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Camping wild in the high ground is generally accepted although land is still worked at higher elevations. It's all about what is worked and pitching in areas which are not likely to see any activity during your stay. You have to keep your eyes peeled and aware of livestock, for example, because farmers tend to check on their livestock such as cattle regularly if not each day. This is their business and the welfare of their investment is paramount, which is something we've noticed. So stay clear of fields immediately next to livestock such as cattle unless of course you want a 4-wheel drive cruising past your tent or stopping by to clear you off the land. Sheep tend to be left to their own devices and on more open high ground anyhow and if you can tolerate the sheep at higher levels you should be fine. You always have the option mind of discovering secluded spots on what's known as Open Access Land or land within the obscure interior of a mountain or hill, a plantation or some other woodland even lower down.

 

There are of course rules that are universal such as:

 

'Leave no trace' of your presence

 

THE IMAGE HERE IS OF THE RADNOR FOREST. IT'S HIGH GROUND AND THE IDEAL PITCH AWAY FROM FARM DWELLINGS AND ACCESS TRACKS (THE INTERIOR). HERE YOU COULD DISCREETLY CAMP BUT ONLY SOLO OR AS A SMALL GROUP AND WITH NO LITTER LEFT BEHIND - NOT EVEN A FAG BUT, WHICH SOME TEND TO THINK IS OK.

 

 

 

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What is the law in the UK regarding wild camping? In England and Wales, it's Illegal to camp wild as most property is owned privately or by some agency. Scotland's Land Reform Act of 2003 however has made it perfectly legal to camp wild and in the same kind of spirit Dartmoor National Park has made it possible to wild camp so long as it's for one or two nights on the open land. Given the evidence then it's illegal to wild camp in the Wye catchment. 

 

This is of course true but the area in England and Wales where the Wye rises and flows has a long tradition of outdoors wild camping and most people know how impractical the law often is given the needs of human beings as a whole and the nature of being on the trail. This doesn't stop us from respecting the landowners or the land because we can, without doubt, do all we can to ensure the land is cared for and respected if we find ourselves unable to ask for permission late in the day whilst out hiking. It could be argued that we plan in advance of our hike but hiking or roaming is not like this - it's an impulsive thing and we find ourselves often going into places unforeseen.

 

If you find yourself pitching late in the day on someone's property and they discover your presence you have to be willing to vacate the property and move on. They have the legal right to ensure you move and there must be no complaints. With a polite tone and with respect gather your things and be on your way. In the high ground of the Wye catchment, particularly in the Radnor Forest, Black or Cambrian Mountains or Mid Wales, this is unlikely to happen but it can. Just be prepared.

An overnight site set in a small ravine way below

a working track obscured by trees

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