This section tells you about cottaging, cruising & the law, keeping safe when cruising and what to do if you are a victim of a crime. Produced with support from the Pink Triangle Trust
Cruising grounds are open spaces where men look for consensual sex with other men,
Be as discreet as possible to avoid attracting attention. For example, use secluded areas, but not anywhere that might be overlooked from a road or path, particularly during daylight hours.
It is against the law to have sex in a public toilet and you risk being arrested for cottaging regardless of whether you are being discreet or not.
Police guidelines on cruising grounds advise that the police should only respond to complaints from the public and not mount proactive operations to stop men cruising.
If you’re found cottaging or having sex in a public place where you could be seen by others, you risk being arrested.
Some cruising grounds are safer than others and you should look out for warnings posted on sites such as Squirt.
If you or someone else is attacked it’s important to tell someone about what has happened so you can get help and alert others to the danger.