uldale head

Location: Tebay, on the border of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales national parks.

Elevation: 530m

I often look out for 2 things when researching wild camping spots – easy access to the M6 motorway and great night photography opportunities.

This wild camping spot has both of these qualities and has the added benefit of being situated in a quiet area of the eastern fells/western Yorkshire Dales. Parking is easy and less than a mile from the motorway and the hike up to the summit is straightforward, meaning that it is suitable for both summer and winter ascents (in fact the last time I wild camped here it was a cold December night with hard-packed snow on the ground all the way up.

Once you reach the summit you will be rewarded with an excellent view over the lake district fells and once night falls you will be able to watch the cars snaking along along the M6 motorway far below. This is one reason that this location is great for photography – its a great location to practice light trail long exposure photography – if the conditions are right and you remember to bring a tripod.


OS Map and Route

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  • Start: NY 618 044
  • Finish: NY 639 000
  • Distance:5.6km
  • Ascent: 396m
  • Time: 1.30hr
  • Camp Altitude: 523 m


Plenty of places to camp, with alternative peaks nearby such as Hare Shaw or Blease Fell


  • Great views of the eastern fells
  • Great view of the M6, if you like car watching


It’s easy to find a suitable parking spot in Tebay.


Photo courtesy of Raymond Knapman