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    Not been out in Demi yet. I've had the last two weeks off. But what with the snow (wimp) and not feeling at my best, probably not a bad thing.

    So here's the thing then, I work a 4 day week, Wed - Sat one week, Tues - Fri the next. So every other weekend I get a 4 day off, Sat - Tues inc. These are the
    weekends I intend to use for the "getaway". So far, so good. But now I'm getting nearer to actually doing it, phew, I'm getting cold feet.

    Quick summery. 1, I've not been camping for years. And when I did it would have been at a motor race circuit, with loads of other like minded people. Not on my own. And the weather is going to have to improve a lot before Nik has a try. 2, I'm nowhere near 100% sure how to use the Club web site, yet. I look up a CR or LU, and I get a picture, a location which is great, but has a zero rating. I have no idea if this is a safe spot, or someone has taken a snap while passing.

    A case in point, my nearest LU is the layby, on the A43, Red Lion Pub, just east of J16, M1. Now, no body in their right mind is going to park anywhere near there, unless they have a 40ft Truck c/w a sleeper cab and a fridge motor that runs all night. It is in fact an overspill for the pub or one for those who don't want to pay, or continentals who have been "weekended". In short, I won't stop there, and I'd suggest it was taken off the site.

    Back to the point. As I've said, I've not been out yet, And I'm beginning to fret a bit. Would someone like to buddy up for a couple of days over the weekend 24, 25, 26, 27 March? OR, tell me a place that you know to be safe, within 50 miles of Northampton. ( Send me a PM, I am a full member ), I like to hike , if that helps.
    Or lastly, and the worst case, tell me to give up on the Wild Side and sent my fifty odd drinking vouchers to the Caravan Club.

    Re Caravan & Motorhome Club. Not sure I like to join a club that would have me as a member. Oh! so sorry, you Guys' already have.

    Your's Dadad. Feeling a bit low. Sorry to ramble.
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    Hello Dadad, I can't offer to chum up with you as I am off to Spain soon and don't live near you but I would like to reassure you - most of the problems are in your mind. Use your common sense and gut feeling about a place, I have stopped in little laybys when there is no where else, but of course it is not an ideal place. Have another look at some of the stopping sites there must be something near you that feels more suitable - safer?
    I don't know the size of your van, you can see mine in the picture and I often like to park up in quiet residential roads on the outskirts of a small town. You are not out in the wilds and I feel quite comfortable and safe. Once you get on the road you will find you are able to spot your own locations. I often find my own that are not poi's. I do not report them as I don't have data on my phone and I only have a very small van so the places may not be suitable for many. I have used unrestricted car parks and I find parking next to a white van seems to make me invisible.
    Good luck and enjoy the excitement!
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    How about giving Lyndon Top (just over a mile east of Manton) on south shore of Rutland Water. Well within your 50 miles from Northampton. Water and dump facilities, about £7 per night. Lovely walking.
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    Hi ya,
    I was exploring All around MK & Bedford for a few months two years ago now, & have to say I found good Wild Park ups are few & far between. Plenty of Lay-by & Industrial estates that are fairly quiet on the weekends though.
    I think with the better weather coming & before you right off Wildeing maybe flip a coin & head on the M1 North a while, Wild sites open up in the Boarders...
    Iím currently down on the South Coast by Littlehampton, Be Heading Up To Tonbridge Wells area Thursday for The Nests MOT then I will be Flipping a coin again myself, So letís keep an eye out for eachother.
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    Can you think of a nice, quiet village pub .
    Give them a call, or just drive up and explain your predicament. Spend a little money, while you're there. That should get you started.
    Camping clubs and sites are for folk with no imagination... Or tuggers.
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    Have you thought about going on A meet ,full of like minded people ,welcome newbys ,great fun .
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    Quote Originally Posted by dalspa View Post
    How about giving Lyndon Top (just over a mile east of Manton) on south shore of Rutland Water. Well within your 50 miles from Northampton. Water and dump facilities, about £7 per night. Lovely walking.
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    Thanks David. Not quite Wild camping !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauljenny View Post
    Can you think of a nice, quiet village pub .
    Give them a call, or just drive up and explain your predicament. Spend a little money, while you're there. That should get you started.
    Camping clubs and sites are for folk with no imagination... Or tuggers.
    Twas what I was thinking...Until I looked at some of these pubs web sites menu's. At £15 plus for a meal, one had Fish n Chips at £22.50. Add a drink or two, getting pricey. A paid for site and takeaway getting to be a no brainer. Dadad
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    Cheers Chris. I like Canals. I live near the Northampton Arm GUC. I've walked to Braunston from here. 20+ miles. Not do it again, Had to be rescued.
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    Quote Originally Posted by molly 2 View Post
    Have you thought about going on A meet ,full of like minded people ,welcome newbys ,great fun .
    I'll keep my eye open. Unless someone wants to give me a shout.
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