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wild camping for us is the holy grail! we love having a little bit of this beautiful world all to ourselves for a couple of days, but it can sometimes be a bit tricky to find. there are a few ways to achieve that wilder camping experience - you can either do the proper wild camping thing, be careful though as its not allowed in some areas, and when wild camping is freely allowed its often inaccessible by car, so if like us you like to take a few of life's little luxuries with you you're probably better off looking for a wilder campsite or asking a landowner for a corner of a field for a couple of nights. as long as groups are small and you are quiet you shouldnt have too much of a problem.
use your common sense -avoid agricultural land, if you consider yourself remote you're probably ok.
be discrete, try to camp out of sight of any inhabited houses or farms.
put the tent up late and leave early. Late being after 5ish and early being before 9am.
don't light a fire unless you have checked its allowed
remember there's more midges in upland areas so carry protection!
camp near a water source if you can and remember to take enough drinking water with you.
be prepared to move on if asked, always be friendly and polite
keep groups small and quiet, enjoy the peace/scenery/whisky!
follow the wild camping code (see below)
unfortunately in England and Wales it is illegal to camp anywhere you like, unless you first ask the landowner's permission. However, in some upland and remote areas wild camping is tolerated.
areas to try>
high in the lake district hills
some areas of the peak district (but banned when the moors are very dry)
north pennines or northumbria
areas to avoid>
The forestry commission is very strict on not allowing wild camping as is the national trust and national parks authority
see england for general rules. wild camping does tend to be discouraged but with a responsible approach to the forestry commission (no naked flames) the wooded areas are a possible.
ares to try>
North Wales - Snowdonia
mid wales - brecon beacons
areas to avoid>
anywhere where there is lots of fog!
again the forestry commission is very strict on not allowing wild camping as is the national trust and national parks authority
scotland is just brilliant for wild camping, the law is different in scotland and wild camping is completely legal and well accepted. the current access legislation is explicit about people's right to camp on hill land - usually more than 100 metres away from a public road, some landowners do take exception, but thankfully they are few and far between. if you're near a dwelling it's also a good idea to ask permission and not just set up camp on their doorstep!
for more information go to> http://www.outdooraccess-scotland.com/default.asp
ares to try>
the highlands
mar estate near braemar
loch lomond
the ben nevis or cairngorm regions
areas to avoid>
anywhere midges hang out
in ireland there are not as many campsites as in other countries mainly due to the weather so wild camping is tolerated in more remote areas, again always be discreet and ask permission if you're unsure. but as in england and wales wild camping is not legal in ireland.
ares to try>
anywhere remote, there are some beautiful areas in the south and west
the northern ireland forest service allows camping by permit at its 'touring in the woods sites' only. see www.coillte.ie/download/recreation/english/coillte_eng_12.pdf
areas to avoid>
anywhere midges hang out
some lowland areas as there sometimes can be a lot of rain!