Camping and Campsites In The Brecon Beacons
Q. I'm still really enjoying the site and am looking forward to a long weekends walking in the Brecon Beacons, which leads me on to the point I'd like to make.
If I'm traveling somewhere, I prefer to camp (tent, not caravan) firstly and most importantly, it suits my budget, but on top of that, I find that it adds something to the experience as a whole.
Finding the walks on your site couldn't be easier - and the link to discount OS Maps makes the whole thing even better!
But I was wondering whether you'd considered adding a facility for finding campsites in or near the popular walking destinations such as the Brecon Beacons, Lake District etc to what you already have on offer?
The facilities for finding hotels/pubs/cottages etc is great, but to me, walking and camping seem to go hand in hand What about some kind of affiliation with an organisation like the Caravanning & Camping Club (I'm not a member, so this isn't a personal recommendation just an idea), or even the YHA for cheap down to earth accommodation?
David Humble, Oxford
A. Thanks Dave, much appreciated. Have a look at Walks from UK Campsites
Hope this helps
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:
- Keep groups small
- Camp as unobtrusively as possible
- Leave camp as you found it
- Remove all litter (even other people's)
- Carry out everything you carried in
- Carry out tampons and sanitary towels (burying them doesn't work as animals dig them up again)
- Choose a dry pitch rather than digging drainage ditches around a tent or moving boulders
- Toilet duties should be performed 30m (100ft) from water and the results buried using a trowel
- At all time, help preserve the environment
- And if you are in any doubt about what you're doing, find out more
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