Funny how this one came about. I had a small window of opportunity during the week. Weather was good and I’d been hiking on Cracoe Fell a few months previously. Cracoe Fell is a high ridge with superb views. You don’t want to be falling […]
Lets get the big question out of the way. “Is wild Camping Legal?”
No it isn’t (except for Scotland and parts of Dartmoor). Every bit of land in the UK is owned by someone and therefore permisson should be obtained. However in theory this isn’t practical as the likeyhood is you won’t know who is the owner.
Wild camping however is generally tolerated if you:
Pitch late, leave early
Leave no trace
Out of sight (normally above the highest boundary wall)
No large groups
Don’t light fires
One of the main frustrations I found when I started wild camping was actually finding where to camp.
Lets be honest, no one is going to tell you where their favourite wild camping spot is. However, I’ll happily tell you where I’ve been and a rough area. Part of the fun (for me at least) is the research and plotting my route.
Consider the following:
How are you getting to your location (car, train, bike)?
The Yorkshire Dales is my playground and I arrive by car. I am really conscious where my car is left so I normally choose somewhere there is parking. If no parking then the area needs to have somewhere that looks like my car hasn’t been dumped. Wild camping is all about being discreet.
I am also quite partial to a pre camp ritual of a pint in the pub!
Ask yourself the following:
What type of terrain is at your location?
I enjoy up being up on a hill and I am wary of wind conditions and potential lack of protection. Therefore I may favour a tent over a bivy bag.
On low ground I am more wary of nearby buildings. The last thing I need is an irate farmer asking what I am up to.
Water! – aside from being quite important for hydration and cooking it also weighs a lot. One litre weighs 1kg so for a long walk in or extended wild camping you should consider a water source such as a lake, stream, etc. A water filter such as the Sawyer Mini is ideal.
What to take
I’ve compiled some of my favourite bits of kit which you can find HERE.
This list has been made up over many years buying, testing, and trying out all sorts of gear. I won’t lie, I don’t like spending money where its not needed so you can be assured everything I recommend not only works, but is good value for money.
As the seasons change so does my kit list. No one wants to take unnecessary items and you certainly don’t want to be carrying heavy gear up a mountain (see the water reference above).