Loads of us love a night under canvas. But might it be even better if you head not for a campsite, but for the hills or moors?
Camping is fabulous – the fresh air, the sense of escape. But sometimes getting away from it all also means you’re getting very close to other people. The views are of their tents, not rolling hills.
Wild Camping or Mild Camping?
- With wild camping, there’s an exciting edge of unpredictability – seen here in the gleam in our eyes as we set out …
- You’re heading out onto the moor when others are heading home. Walkers look at your full rucksacks enviously, thinking “they’re going to wild camp!”
- Nobody else gets the best pitch at the site, because nobody else is there …
- You become a campsite designer – rocks become kitchens and dining-room tables and chairs …
- There’s no noise from too-close tents. So you can laugh more freely too …
- It’s completely free – so more money for tent snacks.
- Having to carry everything means you only take essentials. Less clutter means the break from your daily life is more pronounced.
- The sun rises over tors and rivers, with nothing else in the way of the view.
- It helps us really reconnect with our world, ourselves and with loved ones and friends.
- It’s an empowering GetOutside – look what we did!
- You walk off the moor as others are walking on. You’re grinning; still with a gleam in your eye.
- When wild camping, it only takes nine seconds (ahem) to take down a tent*
*This one ‘might’ not actually be true …
Obviously, you can’t just start pitching tents just anywhere. In England and Wales you have to get the landowner’s permission first. Some parts of Dartmoor National Park are exceptions; in those you’re free to wild camp – provided you follow some strict but relatively simple rules. They’re outlined here by Dartmoor National Park; it also links to a map of possible areas.
Why do you love wild camping? What are your hints, tips and tricks?