Bowland wild camp
Last week we practised a Bowland Wild Camp on Longridge Fell. I say ‘Bowland wild camp’ but we cheated really, pitching up about 10m from the parking spot. We are easing ourselves into it – rather than trekking up a hill to find out we couldn’t put the tent up! Last night we ventured further from the car, but not by too much, walking along Bowland Knotts a little.
I do like the idea of Bowland wild camping in various locations, but I must stress that I am extremely mindful of leaving the place exactly as I found it, other than maybe some flattened grass – which will obviously spring back after a day or two. I made each of us perform a full site survey when we left our Bowland wild camp site at Bowland Knotts.
The weather was glorious when leaving Preston at about 3pm. It clouded over a little by the time we got up to Bowland Knotts at 4pm but what I hadn’t realised was how much the wind had picked up. Setting my tent up was a bit like flying a kite. After wrestling with their tent for an hour Jack and his friend Callum gave it up as a bad job. They actually slept outside with just their sleeping bags, but the wind had dropped so it wasn’t too bad. I had told them to come into the tent later on if they got cold.
I grilled some lamb tikka, sausages and burgers and had a couple of beers. We then watched the sun go down and took a few photos. When night set in we got my laptop out and watched 4 episodes of Bob’s Burgers.
Next I knew the sun was coming up over Whelpstone Crag. Unfortunately the midges had decided it was their breakfast time so we swiftly packed up and cleared off.
If you fancy a Bowland wild camp this is a good area to explore. With a bit more practicing I am hoping to incorporate a Bowland wild camp into a couple of walks, can’t wait!