Wild camping is technically not permitted anywhere in the Lake District without prior permission from the landowner. As the National Park Authority we do not have the power to allow camping on private land, and we do not permit camping on the small amount of land that we own. Camping in car parks or on roadside verges is not allowed at any time.
Parking in campervans and motorhomes is not considered wild camping, however please plan ahead to check where you can park. Read our advice for campervans and motorhomes and where you can park in the Lake District.
If you choose to wild camp, it is normally tolerated if you:
Wherever you pitch, please remember that the landowners or their representatives have the legal right to order you to break camp and move on.
Things to know before you go, tips to plan a great trip and help us look after the landscape you love.
There are lots of fairly 'wild' campsites across the Lake District, with views of lakes and mountains... but with a real toilet and fresh water on tap!
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