When I began doing long distance trails in 2012, it soon became obvious that the ability to wild camp would stop me being tied to a walking schedule each day, and reduce the overall costs of my trips considerably. As I had a fear of wild camping, the game plan over the last few years has been to gradually transition from bed and breakfasts to hostels, from hostels to bunk-houses, from bunkhouses to camping barns, from camping barns to campsites and gardens, and finally from campsites and gardens to wild camping. Readers who have followed my long distance trails will be aware of this shift in approach in my trips from Hadrian’s Wall to the present.
So far I have only camped in Britain – in the Peak District – site of my first group camp, Yorkshire, Northumberland where I did my first solo camp, and Scotland where I completed my first wild camped trail. As learning to wildcamp has involved overcoming my own fears and some unfriendly pressure from a few outdoor users, I decided to be more open about the fact that I had a game plan when I started writing this blog and why, in my pages Fear and the Outdoors and Wideopen Hill.
Just as I have always tried to be a responsible walker, I strive to be a responsible camper, follow the codes and leave no trace of my visit. I have created this Camps section to record my future trips and share them with you.
I started recording my walks on video in 2012 to share the beauty of the walks with others. Above is a link to a new playlist of my Camps if that is an area which interests you. If you would like to support me and have a say in my plans, please take a look at my Supporting Me page.
Thanks to many people but especially to Colin, Chris, Daron, Stick, Emma, Peter, Martin, Andrew, Dean and Matt for the support and advice in this area.