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    Default Shower facilities in the uk

    Been away canoe camping for a few days in hot weather? got a long way to drive home? Did you know that most motorway services in the uk have showers for long distance drivers and anyone can use them. most are free, a few charge a nominal fee.

    most services have a time limit on free parking - usually about two hours but may be less - check the signs in the car park

    I found a list of uk motorway services, if you select one, then look under "facilities - general" it will tell you if they have showers there. some may be cleaner than others but then, if you've just got out of an canal or uban river...

    http://motorwayservicesonline.co.uk/Motorway_Services

    not near a motorway? most leisure centers will let you use their showers for a couple of quid.
    Last edited by twosugars; 28th-July-2010 at 10:19 AM.
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    This reminds me of an old podcast on backpackinglight.co.uk where they were interviewing an ultralightweight long distance walker who often walks for weeks at a time. One of the questions was whether age was mellowing him, and what changes he was making to his equipment. His reply was that recently he had started to take a second pair of underpants with him to change into for the train journey home, as he got fewer strange looks that way.
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    Nice tip however there is an alternative. I have started wearing a thin layer of merino wool pants/t-shirts etc next to my skin - it doesn't smell even after a few days hard graft. Icebreaker or Chocolate Fish are a good place to start

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    Quote Originally Posted by SunburyAndy View Post
    I have started wearing a thin layer of merino wool pants/t-shirts etc next to my skin - it doesn't smell even after a few days hard graft.
    I agree entirely merino wool is definitely the way to go. I use a no name brand from a UK on line retailer http://www.thermalshop.co.uk/ which seem to work well. Also to pull in from another thread, a good close fitting base layer seems to help keep the ticks off.
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    Real wildcamping canoeists, stink.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marker View Post
    Real wildcamping canoeists, stink.
    And here I was, thinking I'd get myself a wash basin on a stand - British Campaign style.
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    This only confirms the Aussie belief that the best place to hide something from a Pom is under the soap...
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    All county council swimming pools are required to offer showers for a small fee and the public toilets in major cities and many highland towns often have showers for the same reason (Legal mandate to provide a minimum coverage of showers).
    Joshua Kelly - cboats.net

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    Thanks for the link; should come in handy sometime.

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