While we have over 7,000 campsites across the UK and some of the most breathtaking scenery, the trend has been for people to head into the hills and camp off grid.
Sometimes known as ‘Wild Camping’ or ‘stealth camping’ as it’s all about camping and not leaving a trace where you were.
There was a big spike in Google searches as we exited the first lockdowns but the trend has been growing year on year and the trend looks set to continue with the cost of living crisis.
There are many reasons why people go wild camping in the UK or anywhere else in the world. Here are some of the most common reasons:
Escape from the hustle and bustle: Wild camping allows you to escape the stresses of modern life and get back to nature. You can disconnect from technology and enjoy the peace and quiet of the great outdoors.
Adventure: Wild camping can provide an exciting adventure, as you venture into the unknown and explore new places. You can challenge yourself physically and mentally, and push yourself outside of your comfort zone.
Cost-effective: Unlike staying in hotels or campsites, wild camping is often free or very cheap. This can make it an attractive option for those on a budget.
Flexibility: When wild camping, you have the freedom to choose your own route, schedule, and campsite. You can set your own pace and be spontaneous in your decisions.
Connection with nature: Wild camping allows you to fully immerse yourself in nature and appreciate the beauty of the world around you. You can witness breathtaking sunsets, spot wildlife, and enjoy the simplicity of life without modern conveniences.
Skill-building: Wild camping requires certain skills, such as navigation, fire-starting, and shelter-building. By practicing these skills, you can improve your self-sufficiency and confidence in the outdoors.
Andy Halliday is a passionate outdoor enthusiast and an avid camper. He has been exploring the wilderness and camping in the great outdoors for over two decades, and his experiences have inspired him to write about the joys of camping and the beauty of nature.
As a camping enthusiast, he believes that spending time in the wilderness is not just a way to escape the daily grind, but also a way to connect with nature and gain a deeper appreciation for the natural world. Andy has camped in various locations across the country and on two different continents. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with fellow campers.
Through his writing, he hopes to inspire you to venture out into the wilderness and experience the beauty and serenity of camping. Andy articles and guides provide useful tips, advice, and insights on everything from selecting the right gear and equipment to finding the best campsites and hiking trails.