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10
Oct

Walking Scotland Legally Part 2

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So after trying to make time between my classes, my work, and admittedly my overall laziness I can finally say I have some results. The Scottish Outdoor Access Code answered a lot of my questions. Walking the trip as we’d hoped should be doable. The access code is long and lists a few restrictions for safety and non forest fire starting reasons, but much to my surprise it looks like we’ll even be able to build campfires in most of the out of the way places.

Hunting is an entirely different matter. Bow hunting and crossbow hunting is illegal in the United Kingdom. If I were being honest, I would say I found this to be a bit of a relief. It was something we had considered, but remains something that most of us aren’t very inclined to do.

Fishing surprisingly doesn’t seem to actually require a license. However some of us are skeptical about whether we’ll be staying anywhere long enough to be able to do it. Also, when factoring conservation laws and obtaining permits it starts getting a little confusing in terms of when and where we can fish for what. For now this is being put aside since it seems unlikely that we’ll even want to have to carry the equipment around. If we change our minds, we’ll either have to make a detailed fishing map or have our fishing spots planned out before hand.

For now this mostly just leaves questions about equipment. I’m very confident that we’ll be able to stay true to our theme (even if it means toiletries will be accompanied with leaves…) however our equipment lists remain to fully sorted out. Once we have that figured out, I’ll be able to determine what we can get across the boarder and what we can get onto a plane.

Another bit of news: this weekend is a two day training walk for us. We’re headed a bit north to get our first taste of what it’s like to walk all day, camp, and than get up in the morning and do it again. I’m looking forward to it, even if it is like to be cold.

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