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    London Area camping spots

    Any places around London Area for popping into City on Bus or Coach ?
    Gunerdoo Do It Tomorrow ?

    #2
    If you are in the C&CC there is Chertsey. Not exactly central, but with a good train service into Central London.
    I tried it, but found that returning on the earliest "off peak" return left me stranded at the railway station after the public service buses past the campsite had stopped running for the day. Which left me hiring a taxi for the "last mile Home". It is also fairly handy for Brooklands, and Hampton Court, both of which are well worth a visit.
    Jim.
    Keeping people waiting is stealing a part of their lives.

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      #3
      Surely Crystal Palace or Abbey Wood, both Caravan and Motorhome Club sites, are the answer. I have always found Crystal Palace, with buses outside, a little bleak in the shadow of the radio mast, which can cause problems of car doors refusing to unlock!
      Abbey Wood, on the other hand is a real gem, virtually next door to the O2 stadium, it is a short walk to the tube train station and direct into central London. Amongst all the suburban houses, you literally drive around in circles to reach the entrance and discover it is indeed a wood laid out with no hint of the houses around it. The wardens used to feed and look after the local foxes and at 4p.m every day the foxes plus their cubs used to wander across the camp site which by then had gone silent and eat their food from the warden's hand. I have no idea if they still do it. I hope this helps. Graham (and Carole)

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        #4
        Originally posted by Twolitre View Post
        If you are in the C&CC there is Chertsey. Not exactly central, but with a good train service into Central London.
        I tried it, but found that returning on the earliest "off peak" return left me stranded at the railway station after the public service buses past the campsite had stopped running for the day. Which left me hiring a taxi for the "last mile Home". It is also fairly handy for Brooklands, and Hampton Court, both of which are well worth a visit.
        Jim.
        Originally posted by GeeCee View Post
        Surely Crystal Palace or Abbey Wood, both Caravan and Motorhome Club sites, are the answer. I have always found Crystal Palace, with buses outside, a little bleak in the shadow of the radio mast, which can cause problems of car doors refusing to unlock!
        Abbey Wood, on the other hand is a real gem, virtually next door to the O2 stadium, it is a short walk to the tube train station and direct into central London. Amongst all the suburban houses, you literally drive around in circles to reach the entrance and discover it is indeed a wood laid out with no hint of the houses around it. The wardens used to feed and look after the local foxes and at 4p.m every day the foxes plus their cubs used to wander across the camp site which by then had gone silent and eat their food from the warden's hand. I have no idea if they still do it. I hope this helps. Graham (and Carole)

        I think Gunerdoo is looking for a wild camping spot because it put this thread in "Wild Camping Locations" section of the forum.
        Graham
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          #5
          I looked last year for a 'wild camp' site within the M 25 because of the very high cost of the few proper sites. I tried a HGV overnight truck stop but they wouldn't allow me to stay. They wouldn't give a reason. I wanted one within underground distance. I live north of London so I went on Google Maps, followed a tube line northwards, and then went to street map at each station. Eventually I found that next to one station there was a common-use sports ground with a very large car park. On Street View you can 'drive' up to the proposed site and look round it. This place was ideal, there were no other vehicles using it, it was a very large car park without height barriers and it served a cricket pitch, rugby pitch and football pitch. I doubt if the car park would ever be full. It was across the railway line and along a road from the tube station.

          AH! I've found it. It's Northwood Hills tube station, and the car park is attached to the Northwood Recreation Ground. Yur 'tiz:
          https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.60...4112678,16.09z

          BUT Don't tell anyone, I don't want all sorts of riff raff (i.e. anyone not part of the SMH forum) knowing about it.
          A tank full of fuel is probably worth more than the car.

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            #6
            Hi,
            There is a place near Whipps Cross Hospital. It's on Whips Cross Road (A114) in the parking by the 24 hour Cafe called 'The Log Cabin'. I have used it many times.

            Kind regards,
            Ian

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              #7
              Ask your local library to order in Microadventures: Local Discoveries for Great Escapes by Alastair Humphreys. There is a chapter in there where he wild camps all round the M25.

              A lovely book about wild camping short trips all around the country. Trying to encourage us to grab our sleeping bag, bivvy bag and go - even after a day in the office and needing to be back the next morning.

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