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Wild camping is the ultimate freeing experience! There are various locations that are ideal for wilderness camping trips and these are:
For a location map of the National Parks and links to their own websites please see here.
*Wild camping in England and Wales is more restricted than in Scotland. Please see the Environmental Impact document which you can download below. Since 2017, the Trossachs National Park has introduced a permit system for wild camping due to the volume of wild campers and its vicinity to Glasgow making it so popular. In order to help not over crowd the area we don't offer wildcamping wilderness treks here.
Wilderness treks are very much an 'experience' and an adventure and a speciality of AFS Mountain Walks. For the price you will get an experienced and qualified guide to literally take you away from the routine and stress of ordinary life into a different world.
Included in the cost: we can provide all expedition equipment by pre-arrangement - tent, sleeping bag and liner, thermal insulating ground mat, cooker, fuel, and expedition food (evening meals and breakfasts) - although everyone carries their fair share. We can provide advice about accommodation nearby and transport options based on your budget.
These activities are unlikely to be suitable for young kids, but those considering entering the DofE scheme may find them useful (14-18). Under 18's are welcome so long as they are accompanied by parent(s)/guardian(s). If you are not sure whether a trek will be suitable for a child please ask us. Likewise if you have any further questions about coming on one of our events. What we can't guarantee is the weather which, in Britain, is notorious.
We grade our walks by the colour of the boot - the grading guide key is explained in the FAQs.
No scheduled walks or wilderness treks will require rock climbing skills and will be suitable for most who have good fitness, rather than experience. Day walks will be more suited to those who are newer to the outdoors.
Cost - £150 for 1 person (£200 if booking for two, £250 if booking for three, £325 if booking for 4 etc.) . There are a maximum of 6 places.
Mountains - Derry Cairngorm (1,155m / 3,789ft), Ben MacDui (Britain's second highest mountain 1,309m / 4,295ft), and Carn a'Mhaim (1,037m / 3,402ft). Approximate total distance & ascent - 30km / 19miles distance & 1,452m / 4,764ft ascent
Plans - We will stroll in to Derry Lodge from the Linn of Dee near Braemar early on the Saturday morning. Depending on the weather we will either set up camp near the river or continue up onto Derry Cairngorm and camp higher up. This will be at a gentle pace with plenty of photo opportunities and to admire the majesty of the Cairngorms. In the morning we will start heading out and back to Braemar in good time to enable people to get home.
Level - There are good paths around the area. The summit of Derry Cairngorm is quite bouldery and walking poles may come in use! There is one river crossing which the guide will assist with in both directions. A good level of general fitness is required. We will be carrying our camping equipment and food for the two days so we'll take into account the extra weight in terms of the pace - we are there to enjoy ourselves after all!
To Book - Please see the Make a Booking page
We offer a range of 2-3 day wilderness treks. We head out into the mountains carrying all our equipment, but the walking is at a reasonably leisurely pace. We're there to enjoy ourselves and escape the hustle and bustle of the real world for a few days, not to undergo an endurance test! Depending on the route (and conditions) we may camp by a river in a remote glen, or up on a mountain to see the sunset.
If you are coming up to your Mountain Leader Assessment, we can offer a taster over night expedition with navigation legs and night navigation. We can offer feedback and advice as we know what the assessors will be looking for having been through it!
Please get in touch to discuss.