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First, wild camping isn't illegal, it's a civil matter. That means that it's between the landowner/tenant and you to sort out, with the law being firmly on the landowner/tenant's side.
Second, if the weather is really so bad that you have to stop and retreat to your tent, then surely it's bad enough for the landowner/tenant to be indoors too, except he'll be in more comfort.
Third, if I was a landowner/tenant and the police came knocking on my door to tell me that a fully-laden dead backpacker, equipped with tent, sleeping bag, stove, food, etc, had just been zipped into a body bag and carried off my property, I'd probably be thinking... "Why didn't the silly plonker just pitch his tent and wait until the weather cleared?"
Infinite wrote (see)
...but what if your only on what's supposed to be a day trip but the weather turns on you, and your too far from anywher safe to stop,would you be aloud to pitch until the weather clears out?
Mrs. Nesbit wrote (see)
You carry a tent on day trips?
Well... look on the bright side... converting a daysac load to an overnight load could be done by adding only 2kg... just a tent, sleeping bag, stove and cookset.
i carry a tarp for such purposes as getting out of the weather and the partaking of a fine luncheon and occasionally the mitigation of post prandial somnolence should in excess of an elegant sufficiency of the finest vintages have been partaken of.
if you're sheltering from the rain a bit i can't imagine anyone being that picky - unless you've unpacked of course and look as though you're there to stay.
The only place where I think you are going wrong is in the list above.
Cups? More than one needed? Really!
Toiletries? maybe a bit of hand steriliser if you are fussy and some bum wipe.
" If it's a good idea, go ahead and do it. It is much easier to apologize than it is to get permission"
(probably) Grace Hopper
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