Welcome to Cavan
ENJOY WILD CAMPING!
On the edge of the beautiful Lough Ramor
WILD CAMPING ETIQUETTE
There are several points to observe to ensure your trip has minimal impact on the surroundings and those around you:
Don’t hang around: It’s good wild camping etiquette to arrive at your camping spot late and leave early. By doing so you’ll avoid passers-by and can be packed away before encountering others.
Never light an open fire: One of the most important rules is to never light an open fire. Anywhere you want to camp can present a high risk of the fire escalating and as such, it’s strongly advised to avoid this at all costs.
Leave no trace: Ensure you don’t disturb the environment more than necessary and take everything with you when leaving. The general rule is – leave the area in exactly the same condition as it was discovered.
Be considerate and camp high: Whenever wild camping it’s important to stay away from settlements and respect the privacy of others. Camping on high ground helps to prevent causing a problem.
LEAVE NO TRACE – TAKE NOTHING BUT PICTURES – LEAVE NOTHING BUT FOOTPRINTS
Wild camping started as just an eco-friendly trend, but has recently become increasingly popular. As more campers find themselves in the wilderness, the ‘leave no trace’ motto has become ever important to preserve and protect these vital areas.
- Plan Ahead and Prepare: Preparation should be a key component of any trip, but particularly when camping. Use a map and familiarise yourself with the area, find out if there are any specific rules for hikers and campers, and only travel in small groups.
- Avoid disrupting the land: It’s advised to camp only on durable lands, which would mean trails and campsites. Try to avoid creating a new path or campsite, which would disrupt the purity of the land.
- Properly dispose of waste: Take home everything you bring away with you, including all rubbish. You should also bury human waste properly, in a hole between 6 and 8 inches deep and 50 metres from water.
- Leave what you find: You should leave everything you find onsite, including rocks and plants. No matter how attractive you find it or how well it’d go in your living room, leave it behind!
- No campfires: You should never light an exposed fire when camping in the wild. Instead, use specialist stoves to cook your food.
- Respect the wildlife: Leave all wildlife alone. This not only protects the environment but also ensures your safety. Don’t leave food around for animals and never feed them.
- Consider others: Respect fellow campers and hikers by not creating too much noise, and by yielding to them on a trail. Let everyone else enjoy the environment as you are.