What are your favourite outdoor places? Do you hanker after wild areas, hills, rivers, specific mountains or “just so” spots? I am thinking specifically about the UK and certainly in terms of my top five places. Everyone will have a different view of what constitutes their favourite places and why. For some theirs is due to a memory, for others a beautiful view, for others still a place far from the madding crowd. For me, my list is as follows
1. Carnedd Llewellyn – North Wales
The highest and best wildcamp I have ever done, in great company with fabulous weather
2. Kirk Fell – Lake District
A great spot in a superb area. Cant fail to find something to like in this area whether it is high wildcamping, challenging climbs or just scenery gazing
3. Twmpa – Brecon Beacons
A quiet and often overlooked area of the Brecon Beacons (in fact the Black Mountains in general). Miles of stunning escarpment with opportunities for ridge walking and wildcamping
4. Nun’s Cross – Dartmoor
Solitude and dramatic landscapes abound around Nun’s Cross just dont get lost on the moors in the fog…..!
5. Nant y Moch – Mid Wales
The most remote, lonely and yet brilliantly uplifting place in Wales. A truly inspiring landscape now under threat from windfarms
All the above are places I have obviously visited and grown to love in the course of walking and camping. A lot of you will comment that I have no places in Scotland in my list. Quite simply I haven’t been beyond a few small hills in Scotland. I am hoping to change that as soon as I can re Scotland and then maybe I will have other places to add to my favourite list.
That’s my list, what’s yours?