Can I wild camp in Wales?
Updated: Nov 18, 2022
WHY IS WILD CAMPING A HOT TOPIC?
Wild Camping in Wales has hit the headlines throughout the summer for numerous reasons from abandoned campsites, lots of rubbish left behind, ground scorching, damage to sensitive habitat, increased risk of wildfires, the lack of toilet facilities that have led to a rise in human waste in hot spots, believed to be a result of the large volume of roadside campervans and freedom campers without proper facilities, and finally the illegal parking that has the potential to obstruct the emergency services at a crucial moment.
I know for myself and Elle we have been lucky enough to learn early on that 'Wild Camping' comes with an unwritten code to be discreet, leave no trace and minimise impact. This year there are droves of people who may not have as much experience of holidaying in such places as our own national parks, and may not have had the opportunity to make themselves as aware of their impact.
Who hasn't told themselves what harm just one person can have doing something at least once in their lives for example. The thing is Snowdonia receives approximately 10 million visitors per year, that's a lot of individuals who may be thinking the same to themselves when they drop some litter or go to the toilet etc.
The National Park Authorities seem to be facing a growing task of educating its ever increasing number of visitors to our national parks, of the impact of irresponsible & unsustainable tourism.
WILD CAMPING RULES IN WALES
In Wales and England you only have the right to camp on land belonging to someone else if you have the permission of the landowner. Land ownership can get very complicated in the case of National Parks. For example the summit of Snowdon is jointly owned by the Snowdonia National Park Authority, the National Trust and a private estate.