How do you choose the ideal camping spot? The best piece of advice I can bestow here is, don’t walk past that ideal wild camp location! If you see a site at dusk and you’re tempted to put in a few extra km. More often than not, unless you know the area, you’ll fall short. Pitch there and pick up the trial in the morning. Arrive late, leave early! You’re looking for a spot off the beaten track to avoid being seen and creating alarm. Covered, wooded, bushy areas that breaks the line of site and also provides protection from the elements. Tree’s provide the necessary anchor points for hammocks and if your camping on the ground you’ll be looking for flat spots with enough room for you and anyone else on the expedition. If cover is unavailable camp in the corners of fields but not in full view of dwellings. This gives you cover to the rear and 180 degrees of protection.
Our British countryside is for everyone to enjoy and we should leave it as we found it. The general rule is ‘Don’t light any fires’ however with the landowners permission or on designated camping grounds lighting a fire is acceptable. It’s a great source or warmth, light and an opportunity to cook in the most natural of ways. If you’ve ever found yourself staring into the flames of a fire, you’ll know we’re programmed to be drawn to them. Do not light fires on top of peaty soils and dry vegetation, clear the area and surround rocks if possible to eliminate any risk of the fire spreading.
How To Leave No Trace – Take care not to damage vegetation, especially at higher altitudes where it can be susceptible to human trampling. Taking toilet waste home with you is not always possible so make sure it is buried at least 15cm below ground and well covered. Do not bury used toilet paper or other personal sanitary items as they will be dug up by wildlife.