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WILD CAMPING.

Tempted to go off grid for a few days, and spend the nights in the great outdoors? Let your wanderlust lead you to England’s seriously stunning ‘wild’ camping spots, to get back to nature.

Camping at the specific locations in Durdle Door, Cheddar Gorge and Snowdonia is not permitted outside the competition dates. Wild camping in non-designated areas is illegal.

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TREETOP ADVENTURE.

Remember childhood dreams of a treehouse? Make them come true with a night in special ‘tree boats’, high up in the canopy of a beech tree in the grounds of historic Jacobean manor house Northcourt on the Isle of Wight. As you awaken to bird song, capture the sunrise over the coastline through the leaves of the tree. Officially opening in 2018.

SUPER STARS.

Fall asleep under the expansive skies of the North York Moors National Park, which are lit up by millions of stars. Set up camp at one of the working farms within the National Park – High Paradise Farm sits on the edge of the forest with the wild moors sweeping out behind – before heading out to one of the Park’s Dark Sky Discovery Sites to gaze in awe at the Milky Way.

CALL OF THE WILD.

Pack your sense of adventure, for some back-to-basics, you-and-just-a-tent wild camping, in Dartmoor National Park. As long as you stay well away from roads, wild camping is allowed for up to two consecutive nights in the same spot on much of the open moorland. This is your chance to wake up with nothing between you and spectacular views of the Park’s tors and hills.

LAKESIDE LIVING.

Warm yourself by a wood-burning stove in a Nordic tipi, while the scenery of Lake District’s Coniston Water inspires you to kick back and relax. Base Camp Tipis sit on raised wooden platforms and come equipped with a lantern, fairy lights, and a complimentary basket of logs for your first night's stay.

ANIMAL FARM.

Want to make new friends? Pitch up your tent at Moonacre Farm under the vast Devon skies and, each morning, you’ll be greeted by 30 friendly Huacaya alpacas in the next field. Buy the alpacas some feed so you can breakfast alongside them, before heading off for a walk on the nearby traffic-free Tarka Trail.

VINTAGE STYLE.

Who says you need to stay in a tent to get back to the wild when you can cosy up in ‘Star’, a Westmorland Gypsy Showman’s caravan, set in a pretty Sussex orchard. Don’t worry if you’ve forgotten provisions as this unique hideaway provides a welcome food pack of basic essentials, all to enjoy while deciding where to start exploring.

NATURE CALLS.

Wild camping isn’t wild camping if you don’t spot some wildlife! Set down your backpack in the camping pods of Bowland Wild Boar Park in Lancashire and head off to find boars, llamas, wallabies and red squirrels.

SHEPHERD’S DELIGHT.

Pure digital detox comes in the form of a simply furnished shepherd’s hut with no electricity or Wi-Fi. Instead you’ll cook on a firepit and get fresh spring water supplied from a nearby standpipe. Open the door to Somerset wildlife and country walks – bring your four-legged friend to this site too, there’s plenty of space for them to run around.

FLOATING TENT.

Watch a stunning sun rise every morning when you fling back the tent flaps of a Kudhva – a three-legged, asymmetrical hideaway, eight feet off the ground. You’ll be positioned so you make the most of the incredible views down the Cornwall coast to Gull Rock, Kirin Island and the Polzeath Headland.

OFF-THE-BEATEN TRACK.

Wild and remote, with scenic views from every perspective, the site at Boe Rigg is set on the edge of England’s most northerly National Park, Northumberland. It’s easy to keep yourself to yourself here, toasting marshmallows over a campfire but, if you fancy a little socialising, head down to the site’s café bar, which hosts music, wine tasting and quiz nights.

WILD AND FREE.

Feeling brave? Wales is home to some of Britain’s most spectacular coastal beaches, perfect for wild swimming. Although we can’t guarantee warm water temperatures, you can’t fail to be disappointed by the idyllic sandy coves, dramatic views and majestic cliffs. Depending on your spot, you may even find yourself in the company of seals.

FOODIE FORAGING.

Wales might be known for it’s lamb but for those in the know, it’s a haven for wild foraging. Go on a culinary journey across land and sea with a foodie expert as your guide. Get shown the ropes from picking the freshest, healthiest Welsh herbs, mushrooms, leaves and berries to cooking Instagram worthy plates.

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