deprevation its what once apon a time they used to call a lorry driver (y)
    Felixstowe was my Final last ditch alternative to everything & we had a lovely morning there but id hate to be there during the busy period today it was full of volunteer beach cleaners.

    As for fun finding somwhere to park Im not sure YET! our cornwall trip didnt go without a hitch
     
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    But it was smoother because we used SITES......................
     
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    Well that would put Steve off for life! He couldn't cope with that at all. That's not the romantic image I had in my head. Thank you for being so honest with your post. An eye opener for me! :)
     
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    I must admit we like to park up about 4ish if we can, midnight and later? No thanks.
     
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    Im sure we will try again but for the time being having a destination planned that is pre-booked or arraged as no booking needed has worked for us so far & checking reviews online has lead to some lovely spots.
    My free time is sparce & driving trucks every day means I dont want to spend hours behind the wheel & start hating my pride n joy which in all fairness was where my head was heading tonight.
    I love my MH & want to enjoy it so for the time being I will stick to what works, search, review, plan, go & not end up hating my time out in her which is where my head started to go tonight hence ending up home.
     
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    I wasn't very good at anything until I learnt the ropes...

    Knowledge built on experimentation and experience is a wonderful asset.

    These days I rarely have a problem finding a suitable place for a good night's sleep.

    And now and again I find a superb spot which is filed away for future visits.

    JJ :cool:
     
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    Rob, the wonder of our lifestyle is that within reason we can stop in so many places. We've wilded on many occasions since 1988 and only once have we had to move on (in UK). Pick your own (safe) places with the minimum of prep and planning, it's what it's all about imo! (y)
     
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    Bugger! I wish I'd seen that post before I posted my own inferior effort(y)(y)
     
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    It's such a shame that you had to abandon your plans. I don't think that I would be any good at wild camping, I like to know what's happening and when....each to their own, of course ;)
     
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    Always find it harder near cities and towns, here's a pic of our wild spot last week of you look closely you can see our MH bottom middle of pic. The joys of living in Scotland :) image.jpg
     
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    no.. but as we have very limited time to roam in our van due to parenting and work commitments it's often the best we can hope for.. hence our choice to wild camp instead of use sites. We have considered late arrival spaces on some of the bigger sites but they tend not to be the prettiest places to wake up..
     
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    Ah Scotland I would love to have the finances to go for just One week of wilding as the law allows it up there beutifull place & I have only been there fro work.

    Timeframes mjltigger dont get me started I have but one weekend off in every two basically if i dont work I dont get paid simples.

    & the rest of you guys maybee its just because weve just started out or possibly another factor that I find it hard to settle away from home I cant say either way but it was only @ Felixstowe did Mandy sleep though she sleeps like a baby in the motorhome anyway, me too many factors keep me awake subconsciously.
     
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    Beautiful.............
     
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    Isn't it just, but we have many places like that here in Wales........just not so big maybe! Up in the Claerwen Valley along the reservoirs there are some memorable places at all times of the year.(y) Not so many weeks past we had a couple of nights on the way back home from Anglesey, the only disturbance was a hooting owl who wouldn't bugger off even when the torch was pushing out 500 lumens..............he did blink though.:D
     
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    What Rob said...............brilliant.(y)
     
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    We Love Wales End...........................
     
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