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It is illegal to wild camp in England outside of Dartmoor. A lot of our woodlands are privately owned. It maybe relaxed in places, as in, people get away with it, but you might find that harder down near London. You may need permission to wild camp some areas. However... for forests near London to visit you could have a look at Epping Forest, it sits ...


You won't find enough continuous forest for what you want in southern England. But (about 20 years ago) I walked and wild camped (actually bright orange bivvy bags) a fair stretch of the south downs way. It was late December but colder than the weather we've been having recently. I got there by regional train from London. I've also wild camped in the ...


If you really want to camp I would recommend the New Forest as there are lots of campsites there and plenty of walking for at least a weekend. The problem is most of Southern England is pretty much all residential or farmland so there are few good places where you can wild camp reliably. There are probably also plenty of camping locations along the North ...


According to Wikipedia, the largest ancient woodland is the "Windsor Great Park" (1777 Ha) :) However, this one doesn't really fit into your description, does it? The next biggest woodland is King's and Baker's Wood (212 Ha). Further information:

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