Is Nearly Wild Camping really just another term for Glamping?
No. While a few of the locations do offer other types of accommodation they are listed in the Nearly Wild Camping directory primarily because they offer back-to-basics tent camping and most have only basic facilities.
Do any of the locations accept bookings for camper vans?
About 40% of the locations accept camper vans (not motorhomes). The reason for this is due to the camping areas generally being soft ground not suitable for vehicles and also the Nearly Wild Camping ethos of giving campers as natural an environment as possible to immerse themselves in. The locations that do accept vans will probably ask you to use a car parking area. We are working with location hosts to help them understand the needs of van campers as we have had much more interest from van owners than we expected.
I messaged a location 1hr ago and they still haven't got back to me?
Many of the hosts are in remote areas where mobile phone signal and internet speeds are not as good as in a town or city. Farmers may be out working the land and not be able to check emails until the evenings or next day. For this reason try to give plenty of notice when making a booking. You may get a quicker response by texting (where mobile numbers are listed).
How much do the locations charge?
This varies as each location has different criteria and facilities, some for example charge per tent/van while others charge per person. Expect to pay on average around £10-£20 per night for an average family booking. All members have access to each locations details and prices and can also message the hosts direct for any clarification ahead of booking. Some locations offer exclusive use eg. £100 for up to 15 people.
We consider this as a 'thank you' payment for the privilege of being able to spend time at the location. Each location has feedback comments that let you know just how surprised our campers are that the locations really are wilder and their hosts flexible and friendly. Many locations let you decide where to pitch and the biggest surprise is that some locations have five or less pitches so you won't feel overcrowded even in peak summer.
Do any locations offer woodland and hammock camping?
There are many locations with woodland areas (50%). We are actively seeking to sign-up more woodland locations. Some locations offer a choice of both field and woodland camping.
I'm interested in setting up a wilder camping location, what do I need to do to get started?
Many locations start off using 'the 28 day rule' which allows for occasional camping without the need for planning permission. With a minimum of a simple compost toilet or even camping toilet and tent you can be ready to accept campers for most of the peak summer weekends. You would need public liabilty insurance - make it clear to the broker that you are not a campsite, you just allow occasional camping on your land. If possible ask if this can be added to your current insurance (eg. household) as it may work out cheaper.
I have just joined but I can't see the locations in the Directory, is this a scam?
Sometimes payment does not clear immediately, you can try logging out then back in again, also restarting your browser (clear your browser's cache and cookies - how to do this depends on which browser you are using - see browsers Help) or logging on on another device. Occasionally there can be a delay of upto 48hrs before the Directory & Map will display and the 'permissions' have cleared.
Some credentials to put your mind at rest:
Where's the best place to buy third party liability insurance from?
I'm afraid no pattern has formed as to which insurance companies are best suited to our locations, this is mostly because they are all different. Some have livestock, others have a workshop or place of work on site, some have rights of way passing through and some offer other types of accommodation.
Nearly Wild Camping have taken out insurance with: evergreen insurance services.co.uk because we like their ethical approach to helping good causes. It's worth starting by asking your current insurer (eg household/farm) if you can add additional cover to your current policy.
Otherwise it's a case of shopping around, we have heard about some high quotes then eventually a fair price is found. Try to stress that you are allowing occasional camping on your land not opening a year round campsite, the links below may help: