Wild Camping

Q. Hi I'm James. My brother and I were hoping to go what I think might be called "wild camping" for a few days together. What I mean is like in bear grylls man vs wild, where he catches his own food, finds his own water, builds his own accommodation etc. anyway, we were struggling to find anywhere in the UK that clearly isn't protected, where we may use branches off live trees, have free fires and fish in the rivers. Is there any chance you could tell me of certain places which aren't so protected by the law which is a forest by a land of water? Thanks a lot, James.

Jamie Wilkinson,


A. Hi James. I'm Jez. I've been wild camping for over 40 years. I'm certainly not trying to burst your bubble, far from it, but forget the 'Bear Grylls' idea! That's just television nonsense. In the UK we are far to 'bogged down' in rules and regulations to make that adventure possible! Catching your own food, whether it be game or fish will leave you liable to a prosecution for poaching (unless you have appropriate licenses and permissions) and cutting down wild trees will be criminal damage. However don't be put off! You can still have great fun out in the countryside! Just get yourself a cheap tent and some basic gear, take enough food with you, some warm and waterproof clothes and find a secluded spot away from people and enjoy! Remember to respect the site you choose and leave it like you found it! It may not be Bear Grylls, more Ray Mears, but an adventure it its own right.

Jeremy Manning, Blackwood


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