If you've been wild camping, what advice can you offer for those looking to start?

  1. Make absolutely sure you leave no trace and take everything you've taken camping with you home once you leave.

  2. Noone in their right mind would recommend a wild camping spot, the last thing you want is some grid ref getting on the Internet and having ten tents there every summer Weekend.

  3. Caught a video of someone who tried wild camping somewhere in Kent that turned out to be a dogging spot. The lesson there world probably be "do your research"

  4. I went wild camping on Dartmoor once and someone set up a full on illegal rave in the woods 50m away! Harder to research that one

  5. Just to clarify re Scotland. The default is it's legal almost everywhere, with the main limit being around Loch Lomond where it's still legal but limited by permits to stop it getting flooded with city folk causing damage.

  6. Well, it's legal if you have the landholder's permission, but I'm guessing the whole idea is doing it without permission

  7. Regardless of technicalities, wild camping is widely tolerated / expected in larger national parks like Snowdonia and the Lake District.

  8. This is miss leading. All our national parks / public access land have local bylaws and rules. New forest and South downs aside - wild camping is not only allowed but encouraged in many many parts of the UK.

  9. Leave no trace. Arrive late and leave early. You’ll rarely be totally secluded but often can get close by just leaving the main paths. Think about bail out options (I once had to pack up and leave because of an unexpected thunderstorm on an exposed spot). Bring a change of socks so you’re not left with wet feet.

  10. The garden is perfect, but at a squeeze, you can practice in the bath if you live in a terraced house or have neighbours overlooking the lawn

  11. Choose where you put your tent carefully. Organised camping spots tend to be flat, but if you're in charge of your own tent placement, look for elevations and avoid being at the bottom of them. Camping at the bottom of even a tiny hill can result in inundation if it rains.

  12. A lot of the advice here is actually beyond beginner level. The biggest thing I’d say is not to cheap out on equipment. I lead camping trips multiple times a year and the number of people who show up with a £20 Argos tent, a paper thin sleeping bag and nothing else is unreal.

  13. This is really good advice IMO. You can dip your toe without needing to go into the deep end. Some of the advice like filtering water, bringing a shovel - you're unlikely to be that far from civilization that you can't just collect a few litres and have a dump at the pub after dinner. You don't need to cook at camp the first night or really ever depending on where you are. I've met bikepackers who just eat cold food and/or at pubs for multiweek trips.

  14. If youre getting close to sunset, don't push it to setup where you planned vs where you are. My first trip I had planned to get over the next small fell before setting up camp, I went ahead thinking I had enough time, then ended up having to setup camp on top of the fell because it was pitch black, the wind was so high I could barely get my stove going to boil water and I ended up having 1 hours sleep. It was a good learning experience but not one I would recommend.

  15. Depends where you are going, partner and I found a pretty sweet spot in the North coast of Scotland which seemed pretty quiet and only a few people there.

  16. Are you thinking Tent or camper van. If tent, I would avoid any areas which are visible from a road and try to stay away from any areas which might see regular foot traffic. Wild camping in the UK is technically only legal with the land owners permission, but with that said stick to public land (unless you have permission) and the police usually have better things to do and don't really care if you're not bothering anyone. More-so if you're somewhere inaccessible.

  17. Surprised this hasn't been said yet...if you pitch up somewhere and the landowner comes a knocking saying you have to move, don't argue, pack up and leave

  18. There are very few legal wild camping spots in the UK. Lots of people think they have the right to camp in places where they cannot.

  19. If you have a garden try out all of your gear before you go. Try to spend a full night without going back inside even if it starts pissing rain and if you do need to go in take note of what it was for.

  20. Arrive as it goes dark. I would say leave as the sun comes up but it doesn’t really matter at that point because what is anyone going to do other than tell you to leave?

  21. Alternatively if you're new to it, just bring water in with you. I've done about 15 nights this year and I've just collected water from taps at churches, outside pubs or asked people if I'm in the countryside (the latter in Scotland where it's legal so I wasn't worried)

  22. Don’t make a fire. Take a stove and use it. Nobody is going to thank you for lighting a wood fire in the wilderness. If you start a wildfire you’re going to be in heaps of trouble, with the law and the landowners.

  23. Take waterproof stuff, including footwear. It still rains, even at this time of year. There's nothing worse than getting caught out, then having to sit around wet, cold and miserable.

