What is dogging?

Dogging is a predominantly British activity that involves outdoor exhibitionism in car-parks, wooded areas and the like. The term dogging originated in the early Seventies to describe men who spied on couples having sex outdoors. These men would ‘dog’ the couples’ every move in an effort to watch them. When the swinging scene discovered that open-air sex has its own special thrill they began meeting in car-parks, and the doggers found a new and rich supply of voyeuristic fun. Moreover, the doggers soon realised that these couples were actively encouraging them to watch, even performing for them, and sometimes allowing them to join in

Dogging is a British English euphemism for engaging in sexual acts in a public or semi-public place or watching others doing so. There may be more than two participants; both group sex and gang banging can be included. As observation is encouraged, voyeurism and exhibitionism are closely associated with dogging. The two sets of people involved often meet either randomly or (increasingly) arrange to meet up beforehand over the Internet.

Dogging started in the later part of the 20th century, in the UK, with locations mainly being public car parks and lay-bys (usually on quiet country roads) with activity normally taking place after dark. Doggers would usually leave their interior lights on in their cars so that other doggers would know that they too were doggers. Some flash their headlights at other cars or flick the interior light on briefly. These are the most common signs to show that one is a dogger, and are also the signs used by gay men who use lay-bys as cruising grounds for sexual activity. Many dogging locations are used by both straight doggers and gay men.

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Closure of seaside dogging hotspot car park delayed

Moves to shut down a Torquay ‘dogging’ hotspot car park have been delayed amid claims that Torbay Council has over-reacted. The free car park at Watcombe Beach is popular with hikers, runners, dog-walkers – and doggers.

One website dedicated to the pursuit of outdoor public sex proclaims: “Watcombe Beach car park is the top spot for Torquay doggers.”

Torbay Council announced last week that the car park would be closed permanently from the beginning of November after ‘reports of anti-social behaviour’ there. Now, though, the closure has been postponed as a result of an outcry.

Torbay MP Kevin Foster said he had never received any complaints about activities in the car park and believed the closure was an over-reaction. Bay councillor Steve Darling called for more talks and said the closure would make parking problems in the Watcombe area worse.

The closure was first revealed when signs appeared at the car park last week announced that it would be closed permanently from ‘Wednesday 3rd November’. Users took to social media to complain, not least because November 3 is actually a Friday.

Torbay Council confirmed: “Reports of anti-social behaviour at this location have been notified to the council. Therefore the closure of this car park will take place in November. The land has been declared surplus to requirements by the council’s parking service and the future use of the site will now be considered by the council’s Strategic Land Task Group.”

Cllr Darling said he was concerned at the loss of parking spaces in an area which was already under pressure. In a letter to council officers he said: “There is a significant highways issue along nearby Moor Lane where there are three schools. I fear that this closure will only make a bad situation worse. Can you call a halt to this car park closure?”

He added: “Has the council really exhausted every avenue of inquiry before doing this?”

Mr Foster said: “This could be dealt with via an overnight closure or even a winter months closure. Just to shut the car park for the beach without any real consultation is wrong.

“This will have a very real impact. There is little point maintaining the other facilities around Watcombe beach if you are then going to shut off the way of getting there.

“I think the closure was over the top. There has been virtually zero consultation. The delay is welcome because it means we can have a proper discussion about the beach as a whole, and talk about what the real issues are.”

A Torbay Council spokesperson said: “The closure of Watcombe car park has been postponed for now. For information it was identified as surplus to our service requirements when we undertook the Parking Review in 2016. We unfortunately don’t have the resources to monitor a free car park or to operate a night time only closure. Our Strategic Land Task Group will determine what happens next but at this time we do not have a timeline on when this will be discussed.”

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Should there be official ‘dogging’ areas?

Should there be official ‘dogging’ areas?

There have been quite a lot of talks recently in the media about the possibility of providing designated dogging parking areas

Local council should provide “clearly marked areas” in the city’s forests and parks.

“Clearly signposted designated spaces within our public forests and parks with dedicated parking would allow enthusiasts of outdoor sex (both as participants and observers) to enjoy their hobby without accidental interruption by those of us making more traditional use of outdoor spaces with our dogs, kids, bikes, and friends.”

It is not illegal to engage in sexual activity outdoors but there are a number of offences which could result from this, such as causing alarm and distress to others, outraging public indecency or exposure.

Criminal offences under the Sexual Offence Act 2003 include engaging in sexual activity in a public lavatory, while exposure with intent to cause alarm or distress and voyeurism on people engaged in a private act without their consent are also criminal offences.

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Dogging sites expected to be busy over Bank Holiday weekend

August Bank Holiday weekend is looking to be a busy weekend

With all the new locations posted over the last week and the increase in meetings being posted on the forums, it is looking to be a real busy weekend nationwide.

Activity at a number of dogging hotspots across the country is expected to increase during this bank holiday weekend due to the sunny weather.

