Druid Camp - Derbyshire Dales

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Jun 21

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Saturday Walk: 10-11 miles (16-17.5km)

After 3 years, the Druid Camp is back for Summer Solstice 2019!

Barn Farm campsite lies in a beautiful, quiet location not far from the attractive village of Birchover in the Peak District.

The campsite is within a short walking distance of Stanton Moor, which has been occupied since at least the Bronze Age.  The whole of the moor is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, dotted with dozens of ancient cairns, barrows and tumuli, although much of it is hidden by heather, and also contains the remains of two ancient stone circles (Nine Ladies and Doll Tor). 

Other fascinating features scattered around the moor include the Earl Grey Tower, which was built to commemorate the passing of the Great Reform Act of 1832, and the remains of several old quarries, with piles of abandoned millstones or grindstones.  You can also marvel at a number of impressive gritstone rock outcrops, such as the Cat Stone and the Cork Stone, just begging to be climbed.

At the summer solstice (i.e. the weekend we will be here), many pagans, druids, walkers, travellers and hippies descend on the moor to celebrate Midsummer Day at the stone circle and enjoy the atmosphere . . . think drummers, other acoustic music and poi dancers.

We will wander up to the Nine Ladies Stone Circle Friday evening to check out what's happening up there.

The campsite is well placed for walking and the Limestone Way passes close by.  Besides Stanton Moor itself, Rowtor Rocks, Robin Hood's Stride and Winster with its historic Market House are all options for walking.

For those who don't need to rush off, on Sunday there is an optional shorter walk and (hopefully) a pub lunch.

Birchover, with two excellent pubs, is only a short walk from the campsite if you don’t fancy cooking dinner, or if you'd just like to wander over for an evening pint.

Campsite Facilities

For more information on campsite facilities, please review the "What to Bring" section below.

NO open fires/campfires are allowed under any circumstances.

Campervans, motorhomes and caravans:  Cannot be located on the tent camping field and will need to be pitched on a separate hardstanding area. To enquire about availability, contact the OutdoorLads office on support@outdoorlads.com. There will be an additional cost involved. 

Four-legged friends

Well behaved dogs are allowed as long as they are kept on a lead and are looked after by their owners at all times. A  fee of £1 per night per dog is payable directly to the campsite on arrival in cash. 


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