  24. Try to do it as minimalistic as possible, think about what you really need. Things get messy fast in a tent, so keep the most important stuff separately in smaller bags. Bring a small first aid kit.

  25. Very few places are wild. You may be asked to leave private land or covered in ticks when you discover you've been camping in a livestock field. You need to be careful of fallin trees as well. There are a number of diseases that cause significant weaknening to trees. If the area isn't rangered one could easily fall on you winds.

  26. Don't under estimate the weight of water, or, more importantly the amount you will consume with the extra weight of all the camping gear. Plus what you'll need for cooking.

  27. We ysed to always pack some sort of camping stove in case we couldn't have a fire you can at least heat tent and get hot drink/meal. Lots of farmers in Dee valley in Wales will allow wild campers if you have a word before setting up camp

  28. On a summers night I would highly recommend a bivy bag. Really gives the feeling of 'sleeping out' compared to a tent. A small stove such as the MSR nano rocket is more rhan good enough to make a brew in the morning.

  29. Be prepared to be moved on, and don't be a dick about it when it happens. You're breaking the law and a landowner has every right to tell you to leave. Just smile, hold your hands up and start packing. With a little charisma, those encounters can end very positively. We recently got moved on from a favourite spot by the game keeper and left with a lovely bit of antler from his last shoot and a contact number for fresh venison!

  30. Check Al Humphries on socials and YouTube, he coined the phrase microadventures and has some handy guides on YouTube and his website / books. There’s also plenty of insta campers who you can pick up tips from (fit for adventure gives a good insight from a female solo point of view which your wife might appreciate)

  31. Think well in advance about the weight of your equipment, an extra couple of kgs can make a big difference if the spot you had in mind isn't suitable and you have to hike a way further on!

  32. Not a wild camper, but I’m pretty sure that if you’re planning on going to the Lake District then you have to camp above the level of the last wall on the fells (please someone correct me if I’m wrong!). Also leaving early morning and obviously leaving no trace you were there.

  33. Depending on where you are going, if you can dispense with the tent and just go with a hammock and tarp, gives you a good night sleep, decent shelter and someplace to cook underneath of the weathers a bit crap.

  34. Leave everything as you found it, fires should not be making direct contact with the ground because they can scorch the earth beneath it.

  35. A few tips, stay away from farmland or land that is owned by an indivual, instead use land that has no use that maybe the council own usually on the border of things, try and make sure there's a fence or wall between you and the general public especially if it's a dog walking spot, always presume it will rain hard, have some form of entertainment (radio or phone), make sure you can get in and out without being seen (easy at night not so easy in daytime) always have snacks and keep them close to you and not stored in anything you wouldn't mind having holes chewed in, try and have a physical barrier between you and anyone else who might come close like a dip in the ground or heavy woodland, woodland is best, you don't need a fire and as humans we are automatically attracted to places where we know humans have been before but try and avoid this especially if there's rubbish around and especially if it's drink or drug related

  36. Nobody ever shares their spots as it's a good way for them to become overrun and unusable. Pull up a couple of maps, maybe an OS map for footpaths and Google satellite, find a densely wooded area near the footpath you're hiking and go check it out in person.

  37. My cousins from the US have been doing wildcamping while cycling around. They tended to go for spots that are away from the path/road. Mostly in fields along the hedgeline.

  38. If you’re going with others, then make sure they are as prepared as you are and this organisation also helps reduce overpacking between you all.

  39. Get as far away from people as you can is my advice no camp sites, do your research on the areas you want to go, tell fam where you going and for how long. Watch the weather very carefully before and during.

  40. Doesn’t have to cost a fortune but have a good look on YouTube for advice on cheaper gear that actually does the job. Learn how to read a map properly incase your phone fails you. Absolutely leave no trace….. like a womble. There’s a poem about that somewhere I’m sure.

  41. Trust your gut even if it changes at like 2am and you suddenly want to move. Genuinely saved our lives once just by going with a gut feeling and changing spots.

  42. Saved your lives from what? Not being rude just curious if it was a potential bad encounter with people or a problem with the area you'd camped in

  43. Camping whilst not in a designated campsite. If you camp in a campsite (the ones you pay for) it's hardly wild since they usually have tonnes of people there and often have toilet blocks or similar.

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