How To Find UK Wild Camp Locations | My Gear & How I Recon

#WildCamping in the UK is a mysterious and wonderful thing!

The UK has almost no open public land, legal permissions to camp nor support for those seeking to connect with nature beyond a fleeting visit. So, how do you find a spot to hit PAUSE, make a brew or even lay your head?

Here, I hope to just give a little intro into how I recon areas. I share the tools I use & give a ‘dangerous’ πŸ˜‰ glimpse at my mindset when I’m rustling among the trees.

I just hope it’s of interest to experienced and inexperienced wild campers alike. I’m no expert nor is this an attempt to educate, it’s just me sharing my personal routine πŸ‘ I hope it might help motivate someone to pick up a backpack to head out & just explore πŸ—Ί

I generally adopt a late in, early out policy & ALWAYS treat the areas I visit with total respect. #LeaveNoTrace – goes without saying, but what helps me camp with a clear conscience is the empty bag I always take with me πŸ‘œ

Picking up the litter is a great way to make friends! Land owners 🧐 sometimes appreciate the kind help. Rangers 🀠 realise your a sincere outdoors person with the best interests of the area at heart & even if they still turf you off their land, hopefully they realise your love for the great outdoors & let you move on quietly (shhhh half a mile down the road) & in peace πŸ‘Š

Always put your safety & the safety of others first! The #outdoors can be a dangerous place with unexpected surprises around every corner! So, PLEASE! don’t venture deep or remote until your clear about all aspects of personal safety, essential first aid & know what your actions will be in case of an emergency.

Have fun! Stay safe! & please leave a like, comment and if you want more of this stuff, a sub would be most epic πŸ‘πŸ˜‰ Thank you!

Peace πŸ™

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  1. Mark Daniels on December 5, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    My local wood , never camped there though , always seems to be busy.

  2. Perer 0eter on December 5, 2020 at 9:40 pm


  3. Paul Keating on December 5, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    90% of the time I’ll stay in managed woodland but I always make sure I get caught. Bare with me. I arrive late in the day as you say, I want sleep, but in the morning I’ll pack/tidy up a bit and then make myself obvious to whoever is managing the land. When they approach I invite them into camp and have a good old chin wag and explain the situation. Most of the time they’ll say no problem as they can see all my rubbish is packed up, I haven’t damaged anything and I’m a friendly chap. Just strike up a conversation on the environment and their job, people love to chat about their passions and they love being out in nature as much as we do. I have many places I return to around the south of England and I can turn up any time I like.

  4. Callum L on December 5, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    This in north or south

  5. Step away from the screens on December 5, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    Great vid Spike

  6. ken boon on December 5, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    Talking to some mountain rescue people in the peak district ,they don’t mind people wild camping as it is expected for survival if you are tired need a rest or get lost . However mountain rangers may take a different view because they see wild campers as a nuisance due to SOME leaving rubbish and lighting fires . Three rules I have 1: camp at dusk 2: out of sight ( potential for poachers with dogs and maybe have guns ! 3) leave early take rubbish leave no trace ..

  7. wildcamping 150 on December 5, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    I read somewhere skin so soft is no longer as effective as was they have changed the formula and taken out Citronela, if thats the case maybe Citronela on its own if you can get it in an oil say, applied to the skin or clothing may work to keep the nastie Beasties away, My information may be wrong so dont quote me, Never camped in the wood yet but got quite Exited with the potential camping locations you were coming across, Enjoyed, Les.

  8. james hannon on December 5, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    its good

  9. Robert Willis on December 5, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    One thing I dislike about wild camping is leaving the car somewhere remote. You never know if it will be there intact when you return .

  10. Christopher Napier on December 5, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    You really do think things through. I’ve wild camped once for 4 days out of necessity rather than leisure, going to work in the daytime, and the thing I found was just be discrete. Wait till the dog walkers have gone at twilight then you’re fine till morning. Even if someone had seen me they’d have maybe "tutted" at me. I don’t see anyone calling the police, and then I don’t see our underfunded police force coming out.

  11. Alasdair MacKenzie on December 5, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    You say that the UK has almost nowhere for people to wild camp. Not true. Except for some restrictions in one national park, one third of the UK’s landmass allows wild camping under its "Right to Roam" legislation. That place is Scotland (yes, for the time being it’s still part of the UK) so come north folks where most of our land is open to the people whose land it really is. We will welcome you with open arms (maybe not right now, but you know what I mean)

  12. GodAtum on December 5, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    is it easy to set up a tent in woodland? the ground is full of deadwood so might be quite uncomfortable?

  13. Captain Bushcraft on December 5, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    "twigage" ~ pertaining to a significantly large amount of twigs.. pretty sure that’s in the dictionary.. πŸ€”… Like a milatary operation your Recons Spike with all them gizmos and maps! .. Covert Ops with the map marking aswell! 😎.. Can’t beat the buzz you get from a good recon!.. really is like being a kid in a candy store when you find some potentials! .. right gotta go, Avon’s callin’ .. πŸ‘

  14. MrLooj69 on December 5, 2020 at 10:20 pm

    Great Vid bud. Impressed with the tree ID for the Quercus rubra!! Im subbed and look forward to more tips and tricks .

  15. Gxtes on December 5, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    Hi mate great vid,
    Just wondering what forest this is filmed in looks like a great location
    Cheers πŸ™‚

  16. Ethan Lay on December 5, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    Man you drive fast

  17. Marley slave on December 5, 2020 at 10:30 pm

    Where is that forest?

  18. Wayne J Foster on December 5, 2020 at 10:31 pm

    If a human had the ability to sit & have a full conversation with a tree for just one full day in their life, that person would be spell bound by the story a tree could tell about it’s life & what’s happened around it from the time it was just a sapling.

  19. Wayne J Foster on December 5, 2020 at 10:33 pm

    Hi. Great video. Thanks for sharing.
    I’m a new subscriber & can’t wait to watch your other videos πŸ™‚.

    I’ve never wild camped before (except when I was in the scouts) but now I’m in a free spirit, don’t have to answer to a wife or a boss situation I feel like giving up the rat race & travel around our beautiful country wild camping as I go.

    Couple of quick questions if I may:
    1: I’m a little concerned about wild camping solo. What real dangers are out there? (Dangerous wildlife etc).

    2: I’ve just tried to find the same app of the compass you’ve got on your phone but can’t find it.
    What’s the app called?

    Sorry comment is a bit long.

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