Peak District MTA - Wild Camp weekends
What is “Wild Camping”? Wild camping means pitching your tent or sleeping in your bivvy bag outside of an official or authorised campsite.
Dates 6/7th July: Snowdonia; 31 August/1 September: Lakes
Maximum of 5 x person per weekend plus Leader
Please Note....Location options: Specific locations will need to be flexible and subject to the best weather conditions at the time and will based in either Snowdonia or the Lake District. Please keep an eye on CMS one week ahead to find out which area we will be visiting.
Lake District - Start / finish point will be Seathwaite GR NY235 122 / overall 23km Map - Explorer OL4 The English Lakes NW area 1:25,000Please be aware that parking is restricted so car share if possible or we could arrange to split parking areas.
Snowdonia - Start / finish point will be A4085 Llyn CwellynGR SH563 551 Overall 22km Map - Explorer OL17 Snowdon area 1:25,000Please be aware that parking is restricted so car share if possible or we could arrange to split parking areas.
To practice expedition skills
Night navigation & group management
Leave No Trace principles which can count as CPD points supplied by LNT Trainer Tom Wells
The aim will be to meet by 09:00 on the Saturday morning at the start of the route and finish by 17:00 on the Sunday weather permitting.
The start point will be suitable to leave vehicles overnight for 2 days and ideally free
The pre-planned circular route will be available with a designated wild camp location, usually at the midway point and optional exit points if necessary.
The overall daily distance would be 6 - 11 miles x 2 days and will be in a mountainous environment.
Equipment Remember pack light and only necessary items you are carrying it for 2 days
SLEEPING Always go for the basics when wild sleeping:
An ultralight tent minimalist, waterproof and breathable shelter
Sleeping bag / Sleeping mattress
Head torch and don’t forget to pack spare batteries just in case!
Choose a comfortable backpack with a waterproof cover and enough storage for your essential kit list. For multi-day treks with more than one wild camp, ensure that there’s enough space for food supplies.
Compact and reliable cooking stove with pot
Fork, knife, and spoon
Bowl and mug
Matches and lighter
Water bottle or hydration bladder
Purification tablets or water filter (water collected from natural flowing sources like rivers and streams must always be purified)
Please make sure you have enough food for 2 days
Durable walking boots with sufficient ankle support are necessary for navigating through remote areas with more challenging terrain.
Prepare for walking in the changeable and unpredictable weather with technical outdoor clothing:
Fleece or mid layer for warmth
Technical base layer to wick away sweat
Technical walking socks to minimise blisters
Woolly hat for in-camp warmth
What are the Laws in the UK?
Although you should always ask for permission whenever possible while wild camping, it can be tricky if you don’t know who owns the land and there is no consistent policy for wild camps across the UK either. The Lake District, Snowdonia, and Exmoor National Park all welcome remote, one-night stops, however the Peak District, North York Moors, and Yorkshire Dales discourage unpermitted camping or bivvying.
So what are the Golden Rules of Wild Camping? Although the laws differ between Scotland, England and Wales and our National Parks, there are some universal rules to follow wherever you wild camp.
CAMP WITH CONSIDERATION
Camp using small tents which blend into the landscape
Keep your group as small as possible
Camp on flat, dry land and never on top of crops or fauna
Camp at least 100m away from trails, roads, and residential areas
Camp high where you’re out of sight from houses and buildings
Pitch your tent late and leave early the next morning
Don’t stay for more than one night (unless the National Park says otherwise)
LEAVE NO TRACE
Principles of Leave No Trace
1.Plan Ahead and Prepare
2.Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
3.Dispose of Waste Properly
4.Leave What You Find
5.Minimize Campfire Impacts
7.Be Considerate of Other Visitors