Want to See More of the UK? Here’s What You Need to Know
The British Summer of 2018 has been a relatively unusual one. For a start, a bright orangey yellow sphere was shining down on the British Isles for a good portion of the season, confusing and bewildering the locals. Regardless of this, Britain is a fantastic place to travel around in and camp in, with amazing wonders of nature to see and experience.
This article will take you through some must-see places you can go and how you can best prepare for your adventures!
Visit As Many Of The UK National Parks As You Can
UK National Parks have to be some of the most beautiful and breathtaking habitats on the planet. We, of course, have our favourites (everyone does), but with 15 to choose from you are never far from some eye-watering scenery wherever you are in the United Kingdom! Here’s a rundown of our favourites:
- Cairngorms National Park: We visited the Scottish Highlands recently and I have to say, we were blown away by this place. The nature and landscape in this whole nature is the stuff of magic, with stunning mountains, eye-watering lochs and even an amazing sandy beach. If you like the great outdoors you simply have to come here.
- The Yorkshire Dales: Commonly known as “God’s Own Country”, you simply cannot visit Britain without seeing Yorkshire. There are so many reasons why too! The people are some of the friendliest, nicest folk you will ever meet (slightly biased as I am from Yorkshire). In addition to this, nature and landscape is absolutely unbelievable here. With green rolling hills as far as the eye can see and a 2,179km squared area to hike around in (over 700 walking routes), you will be amazed by this place.
These are just two of the 15 amazing National parks the UK has to offer, be sure to check some of these wonderful outdoor spaces.
All UK National Parks
- The Brecon Beacons
- New Forest
- Norfolk Broads
- North Yorkshire Moors
- Peak District
- Pembrokeshire Coast
- Loch Lomond & The Trossachs
- The South Downs
- Yorkshire Dales
The best piece of advice we can give when visiting these epic feats of nature? Enjoy every single moment. Breathe in the fresh air, soak up the view, bring a camera and capture some beautiful moments. And oh, a few others things…
Wear The Right Clothing!
If there is one thing about the UK that is well known it is how changeable and rainy the weather can be at any time of the year! Taking a jacket that is well prepared for the elements is an absolute essential. A UK clothing brand that has outdoor gear nailed is Craghoppers. Some of our fave pieces of outdoor kit to wear from the brand are the Vector Hooded Jacket and the Berkley crew jumper from the Nosilife range.
The Vector Jacket is approved and recommended by the UK’s Duke of Edinburgh scheme; a young person’s award full of outdoor activity. This is a great little insulating jacket for when the wind gets up or for when the evening draws in. We absolutely love how lightweight and warm it is, as well as the great quality, feel!
Another great, lightweight addition to your kit bag is the Berkley Crew. Nosilife is a fantastic material that is both ant-bacterial and insect repellent! This is a great piece of clothing for layering, something you definitely need to think about with the changeable weather here.
Keeping yourself dry is equally as important as keeping yourself warm whilst in the great outdoors. Packing or wearing a decent quality waterproof, good hiking boots and a spare pair of socks is advised if you’ll be out most of the day. You never know when a downpour could hit!
Wild Camping? Here’s What You Need To Know
The UK is full of dedicated reasonably priced campsites to stay in throughout the year. These provide a great outdoors experience close or in the National Parks mentioned, but with some facilities and amenities for extra comfort such as showers, cafes, bars, laundry and communal areas etc.
For those of us that like to rough it as much as possible, wild camping is achievable in the UK, although laws differ in different countries. In Scotland for example, wild camping is completely legal as long as campers steer clear of residential areas and roads. Things are slightly different when it comes to wild camping in England or Wales, however.
For all National Parks in England and Wales, you will need to seek permission from the landowner to wild camp. This is except for Dartmoor in Devon where the same rules apply as in Scotland (we have no idea why but this is great as it’s easier!).
Make sure you leave the land as you found it
If there is one golden rule about wild camping is has to be to respect the land. You are making mother nature your home for the night. Bring spare bags for rubbish. Be mindful and very careful using stoves or fires of any sort. Most importantly, leave the land as you found it! This helps to keep the British Isles looking as beautiful as ever.
Have Supplies, a Quality Tent, Sleeping Mat and Sleeping Bag
You are in the middle of the countryside and may be the only people for miles, so be prepared! As well as wearing the right clothing, it is imperative to have good shelter arrangements and ample food and water. You’ll need something to carry everything too. Make sure you look at some high-quality backpacks for travelling. Purchase a good quality tent that will stray dry inside in the rain. Practice putting it up in your back garden or local park before you go too. Because there’s nothing worse than taking so long to put up a tent that it gets dark! Which brings us onto another tip.
When it gets dark in the UK National Parks, it gets very dark. There is little light pollution around and often the moon and stars will be the only things lighting the ground around you. A decent, adjustable head torch and lantern is recommended. An added bonus? Get a lantern with an option to switch to a red light, this will attract fewer insects than a traditional yellow bulb!
In addition, take a look at some of our best travel gadgets that could help you on your adventure.
What are your top tips for getting close to nature in the UK? Comment below!