01/06/2021

Wild camping in the Lake District in one of my best spots

  

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


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


With a rare free weekend night and the Lake District weather forecast looking superb (with no wind and clear skies - a rarity for this part of the world I know haha) - then it presented a perfect opportunity not to be missed for a wild camp in the Lake District and a chance to experience the Lakes in my favourite way when it's nice and quiet :-) 

So I made the 2 hour drive and headed over to the Thirlmire area. 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:


Looking down Thirlmire with the magnificent Raven Crag to the right 


Wild camping lake district best spots tent Helm 2 compact review
I follow the wild camping code and pitch late as the sun is going down. The Helm 2 Compact is a doddle to pitch (inner and outer pitch at the same time) so the tent is up quickly and it's time to enjoy a well-earned drink and chill


Wild camping lake district best spots tent Helm 2 compact review
Absolutely stunning spot this - although 6ft to my left 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 :-) 


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



Wild camping lake district best spots tent Helm 2 compact review
It's now about an hour after sundown and the night draws in



Wild camping lake district best spots tent Helm 2 compact review
A warm and cosy sleeping bag beckons :-)


Wild camping lake district best spots tent Helm 2 compact review
A new day dawns at around 4.45am and I'm up and ready to crack on :-) Pitch late and leave early with no sign of you ever being there - that's how to do it!



Wild camping lake district best spots
Time to get the stove on and get the water warmed up for my morning porridge & coffee 

Wild camping lake district best spots
A nice brew really helps get the day going and 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. 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!



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




Post by Stuart Hodgson 
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