It was a winter’s day in January 2022 when I set off from the village of Edale in the Peak District and hiked up Ringing Roger for a spot of Kinder Scout Wild Camping. The temperature at night was about -3 degrees Celsius but my Rab Ascent 900 and Thermarest xTherm mat kept me nice and warm.
The wind at night picked up but the Soulo didn’t budge one inch. The weather in the morning was cloudy and prevented a sunrise although I enjoyed a nice sunset. The route back to the car went down Jacobs Ladder which I had climbed previously.
Kinder Scout Wild Camping Video
As a hypnotherapist, I know how important being in nature is. Hiking and wild camping gives me an opportunity to disconnect from my busy life and reconnect with what is important – inner peace.
Sitting on a mountain, listening to nothing more than the sound of the wind and the birds (and occasional sheep!) is good for the soul.
Embracing the Wilderness: Kinder Scout Wild Camping
If you’re anything like me, the idea of escaping to nature for a night under the stars sounds like a dream come true. Well, that dream is entirely possible, but there are some things you ought to know before you head out.
Is It Legal?
First things first, let’s address the elephant in the room. Is wild camping on Kinder Scout legal? The short answer is: it’s a bit complicated. Kinder Scout is part of the Peak District National Park, where wild camping is generally not permitted without the landowner’s consent. However, it’s often tolerated in higher, more remote areas, as long as you follow the leave-no-trace principle
Leave No Trace
So, what are these rules? They’re pretty straightforward, actually:
- Arrive Late, Leave Early: Make sure you set up your camp as the sun is setting and leave at the crack of dawn.
- Leave No Trace: Take your rubbish with you. Simple as that.
- Be Discreet: Don’t pitch your tent in the middle of a well-trodden path where you’ll be visible to everyone.
- Keep Groups Small: A large gathering is not only more noticeable but also potentially more damaging to the environment.
What You’ll Need
- Tent: A lightweight, quick-to-pitch tent is your best mate for this adventure.
- Sleeping Bag: Go for something warm but not bulky.
- Stove and Cookware: Compact is the keyword here.
- Navigation Tools: Maps and compasses are essential, even if you think you know the area like the back of your hand.
- Water: Carry plenty and consider a water purification system.
- Food: High-energy, easy-to-cook meals are your go-to.
- First Aid: Always be prepared for minor injuries or ailments.
Where to Camp?
Kinder Scout is vast, offering multiple spots that are ideal for wild camping. The plateau itself has numerous little nooks and crannies where you could pitch your tent. Just be mindful of the terrain and weather conditions, which can change rapidly.
Points of Interest
- Kinder Downfall: Fancy waking up to the sight of a cascading waterfall? Then make sure to set up camp near Kinder Downfall.
- The Woolpacks: These are strange, naturally eroded gritstone formations that look like a herd of woolly sheep from a distance. Perfect for some Instagram-worthy snaps!
The Unforgettable Experience
Imagine this: you wake up, unzip your tent, and there it is—the vast expanse of Kinder Scout, bathed in the golden glow of the morning sun. The air is crisp, the birds are singing, and you’ve never felt more alive. That, my friends, is the magic of wild camping on Kinder Scout.
Before You Go
Finally, let’s not forget that Kinder Scout is a sensitive habitat, home to unique flora and fauna. Respecting the environment is paramount. Stick to paths where possible, avoid disturbing wildlife, and as mentioned earlier, leave no trace.
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