I was fortunate to have been brought up in one of the most stunning parts of the country. That is the Lake District. Therefore, most of my childhood memories involve hikes, countryside walks and of course camping. In fact, camping was one of my favourite things to do as a child, and many of our school holidays were spent camping in Wales, The Lakes, Cornwall and even France. It is a shame as now the older I am the less I camp. In fact, I cannot remember the last time I took a trip so maybe this Summer it will be on my adventure list. To celebrate #nationalcampingmonth I decided to take a trip down memory lane with Halfords, and share one of my most memorable camping trips.
As I mentioned my childhood was filled with mountain hikes, and my mum was an avid adventurer. Of course, mini me wanted to be too! So, at the ripe old age of 8, my mum and I decided to take our first ladies camping trip and hike. With our gorgeous dog Nuit in toe, he would never miss a trip up the hills! We decided to walk from Longsleddale all the way over to Small Water and set up camp there. As it was many moons ago, I can’t tell you ow long this walk was, however I assume it was a a fair few tiring and hard hours walk, especially for my little legs. Being the strong, independent little lady I was, I was absolutely adamant to carry my own backpack, with all my camping essentials. I can guarantee this was not light for an 8-year-old. However, I refused to have it any other way. Finally, after some breath-taking views and little accidents we reached base camp. The wilderness of Small Water. My mother was generally concerned that she may have pushed me to hard. Yet stubborn me was going to make it to the end.
I slumped down my backpack and dipped my tired toes into the freezing cold lake. From there, we set up our tent indulged in the simple camping pleasures, hanging out the front of our tent watching the sun set, whilst cooking some food on the stove. We laughed, giggled, played cards and read poetry. Although I swear the best part of my trip was returning to the hotel where my nana bought me a huge slice of cake to celebrate the success of my little camping trip. We were rather fortunate that the weather wasn’t torrential, as an experienced camper and walker, my mum was well aware of the dangers that come hiking and wild camping in the Lakes, and how the weather over the hills can turn very quickly. I have compiled a small list below of ways that you can keep safe when wild camping in the Lakes.
- Ensure you have purchased a walker’s map of the trail you are going to hike.
- Carefully plan your route and choose an appropriate camping location.
- Let those close to you know where you are going and when you should be expected back.
- It is a good idea to take along a mobile phone – even if you want to switch off from cyber world, this could save your life.
- If the weather turns, make an executive decision on whether to turn around and head back home.
- Make sure you have all your camping and survival essentials packed – this will include
- A tent – Get yours here
- A thermal sleeping bag
- A gas camping stove – with extra gas canister
- Food – Generally high energy and loaded with carbs!
- A map
- A compass
- A flair
- A whistle
- A thermal foil jacket
- A camping mat
If you are new to camping why not check out this handy guide to camping, with some great ideas of top camping spots, essentials check list and recipe ideas.
Do you like camping? Where is your favourite spot?