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It might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but there’s a fair amount of interest for ‘wild camping’ in the motor-home community. Wild camping, as the name suggests is staying in the ‘wild’ – that doesn’t have to be Saharan plains or the Amazon jungle, it’s just somewhere that isn’t an officially recognised campsite.
What’re the rules?
There’s no ‘rules’ as such to wild camping but you do need to be mindful of where you’re staying. Don’t, for example, park up in full view of somebody’s garden window or somewhere that is obviously intrusive. Equally, don’t leave litter or waste on ‘wild’ spots and preserve the surroundings so that people can enjoy them after you. Usually it’s etiquette to move on after one night, too.
Things to look out for
Be sure to investigate your local area and if there are laws explicitly forbidding overnight parking then stick to them. Some beaches or coastlines will have rules like this. The penalties can be quite serve and the rules are usually in place for your own safety (perhaps cliffs are subject to erosion or so forth) so obey and don’t get on the wrong side of the law.
Bear in mind…
You should also bear in mind your motor home insurance and whether it will cover you if you are not securely parked. It’s worth thinking, also, about facilities – topping up your water supplies or waste disposal aren’t always easy if you’re camping wild so it might be an idea to factor in a few nights at a registered campsite to top up on supplies.
Wild camping may or may not be for you, but it’s certainly something to be mindful of and there’s a definite thrill about finding somewhere really picturesque. Always think about your own safety, the safety of others and please do obey all the local rules – encounters with the local authorities don’t ever make for a pleasant way to spend your holidays!
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