Free Camping - What are the rules in the UK

Posted on 07/10/2013 by Grant Hooker

We often get asked about the rules for free-camping or "wild camping" in the UK and where customers can park their campervan for the night.Scotland has specific legislation on wild camping. Firstly, it's important to make the distinction between wild camping in a tent and parking up in a motorhome or campervan. The Land Reform (Scotland) Act of 2003 allows wild camping on most unenclosed land, but this does not cover "motorised activities" so doesn't really apply to campervans.

For more information check out the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.


England and Wales don't yet have specific legislation.


There are some simple tips to follow if you are thinking to free-camp:


  • Always follow the signs. If a sign says "No overnight parking" or "No camping" then please follow it. Ignoring these signs can land you with a fine.
  • If in doubt ask a local person. Nobody has better information than the people who live in the area. They may even point you in the direction of a better spot.
  • Spaceships Campervans cannot be taken on unsealed roads so any free-camping you do will be at the roadside or in car parks
  • If you are asked to move on please do so. This is much less likely to happen if you aren't making noise.
  • Ask yourself if it is worth saving £8 - £15 per night to forego the amenities of a campsite. Campsites in the UK generally have excellent facilities and often have the best locations and views


If you would link more specific advice about free-camping please contact us