Charging for wild camping shows a failure to understand what makes it special

A pilot scheme launched to promote wild camping in two of England’s national parks is charging £20 a night. So, it’s not really wild or really free

It’s Friday night and I’m alone, standing on a hilltop gazing down at the lights in the villages below, where not a soul can see me.

This was an escape on a whim after a busy week. I’d had enough of the emails and the social media and wanted to disconnect from modern-day stresses. So, I packed some essential camping gear and jumped in the car. A couple of hours later I was reconnecting with nature, spotlit by the stars and getting ready for a night under canvas.

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