(Where I can wild-camp.)
I'd like to be able to stay awhile in a really big Beech wood (or better, forest).
Reason? I have been partially-deafened and left with raging tinnitus. Thro' experimentation I've found that the soughing of the wind thro' the leaves of Beech (and Hornbeam) trees soothes me. (I'm not kidding.)
Or if someone knows of Beech woods within sound of the sea even better!
Like Paddy says, the Chilterns are excellent. an alternative may be Glocuestershire:
I assume you've seen Richard Mabey's book Beechcombing?
Interesting. I also have bad tinnitus and have noticed I sleep better outside, but I hadn't put it down to wind noise. My doc says when the tinnitus gets unbearable he can fit me up with a white noise earpiece to help mask the ringing - so is the soughing an alternative? Does it matter if the leaves are green, or in their brown, rustling, state?
There are machines available which can make that noise in your bedroom. One sufferer I know also has a complicated apparatus to duplicate a breeze in his bedroom, although that is intended for another medical condition. It blows gentle winds over his bed with appropriate sounds. Without it he has no chance of sleeping at all. It helps the tinnitus as well. The same condition has pushed his weight up to 27 stone so wild camping is not an option!
Where are you based?
Epping Forest is principally beech with a lot of hornbeam.
I understand exactly what is said about the sound quality of the wind, also the light dappling.
Camping in the forest is very frowned on by the Epping Forest Constabulary.
There is a campsite at Debden Green where you can camp right up to the Forest edge.
Many or most of the beeches are pollarded or copparded. They are overgrown and weak in the crown. They tend to come crashing down and I ghave had a series of near misses sleeping under them. Ray Mears advises not sleeping under beeches for these reasons.
there's lots of beech trees in the woods abutting the north downs/greensand way - look either side of dorking.
whilst these are close to popular spots large areas are easy wildcamp on but you do need to suss out spots that will work for you e.g. box hill is a very popluar spot and the green at the top can be heaving with people but in the woods you see very few people and on the eastern edges it's very tranquil.
i have noticed that in many woods there appears to be a flurry of "management" going on (perhaps only in national trust woods) with what looks like opening up the forest floor by thinning.
Thank you, 'Weevil', 'Sum Won' and 'Parky Again'.
'W.', perhaps I'll visit Epping Forest: see how it 'feels'. (Thanks for the tips about the anti-camper constabulary, btw, and unfortunate tendency of Beeches to fall on one. I should prefer to avoid a visit from either, particularly the 'Branch!)
'S. W.', that's a good suggestion: seeing if I kip any better near a brook. (If I don't get sleep soon I'll be the one babbling.)
And 'P. A.' thank you, too, for the very specific recommendations. I'd allus meant to walk the Greensand Ridge. (It's nearby.) Perhaps Beech flourishes in that soil. A weekend recce should rustle-up the odd likely place.
Again, thanks, everyone.
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Get a hearing aid! I have raging tinnitus, and was having trouble hearing people, notably things like hat and cat sounded the same, my brain was trying to fill in. Usually badly. A hearing aid for the worst ear seems to turn the gain down and reduce the tinnitus in a way that music or other noises never did. Noise would simply drive me nuts as the tinnitus would seem to 'beat' with it causing really wierd effects. AndI can hear what people are saying to me more accurately.
Your friendly GP surgery may have a hearing tester that will tell you if you do have a a problem worth following up with the ENT/audiologists.
Thank you for your suggestion but er, I already have hearing-aids. (I hadn't said for the sake of brevity. Sorry.) I was part-deafened and gifted tinnitus, hyperacusis and vision- and balance-anomalies in a workplace accident not my fault. After I consulted a solicitor my contract was terminated.
I also have behind-the-ear white-noise generators. And custom-made earplugs with built-in attenuators [filters] to protect me when I have to walk past road-drills or may encounter ambulances/polis cars/fire-bobbies with their sirens and klaxons, various. And now I have hearing-aids with Greenfang-capability, too, to stream music into my ears, for this new therapy I'm following. But you don't get the 'Mini-Tek' streaming-device on the NHS and I can't afford same as I'm out of work: insomnia and depression, caused by the tinnitus. Ha!
Apart from that, fine.
Hope you find relative peace, AF. I have tinnitus, but it's relatively mild. Every now and then, a new tone will appear for a few days, and then usually subside. I'm used to the background tone now, but the new tones keep me awake. I dread it getting worse.
Of course, thinking about it has now made it seem louder...
Oh, and google may be some help.
Ironically, it finds these...
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