Will I be robbed and murdered in Wales?
If I get caught sleeping in my van by opportunistic villains?
I ran out of time this year but the plan is to do a solo roadtrip around the new Welsh uplift spots. I want to see if I can get my fill of proper DH riding in the UK between annual Euro-trips.
It’s a long drive down and I’d like to start at the Forest of Dean and work my way back via Antur Stiniog, Bikepark Wales and Revolution.
BUT…at each location I’ll be looking for somewhere safe and quiet to sleep in the van. I’ve got the knack of stealth camping up here but Wales is all new to me. I’ve never been there and some of these bikeparks are apparently located in some pretty deprived areas. You also hear about a lot of opportunistic theft of shiny things.
I don’t like to park in the middle of nowhere if I can help it. Can you find relatively peaceful residential streets where you can blend in with the other vehicles?
Or will I be murdered?Posted 4 years agowidge34Member
bigblackshed – Member
Let me know when and where you will be camped up and I’ll send the fellas round it murder you in your sleep. Just so you get the full valleys experience.
*You will be fine.
**Although probably not the in FOD. Have you ever met any Foresters?
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Excuse me!! Foresters are very nice people I’ll have you know. I should know, I’m one 😆Posted 4 years agosharkattackMember
We tend to go for a deserted lay-by or quiet car park
Hmmm, I tend to avoid this if possible. You stand out like a sore thumb. Not so bad if there’s a few of you I suppose. Around here I know all the posh, leafy estates so I go and park in between the Range Rovers or similar.
Can’t speak for South Wales, but the North is very peaceful on the whole.
Well the last time some locals ventured that far from the Shire (Cwmcarn) they lost a camera bag on the first day and a Troy Lee D3 on the second. It’s stories like this that have me concerned.
Surely every Englishman has a holiday home they can retire to following a good day In one’s saddle?
I do but it has wheels and a camping stove.
I live in a rough area so I know what a pack of feral children look like and how to avoid them. I’d hate to accidentally park on their turf.Posted 4 years agochipMember
A few times I have had to sleep in a car I have so in a supermarket carpark where there were plenty of security cameras.
Some open 24hr but even the ones that were closed the shops were well lit with people to be seen doing stuff inside.
No one ever came out and asked me to move on, but then I would only be there a night or two.Posted 4 years agoalbinoMember
Don’t know if this is any use for you, or if it’s any good:
£30 join fee for a year but free to stay in what I presume are secure stop-overs, (seem to be pubs mainly). I think the site could do with a “search map” feature, although you might get that when you join.Posted 4 years agoscruffMember
I would have thought Revolution you could stay on their car park or one of the pub carparks or the main car park in the village. Best ask Susha.
Antur Stiniog has a big carpark, doubt if the locals would mess about there as the workers would kill them. Although Orcs do live in the hills there.
FOD Im sure you be OK parked near the Council depot as I think its in use 24/7.Posted 4 years ago
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