On the face of it 'Wild Camping' may not be quite as exciting as it sounds. But once you've camped away from the ubiquitous crowded UK campsites and experienced the feeling of waking up amongst the rolling hills or towering trees without another human in sight - it's kinda hard to go back.
Anyone who enjoys camping is well aware of the fundamental contradiction facing them - in seeking tranquil surrounds and escaping the cities and towns of the UK - you often end up sleeping meters away from large groups of other people - without soundproofing - or too close to an overused shower and toilet block....... Not quite the outdoors experience you were looking for.
Wild Camping offers a solution. Campers can truly escape the crowds and have the opportunity to explore an experience some of the UK's most beautiful and secluded locations.
So why isn't everyone doing it? Unlike many of our European neighbors, the UK is lagging behind in it's laws regarding wild camping. With the exception of parts of Dartmoor and Scotland - Wild Camping is technically illegal in Britain. As far as the government is concerned - all land is owned by someone so you therefore need to obtain permission from the land owner before you can camp.
People have of course been avoiding this for years - by pitching up late, moving on early and leaving nothing behind you will normally avoid being noticed at all. But it does seem a shame not the be able to stay and enjoy the countryside or a view from the perfect camp site. While it is perfectly understandable that there need to be laws in place to protect private property - there is a wealth of national park land in the UK that could be opened up to responsible campers - leaving no footprints and making the most of what the UK has to offer.
I grew up in the south east of Australia where camping is permitted in most national parks, and as campervan owners in the UK, we've spent countless hours researching the perfect campsites away from the crowds and off the beaten track. So we're starting this blog to share our experiences and help others who enjoy the freedom of camping, swimming and walking in the wild to do just that.