The early May Bank Holiday marked exactly a year since our first camping trip together so to mark the occasion Luke and I went back to the Peak District, the place where it all started 12 months ago.
Last year was more of a trial run and so we played it safe and went to Dovedale, nestled in the cuddly White Peak. These days we’re more confident so we ventured a little further north and, as we had decided to tackle Kinder Scout, I picked the scenic Upper Booth Campsite as our base for the weekend.
The site certainly offered some fantastic views
It’s a fairly basic site in terms of facilities, but definitely the most beautiful we’ve visited thus far. The campsite is part of a working farm on the National Trust’s High Peak Estate in the Hope Valley and boasts quite exceptional views of the surrounding hills. Another reason that I picked this site is that the Pennine Way runs right through the farm. You can head east to the start of the trail in Edale (about 20-30mins walk across the fields) or, as we did, you can head towards Jacob’s Ladder and Kinder Scout.
Having said that it’s quite a basic site, it does have a plentiful supply of hot water, which to my mind is the Holy Grail as far as campsites are concerned! It also has a rather beautifully designed toilet and shower block that blended in so sympathetically with its’ surroundings that we were quite in awe. The owners also offer breakfast on the weekends and BBQ packs can be ordered in advance.
The amenities block was sympathetically designed & complemented the setting
So overall I can say that we were impressed. We were warned on arrival that they were fully booked, however it was the most sparsely populated fully booked campsite I’ve ever seen! To give you some idea, there were 2 toilets and 2 showers and I never had to queue at all over the whole weekend. Bliss!
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