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Thread: where best to camp around the midlands area??

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    Alone in the Wilderness
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    where best to camp around the midlands area??

    I was wondering as a beginner from Birmingham, where would the best place to wild camp and try out some bushcraft skills close to where i live?? it seems to me trying to find somewhere local is harder than i thought it would be, especially living in a city.. Please help as its getting me a little frustrated finding a location..
    thanks... Dallas..

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    I am a Birmingham Lad......well I'm 42 so knot much of a lad now but I am looking for somewhere too for myself and my nephew to get away at the weekends. Let me know if you have any joy and I will do the same.

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    With a substantial canal network in the midlands you could try one of those? Scout using google earth and pick a nice quiet wooded area away from the "maddening crowds"

    Gotta be worth a try?

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    Tim
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    pedal five hundred on a bicycle and you remain basically a bourgeois;
    paddle a hundred in a canoe and you are already a child of nature."
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    have u looked at kingsford and kinver forest park on the kingsford Rd at kinver, some of the canals out that way have excellent bits of land beside the canal, I do a bit of walking around that area
    I do not fear the valley, for I am the shadow

    I come from a long line of Conga dancers

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    Thank you, I will have a gander.

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    I did try and get a midlands meet together at the Kniver scout camp but after a lot of problems with permissions and the fact I was working away in Wiltshire at the time it fell through. I may try looking again at somewhere to get a meet together again with permissons but it will take some time to find somewhere suitable. In the mean time there is a meet held near the Belfy golf course at North Wood with is held ever other month. the next meet is coming up at 29th April-1 May it is run by Woodspirits who is a member on here as well. But I am happy to answer any questions as I am an old hand at the meets and one of the original people who started going there we have now been using it for about 5 years and although HS2 is going through the middle of the wood we have not yet been given a date when the work will start. It is a lovely ancient wood which we have sole use of and has a large variety of woods and plenty of interesting plants as well.

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    I've found a site just south of Ashby De La Zouch. The meets are arranged via Facebook and the owners are nice people. PM me for details.

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    OK, you are going to think I am a bit touched in the head, but last year I slept out 12 times (once a month) in peculiar places. October was on the (very) round roundabout you can see in the middle of this picture. It is the A38/M5 junction at Burnham on Sea. Obviously no open fire, but supper, overnight and breakfast were all enjoyed in the trees on the roundabout! This year I expect one will be in the slightly off round area within the circle of the motorway junction.

    My point being, it is possible to find a bit of something wild in the strangest places.... I have just had a quick Google map search of Birmingham, there is loads of greenery. Seek and you shall find

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    I fancy the Neville hall estate woods at the junction of the A458 and Chester Rd, I've been walking the dog there scoping the place and it's looking really good for a campClick image for larger version. 

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    I do not fear the valley, for I am the shadow

    I come from a long line of Conga dancers

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    If anyone fancies a walk there some time to have a butchers, give me a shout, weekend only though
    I do not fear the valley, for I am the shadow

    I come from a long line of Conga dancers

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