We’ve been shunned before!


What goes around comes around. This editorial, from the May 2000 issue of TGO, illustrates the fact that we’ve been through this wild camp problem before… with the same amount of interest from the government that we seem to be getting this time around.

The campaign begun by Darren Christie in 2008 echoes the fears Cameron McNeish raised in 2000 – that wild camping wasn’t going to get official recognition.

It’s going to take a heck of a lot more signatures at Darren’s on-line petition to get the Prime Minister or any of his government to take a blind bit of notice of what we’re calling for – the harmless legitimisation of leave-no-trace wild camping.

If you haven’t signed yet, what are you waiting for? If you have, tell your pals!



On a lighter note – it must be spring. Steph and I spotted our first curlew on the moors on March 2. I’d actually heard one fly over the cottage a few nights before, but assumed the odd noise in the dark was just another of those earthquakes we get round here from time-to-time!


John Manning

Freelance outdoor writer John Manning and his family are based in the Yorkshire Dales

4 thoughts on “We’ve been shunned before!

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  • 05/03/2008 at 11:26 pm

    Credits given and linked to both – as well as other organisations mentioned in original article, and yourself for finding the piece. I wonder if anyone in Scotland used the same arguments, a “burglar’s charter”, when our laws were going through.

    Interesting …”comments from the DETR suggest that in many areas camping is subject to local bye-laws and indeed that will still be the case…” – I wonder if any have bye-laws that permit wild camping, say those who have national trails in their boundaries. Or would they be more open to a sensible argument than the people who have the whole of the UK to run?

  • 05/03/2008 at 10:57 pm

    No objection at all. And I’ve been sneaky about scanning the piece up and posting it without Cameron’s permission… just felt it was an important reminder that we’ve been here before. Any transcription/repro should please credit Cameron McNeish as author and TGO as publisher.

  • 05/03/2008 at 9:50 pm

    Thanks for the history lesson, John. It says a lot.

    I’ve taken the liberty of transcribing the scan. I hope neither yourself nor Cameron objects. I’ll remove it if you do.

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