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Backpacking

Backpacking involves carrying all your equipment with you on a route. For those who relish the freedom and independence this brings, there can be no finer way of exploring wild places. The key to success is packing thoroughly, using lightweight gear.

As a backpacker, carrying all your gear as you travel provides you with considerable freedom to stop and spend a night wherever you wish, providing you are appreciative of local camping restrictions. Wild camping in Britain is still possible, but those doing so should always exercise extreme care to leave no trace of their stay. Designated campsites provide welcome facilities should they be required.

Backpacking trips can be a perfect answer to that ‘spur of the moment’ weekend in the hills, or can provide the means to travel great distances over several weeks, such as when walking many of the long-distance trails of Britain, including the ultimate Land’s End to John O’Groats route.

Basic gear required for a backpacking trip, in addition to that required on a day-walk, includes some form of shelter, whether a tent, bivvy bag or tarpaulin, a sleeping bag, torch, optional sleeping mat or Thermarest, food, cooking stove and cooking/eating utensils. Always travel as light as is reasonably possible!


(Photo by Graham Uney from 'Backpacker's Britain - Northern Scotland')

Useful websites:
www.bushcraftuk.com (Skills and knowledge of the great outdoors)
www.backpackersclub.co.uk (Camping club)

Guided / Self guided trips:
www.explorewalesnow.co.uk (Wales finest all inclusive backpacker tour)
www.wild-in-scotland.com

Accomodation:
www.yha.org.uk (Youth Hostel Association)
www.syha.org.uk (Scottish Youth Hostel Association)
www.independenthostelguide.co.uk
www.backpackers.co.uk
http://v-g.me.uk (Trips to mountainous/remote regions of England & Wales)
www.ukcampsite.co.uk
www.mountainbothies.org.uk
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