Sunday, 19 August 2012

A 6/7 day wild camp - planning

6/7 day wild camping the thought makes my heart thump, wahooo!

We have three weeks to decide exactly where - We know it will be wild camping in the lake district somewhere, and to get everything ready.

As we have done a fair bit of wild camping we do know the main equipment needed for such an adventure. But will always go through a list that we have prepared. No matter how good you are it is so easy to forget either something essential or the special thing you like to take that makes it all the more enjoyable.

I wont put the list in this post but I will upload as another page, it might be of use to you.

When we start planning a wild camping trip like this the two things that always jump to mind to consider, they are WATER and the WEATHER.

The weather we can do nothing about yet but we know we have the right clothing providing the weather stays within it`s normal parameters for the lake district. However if a couple of days before we are due to go the weather forecast looks bad, we stop ans take a re-think.

This might mean a complete cancellation or looking for somewhere else where the outlook is far better and safer. The odd day of rain, fog, mist, gales and freezing nights is fine, but 6 days of blizzard would spoil things a little. Always plan with safety in mind.

If you have good shelter, and the right clothing that you should you need for the trip, the most important thing to consider is drinking water. Especially if the weather is going to be hot and sticky.

But even in lovely mild, cloud covered Sky's, water is a real MUST when you are out hiking. Try and go one day without water and you will be in trouble. Yes we can go three days, and some people even longer, they make the headlines as miracles and wonders etc.

So always plan your trip so that you ALWAYS have good water to drink and cook with.

FOOD! Yes it is true we can go quite a while without food, however you do feel really rubbish and weak way before you die, lol. So food is a good thing to have also.

The main worry we always have is weight. If you are out in the wilds for 6/7 days you will find that you need a LOT of food to carry.

Our answer ?

We cut loads of vegetables into nice small slices/chunks and blanch or part boil for a few minutes. Drain and and allow them to completely dry of excess water. then place them into your drier (see ours here). Then dry them according to your driers instructions.

You will be amazed how so much veg can weigh so little and take up so little room. Of course we do the same with other produce too like mushroom, chicken chunks, small pieces of beef and various fruits.

Then while boiling water for very cheap packets of flavoured noodles pop in some dried meat and veg and you have a great tasting and nutritious meal.
What do we cook on? The ever faithful Trangia, we wouldn't go anywhere without it. See here.

So while we get on and plan our drop off point and our route to make sure that we have water, and while we get all the died food ready. We'll post this blog and start checking through our check list, and make sure we have the right maps etc.

The first decision is made already.

As I was looking for likely place that fit our need I noticed the pub called the WoolPack Inn. Located by the river Esk, Eskdale. So then searching the Internet I easily found their website and dropped them a little email asking if they knew of somewhere that we could camp (start our trek from). I received a lovely reply stating that hey have a Field we can use and that there is a campsite near by to if we would prefer.

Looking further at their website we soon noticed that they have a restaurant with a great choice of menus. Not what you would call “wild camping”, but coupled with the friendly reply it was an easy choice

Furthermore the hiking from here looks fantastic, plenty of streams for fresh water, and the temptation of Scafell pike. We have never been ones climbing the highest, or walking the longest. We are more the “wow, look at that” type of people. Walk slowly with our heads up taking the beauty of it all the way in, and keeping it there. Fantastic, cant wait.

See you soon :) .......

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Hiking and Holidaying in the Lake District

Hikers and fell walkers are always on the look-out for new adventures and one of the top UK walking destinations to explore is The Lake District. The Lake District provides some inspiring panoramic scenery, with incredible walking routes. 

However, the weather can be a bit changeable throughout the year, so if you're going to visit it's worth making sure you find some equally inspiring accommodation to make the most of this tranquil part of Britain.
There are many campsites and caravan parks, hotels, bed & breakfasts and self catering holiday cottages in the Lake District which all offer a relaxed holiday experience.

Walks and Hikes in The Lake District
The Lake District is has a wide range of beautiful walks and the Lakeland region is popular with both experienced fell walkers, hikers, ramblers and also families and those wishing to simply enjoy a relaxed stroll amid the countryside.

Tourists in The Lake District will have a most rewarding experience when exploring the rolling countryside taking in the beautiful panoramic views of the lakes.

For families, there are some fun family outings to be had in the Catbells area by Derwent Water. The views are of the surrounding Keswick fells are some of the finest in the Lakeland area.

For a slightly more invigorating walk, the walking route across Loughrigg Fell (which lies between Grasmere and Ambleside), is without doubt one of the most idyllic parts of the Lake District and should be high on the list for any hikers or walkers.

Probably one of the more renowned features of the Lake District is Scafell Pike. Scafell Pike stands proud as England's highest point. It rises up to 978m (3209ft) above sea level and can be seen for miles around the Lake District.

Scafell is a popular hiking destination for the more experienced, and fit walkers. The surrounding area offers up some of the more taxing but equally beautiful walks, not ideally suitable a casual walk! But for those who make the climb, the views and rural circumspection is something to capture on camera.

A large number of tourists who holiday in the Lakes, just a simple walk along the lower lying fells is enough to satisfy the appetite for views and the wonder of the areas natural habitat. For these less adventurous walkers, there are some quiet routes with extremely tranquil and panoramic views around the north side of Skiddaw, and also the fells around Shap.

All these routes are without exception beautiful, but as is so often the case, with beauty there can also be danger. Fell walking and hiking in the Lake District can be more taxing than your average British ramble.
Walkers in the area should prepare and be aware of how quickly the weather conditions can change on the hills and in the valleys. 

Bad weather can often 'close in' and conditions deteriorate very quickly, especially in winter months. Even spring and autumn the weather can be unpredictable in the Lake District (as with the rest of Britain) so inexperienced walkers are advised to check local tourist information alerts, weather alerts (such as the Met Office) or consult tour guides when heading out for some of the longer more exposed routes.

This truly beautiful part of England is ideal for a UK holiday or even a weekend break. There are plenty of places to stay and explore such as: Ambleside, Keswick, Bassenthwaite, Borrowdale, Braithwaite, Caldbeck, Vale of Lorton and whether you choose Lake District cottages, Lakeland hotels, bed & breakfasts or even just camp sites, the views from much of the holiday accommodation can inspire walkers to get out there and provide a comfortable and relaxing experience to return home to after a day of exploring the Lakes and surrounding majestic countryside.