Camping & glamping in the Peak District

21/01/2020 15:09

Written by Helen Moat

From luxurious yurt-stays to traditional campsites set in beautiful surroundings – the Peak District has plenty of camping and glamping options. 

Barn Farm Campsite 

Birchover DE4 2BL 

This campsite on the edge of Stanton has better than average facilities, but more than that it has one of the loveliest outlooks in the Peak District. Badger and fallow deer roam in the vicinity, while free-range chickens and pheasants strut around in the farmyard. There are also alpacas in the field near the entrance. The Limestone Way passes close to the farm and Stanton Moors with its ancient stone circle is but a short walk away. In addition to the caravan and camping pitches, there are five camping barns, all kitted out with kitchen equipment. You will need to bring your own bedding though, except for one of the barns. It’s a great place for the budget-conscious.

Birchwood Farm Campsite 

Wirksworth Rd, Whatstandwell, near Matlock DE4 5HS

This is a secluded campsite in the hills above the Derwent Valley adjoining woodland which is bluebell-rich in spring. The Midshires Way passes alongside the campsite, leading on to the High Peak Trail. Facilities include a small shop selling basics and a children’s play area.

Chatsworth Park Caravan Club Site 

DE45 1PN; 01629 582226. 

Immaculate campsite set in an old walled garden on the edge of Chatsworth Park.

Greenhills Caravan Park 

Crowhill Lane, Bakewell DE45 1PX

Apart from touring pitches, there are 100 tent pitches on separate camping fields with views out to open countryside, but with woodland fringes providing shelter and privacy. Just off the A6, the immaculate campsite is well served by buses and it’s within easy walking distance of Bakewell and Ashford in the Water. There’s a laundrette, playground, well-stocked shop and clubhouse offering a good selection of beers.

Hayfield Camping and Caravan Club 

Kinder Rd, Hayfield SK22 2LE

The campsite (no caravans) lies at the end of Kinder road, a 15-minute riverside walk from the village of Hayfield. Sitting at the foot of Kinder, in a valley of leafy loveliness, it has one of the best campsite locations in the Peak District. You can bring your own tent or try glamping in the form of a ready set-up tent complete with cooking facilities, beds, sofa, tables and chairs, and even a veranda. More solid, and offering similar facilities along with an electric heater and a socket point, are the five wooden camping pods on site. A basic shop sells locally produced foodstuffs.

Kiss Wood Cabins

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Nettlebeds Farm, Wincle SK11 0PQ

If you are looking for peace and tranquillity in beautiful nature, Nettlebeds Farm is the place for you. The nearby woodland is inhabited by deer and filled with bluebell colour in spring, while the now defunct feeder canal for Rudyard Lake is a haven for wildlife. There are three camping pods on the farm, two with jacuzzies. All come with en-suite bathroom, kitchen, dining area, an outdoor picnic bench and chairs. Free-range eggs and charcoal packs (for the barbecue) are available for purchase.

Mandale Campsite

Haddon Grove DE45 1JF; 01629 812416

Tranquil campsite on a working farm close to Lathkill Dale, Over Haddon and Monyash. There’s also a heated camping barn – the Reckoning House, where the local miners came to pick up their wages. The barn sleeps 12 people and has a kitchen area with fridge, cooker and microwave, two bedrooms with bunks and bathroom. Bring your own bed linen. The barn is rented out as a single unit.

Pudding Room 

Carsington Water DE6 1NQ

What a great name! If you pitch up at the campsite next to the local produce shop, or rent the one-bedroomed self-catering flat above it, you’ll be sorely tempted by the smell of the delicious cakes that wafts from the onsite bakery. Check the opening times of the Pudding Room though. Everything closes down from Christmas to Easter, while Monday is closing day for the shop, and on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, it is only open in the afternoon. The cakes and puddings are sold alongside high-quality foods: meat, veg, dairy, eggs, bread, pickles and preserves, as well as ice cream and chocolate – all locally produced. 

Secret Cloud House Holidays 

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Limestone View Farm, Stoney Lane, Cauldon ST10 3EP

This yurt accommodation represents top-end glamping, with luxurious beds and romantic sort furnishings as well as a woodburner. With a decked area outside for outdoor eating and surrounded by meadow, the yurts are the ultimate getaway. Sauna, hot tub and spa treatments are all on offer.

Swallowholme Camping and Caravan Park 

Bamford Station Rd, Bamford S33 0BN

A well-maintained campsite beside the river and within easy walking distance of Bamford Railway Station and shops, post office and pub and close to the Derwent Valley reservoirs.

Upper Booth Campsite

Edale S33 7ZJ 

Located by Crowden Clough in Edale, Upper Booth Campsite is set in glorious surroundings and with some prime walking terrain right on its doorstep; the Pennine Way actually comes through the farm. This is a place to relax and chill and enjoy the simple life: there are no caravans, hook ups or generators, but there is now a shower block.  If it’s pouring with rain, there’s also a basic barn. The National Trust estate farm is proud of its environmental track record and conservation work combined with its sustainable farming practice. They breed Swaledale and Mule lambs, graze belted Galloway cattle and keep rare breed hens. Breakfast ingredients are available to buy from the farm, or you can order a hamper basket, made up of locally sourced foods. Book in advance as this is a popular campsite.


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