Manifold Valley Peak District Camping Weekend

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Jul 16

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easy with moderate walking options depending on the group

Come and join us for a weekend of simple camping in the South West of the Peak District. Our campsite is situated in between the two lovely villages of Butterton and Grindon, over looking the Manifold Valley. It is a small family run campsite alongside a working farm. 

The limestone rock that forms the geology of this area is the fossilised remains of sea creatures that lived in a shallow tropical sea over the area during the Carboniferous period, about 350 million years ago. During the two ice ages, the limestone rock (known as reef limestone) was cut into craggy shapes by glacial meltwater, and dry caves such as Thor's cave and Dove Holes were eventually formed.

The jumble of  interlocking hills that tumble over one other to form the Manifold Valley is considered one of England's great natural wonders.

Campsite Facilities

A basic campsite providing clean toilets, shower and washing up area.

For more information on the campsite facilities, please review the "What to Bring" 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 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 is payable for each dog on arrival directly to the campsite. 

Day Walk Options

Manifold Valley and Dove Dale

An excellent walk (10 miles) starting from Wetton over to Thor’s Cave, before descending down along the Manifold Trail, which follows the route of the disused Leek and Manifold Light Railway, through the Manifold and Hamps Valleys.

A relatively easy, though long-ish walk of 22km (13.5 miles) would take us initially along the Manifold Valley and up to Thor's Cave.

From there across through Wetton and down into Dove Dale, before returning via Ilam and the Manifold Way along the River Hamps. This walk can be shortened somewhat if need be.

Walk options will be discussed on the Friday evening 

Photos: Photos 1 and 2 are from Pixabay and are for free use. Remaining photos are submitted by OutdoorLads members and used with full permission. 

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COVID-19 – IMPORTANT, Please read the following before you sign up to this event:

  • Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, even if they are extremely mild, or who lives or is in a support bubble with someone showing symptoms, is asked not to attend. This is in line with the government’s coronavirus advice.
  • You must also immediately self-isolate and not attend the event if you or someone in your household or support bubble shows coronavirus symptoms or tests positive. You can find the NHS self-isolation guidance here.
  • This event takes place after 21 June 2021, which is currently the earliest date by which the Government hopes that we will have entered Step 4 of the Roadmap out of lockdown. At step 4, the Government hopes to have removed all legal limits on social contact. 
  • It is possible that Step 4 takes place at a date later than 21 June 2021 and could affect this event. We will review the situation as things change and will advise members signed up to the event if there are changes necessary to ensure compliance with restrictions in place at the time of the event. 
  • If the event is unable to proceed sue to Covid-19 restrictions, a replacement date will be offered, or a full refund. 
  • We must all remember that COVID-19 remains a part of our lives. We are going to have to keep living our lives differently to keep ourselves and others safe. We must carry on with ‘hands, face, space’. Comply with the COVID-Secure measures that remain in place. Meet outdoors when we can and keep letting fresh air in. Get tested when needed. Get vaccinated when offered. If we all continue to play our part, we will be that bit closer to a future that is more familiar.



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