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Frequently Asked Questions

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. 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 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 upto 10 people

Do any locations offer woodland and hammock camping?

There are a few locations with woodland areas. Some land owners are not familiar with hammock camping and may even have not mentioned that they have woodland when they became members, so for 2019 we are working on a map of the locations with woodland camping and changing the website to make this clear for both land owners and campers alike. We are actively seeking to sign-up more wooland locations.

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 (£80) 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.

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.


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 because we like their ethical approach to helping good causes

I think it's basically 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:

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