Where To Go Wild Camping

Q. Where is a good place to go camping, me and 2 of my friends want to go camping but we want to 'rough it' so do not want to go on a campsite. We have never been camping before, we are thinking about the Lake District, what sort of places can you pitch your tent, i have read about being outside intake walls but do not know what these are (I probably sound thick). What are the dangers of wild camping and can we take the car?????????

Antonia Kervin, Liverpool


A. In-take Walls are the walls separating the cultivated pasture or farmland in the valleys from the wild open upper hillside or fellside. The name derives from 'taking in' uncultivated land from the fellside.

For more information about Camping in the UK see Camping in the UK

Hope this helps

Mike (Editor)


A. With regard to the rough camping question; I've got both a one man tent & a waterproof bivi bag. I use both of them, but I find that one of the best places to camp for the night is in a farm hay barn if you get the chance.

Most farmers are quite happy to let you do this providing you don't start any fires or cause any mess & you certainly keep dry.

I do this when ever I get the chance, including at Kirby Stephen last month. I woke up in the morning to find rain bouncing down on the roof, but due to my position i could pack up in comfort, get all my waterproofs on & leave ready to keep dry for the day.

Steven Gill, Leeds


A. Wild Camping and The Law in England, Scotland and Wales.

Tents cannot be pitched just anywhere because every piece of Britain is owned by some individual or some organisation and according to the strict letter of the law permission must be obtained prior to pitching tent and camping.

In practice however, this is often impractical and wild camping is usually tolerated in the more remote areas - typically, more than half a day's walk from an official campsite or other accommodation providing you:

In Scotland, the current access legislation (which came into effect in early 2005) is explicit about your right to wild camp on hill land. However, there are exceptions. Since March 2011 you are not permitted to wild camp between Dryman and Rowardennan on the shore of Loch Lomond. See Loch Lomond Wild Camping Ban for more information.

There appears to be an exception to this with respect to camping in Dartmoor National Park where the right to wild camping is actually enshrined in the National Parks & Access to the Countryside Act, 1949 amendment Dartmoor Commons Act, 1985 - see Wild Camping in the UK for more details.

For the definitive answer with respect to wild camping in Scotland see the answer supplied by the Scottish Natural Heritage

For a few (tongue in cheek) tips on wild camping see Some Wild Camping Tips.

NB. go4awalk.com cannot offer any advice on suitable locations for wild camping - but click here for walks from exisiting campsites.

Hope this helps

Mike (Editor)


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