At Carefree Campers, we love hill walking and campervans. In fact, most of the pictures on this site are of us walking in the hills and mountains with friends. According to the Ramblers Association, 9.1 million adults in England enjoy walking recreationally each year. However, if you haven’t climbed a mountain before, or read a map since school, it can seem daunting. We have therefore drafted this short blog to give you some hints and tips on places to go and things to do.
Where to go walking in the UK
In the UK we have 149,300 wonderful miles of footpaths and bridleways to explore. And we think a campervan is the perfect place to stay as it’s somewhere warm and dry to come back to after a day on the hills.
The Peak District National Park was the first National Park to be created in the UK in 1951. I have a personal soft spot for Derbyshire in the Peak District having spent so many years walking around Edale. The walk from Edale station past the Nag Head and then up Grinds Brook onto Kinder is a favorite. The path is easy to find, well-made and the view from Kinder Scout is of England’s green and pleasant land.
If you want to walk in pointier mountains, then you need to go to north Wales or the Lake District. North Wales contains the Snowdonia National Park and many more mountains than just its namesake. My favorites include Tryfan, Cadair Isris, Crib Goch and Glyder Fach. However, your choice of mountain and route must take into account the weather and one’s ability to tackle it. The mountains in Wales can be tricky, as I found out when I was airlifted off in 2018!
The Lake District
The Lake District is one of the most visited areas of the UK for good reason, it is breathtaking. It has big beautiful mountains like Blencathra, spiky mountains like Great Gable and famous ones like Scafell Pike. It has picturesque lakes, paddle steamers, Beatrix Potter, and Helvellyn voted England’s favorite mountain. If you want to go walking in the Lakes, I recommend you camp in Keswick, buy a good map and enjoy the views of the mountains.
If you would like to arrange a mountaineering adventure from the comfort of a campervan, drop us a line. We can provide a detailed quotation for you and provide advice on locations and places to stay.