Wanderlust, n., /ˈwɒndəlʌst/, a strong desire to wander or travel and explore the world
Feeling that urge to get out, run wild and connect with nature? Think hiking the New Forest, a Suffolk farmstay or canoeing in Norfolk – it doesn’t require loads of time, money or a long haul flight to take you to places you haven’t been or to kick back and experience something new.
Your wanderlust and our Defender’s spirit of adventure are just the perfect combination and will let you experience familiar, regional places in an unfamiliar way.
Travelling overland as a LandyCamper, with everything you need onboard, gives you the ultimate flexibility to take your time and stop when and where you wish. In other words: the key for your adventure is waiting for you!
We are passionate about your camping trip!
And want to help where we can! To get you safely on the road and leave the stress behind, every LandyCamper rental includes:
Land Rover Defender 90 for 2 people or 110 for 5 people (coming soon)
upgraded cockpit with infotainment system & converted back
All the camping equipment you can think of
Introduction to vehicle and equipment at Pick-Up
125 miles/day included (average)
Lots of our tips on how to make the most of your time
Pick up and drop off at local train station and airport London Stansted or parking of your car on our premises
Not sure yet? Just get in touch with your questions or concerns! If you require any specific advice planning your trip, just let us know and we will always try to accommodate your wishes and find a customised solution for your adventure!
You may be the born explorers, get your keys, choose the direction at a whim and see what the roads hold. Go for it! The only questions you should consider before you hit the road are: ‘Where to drive?’, ‘Where to pitch?’ and ‘What to bring?’ and we have some answers ready for you:
WHERE TO EXPLORE
You are going to enjoy roaming around in your Landy, but yet the choice of your destination should be depending on how much time you have in total. The shorter the trip, the less driving should be involved. A 6 hour round trip to the Peak District is only really worth it, when you are planning on camping at least three nights in the same place, spending your days immersing in long hikes and taking in the moors, dales, rivers and caves. If you are planning a road trip instead, checking out sights on the way and spending each night on a different delightful speck of land, make sure you don’t plan on spending more than an hour or two driving each day.
If you have a choice – take the slow roads and enjoy the views. The high seating position in the Defender allows you to peek over any hedges and barriers, taking in the rolling hills other drivers down below don’t even know existed.
WHAT TO PACK
When we are saying our Defenders are comprehensively equipped, we mean it! We provide the bedding (sheets, pillows and duvets), towels and all the cooking equipment and basics like Salt and Pepper, kitchen towels, biodegradable hand soap and washing up liquid. Please find a full list of equipment here! You only have to bring (weather appropriate) clothes and shoes and any personal articles and toiletries needed. Just give us a shout if you are in doubt about whether you need to bring a certain item or not – it might already be stowed away in the Landy for you!
WHERE TO PITCH
There are more than 4,000 campsites in the UK – ranging from solitary wild forests to golden farmer's fields to fully equipped luxurious sites with pools and restaurants. We have collected some links below to directories of campsites including map searches, pictures, facilities and reviews to help you find just the right pitch. Be aware that, unlike in Scotland, where wild camping is allowed almost anywhere, it is generally illegal in England and Wales. However, it is possible with permission from the landowner. Many spaces of land might generally seem fine to camp on but please always verify with the owners before doing so to avoid trespassing. Many of them will be open to this idea as long as you respect the land and behave yourself. Also, find some inspiration for nearly wild campsites underneath in our links. Remember: wherever you pitch-up or stop for a break, always ensure that you leave as little trace behind as possible, always take your rubbish and food waste and don’t light open fires (unless in dedicated pits).
We are lucky this country is covered with hundreds of woodlands, Nature Reserves, historic sights, coastal walks and mountains to climb, while lush campsites to pitch-up on are around every corner. Please be aware that for the camping season 2020 it is strongly advised to book your pitch ahead of arriving at your campsite. Here are some links that can help make the most of your trip while ensuring your stress levels are plummeting right from the beginning!
The Camping and Caravaning Club
The UK’s (and most possibly the world’s) oldest and largest Club for all forms of camping. Find a comprehensive directory and map of campsites in the UK with lots of useful filters and tons of inspiration and news around anything camping. A membership could be worth it for access to hundreds of their ‘certificated’ campsites – small, secluded private campsites with only 5-10 pitches, usually in rural areas and many located in National Parks or along the coast.
Essex is a real county of contrasts offering a rich tapestry of everything that makes Britain great. There is a wonderful collection of old and new, and Essex manages to combine modern facilities, fascinating towns and villages and ever-changing coastlines to create the perfect day trip or short break. Visit Essex is a great tool to explore our county!
We cannot recommend a membership with the National Trust enough, as wherever we go it enables us to experience truly unique natural and historic places – finding beauty, space and air to breathe. The trust is Europe’s largest conservation charity taking care of hundreds of miles of accessible coastline, hundreds of thousands of acres of countryside and hundreds of historic houses, parks, gardens and archaeological sites.
Nearly Wild Camping
For those looking for a wilder, secluded or quieter camping experience, this growing network of privately owned locations to camp on is a good place to start. Members have access to an online directory of the locations and with comprehensive details of the facilities available. Their locations in England and Wales are still quite limited right now – but some of them are stunning.
Our neighbouring county, situated on the east coast of England, Suffolk is a county filled with natural beauty, bordered by 50 miles of glorious coastline and topped with breathtaking skies. It's the perfect holiday destination, full of charming villages and medieval towns which draw in artists and writers, and its bounty of great produce and restaurants make it a special spot for foodies.
England’s second big trust managing hundreds of historic buildings, monuments and sites - from world-famous prehistoric excavations to Roman forts and Cold War bunkers. Whether it’s Stonehenge, Hadrian’s Wall or Dover Castle – a stroll through one of their places brings the story of England to life.
Another dedicated camping directory with hundreds of listed campsites and lots of extra info, filters, pictures and instant online booking options.
There are many good hiking apps out there, but we discovered this one getting lost in the rugged landscape of Northern Spain and it works just as well on our English home turf. After a free trial it costs a couple of pounds, but whether you are hiking, cycling or running, it suggests routes or, based on your start and end point, will guide you along a customized route, with all the sights on the way and a smart topographical breakdown of surfaces, way-type and elevation analysis. Thus, it’s ensured you are always staying in suitable terrain, are safely guided and aware of what lies ahead.