Wild Camping in the UK
Some of the best remote locations to enjoy wild camping at its best
03 / 10 / 2016
Here at MOMA, we love escaping the hustle and bustle of the city, and stretching our legs exploring the beautiful British countryside. We’re keen campers, and we’re always looking for new places to pitch up and chill out.
The MOMA Forage for your Porridge survey reveals that almost two thirds of campers in the UK have enjoyed a wild camping holiday – but what exactly makes a wild camping holiday so special?
What is Wild Camping?
Wild camping holidays are one of the more alternative ways to see the UK’s beautiful countryside in all of it’s glory. Wild camping allows you to give traditional campsites a swerve, and simply pitch your tent where you fancy (to a degree!).
Is there anything better than waking up in the morning to the crackle of campfire embers, boiling up the kettle and enjoying a MOMA instant porridge pot before embarking on a day of adventure in the countryside.
Interestingly, our survey reveals that two thirds of British campers love cooking breakfast, but the idea of washing up in the wild would be the thing that puts them off. Our range of instant porridge pots eliminates the need for too much washing up, so you can concentrate on relaxing and enjoying your wild camping trip (just remember to take your rubbish with you!).
Like the sound of a Wild Camping adventure? We’ve collected some of the best places to pitch your tent in the UK
Wild Camping in England
Dartmoor National Park, Devon
Dartmoor is an expansive national park with stunning scenery, including moorland, waterfalls and gorges. Imagine setting up camp and stargazing up through the clear skies without the light pollution of the city.
Dartmoor welcomes wild campers & foragers with open arms, complete with assigned locations for wild camping and foraging.
Look out for free roaming ponies, or why not visit the otter sanctuary during your time here.
Did you know: Honesty boxes filled with homegrown produce line the streets of Dartmoor, from homegrown tomatoes in the summer to courgettes in the Autumn – just select your produce and leave a donation.
For more information on Wild Camping in Dartmoor, click here
Eskdale Moor and Valley, The Lake District
The Eskdale Valley lies between the breathtaking heights of Scafell Pike, Crinkle Crags and Bowfell. If you’re a walking fanatic, you’ll revel in the trip to Eskdale Moor.
The terrain in Eskdale Moor and Valley is flat and smooth with clean running water nearby (perfect for filling the kettle ready for your morning pot of MOMA!). The moor offers the ultimate experience for wild campers looking for a quiet spot to relax.
The Lake District residents and visitors see wild camping as somewhat of a tradition, so you can feel at home here, but do try to seek permission before camping.
The Guardian has more information on Wild Camping in Cumbria
One thing to note about wild camping in Scotland is that there are some restrictions. You are able to camp on hill land, but of course be respectful to any nearby villages and keep noise to a minimum. If in doubt, you can always ask in a nearby village.
Sandwood Bay, Kinlochbervie
A gentle 4 mile pathway leads to the bay, which is considered one of the most stunning and peaceful beaches in the UK. Pitch up in the grassy dunes and enjoy the views with a warming pot of porridge topped with wild Scottish raspberries berries foraged from nearby hedgerows. We’d recommend the MOMA Plain Porridge pot, so you can really taste the sweet flavour of the raspberries.
Loch Enoch, Galloway Forest National Park
Fancy a challenge? Head up the Merrick, one of Scotland’s highest mountains, and finish the day in Galloway Forest Park, wild camping on the sandy shores of Loch Enoch. There are also a number of “bothies” around the park, providing some shelter if you need it.
Did you know? The Galloway National Park was the first Dark Sky Reserve in the UK, so you can expect to be amazed by the starry skies in the evening.
The Carneddau Range, Snowdonia
Consisting of seven of the highest peaks in England and Wales, this remote location offers high ground and spectacular views across an expanse of hilly scenery.
Brecon Beacons National Park
Head to the Black Mountains, which are much less popular than other parts of the park and can really give you that feeling of being out in the wild.
There are a couple of spots where wild camping has been permitted, including Llech Llia and Melte.
Wild camping is very restricted in Northern Ireland, so instead, here are a couple remote campsites that can offer the same feeling of being at one with nature, that wild camping could offer you.
The Independent newspaper has some more information on Wild Camping in Ireland.
Hillfoot Campsite, Dungiven
A gorgeous rural spot in what’s known as the “hidden jewel” of Northern Ireland, with plenty of opportunities for walking, cycling, and fishing, to name a few.
Lakeside View, Down
A peaceful location with stunning mountainous and countryside views. Take a stroll to the closeby Lough Aghery lake and look out for some of the wonderful wildlife there.
Did you know? There are some wild camping spots available within the Northern Ireland Forestry Service locations, however you are required to get in touch with them first.
Follow the Wild Camping Code of Conduct
While Scotland is very lenient in allowing wild camping, other regions have a few more rules that need to be followed when enjoying your evenings in the wilderness.
- Seek land owner’s permission before choosing to stay
- Leave the spot looking exactly as it was when you arrived
- Don’t outstay your welcome – a couple of days is ideal
- Smaller groups are preferred
- Pick a pitching spot hidden away from livestock, building and roads.
- Camouflage your tent and accessories with the landscape if possible
- Stay a short walk away from a water source, to keep wildlife happy
- Never use showering products in natural water sources
- Take a cooking stove with you to avoid having to make a fire
Pack Light – Only take the essentials and try to keep them lightweight.
- Sleeping bags and mats
- Cooking essentials
- Food and water – packaged and sacheted food works best for these trips
- Rucksack, map, torch, walking clothes and shoes, first aid kit, washing supplies etc.