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Am I able to go wild camping at the moment? – Coronavirus Information

The simple answer to the question, "can I go wild camping right now", is no.

Firstly, we'll get straight to the point. The simple answer to the question, "can I go wild camping right now" is no. Wild camping is currently not permitted in any part of the UK, be it England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland. While there is no limit to the amount of outdoor exercise you can take, you should not be unnecessarily staying away from your primary residence at this time and, as well as second homes and holidays, this includes wild camping.

In recent days, there have been a number of warnings about people wild camping in national parks, including from the North Yorkshire Police, as well as explicit statements from the Lake District National Park and Dartmoor National Park, among others, making it clear that people should not be wild camping at this time. In our own travel advice for campers, we have answered a number of key questions relating to coronavirus and its impact on camping holidays. However, while it's becoming well-known that campsites and caravan parks are closed across the UK, some campers are still unsure about whether wild camping is permitted, particularly if alone and in an isolated area.

On 13th May, Minister for Sport, Heritage & Tourism in England, Nigel Huddleston MP stated on Twitter "You and your household can head outdoors for your physical & mental wellbeing in England. But be respectful to local people & communities. You must adopt social distancing at all times. Then return to your primary home - No overnight stays, including second homes & holiday homes."

At this point in time, we are also making clear to all campers that wild camping is not permitted. We will be sure to update out information as soon as anything changes.

In every likelihood, wild camping will not be permitted again until such a time that holidays, more generally, are allowed to resume (3rd July in Scotland, 4th July in England, 13th July in Wales – see our dedicated advice page for further details). Be aware, too, of course, that wild camping is not universally permitted in the UK in ordinary times anyway and, while it is usually legal in Scotland (with some exceptions), different rules apply in England and Wales. There are many off-grid campsites in the UK that offer an almost-wild-camping experience, whilst still providing the very basic facilities such as loos. You can plan ahead now by browsing our Nearly Wild Camping collection.

Read our full coronavirus travel advice for campers

First published: 19th May 2020