Nearly wild camping

We say
Wild camping is not legal in most of England and Wales but there are some extraordinary beauty spots that offer "nearly wild" camping. Pitch your own tent, enjoy lots of space and startling views of woodlands, coastline and clear night skies. Just don't expect much in the way of facilities - that's all part of the fun.

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Cool Camping says

We’re passionate about camping , sharing our recommendations from glamping in furnished yurts to nearly wild campsites in remote idylls.

  • Remote locations
  • Back to nature
  • Lots of space

If you want to get back to basics in the great outdoors with your own tent, we’ve done the legwork to give you some great ‘nearly wild’ campsite recommendations in England, Wales and Scotland. Our goal is to find the best camping sites – and when it comes to wild camping, we’re not worried about smart shower blocks, fancy farm shops or cool loos. It’s all about the location.

Here are a few of our 48 recommended ‘nearly wild’ campsites to give you a taste of what is available. Aldridge Hill has 170 pitches across a vast swathe of the New Forest’s heathland, bordering Blackwater Stream and Ober Water. Free roaming ponies, woodland and vast open spaces more than make up for the lack of electricity, loos and showers.

Right on the water’s edge, Salhouse Broad is a great option for families that want the simple pleasures of splashing around in the water, whilst you can go totally off-grid at Beech Estate Campsite in East Sussex. Pitch your own or hire a bell tent at this vast site whose 600 acres of woodland are exclusively for campers.

Hobby Farm, close to Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, is for adults only; you can pitch your own tent or book one of the two shepherd’s huts. There are some showers and loos.

In Wales, Treheli Farm is perched above the long sandy beaches of the Llŷn Peninsula. For something completely different, you can pitch your tent in Smugglers Cove Boatyard on the Dyfi estuary, Aberdovey.

The Scottish Borders are as wild as they are beautiful and there’s no place better to pitch your tent than Ruberslaw Wild Woods Camping. Tuck yourselves away or socialise with other campers in the Edwardian walled garden.

Our site is packed with advice and ideas on wild camping including tips on building – and cooking on – a camp fire.

Explore our recommended nearly wild camping sites across the UK, and see our coronavirus booking guarantee.