Exploring the White Peak - Summer Camping Weekend
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Poet Tom Bates perhaps sums up the quiet beauty of the Peak District in this verse:
“Surrounded by the natural ambience of untouched beauty along untrodden ways; And Sprinkled with the space-dust of a myriad stars, I enjoy my brief sojourn of worship at this rural oasis”.
Join us as we camp at a picturesque campsite nestled in the spectacular White Peak area of the Peak District National Park, within easy reach of the magnificent Manifold Valley and Dovedale. We will be staying in our own field, so this will provide ample space for us to pitch up and relax in the serenity of the National Park around us.
On Saturday and Sunday, we will be running walks which will allow us to take in the beauty of the landscape around us.
For those OutdoorLads who are keen cyclists, there is a bike rental service nearby offering bikes at a very reasonable price too!
Campsite Facilities & Food Options
Bank House Farm is a well-equipped campsite. For more information on the campsite facilities, please review the "What to Bring" section below.
Adjacent to the site is a bustling local pub, serving excellent pub grub. Alternatively, there is a fish and chip van visiting on the Saturday night and meals are around £7 per person. More info in Food & Drink section below.
Campervans, motorhomes and caravans:
Cannot be located on the tent camping field and will need to be pitched on a separate hard standing area. To enquire about availability, contact the OutdoorLads office on email@example.com. There will be an additional cost involved of £30.
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 is payable for each dog per night, payable on arrival.
Image Credits: Image 1 - Landscape Peak District Manifold Valley, Maxpixel.net CC0 Public Domain licenced for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence; Image 2 - Thor's Cave Pixabay Public Domain Freeuse; Image 3 - Manifold Railway Station at Hulme End © Copyright SMJ and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence; Image 4 - Hartington Railway Box, CC0 Public Domain pxhere.com licenced for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
What to bring
As ever, even though it’s late summer, the weather may be unpredictable. Please ensure you have adequate layers to keep warm and waterproofs to keep you dry. Although the paths themselves mostly are well-trodden and maintained, it may be a little wet and muddy underfoot after rain, so you'll need decent boots.
Please review the information provided on the My First Walk Event page on the ODL website for more information on walking kit.
Note that this is only a guide and you will need to consider the weather forecast.
A tent is, of course, essential! You should make sure that you have pitched the tent previously, and have all parts, such as poles and pegs. The tent should also be able to stand up to the changeable weather. A 3-season tent is recommended to provide a minimum levels of protection.
Sleeping Bag / Mat:
You should look for a sleeping bag that provides adequate warmth, below the temperature that you may expect. A decent sleeping mat is also essential – a ‘thermarest’ inflatable mat or a thick rubber yoga-style mat is essential to insulate you from the cold of the ground.
Cooking / Eating Equipment:
Campers should bring some kind of cooking equipment so that they can cook hot meals and prepare a decent cuppa. Check you have fuel for your camp stove and you know how it works. The bare minimum for eating is a mug, bowl or plate and cutlery. Additional equipment such as chopping board, sharp knife, grater, wooden spoon, etc. depending on what you plan to cook.
Even if you plan to drive to the pub to eat, it’s worth having some cooking equipment to prepare breakfast and hot drinks.
Sponge / scourer, detergent and tea towel
Don't forget a torch, or better still, a head torch
If you're unsure about any of the items in the kit list, or wish to borrow a tent, please contact the leader.
The campsite consists of two camping fields beside a stream.
Facilities on site include:
- Flush toilets
- Wash basins with hot water
- Shower facilities
- Washing up points with hot water
- Waste bins and recycling
- Drinking water is readily available
Food & drink
As this is a camping event, please bring all your own food and drink for the weekend.
At the very least you will need food for two breakfasts at the campsite and also a packed lunch for Saturday’s walk.
You may choose to cook at your tent, alternatively you may wish to make use of two catering options for evening meals - and also breakfast! (see below).
The Manifold Inn:
The Manifold Inn is directly opposite the entrance to the campsite and serves food all day, including breakfast for campers! A refreshing beverage in the beer garden, watching the sun set after a day of walking, is always a favourite! Menus are available online here.
The Fish and Chip Van:
A fish and chip van visits the campsite on Saturday evenings and meals are around £7.00.