I have begun this Camps section, in which you can follow (or not) my attempts to gain experience in wild camping.
When I began doing long distance trails in 2008, 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 transition from bed and breakfasts to wild camping in gradual stages. 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 wild camped in Britain – in the Peak District for my first group camp, Northumberland for my first solo camp, and Scotland where I completed my first short wild camped trail. As learning to wild camp has involved overcoming my own fears, as well as dealing with unpleasantness from trolls, I was eventually pressured into being open about why I had a game plan when I started writing this blog, in my page on Fear
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 started recording my walks on video in 2012 to share the beauty of the walks with others. Above is a link to my new Camps playlist if that is an area which interests you.
Thanks to many people, but especially to Colin, Chris, Daron, Stick, Peter, Terry, Norman and Paul for their support and advice in this area.