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Wednesday Night Update


Stef, see I’m on the right day now ;-)

“National Trust and wild camping” sees Robin digging out some useful information on the National Trusts stance on the issue of the day.

The Trust does not generally allow camping on non-recognised sites without permission. ‘Wild camping’, where permitted (for example in the Lake District, in upland areas above 450m), should be out of sight of the public highway, entail only one-night stopovers with a maximum of two campers and leave no trace of their presence.

Duncan sees a significant number reached in the petition in “ePetition: The Beast has Landed“.

The ePetition supporting the legalisation of wild camping in England & Wales has now reached 668. The Beast, the 666th person to sign up, was … Christine.

TommyK has written two postings that will be of interest to people out there, the first “Scottish outdoor access code”

The Scottish Outdoor Access Code gives detailed guidance on your responsibilities when exercising access rights and if you are managing land and water.
The Act sets out where and when access rights apply. The Code defines how access rights should be exercised.

and “Current access legislation”

In Scotland, the current access legislation (which came into effect in early 2005) is explicit about your right to wild camp on hill land providing you are at least 100 metres away from a public road.

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5 Responses to “Wednesday Night Update”

  1. JH

    I don’t know if Robin’s item purposely follows on from my idea that backpacking organisations aproach landowner associations, but it is exactly what I was going to raise. The Forestry Commission springs to mind too.
    Yes these organisations do have their regulations but I wonder how rigourously they are imposed? Anybody any experience of being chucked off NT land?
    As for our organisation, the Backpackers Club. Or maybe a new assoc as suggested by Duncan?


    February 28th, 2008 at 2:35 am
  2. WD

    I think one of the many positive things to come out of this petition is the info that is being found (by Robin and others) about the wildcamping status in places like the Lakes and Dartmoor. Which I think highlights the fact that these rules are not well advertised.
    So it would be interesting to see what the Forestry Commission has to say, or even if they have an official policy.

    February 28th, 2008 at 3:21 am
  3. BG!

    Regarding FC policy, I’ve had e-conversations with Gareth Browning, who’s in charge of http://www.wildennerdale.co.uk/, they’ve a permissive attitude up there and he was looking at introducing a “wild camping access code” up there a while back. Maybe you should contact him and find out if there’s been any progress.

    February 28th, 2008 at 3:50 am
  4. JH

    Darren, I’m full of admiration for your energy in arranging the petition even if I’ve not been 100% convinced about the petition itself. As you say it’s certainly acted as a catalyst for discussions which might lead to something constructive being done. Thanks. See you on the Challenge?


    February 28th, 2008 at 5:12 am
  5. Robin Evans

    Putting up some pictorial evidence of my flouting of National Trust guidelines on tomorrow’s blog i.e camping BELOW 450m ;)

    February 28th, 2008 at 12:25 pm

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