Peak District Camping at North Lees 2019
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North Lees campsite lies in a beautiful, quiet valley, shielded within woodland along a gently babbling brook, just north of Hathersage and right below Stanage Edge in the Peak District National Park.
The idyllic campsite is within a short walking distance of the slopes and magnificent vistas of Stanage Edge, England’s largest cliff.
Options for walks abound and depending on preferences and weather – local highlights include Stanage Edge and the Burbage Valley, Ladybower Reservoir, Win Hill, Bamford Edge and Bamford Moor. My idea for the Saturday walk is about 10-12 miles (19.5km) but can be shortened . . . There’s also the possibility, for those who’d prefer a more relaxed weekend, to simply chill at the campsite (hopefully in the sun!) or visit the National Trust’s Longshaw Estate, only a few miles away.
For those who don't need to rush off, on Sunday there is an optional shorter walk and pub lunch.
Hathersage, with several 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.
As an aside, the Church of St Michael and All Angels in Hathersage dates back to the 14th century. In the churchyard there is a grave said to be that of Robin Hood’s henchman, Little John.
For more information on campsite facilities, please review the "What to Bring" section below.
NO barbecues or open fires of any kind are permitted.
Campervans, caravans and motorhomes
This event is not suitable for campervans, caravans and motorhomes.
In line with site rules, quiet and well-behaved dogs can be accommodated by arrangement. Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times, not allowed to foul the site and must not be left unattended. You will need to make arrangements to bring a dog in advance with the OutdoorLads office on firstname.lastname@example.org and pay an additional fee of £2 per night per dog.
What to bring
As ever, even though it’s high 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 and perhaps gaiters.
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. The event leader has a spare 1-2 person tent (and a sleeping bag) that you can borrow if you’re keen to camp but don’t yet have a tent.
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 eat in the pub in Hathersage, it’s worth having some cooking equipment to prepare breakfast and hot drinks.
Sponge / scourer, detergent and tea towel
Personal Wash Kit:
Remember to include a towel, soap / shower gel, toothbrush / toothpaste and shampoo.
Don't forget a torch, or better still, a head torch
If you're unsure about any of the items in the kit list, please contact the event leader.
The campsite comprises three gently sloping fields, and the car parking spaces are separate from the camping area. The site is ideally suited for small to medium tents and there is limited space on site for large tents. Note: the campsite cannot safely accommodate mega domes and tents larger than 5 metres in length.
Facilities on site include:
- Flush toilets
- Wash basins with hot water
- Three showers
- A disabled/family shower/toilet/washroom
- Washing up point with hot water
- Drying room
- Car park for campsite users
Please note that the campsite does NOT allow barbecues or open fires of any kind.
The nearest shops are in Hathersage.
Quiet and well-behaved dogs can be accommodated by arrangement. Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times, not allowed to foul the site and must not be left unattended. You will need to make arrangements to bring a dog in advance with the OutdoorLads office by email (email@example.com) and pay an additional fee of £2 per night per dog.
For more information see the North Lees Campsite website.
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 lunch for Saturday’s walk.
Hathersage, with a small supermarket and several excellent pubs, is only a short walk from the campsite if you don’t fancy cooking, or if you'd just like to wander over for an evening pint.
The event leader plans to walk into a local pub in Hathersage for dinner on Saturday evening. You may also want to head into the village on Friday night as well, if you're not keen to cook.