Wild Camping in a Campervan
Have you always dreamed of wild camping in a campervan? If you are venturing into rural countryside, it can be difficult to find a stopover location, particularly if it is your first visit to the local area, or if it's one of your first trips in a campervan. Technically, it is not legal to stay anywhere in England, Northern Ireland and Wales in a campervan without the written consent of landowners. However, it's mostly tolerated if you behave sensibly and carefully.
In Scotland, it is possible to do so as long as you have met the stipulations of the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, though it is pushing it to describe using a campervan as lightweight camping.
Those who travel and take short stays using their campervans should take a common sense approach; only leave public highways and go onto private property only after gaining permission from the landowner. On no account should they trespass, if they are unsure of who owns the property, they should not go onto to it. Disregarding land ownership will only worsen the reputation of fellow campervan owners. When permission to stay is given, all care should be taken to leave the site tidy, and you should not stay more than a couple of days.
Tips for Free Camping in England & Wales
To wild camp with efficiency in England & Wales, the best advice is to blend in and do nothing which would get you noticed. A general rule would be to respect the land and leave the site as you found it.
- If you intend to spend a lot of time camping in Britain, it is worth joining the National Trust. There are thousands of interesting places members can visit in the daytime, though many don't offer overnight parking. A bonus of NT membership is that you can always park for free, and in coastal areas like Devon and Cornwall that includes parking for free at beaches.
- If you choose to stay a night in a non-designated stopover site, keep in mind that the landowner has the right to ask you to move from his land.
- Though it's tempting to start an open fire, ensure that the fire does not touch the ground or leave scorch marks. Be mindful of your surroundings- stray embers can easily start a wild fire in dry woodland, with devastating effects.
- Respect your surroundings- keep well away from any other buildings, animals and if applicable, livestock. Don't play loud music, especially later in the night.
Campervan Tips UK
We hope you have enjoyed this guide to wild camping in a campervan. This website offers tips and information to help you plan your campervan travels throughout the UK. Please get in contact if you have questions about our VW Campers so that you can begin planning your own journey.