Wild Camping in Cornwall

Q. I am planning an excursion in May and we hope to go '"wild camping' away from a campsite.

The areas I am particularly interested in are in The Lizard of Cornwall, perhaps near Kennack Sands and on the north coast near St Agnes or Perranporth way.

Does anyone know of any potential areas where camping is accepted (legal or allowed).

My problem is that I do not own a car so am limited to investigate the areas prior to our trip (we will have one when we go).

Thanks very much for your help

Simon Keay, Falmouth


A. Wild camping is much easier to enjoy without a car, there are loads of national trust owned moors, and the coastal path is gerenaly not patroled, just the car parks. If you cant be seen from any dwelling, and you set up at dusk, you shouldnt have a problem. Be carefull of cliff falls on the coastal path and dont set up on any overhang!! =)

Rasta Dave, Traveller, Based In Kernow


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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