In a similar vein, when I was on a bushcraft leaders course which ran for a calendar year, we were allowed out of the woods to go and resupply in the supermarket in Liphook on one afternoon each month. Without anything sharp about our persons, we must have appeared an odd crowd, mostly in drab colours, pretty unwashed and smelling of wood smoke. However, no-one ever asked us who we were or what we had been doing, which was probably just as well.A group of us went to rural France for a tracking course in the forests a few years ago. We were pretty much all in green or greeny-brown. We took some time off and went to a local outdoor food market. We weren't carrying belt knives or anything but it did look pretty 'uniform'. I think the locals thought we were some type of army group and a pair of Gendarmes followed us from a distance just watching what we were doing (they were armed) One cheese stall holder actually asked me if we were military - but that was it. To be honest, it must have looked a bit more like Dad's Army than SAS
I still don't feel comfortable at all when a public right of way crosses a farm yard or passes right next to a house, as is quite common here. The most extreme one I've experienced was when following a public footpath that went across a low concrete landing between two bungalows. The gap between the two houses was perhaps five metres and you could see in through the doors on either end. Very awkward!The average does not really tell much. What should be compared is population density outside city areas and I don't think those numbers are available. Anyway walking on peoples yards is frowned on here too so I don't see all that much difference.
It is not really demographics but very different traditions.
I’ve seen rusty red & black camo, apparently it’s called Urban camouflage, I’m confused.com?Actually red and black cam o has been around much, much longer than the drab colors. We just call it plaid.
I find it ironic that 50 people per kilometer is considered “rural” for me an area isn’t rural unless you reverse the terms to describe how many kilometers per person. @C_Claycomb I like your theory about how the density probably influenced the tradition. That said I think there are exceptions. Even in our most sparsely populated western states trespass is still illegal and frowned on if it’s on privately owned property. I suppose the abundance of public land (open range, etc.) where anyone can go freely probably also effects that tradition? (with an abundance of public property there’s no excuse for trespassing?) )
It’s very awkward if not impossible at most as it was there before anything was built around it. We are very protective over our rights of way.I understand that as a relic but I would not be comfortable in a situation like those either. Would a slight rerouting be possible in such cases?