As much as we’re a big fan of the many Yurts, Tipi’s and Hobbit Holes popping up along our beautiful countryside, there’s something about the new trend of ‘Wild Camping’ that awakens our inner caveman. You get to peacefully enjoy the campfire and stargaze in the evening, as well as listen to the beautiful bird song in the morning without any interruptions. For many, basic wild camping is the most rewarding type of trip outdoors, but sadly all too rare these days. The rules of wild camping are very much the same; however, you’re left to your own devices. It’s down to you to find the perfect camping spot, source your own washing facilities and a ‘dunny’.
However, there are some things you can do to ensure your wild camping experience goes without a hitch. In times gone by you could camp wherever and whenever you pleased, but let’s be clear: wild camping is illegal in much of Britain, but not all of it. In Scotland, you’re able to partake in wild camping if you stay away from roads, dwellings and clear up after yourself. In England and Wales (except for our beloved Dartmoor) - it’s important to find out who the landowner is and ask if you can use their land for a short wild camping experience. If the land is owned by a public organisation or Trust then you’ll be able to find information about wild camping on their website.
Tip: Offer to help the land owner with something to repay them for the pleasure of your stay or invite them to dinner and a glass of wine when you’ve pitched up.
Tip: Only light a fire if you have permission or there’s a fire pit already in use. As an alternative to a campfire you could use a portable campfire kit. After boiling your LWWF found pouches in the bag – use the hot water left over for clean drinking water.
Tip: Always clear up your rubbish and never pollute.
Tip: Be careful and respectful of livestock and crops as any damage affects someone’s livelihood.
Tip: If you don’t have toilet facilities make sure you dig a deep hole and cover it before you leave your camping site.
Tip: Leave without a trace. The real beauty of camping in the wild is being eco-friendly. Leave it in exactly the same way you found it, that way, someone else could also enjoy the same beauty spot in the future.
Tip: Enjoy – be at one with nature. A little sing song around the campfire of ‘Born Free’ is welcomed.
For those who don’t wish to do this type of raw wild camping, but still want the experience of going off-grid without any of the usual services, then there are other alternatives. For a ‘nearly-wild experience’ you can visit a farm that already offers a frugal and wild camping experience, helping you to enjoy your time in the wild with no interruptions.