Camping alone all the way

Discussion in 'Pilgrim accommodation' started by henrytdrummond, Aug 18, 2017.

  1. henrytdrummond

    henrytdrummond New Member

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    Hey all!

    I'm considering trying to walk from Canterbury to Rome from August 2018. I do not really expect anybody else to commit to such a long journey, so I'm resolved to camp on my own all the way.

    Do people know whether this is feasible and safe? I have a 1kg tent, so I am hoping it would be light enough. I'm just wondering whether it's advisable to do it alone from a safety point of view.

    Sorry for cross-posting from the Camino forum. Not sure where's best to get a response!

    Thanks
     
  2. sulu

    sulu New Member

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    Hi!
    Either place probably but I answered you there first!!!
     
  3. Jessica Johnson

    Jessica Johnson New Member

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    Hi! I am alone and have camped 12 days out of 28. Very safe an easy to find spaces. I hope to arrive in Rome late October. Jessica
     
  4. sulu

    sulu New Member

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    Hi Jessica! Where are you now?
     
  5. Jessica Johnson

    Jessica Johnson New Member

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    I am in Saint Loop sur aujon. Spent a wonderful night with the sisters at the monastery. Off to Langres soon.
     
  6. sulu

    sulu New Member

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    Great, I plan to spend the night there in 2 weeks :) Have a wonderful camino.
     
  7. snotpeer

    snotpeer New Member

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    I'm taking off in May '18 from C'bury with tent ... I'll let you know by then ...
     
  8. Domigee

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    Hi! I did camp on the French part of the VF but no wild camping. Stayed in campsites or gîtes' gardens (it was July and often they were full).
    I haven't walked the Swiss part but I definitively would have used my tent - the accommodation seems very expensive!
    I didn't see anyone camping in Italy, mind you it was so hot I don't think it would have been possible! Plenty of cheap ostellos in Italy and often VERY nice, I think I would have sent my tent back home.
    Have fun!
     
  9. Jessica Johnson

    Jessica Johnson New Member

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    Hi, I camped many times (15 nights) on the French side and only 2 times in actual campgrounds. I never had a Problem finding a spot and was always respectful of owners and their property. I am a woman walking alone and had no issues with safety. I had to stop walking in Switzerland due to family issues at home, but plan to return in the spring and will continue to camp when accommodations are sparse or full.
     
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  10. Pong

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    Hi Jessica: Wondering about your camping in France as I am considering this in order to avoid problems with finding lodging at points where I am ready to quit for the day. I don't want to be stressed about reaching x miles/km per day in order to find a place to stay. As you didn't generally use established campgrounds, did you stealth camp, or did you ask permission of people to set up a tent on their property? Does your experience show that asking would yield permissions, or best just hide out to camp? I am not keen on the latter option. May I also ask when you started in Canterbury? I'm thinking of a start in April and walking for about a month. I am thinking of a 3 or 4 year project to complete the walk. Thanks, and congratulations on your achievement. Best to you for the next section!
     
  11. Jessica Johnson

    Jessica Johnson New Member

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    Hi! I found there were many woods/forests/fields along the way. I didn’t “ask” I just made sure I was respectful and because I was walking alone I was more comfortable not being seen from roads. I met many people who volunteered their lawns for my tent but I declined because I wanted to walk further that day. I did use 3 “campgrounds” but much preferred the quiet woods. I think asking would be fine as long as you had plan B energy to keep walking if they said no. I started July 25th from Canterbury.
    Feel free to email me any other questions and good luck! I will be starting in Switzerland on May 26th.
    Jessica.dmbfan@gmail.com
     
  12. Pong

    Pong New Member

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    Thanks for the prompt reply.
     

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