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Wild camping in SW France?

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1. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 5y

Hi. I'm supposed to be flying to Perpignan on Monday evening, returning to the UK the following Monday. It was touch and go whether I was actually going or not as I had business to attend to so did not do any planning - and I'm still not decided. But it's only £1 each way, so I can take it or leave it.

My plan was to just chance it along the way - a cross between bumming and wild camping - either down the coast towards Spain, or across to the lower parts of the Pyrenees and just lose myself for a while.

As usual, I'm on a very tight budget - I'll buy food from local stores to cook when I settle down each night. Anyone know this area and where I can be left alone? I'm not too bothered about sightseeing, though some nice scenery is always an advantage. I just want to chill for a few days, even if it's in one place - while it's nice to have a wander I don't have to keep moving. If there are quiet beaches that anyone knows of, I'll sleep there.

Doing the same thing in a few weeks but to Holland/Germany (down the Rhine?) for a cheap bike ride - but that's another thread.

Thanks in advance peeps. ;)

2. Posted by t_maia (Moderator 3291 posts) 5y

Perpignan and into Spain? That makes me think of the Pyreneas which in turn make me think of bears and rogue vultures.

So better don't go too far into the wilderness.

But you might want to look up "Petit Train Jaune" for things to see.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow_train
http://www.trainstouristiques-ter.com/train_jaune_anglais.htm

3. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 5y

Quoting t_maia

Perpignan and into Spain? That makes me think of the Pyreneas which in turn make me think of bears and rogue vultures. So better don't go too far into the wilderness.

Wilderness is good - and all vultures are rogue, otherwise what's the point of being a vulture?

It seems the bears are imported from Eastern Europe but the locals weren't consulted so try to kill them whenever possible. I think there are only a few dozen left. I would really love to see one. Perhaps I'll head to the hills if I decide to fly out on Monday.