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Hi everyone. I was wondering how you go about finding out who owns pieces of land out in the sticks? Not fields and farmland as such but the apparently wild, overgrown wooded areas in all the spaces between towns and villages etc. Say I wanted to go out camping with my son to practice bushcraft skills I would want to be able to light fires, fish, build shelters and stuff without risking getting into bother like trespassing and cries of "Get orf moi laaaand!"
I mean, where can you go carrying knives and fire starting kits without getting hassled by anyone?

Cheers!
(7 April 2014, 12:46)Razoromero Wrote: [ -> ]Hi everyone. I was wondering how you go about finding out who owns pieces of land out in the sticks? Not fields and farmland as such but the apparently wild, overgrown wooded areas in all the spaces between towns and villages etc. Say I wanted to go out camping with my son to practice bushcraft skills I would want to be able to light fires, fish, build shelters and stuff without risking getting into bother like trespassing and cries of "Get orf moi laaaand!"
I mean, where can you go carrying knives and fire starting kits without getting hassled by anyone?

Cheers!

The further into the 'wilderness' you go, the less chance there is of being hassled.

If you can find a national park, check the rules and see what they say. For example, on Dartmoor you can't have an open fire unless in designated areas. So it makes sense to find those areas and work accordingly.

One great trick, go to meets where people are testing their BOB's. Usually they'll be in places that allows for these skills to be practiced. If you have a garden, that's still a step in the right direction.

Personally, I shoot on a lot of land, rabbits, rats, and other pest control. So I have got to know a lot of land owners that way.

Quite often, if you just pop over to a farm house and talk to a farmer, you'd be surprised how cool some of them are.

One guy lets me go out and shoot for as long as I want, providing I drop him a text saying when I'll be down there. Then as long as I'm not stupid with fires and the alike, he's cool to let me do whatever. He said he was going to pop over next time I'm out and about and join in. Other farmers have just told me to bugger off. But you never know, unless you try.
ALL land is owned by someone, camp without permission and you are trespassing, a civil offence, for land ownership check out LAND REGISTRY.
Scotland, you can camp legally almost anywhere up there because they cocked up on a law they passed which allows folks to camp just about any place so long as you do not cause an obstruction.

Some Nat parks designate camping sites for overnight expeditions as well.
If you just want to get a feel for camping start with an organised camp site the only problem is none of these will want you digging a firepit having a fire or altering the environment in any way...tis a good start for a couple of trips just to get a basic feel for it then look for common land(this usually has byelaws against camping but is seldom enforced,just be discreet) or you can just guerilla camp....has its risks but if you're carefull its fine...if you get caught you generally just leave with a flea in your ear unless you've caused damage (which you absolutely shouldn't do anyway)

Don't take a shotgun / airifle etc as armed tresspas is whole load of woe you don't want.
(7 April 2014, 16:45)Midnitemo Wrote: [ -> ]If you just want to get a feel for camping start with an organised camp site the only problem is none of these will want you digging a firepit having a fire or altering the environment in any way...tis a good start for a couple of trips just to get a basic feel for it then look for common land(this usually has byelaws against camping but is seldom enforced,just be discreet) or you can just guerilla camp....has its risks but if you're carefull its fine...if you get caught you generally just leave with a flea in your ear unless you've caused damage (which you absolutely shouldn't do anyway)

Don't take a shotgun / airifle etc as armed tresspas is whole load of woe you don't want.

Common Land, that's the term I was looking for, cheers. I'll see what I can find near me.

(7 April 2014, 13:25)NorthernRaider Wrote: [ -> ]Scotland, you can camp legally almost anywhere up there because they cocked up on a law they passed which allows folks to camp just about any place so long as you do not cause an obstruction.

Some Nat parks designate camping sites for overnight expeditions as well.

Scotland does have some lovely wilderness but it's a bit of a trek for me I'm afraid!
(8 April 2014, 01:24)Devonian Wrote: [ -> ]See if this is any use:

http://www.magazine.ordnancesurveyleisur...mping.html

Ah, cheers mate,that was definitely a useful link.
There should be an extra bit at the end of the code of conduct part saying... "Unless of course, you're a pikey, in which case you can do whatever the hell you like, anywhere you want leaving all manner of mess and junk laying around with not a care in the world!"