Ever wanted to be the first on the mountain in the morning? Want to wake up to the sunrise? Or check out the stars on a clear night with no light pollution?
By following a few simple wild camping rules, it is possible to find many discrete places to camp wild in the Lake District mountains.
There are some wonderful spots to be found on Martcrag Moor in the Langdales. From here you get breath taking views of the Langdale Valley and across to Bowfell and Crinkle Crags whilst also being close for evening walks up the Langdale Pikes with great views down to Stickle Tarn and even across to Fairfield. Although good weather not guaranteed!
Where to park and walk:
Park in the Old Dungeon Ghyll car park in the Langdale Valley and follow the Mickleden Track (along the Cumbria Way) until you reach Stake Pass. Head up the pass until you reach Martcrag Moor and find your own secluded wild camping spot…
Wild camping rules:
We should all act responsibly and leave no trace so we can protect our sensitive mountain environments yet still enjoy the peace and tranquility they offer.
To find a suitable campsite, find a nice flat area away from the beaten track (above 600m). Before you pitch, try to find a suitable watercourse for supplies but keeping toilet areas 30m from flowing water and burying your ‘doings’ with a trowel. Try to pitch late in the day and leave early. Staying for no longer than a night will reduce vegetation damage.
Ensure you have suitable kit to take with you such as a lightweight tent, roll mat and sleeping bag. Take plenty of food and a camping stove. Try not to light fires as the ground takes a long time to recover at altitude and fire sites look unsightly. Check the weather forecast before you go and ensure you have plenty of warm clothing. Be sure to let someone else know your plans. Don’t forget a torch!
For more information on wild camping check out the Lake District National Park’s website.
I am a ranger for the South Lakes property covering the Hawkshead and Claife area, helping to look after the west shore of Windermere, Claife Heights, the grounds of Wray Castle and much more… No two days are ever the same, one day I can be found helping to build a play trail at Wray Castle and the next I’ll be replacing a fence across a farmer’s field and the next, who knows?! It feels great to be helping people to enjoy our special places!