Rough Camping

Q. Is it ok to 'rough camp' anywhere? Such as create my own shelter from natural surroundings in forests or woods in Britain.

David Royle, Manchester


A. Hi David. The short answer is no! If you live in England or Wales you will be trespassing unless you have the permission of the landowner. However a lot of our forests are public access areas such as Forestry Commission land. This means you can 'free roam' these areas, but not camp there. Off the record if you find such a forest and scout out a suitable spot, away from people, and treat the area with respect it can be done. Remember to use only dead wood for your shelter, do not damage any live trees and be very, very aware that fires in forests can cause major problems. Fire in forests don't only spread outwards, they can burn downwards and ignite the tree roots. If its at all possible try and get permission from the landowner, could save a lot of hassle. Hope this helps. Jez

Jeremy Manning, Blackwood


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