One question I get asked regularly is “are you scared?” Not at all. I am safer hidden away on a mountain top than out in Leeds on a Saturday night. I would be lying if I said I didn’t wonder what certain noises were in […]
Wild Camping Locations
Bit of strange one this. This camp came about after a long Sunday walk whereby I came across a tarn on top of a hill – Birks Tarn to be exact. I’d always fancied the idea of camping round a mountain tarn under the moonlight. […]
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 off this ridge as its high. Very high. However it has a decent ‘lip’ with a few flat spots.
This was to be my first bivy camp. Fast and light, I’d get there straight from work, camp, and get back to work in the morning.
I was nervous on this one as I didn’t know how much kit to take. I wanted to go light but ensure I wasn’t going to be cold. I didn’t need to worry. Beautiful evening, sunset, and sunrise.
I’d switched to a polycryo ground sheet. This is the material sometimes used on windows. Its extremely tough and light. Its also very slippy and therefore needs a perfectly flat surface. I ended up slipping down the very slight banking all night.
Key Kit Taken:
Army Gortex Bivy bag
Aegismax Down Sleeping Bag
Alpkit Numo Sleeping Mat
An absolute favourite of mine. If I ever go missing then start looking here. Before I start this post, let me tell you you a story. Every so often (quite alot actually) when I tell someone I like wildcamping I get that puzzled look of […]
This was my first ever wild camp. If you’ve never experienced wild camping before this was a perfect mix of fear and excitement. I’d chosen this location as I knew Grassington well. This camp was slightly North on Grassington Moor. This site was chosen after […]
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
Some cheap Chinese ‘4 season’ sleeping bag
Army issue softie trousers
Parking Gunnerside Village
Hello! My name is Mark (funnily enough) and I wanted to use this previously dormant website to document my outdoor adventures in the hope that it might inspire others to get outside and sample wild camping. I’ll try to point newbies and oldies to the […]