Following the closure of the toilets at renowned ‘dogging’ spot Tog Hill, a number of other local locations are being enjoyed by ‘doggers’ according to websites advertising their whereabouts.
Many of the spots mentioned are day trip locations for families, but at night, particularly at weekends, they are being used as a rendezvous spot for those who partake in ‘dogging’.
The activity is described as the practice of watching or engaging in exhibitionist sexual activity in a public place, and there are several adult websites where the exhibitionists rate and review the spots, and explain exactly where to go to avoid public detection.
Dogging itself is not illegal, but it can be if another person sees the act. If it causes outrage to a witness, an offence may be committed. The offence is one of public indecency, or public nuisance – but having sex in a public place is not against the law.
Apparently, The Cotswolds has always been known for it’s dogging locations, but after the notorious spot in Tog Hill was forced to close its toilets due to anti-social behaviour, many ‘doggers’ are descending on the villages and woods in Gloucestershire instead.
Here are a few of the locations listed, and what is written about them:
- North on the A417 from Cirencester following the “Scenic Route” for “Birdlip & Stroud”
The reviewer said: “This is good after dark dogging.”
- South Cerney Water Park.
According to the reviewer: “There’s fun to be had in the car parks around South Cerney Waterpark between Cirencester and Swindon.”
- Coaly Peak Picnic Area between Stroud and Dursley.
The reviewer claims “the site is worth visiting.”
Crickley Hill Country Park
- A417 to the Air Balloon roundabout, take the 2nd exit, sign posted Leckhampton, and Crickley Hill is approx. 100 yards on the left.
The reviewer says there are two car parks “several really intimate spots”.
According to the review this is “Good for people that meet at Birdlip and then want more privacy.”
- A4136 between Brierly and Coleford.
The reviewer claims this is a “great place for discreet fun mid-afternoon.”
- Near Quedgeley, a layby on the A38.
The reviewer says the location is “secluded from the main road by trees.”
Apparently there are “many good nights of dogging had here, mostly men but some single females and some couples.”
- Highnam Woods, off A40, 1 mile west of A48 roundabout.
- Letchlade Riverside Park
- Meysey Hampton
The reviewer said Mersey Hampton is: “A tranquil, rural car park guaranteed to provide a thrill!”
- Towards Stratford-upon-Avon on Fosseway in layby
The reviewer claims the spot is “not well known.”
- Near Crickley Hill
- Stinchcombe Golf Course
- King George’s Field playing field
Apparently “A surprisingly secluded and quiet location” that the reviewer says is “perfect at night.”
- Frith Woods, near Bussage
This spot is “Good for voyeurs” according to the reviewer “after midnight is quietest.”
- The car park of the Boathouse Pub
The reviewer said: “This is an excellent location, by the river Avon, for day and night.”
- Tewkesbury Abbey
The reviewer claims: “All types of doggers are present here.”