Wild camping in the Lake District
According to the letter of the law you should get the landowners permission before wild camping in the Lake District but most don’t and it is tolerated as long as a few basic rules are followed. The
Favourite Lake District wild camping locations
Now summer is drawing to a close and there’s a nip in the air I thought I’d take a minute to reflect on this summer’s wild camping spots in the Lake District. Apart from being great fun wild camping does make it much easier to take dawn and dusk photographs in the fells as all you have to do is fall out of your tent to see a great view. Thats the theory anyway. Its not been a bad summer overall, much better last year’s wettest summer on record.
I’m always making mental notes when out hiking if I spot somewhere off the beaten track where I think I could pitch a tent. Based on this year’s camping adventures my top five locations in reverse order are:
5. Boredale Hause
Boredale Hause is between Place Fell and Angletarn Pikes above Patterdale. Actually this was supposed to be a night watching the spectacular Lyrid meteor shower with friends but thanks to cloud cover during the night I had to make do with taking the short climb from there to the summit of Place Fell to watch dawn. That more than made up for it! The tale of this trip is described in a previous blog entry about dawn on Place Fell.
4. High Street
High Street is the highest summit I have camped on this year and a mighty fine location it is too. There is a small patch of flat ground very close to the trig point which makes a great location. Sadly the following photograph only goes to prove that you don’t always get the great views you’re after!
Wild camp on High Street
3. Lingmoor Fell
Lingmoor Fell is just about the best viewpoint for the Langdale Pikes in my opinion, especially in August when the heather is in flower. Plus it has room for a couple of very small tents under the summit crag. Note I said ‘tent’: I would use a bivvy bag but theres not enough room in one for me, all my kit, camera and tripod so I make do with a very small tent instead. Sadly this year’s night on Lingmoor was about the worst storm I have camped in in years and the camera never made it out of its bag! Ah well, next summer …
2015 update: I have now managed to camp on Lingmoor Fell in good weather and below was the view from my tent at dawn. Well worth the wait!
2. Sprinkling Tarn
Sprinkling Tarn on Seathwaite Fell below Great End crag is a very well known and popular place to wild camp in the Lake District. Its rare you’ll have the place to yourself but there are plenty of nooks and crannies so you can always find some peace and quiet. And its a gorgeous tarn.
Sprinkling Tarn at dawn
1. Fleetwith Pike
And my number one is … Fleetwith Pike! A bit of a surprise, this one. I was actually on my way to Innominate Tarn which is a well known spot for wild camping but as I walked over Fleetwith I noticed there was room for one small tent right next to the trig point so I made a snap decision to camp there instead. Once set up, I sat outside my tent wondering if I had made the right choice while watching a gorgeous sunset at the other end of the Buttermere Valley. Yes, I had. As a footnote the following morning I wandered over to Innominate Tarn to watch dawn and found three or four tents there. It is a great location and understandably popular but Fleetwith was much the better option on that night.
View from the my tent on Fleetwith Pike
Hopefully I’ll find more next year but if any reader knows any top spots in the Lake District please let me know. In the meantime, to view more photos of wild locations in the Lake District fells please view my Lake District landscape photo collection.