Is it possible or legal to wild camp in the UK?
The short answer is that wild camping is legal, however you must have permission from the relevant landowners. In short quite difficult for someone to head of wild camping in the UK, unless you know a few fortunate landowners, with tracts of pristine woodland or moorland – and they give you permission to wild camp.
At Eco Camp UK we like to think Beech Estate Woodland Campsite is about as close to wild camping as you can get in an organised campsite. The campsite is situated in a 600 acre forest and located in East Sussex on the private 2000 acre Beech Estate. The campsite has compost loos, bucket showers and specialise in campfires and tucked away pitches.
In short Beech Estate offers an alternative, as close to wild camping in the UK, that many people will be able to access and enjoy – especially as close as wild campers will get in Sussex, just an hour from London and close to the South Coast.
Here’s what one of our bivouac campers wrote last year on a review site;
“The Beech Estate is a camp site without any trailers, caravans or camper vans where you can camp legally in beautiful surroundings with tarp and hammock or bivi (or indeed a tent), and a real camp fire. Ok it’s not wilderness, and there’s even mains water, but it’s a million miles away from the usual trailer park camp site…..I would thoroughly recommend this place to anyone, especially families and individuals wanting to enjoy a simpler way of camping, or explore simple bushcraft skills without stepping on anyone’s toes or doing anything illegal.” – Jon S (Oct 2013)
The best information I could find on Wild Camping in England and the UK was on the following comment on a forum on www.bushcraftuk.com
The author mentions the following;
“Wild camping in the UK is legal in certain areas with expressed permission from the landowner, in addition, there are also access rights in local regions, in particular Dartmoor and Scotland that favour the camping enthusiast.”
And further the author references the details below - Source – Legalise Wild Camping petition in England and Wales - and discusses the further information on wild camping.
So what is the law?
The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 and Scottish Outdoor Access Code came into force on 9th February 2005. The Act establishes a statutory right to camp and the Code describes the responsibilities and best practice guidance that should be followed when exercising your right to camp wild.
In England and Wales:
In short, camping on private land without permission is trespassing and on open access land wild camping is prohibited under Schedule 2 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.
Visit the link above for some excellent information on Wild Camping and the legalities in England, Scotland and the UK. If you can’t go camp totally in the wild – then consider visiting usRead more