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Backpacking In Britain

Backpacking is all about enjoying self-contained travel on foot in the outdoors staying comfortable and well-fed along the way. With a rucksack, tent, sleeping bag and a stove you have the basic ingredients to whip up a variety of recipes for outdoor adventure year after year, wandering through a landscape carrying everything you need for a night or more without the need to be anywhere at any particular time. As we have no right to camp where we like in most of the UK, leaving overnight pitches to chance is not recommended. Accommodation guides that include campsites are published for many long distance footpaths (LDPs), especially national trails. The Backpackers’ Club’s LDP Site and Pitch Directory is the only one of its type. Covering most of the established long distance routes in the UK, it is compiled and updated by members and complements its UK Farm Pitch Directory. Then there are tourist boards, national park centres and commercial guides. Pulling together a number of sites in a new area from a variety of sources and working out your own routes to link up several can while away many happy hours. Pitch tips * There’s something quite relaxing about camping near water but beware of mossies and boggy ground. * If you cannot find some shelter behind a rock or wall, pitch your tent so the entrance faces away from the prevailing wind. * Try to avoid pitching in a dip in the ground or at the bottom of a slope - rainwater runoff and cold air creeping downhill may disrupt a good night’s sleep. * Avoid pitching under a tree – unlikely though a lightning strike or falling branch might be, the drips from above will drive you mad long after rain has stopped. Useful contacts Backpackers Club – www.backpackersclub.co.uk National Parks – www.nationalparks.gov.uk National Trails – www.nationaltrail.co.uk Ordnance Survey - www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk Outdoor Industries Association - www.outdoorindustriesassociation.co.uk

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