14/06/2021

Lake District Wild camping in the Helm 2 Compact tent by Wild Country

  

Wild camping lake district best spots tent Helm 2 compact review
What a stunning location on this wild camping trip in the Lake District - a perfect location to pitch the Helm 2 Compact tent


Getting away from it all on a superb wild camp in the Lake District in the Helm 2 Compact


With a rare free weekend night and the Lake District weather forecast looking superb (no wind and clear skies - a rarity for this part of the world I know :-) then it presented a perfect opportunity for a trip to Lake District for a wild camp and a chance to experience the Lakes in my favourite way when the fells are nice and quiet :-) I didn't arrive until 7pm - but with sunset not due until 9.30pm in the middle of May it gave me plenty of time to head up into the fells and scope out one of my favourite spots, perched right up high over looking a lake :-) Here's a few photos from this trip:


Lake District Wild camping photos:


Looking down Thirlmire with the magnificent Raven Crag to the right 


Wild camping lake district best spots tent Helm 2 compact review
I always follow the wild camping code and pitch late as the sun is going down. The Helm 2 Compact tent is easy and quick to pitch (inner and outer pitch at the same time) so the tent is up in no time and it's time to enjoy a well-earned drink and just enjoy the surroundings


Wild camping lake district best spots tent Helm 2 compact tent review
It's an absolutely stunning wild camping spot this - although 6ft to my left here is a 200m sheer drop and if I fall down there it's curtains for me. There's zero wind though and the forecast is not meant to change through the night, and I'm not planning on having more than a couple of cans and don't sleep walk so I deem it safe :-) The Helm 2 Tent is also very robust, free-standing and I know I won't have any issues with this tent even when the weather isn't great


Wild camping lake district best spots tent Helm 2 compact review
The sun has now set and you can just make out Blencathra in the distance and the last remnants of the evening glow of the setting sun - soon it will be time to retire into my cosy Helm 2 tent which has plenty of room inside for me and my camping kit.



Wild camping lake district best spots tent Helm 2 compact review
It's now about an hour after sundown and the night draws in and things become very peaceful and quite - just how I like it. I always like to have a lamp hanging in the tent to illuminate it, if anything it means it will be easy to find if I go for a little wander :-)



Wild camping lake district best spots tent Helm 2 compact review
Enjoying the last embers of a perfect evening in the Lake District - but a warm and cosy sleeping bag and tent beckons :-)



Wild camping lake district best spots
I wake early at around 4.30am and it's time to get the stove on, get the water warmed up for my morning porridge & coffee to sort me out and get ready for the day.

Wild camping lake district best spots tent Helm 2 compact review
After getting a bit of fuel into me I'm ready to crack on and it's not even 5am. Pitch late and leave early with no sign of you ever being there - that's how I like to do it. The Helm 2 Compact tent is as easy to take down as it is to put up so I'm outta here in no time.



Wild camping lake district best spots
I always like to make another brew just before I take my tent down - so it's ready when everything is packed away and I can relax and savour this amazing spot before heading off. This little over-night wild camping adventure has been a beauty!




Well there you are - a quick blog post and a few photos of some great memories on a wild camping trip in the Lake District. I hope that has maybe even inspired you to want to give wild camping a go and experience the fells in an altogether new way! If you are new to Wild Camping and not sure what kit you will need - then I have some useful blog posts below and I highly recommend the Helm 2 Compact tent as your first tent for Wild Camping.



Useful Wild Camping blog posts: 



Helm 2 Compact review
Here's my in-depth review of the Helm 2 Compact, the tent used on this wild camp






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