'Wild Camping' by Stephen Neale pub. May 2015

Tony Gosling tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Wed Jul 1 23:06:14 BST 2015

Wild Camping Paperback – 7 May 2015

Neale (Author)
Stephen Neale is a journalist and writer, and the 
author of our Camping by the Waterside. He set up 
the popular camponwater.com website, is the 
Editor of Outdoor Focus(the magazine for the 
Outdoor Writers' and Photographers' Guild) and 
spends most of his spare time outdoors navigating 
rivers, setting up camp with his family in the 
wilderness, and writing about how amazing our country is.
unique - funny, clever and vital
E. Thomson on 17 May 2015
Format: Paperback
There are lots of wild camping books out there 
but this one is totally unique. Everyone should 
carry a copy with them when they're out in the wild.
Authors generally fudge the legal issues around 
wild camping, likely because there are lots of 
them and they're quite convoluted. But in the 
first 50 pages or so of this book, Mr Neale 
skillfully and concisely explains what the laws 
are, where they came from and how to navigate them.
Take a copy of this book with you wherever you go 
and you should be able to stand your ground 
against any jobsworth who tries to tell you 
you're breaking the law. Most of the time, Mr 
Neale reveals, you're actually not. It is an 
eye-opening and invaluable handbook.
While a legal analysis of wild camping might 
sound dull, this is actually an extremely funny, 
entertaining read. The tone is conversational and 
the text is peppered with amusing anecdotes. For 
instance, Mr Neale describes farcical run-ins 
with jobsworths and bureaucrats - like the 
council worker who teaches bushcraft skills in 
the local park but then bans the children from 
using them - which make for hilarious reading.
The book contains tonnes of recommendations for 
areas to explore and wild camp in, and those 
sections are also filled with great stories.
Highly recommended.

Stephen has a healthy downer on the Normans and 
is interviewed (30 mins in) on mp3 here 

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