The UK is so well known for the wonderful capital city of London that many visitors simply come to visit London, and perhaps check out Oxford, Cambridge or Stratford Upon Avon, but rarely take the time to venture out of the cities and into the phenomenal countryside the country has to offer. With such varied sceneries in a very small area, from London, you can reach most places within an afternoon’s car journey. Brecon Beacons and the Wales coastline were some of my favorite places in the UK. In such a large countryside there are many great places to get outdoors.
Now, admittedly, in terms of getting away from it all camping isn’t everyone’s cup of tea so there are plenty of other options to get away from it all, such as by renting a cottage in the countryside or even staying in an AirBnB.
There’s a current trend sweeping the nation, and Europe in fact, which is the idea of packing up your car (or hire car) with camping equipment and heading to the middle of nowhere in order to set-up camp in an incredibly tranquil setting. Now, if you have a particularly small car, you might want to stop off and get a roof rack before venturing into the world of free camping, and you can view here for more information on such accessories.
Essentially, there are some outstanding area of natural beauty within the country of Yorkshire, but unfortunately, the majority of places in England don’t allow you to (legally) wild camp, whereas in Scotland you can pretty much camp anywhere for free and it’s legal.
1. BEDRUTHAN STEPS (ENGLAND)
These awe inspiring cliffs that wouldn’t be a miss on the dramatic Australian coastline, with clear blue waters (often filled with surfers) and soft white sand backed against a dramatic clifftop is a great place to visit. It’s located in a remote location between Newquay and Padstow, and whilst Bedruthan Steps is owned by the National Trust (meaning you can’t camp there) there are plenty of places nearby to set up your tent; though it’s recommended to bring a torch if you’re walking around at night, as you could very easily fall down the sheer cliff drop with a wrong turn.
2. CAIRNGORMS (SCOTLAND)
The Cairngorms National Park is home to a cluster of huge mountains, many of which are over 4000ft. You’ll need to take care if climbing and camping in this area, particularly if the weather conditions are poor, which they often are in Scotland, but with the right weather you’ll benefit from an exceptional view where the mountains stretch for miles in all directions.
As with all of Scotland, you are legally allowed to wild camp practically anywhere, so wherever you find a place that looks good to you, just pitch up.
3. BRECON BEACONS (WALES)
The adventurous outdoor playground of the Brecon Beacon, in Wales is where a number of elite military forces, including the Gurkhas and Royal Marines undertake their wilderness training. This area is also great for mountain bikers and is one of the most prolific places to watch stars in the UK; indeed, you could head up onto Rhos Dirion for a summit sleep or pitch up alongside the river and nobody is going to mind in this area.
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