Walking and Camping Gear for Back Packing around Scotland and Scandinavia

Q. Looking for advice: I am going to pack in work, get rid of all my possessions, no fixed abode etc and permanantly back pack until my increasing age puts a stop to it. I am 64 and have always wanted to do this since I backpacked years ago in my 20's. My aim is to travel around Northern Scotland and to experience a winter up there under canvass. Then go to Scandinavia. * I have been advised to get a Heavy duty Terra Nova Quaser bearing in mind I will be setting and breaking camp many many times. But somebody advised me it might be too heavy. (It was suggested to me that an ideal back pack weight is no more than 35% of my body weight). Also I need the correct rucksack and sleeping bag. I have spent a lot of time researching the equipment I need for this venture but some advice from your experts would really help.

Roger Sharples, Wolverhampton


A. Hi Roger. Seriously envious of you! In 1982/3 I spent 15 months hiking/camping around the coast of mainland Britain. My advice to you would be to concentrate on weight when it comes to a tent. The lighter the better. As long as it excludes rain and draughts then its good. I would spend more time and money on a good sleeping bag and mattress. I was in the very north of Scotland when the snow of 1981 happened (bad winter). I found that my tent didn't keep me warm, water bottle split by being frozen solid. But my sleeping bag and blow up mattress kept me alive. Still hiking/camping today at 60 and loving it. In terms of rucksack there are so many out there it depends on how much your going to carry, room in pockets etc. and how it feels on your back. I would suggest a minimum of 60L. Good luck. Jez

Jeremy Manning, Blackwood


A. Hi Roger. You'll find loads of great information in our Product Reviews/ Walking Gear Tests section.

For some independent reviews of suitable Back Packing Rucksacks & Backpacks see Backpacks, Rucsacs & Rucksacks - Product Reviews.

For reviews of suitable Sleeping Bags see Sleeping Bags - Product Reviews.

You are going to need a top quality Waterproof Jacket and Trousers so make sure your see Waterproof Walking Jackets - Product Reviews and Waterproof Walking Trousers - Product Reviews

You are going to need a pair of high quality Walking Boots so make sure your see Walking & Hiking Boots - Product Reviews

Finally - take a look at Anyone got a Terra Nova Ultra Quasar Tent? for some fellow thoughts on the Terra Nova Ultra Quasar Tent.

Hope this helps . . .

Mike (Editor)


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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