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Public fire pits in Leeds/West Yorkshire area?

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Public fire pits in Leeds/West Yorkshire area?

Hi,

I wondered if there are any open-to-public fireplaces around Leeds and the surrounding area, ideally in a park/meadow/woodland etc. I tried searching in Google but all I found is rather fussy or expensive-ish campsites.

All I am looking for is a place where you can collect some branches, put a fire up and cook your food, enjoy the company of your friends, have a few drinks, then put the fire off and go home. No sleepovers, no strict rules, ideally no fees (although would consider a 5-10 pound range option).

Obviously I know about the health and safety regulations in the UK but just wondering if this could be so strict?

Our bunch consists of European guys where the above is widely common and it's a way of socialising. I don't mind if there's someone who oversees the fires as our company is fairly quiet and friendly too.

Please, anyone has ideas where to find such a place?

PS:

I know many people use disposable BBQ's in Roundhay Park, but is that even legal?

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York, United Kingdom
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1. Re: Public fire pits in Leeds/West Yorkshire area?

Sorry - I've never heard of any places that this is permitted nor seen anyone do this

Oakham, United...
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2. Re: Public fire pits in Leeds/West Yorkshire area?

I think the UK population density makes such things difficult :there isn't really spare land for such things. If there was, it would sadly be knee deep in litter and ash that people hadn't cleared away properly.

I have come across campsites that allow fires and barbecues, and one that provides free firewood, but not in Yorkshire though.. And campsites often don't accept larger groups.

Try googling for places that you can take barbecues - more likely than open fires as the latter obviously cause damage.

Cheltenham, United...
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3. Re: Public fire pits in Leeds/West Yorkshire area?

In the UK all land is owned by someone - there is no status of "public land" in the sense you expect. In England (with a couple of exceptions) Wild Camping is not legal and I think what you want to do falls into a similar category. Culturally people would regard it as anti-social to "collect a few branches".

What facilities would you expect, toilets (all that beer)? Waste bins (for all those beer cans)? Tidying up the area for the next bunch of guys? Do you think "5-10 pounds" would cover the costs?

Some large parks, National Trust properties, provide Barbecues on site, that is the nearest you are going to find; I'm not sure "a bunch of guys" who are "fairly quiet and friendly" would be welcomed with open arms.

I have experienced the social cabins in public forests of Saar and Moselle, there is nothing like that in the UK. It is a cultural thing.

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