The warmer evenings are known to bring out more people interested in having sex, and watching others do so, in their cars at night.

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Dogging meets tonight

What is dogging, how popular is public sex in the UK

The practice seems to occur up and down the country as randy exhibitionists play out their fantasies in car parks and woodland across the UK. Here’s everything you need to know about the raunchy pastime…

Public sex seems to be something of a national hobby for a great many Brits.

Last year a survey revealed that 43 per cent of Brits admitted to getting it on in a public place.

The study conducted by TV channel Alibi showed that it was in fact the second most common crime, after speeding, people admitted to having committed. 

Where are the UK’s most notorious dogging sites?

Dogging is pretty much nationwide with virtually every county having a site listed in the dogging after dark database. We list the locations as well as maps and directions to make them easy to find for anyone wishing to take part in their local area.

With an Internet presence since 1999, making us pretty much the largest dogging information and contact site on the internet.

By joining and becoming a member of After Dark you gain full access to ALL the locations, maps, Directions, Reviews and lots more!! As well as full access to the “Meet Tonight” section, where meet up’s are posted in advance to arrange to meet up with fellow doggers at a pre-determined location.

Join up and go dogging tonight

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New dogging locations

New dogging locations listed weekly

Locations listed weekly for the whole of the UK

The dogging forums are updated on a daily basis with locations, member meets, photos, videos and all the information you need to “go dogging tonight”, covering the whole of the UK making them one of the biggest and most comprehensive websites on the Internet since 1999.

Find out where your nearest dogging location is

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What is dogging, how popular is public sex in the UK, where are the most notorious sites and is it illegal?

DOGGING is a British slang term for having sex in public in the view of others.

The practice seems to occur up and down the country as randy exhibitionists play out their fantasies in car parks and woodland across the land.

What is dogging?

Dogging is a British slang term of having sex in public while other people watch.

The phrase is thought to come from the term “walking the dog” as dog walkers used to happen across couples getting amorous outdoors.

The practice usually occurs in car parks and woodland and frequently involves strangers in an either active or voyeuristic role.

In 2003, the term “dogging” rose to prominence when it was reported that the craze was sweeping the internet as exhibitionists used the web to set up dogging meets.

How popular is public sex in the UK?

Public sex seems to be something of a national hobby for a great many Brits.

Last year a survey revealed that 43 per cent of Brits admitted to getting it on in a public place.

The study conducted by TV channel Alibi showed that it was in fact the second most common crime, after speeding, people admitted to having committed.

Where are the UK’s most notorious dogging sites?

Dogging seems to be pretty much nationwide with virtually every county apparently having a site according to various dogging up websites.

The activity seems particularly popular in South London with one survey claiming that 12 of the 21 most popular sites were in the area.

Neighbouring Kent also featured highly on the list but people getting frisky al fresco is by no means restricted to the South East.

One survey claimed Manchester was the UK’s number one city for dogging but there are well known sites in the Midlands, across the North, East Anglia, the West Country, Wales and Scotland.

Is dogging illegal in the UK?

Although the practice of dogging is not explicitly banned by one particular law, there are a multitude of offences anyone one caught doing the dirty in public could be charged with.

These include anything from indecent exposure, public lewdness and gross indecency, to name a few.

People caught dogging could be prosecuted under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 or under the common law offence of outraging public decency.

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Dogging meets

Dogging meets for this weekend, for the whole of the UK

Dogging meets posted weekly with directions, maps, photos and reviews

Dogging Meets

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Dogging locations

Over the past two weeks we have added over 200 new dogging locations, many with maps, pictures and directions and featuring posts and reviews from our members on when to go, the best time to visit for dogging action day or night in the UK.

One of the biggest dogging websites on the Internet since 1999, featuring dogging locations, photos, videos, maps and directions and a huge database of UK dogging members with dogging meets and a meet tonight section.

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Pranksters use Google Maps to change name of Tumbridge Wells park to ‘Dogging Central’

A quiet park in a posh town has had its name on Google Maps changed by pranksters – to ‘dogging central’.

Dunorlan Park is known for being a quiet dog-walking spot popular with families, but sneaky jokers suggested something far naughtier.

The public sex reference in the name of the park in Tunbridge Wells, Kent appeared on Friday morning – but was quickly removed.

Sean Matthews, a transport supervisor at S & S Distribution in Tonbridge, who spotted the name change, said: “We were using Google Maps to route some of our vehicles and it was just in passing that we spotted it.

“We all had a giggle and looked at it in disbelief. It’s something to laugh about.”

Dogging is not illegal in the UK, but those involved are potentially at risk of prosecution if they are found to be outraging public decency under the Sexual Offences Act 2003. But council staff took the light-hearted prank well

A spokesperson for Tunbridge Wells Borough Council said: “Someone has clearly had some fun doing this.

“Most people in Tunbridge Wells will know Dunorlan Park for being one of the lovely parks and open spaces we have in the borough which is very popular with dog walkers.”

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