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I know what you're thinking, before Mr. Pin chimes in. Not talking about a Friday night at G-A-Y, but the holidays.

I love going camping, and we're planning on going in a couple of weeks. Time to dig out the gear from the cupboard under the stairs.

Ultimate UK destination is Lundy Island but I don't think we're going to make it this year. Would love to go there.

Peace, tranquillity, wildlife, views. Preferably with woodland and water.

Anywhere you'd recommend, preferably down South somewhere?

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Know a few up here but none down south - so this post of mine is completely pointless.

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Know a few up here but none down south - so this post of mine is completely pointless.

Maybe Mark needs to go North of the M4? Haven't put up my tent for a couple of years. I'm sure there's good scenery up your way Mr ccc. My only very sensible advice is get LED style camping lamps. Those pump-up Tilley lamps get very hot, and you must not put them in a tent, or you will not have a tent any more. Great for outside use though. I have a "Coleman" lamp that runs on petrol too. I don't think this is wise after beer. :blink:

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I know what you're thinking, before Mr. Pin chimes in. Not talking about a Friday night at G-A-Y, but the holidays.I love going camping, and we're planning on going in a couple of weeks. Time to dig out the gear from the cupboard under the stairs.Ultimate UK destination is Lundy Island but I don't think we're going to make it this year. Would love to go there.Peace, tranquillity, wildlife, views. Preferably with woodland and water.Anywhere you'd recommend, preferably down South somewhere?

Not familiar with much south of Watford.. West Country is nice though.

Might help if you specified if you're looking for a formal campsite, or just a nice location you could discretely camp out for a few days.

If the former there's probably an online guide somewhere.

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Don't climb to the top of Pen Y Fan - judging by POF female profiles 95% of the Welsh female population climb it every weekend inbetween doing triathlons and walking their dogs on the beach.

Must be fecking crowded up there.

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Campsite at Wasdale head at the end of Wast Water in the Lake District.. Not down South but some of the most strikingly beautiful scenery in the UK and you don't back much more remote in England.

Scafell Pike can be done in about 3 -4 hours and there is a nice little pub in the village used by all the mountain climbers. They get their guitars out and have a community singalong in the evenings.

Also has the smallest church in the UK in the village..

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/local-to-you/north-west/places-to-stay/camping-in-the-lake-district/wasdale/

Some years since I have been up but it was privately owned then. We paid for our pitches with a jerry can of petrol and a couple of ten man packs....

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Go and camp outside Parliament on Parliament Square. When the fuzz come along to evict you tell them that you are a confused transgendered islamist - they will go and bring you hot crossiants and cocoa... and tuck you in at nights then.

Don't forget to fly both a black and a pink flag above your tent.

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I won't recommend the one I was at earlier this summer. An idyllic looking field on Dartmoor with a couple of streams in it that turned into a freezing cold wind tunnel at night.

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Ah, everyone else is offering sensible suggestions.

I know, it's not the usual way.

I heard an interview with one of the founders of coolcamping.co.uk and that sounded worth a look, real enthusiasts.

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I know, it's not the usual way.

I heard an interview with one of the founders of coolcamping.co.uk and that sounded worth a look, real enthusiasts.

yes - I'd recommend coolcamping as a good start. They specialise in the sort of campsites that don't have lots of facilities - so they tend to be smaller and a bit more pleasant. It seems that most campers like to go places with lots of facilities (tv room, laundry, games room, etc), so the coolcamping sites tend to be a bit quieter as well.

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Can't help with the south unfortunately but if you've got the time head north anyway. It probably won't take that much longer than getting to somewhere like Cornwall. I really love the Lake District (closest to feeling at home anywhere) but all too often it's too full of tourists which makes it feel much busier than is ideal (can't blame people for wanting to go there though), so how about the Yorkshire Dales? Swaledale in particular is very nice indeed.

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Don't climb to the top of Pen Y Fan - judging by POF female profiles 95% of the Welsh female population climb it every weekend inbetween doing triathlons and walking their dogs on the beach.

Must be fecking crowded up there.

When I went up there a few years ago there was someone at the top in shorts and flip flops (it was November). I know it's a cliche, but the Welsh are a bit mad :)

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Dartmoor is unusual in that wild camping is explicitly permitted, so you've got almost the whole of Dartmoor to choose from. I've seen people camping at 600m between Yes Tor and High Willhays, fun if you've got a sturdy tent. Best make sure you're not on an active firing range though.

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Dartmoor is unusual in that wild camping is explicitly permitted, so you've got almost the whole of Dartmoor to choose from. I've seen people camping at 600m between Yes Tor and High Willhays, fun if you've got a sturdy tent. Best make sure you're not on an active firing range though.

I think my brother did this, and saw a UFO :blink:

We lived in Blackpool for a while and got over to the Lake District a few times. Stunning, sometimes starkly wild beauty. We do intend going back.

I'm off to explore the suggestions, thanks.

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Brockenhurst is so beautiful.

The last time we went camping in the New Forest we barely got any sleep because of the noise. Road noise. In the New Forest.

it was a last-minute booking. We arrived quite late in the evening. In the morning, we could see that we were only about half a mile from a major dual carriageway. Oops. Choose more carefully next time :)

But then the ponies made up for it - they came right up to the tent.

And lying looking up at the clear sky watching the satellites/ISS go around.

New Forest is a distinct possibility. This one looks good:

http://www.blackberrywood.com/

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