The UK has some of the most dramatic landscapes in the world and while we have over 7,000 campsites across the UK the trend has been for people to head into the hills and camp off grid. Sometimes known as ‘Wild Camping’ or ‘stealth camping’ as its all about camping and not leaving a trace you was there.
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:
- Love of nature: Many people go wild camping to immerse themselves in nature and enjoy the peace and solitude that it offers. Wild camping allows you to escape the crowds and noise of the city and experience the beauty of the natural world.
- Adventure: For some people, the thrill of exploring new and remote places is a big part of the appeal of wild camping. It’s an opportunity to push yourself out of your comfort zone and experience the great outdoors in a more intimate and challenging way.
- Cost: Wild camping can be a more affordable option than staying in hotels or other accommodation, especially if you’re on a tight budget.
- Photography: For photographers and artists, wild camping offers an opportunity to capture stunning landscapes and natural beauty up close and personal.
- Escape: Some people go wild camping to escape the stresses and pressures of everyday life. It’s a chance to disconnect from technology, work, and other distractions and focus on the simple pleasures of life.
The great thing about going wild camping is that it can be a spontaneous activity, you can wake up in the morning and so long as you have all the equipment just head out. A wild camping tent is often different to other tents on the market, but the rest of the equipment you need you might already have.