Now with it being the big V’day this week, you might be choosing to celebrate it this weekend. Inspired by our new Tentsile products, and our recent blogs on Wanderlust, we have compiled a list of the top 4 places in the UK to go wild camping.
But first, a couple of house rules;
- Make sure you have permission, as legally, campers have no rights to the land across most of the UK, but you can check before you go, or ask the land owners permission.
- Arrive to your campsite late, and leave early, to make sure you disturb anybody or anything else as little as possible.
- Make sure you leave your camp exactly as you find it, take all rubbish away with you, leave no trace of your visit.
- Make sure any campfires are controlled, cleared away afterwards, and completely put out.
- Go to the toilet at least 50m away from any streams
Tucked away in the North West coast of Scotland, lies Sandwood Bay. The difficulty you have getting there is exactly it’s charm! It is completely remote, and entirely beautiful. The sand is a bright as any sand I have ever seen, and the sea is a stunningly deep turquoise. Waking up there, you could be forgiven for mistaking it for some Caribbean island (Sadly, I can’t promise those kind of tempeatures!) With sand dunes so soft, and views to die for, it’s well worth the effort, and whomever you take is sure to be swept off their feet.
Any Game of Thrones fan would easily recognise this as the King’s Road, however, it is actually Bregagh Road in County Antrim. Although you can’t camp directly between the trees, much as we would like to string a hammock up there, its well worth camping somewhere near and going for a wander. The avenue of Beech trees was planted by the Stuart family over two centuries ago. They wanted to create an impressive entrance to their mansion, and boy did they!
In the North West of the Lake District National Park, lies the stunning Wast Water lake. Similar to Sandwood bay, you are unlucky if you come across anyone else, particularly at this time of year. It lies at the foot of Scafell pike, and with its famous screes falling into the lake, its beauty is second to none. Situated in the Wasdale valley, the lake is three miles long, and is the deepest of the lakes in the national park at 260 feet deep. Perfect place to catch an uninterrupted starry sky, now who said romance was dead!
In the heart of the Brecon Beacons lies the black mountain range. Famous for it’s use as a military training ground, the black mountains unforgiving terrain makes it not for the feint hearted. But if you are brave enough, you will reap the rewards tenfold. The Brecon Beacon National Park is also an International Dark Sky reserve, meaning you will have some of the best views of the stars in the whole of the UK. It is also the site of several plane crash sites, which can be reached on foot, following the instructions here, if you want to add some historical interest to your walk.
So there you go, armed with your supplies, a travel hammock, and your loved one, we challenge you to make this year a Valentine’s Day to remember!