Wild Camping & Outdoor Adventures

Gunnerside Wild Camp

Gunnerside Wild Camp

Probably my favourite camp.

This one has everything. Gunnerside is a village in the Richmondshire district of North Yorkshire, England. It was the site of a major lead mining industry up to the late nineteenth century focused in Gunnerside Ghyll (or Gunnerside Gill), a smaller valley off Swaledale.

The village has limited parking which is next to the path needed to reach ‘the spot’. I knew (and admittedly was quite excited about) snow was forecast and therefore I was suitably kitted up with a backpack weighed down mainly with winter clothing.

The walk in follows the river through the valley. Passing abandoned mining buildings and mine entrances the walk is excellent. My destination was amongst one of the ruins next to the river. It was cold, dark, eerie, but mega. The snow started to fall and I feel asleep in my Banshee 200.

This picture was taken during the evening. I woke up to quite a shock with deep snow all around. It was fairly dark when I packed up and started my walk back.

The footpath back was covered so it was a relief that the route back simply followed the river. Easier said than done and a lesson to make sure you know your way home! Its becoming quite popular so be prepared to share the location with others. I was lucky enough to have it to myself.

Key items used
Banshee 200

Some cheap Chinese ‘4 season’ sleeping bag
Army issue softie trousers

Parking Gunnerside Village

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