Having enjoyed the fabulous views before, I couldn’t wait to get back up this extremely impressive part of The Peak District in Derbyshire. Mam’ Tor means Mother Hill, and this 517m high hill near Castleton is famous for the views over Winnats Pass. However, wild camping in the Peak District is tolerated if you follow good practice and the right approach, and people do wild camp quite regularly in the area. In the Dark Peak area is Hayfield, the starting point for the Peak District’s most beautiful walks and challenging climbs. 11-01-2006, 03:12 PM #29. Thanks for the info, really useful. Thank you! Exploring England’s oldest national park’s hills and valleys is a popular pastime for many ramblers and outdoor enthusiasts. Reynards Cave in Dovedale (White Peak) – best for a bivvy bag rather than a tent. This ridge walk links Rushop Edge and the Great Ridge. Eventbrite - Wilderness Weekends presents Navigation skills and wild camping in the Peak District - Saturday, 20 June 2020 | Sunday, 21 June 2020 at Hathersage, Hathersage. Slippery Stones is a quintessentially English wild swimming spot. It’s not abundant in peaks, despite its name, which allegedly comes from Pecsaetan, the Anglo-Saxon tribe who once populated this part of England. If you follow avid hikers and adventurers on Instagram you’ll see them wild camping in the Peak District, Lake District or even Snowdonia. During the summer months, there is also the Hope Valley Explorer. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Hi me and a mate are wanting to experience wild camping and we plan on going somewhere in the peaks seen as it is close and were poor lol. Wild camping at Castleton in the Peak District Our first wild camp So let’s take you right back to our first ever wild camp. When it comes to the great outdoors, the Peak District is a good place to start and whichever campsite you chose you’ll have exquisite views and a network of footpaths on your doorstep. If you want to say thanks, you can buy me a coffee! I had been looking forward to this mission for quite some time. You are going to want to get an OS map to help you plan and navigate when you are in the Lake District. Wild camping spots are not usually told of, like your own little unique experience research and findings. Unfortunately, I’m now trapped in a sleeping bag shaped like a coffin. Decide what hiking route you want to do. This is one of the best places to wild camp in the UK because you don’t need … The contour lines will allow you to find the flatter spots. I have been wild camping 3 times in the Peak District. It's important to be unobtrusive and above the highest fell wall. … We still remember it well. The facilities include showers and toilets, but nothing fancy. Just over a mile from Hathersage is the North Lees campsite, which is ideal for those looking for a quiet camp. It’s also close to the village of Hayfield, which is a comfortable distance to walk. Check out our private Facebook page and see what adventures we have coming up. This list of places to wild camp in the Peak District is just intended as a guide. See what these spots look like on a map. Starting on the grounds of Chatsworth House, it proceeds uphill on Beeley Moor onto the village of Froggatt into Hope Valley. Fires have caused huge damage in the area in recent years making authorities more alert of wild campers. It is recommended that visitors stick to designated campsites such as those listed below, and avoid “wild camping”, as much of the land within the Peak District is privately owned. Preferably with running water not too far away. OS Explorer map:… Photograph: National Trust. Find event and ticket information. Why do you have crossed out links that are still active, specifically the OS map ones? The National Park land is privately owned and without permission from the landowner to camp overnight you are technically breaking the law. Wild Camping. We all know that walking up Kinder Scout can be a challenge for some, but Camping on Kinder Scout is nothing but an awesome experience. Carl Walters 2. Wild camping in the Peak District. I want to inspire more people to go on adventures to grow in confidence & to reconnect with our natural spaces. The video was by Luke aka OutdoorEnthusiasts101 on YouTube and he was Wild Camping in the Peak District. I’d appreciate it 🙂. Wild camping in the Lake District – Originally published April 2012: I’ve been so busy lately and kept meaning and meaning to get this post up for some time. It’s an easy way to reduce your carbon footprint on your travels…..and is much more adventurous! Below we not only show you some of the best campsites in the Peak District, we also share information on wild camping, along with our favourite wild camping spots. Starting and finishing at the Family Tree Café at Whatstandwell, this challenging route that takes in ten hills to really test your cycling legs! The town has everything you need to stock up and is close to the Peaks. The Dark Peak and the White Peak. I think I may have opened a can of worms on this thread, but still interesting to hear other peoples views. Central Peaks loop (inc Winnats pass + Mam Nick) – 84 kilometers with 1,400 meters of elevation gain. There are lots of amenities here, but please check what’s available beforehand. a spot a few km from the nearest road and preferably a bit away from any major paths, somewhere that doesn’t involve jumping a fence, flat spot (the closer the contour lines are together, the steeper the terrain), no too exposed (you don’t want to be high up on an exposed spot where you are open to the elements), Find a spot in the woods in Burbage Valley, Reynards Cave in Dovedale provides an interesting spot for a wild camp – works well for a, A small tent will fit below Agden Rocher but be wary of rockfall here and leave enough space so you aren’t right up against a wall, Bleaklow and Derwent moors have plenty of flat spaces for a camp, Lawrence field Quarry is a nice spot but can be popular with parties and climbers, The most popular climb in the Peak District is Kinder Scout, the highest peak so choose a different mountain if you want a quieter experience, Because the Peak District is smaller and less ‘wild’ than other National Parks, it’s especially key that you pitch late and leave early so you are discreet and unseen, Any time you wild camping, tell someone what your general plan and direction is. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Ideally, this is for people looking to enjoy the world-class bouldering, climbing nearby. Take in the Mermaid’s Pool and some interesting rock formations, including the Boxing Gloves and Pym’s Chair. One of the most popular National Park anywhere in the world. It is home to many caverns, including Speedwell and Peak Cavern, aka ‘the devil’s arse’! A 45-mile walk that takes in the rolling Derbyshire Dales, starting in Castleton and ending in Rocester. I’m on a mission to make getting outdoors and going on adventures as easy as possible. I'm Bex Band, adventurer & founder of the women's adventure community Love Her Wild. I would say the Peak District isn’t as easy to wild camp in compared to some of the larger National Parks like the Lake District or Snowdonia. For a good wild camping spot look for the following: You’ll only know if they are definitely a good choice when you see the place in person. 1437 Square Kilometres of protected area. This topic has been archived, and won't accept reply postings. Here you will find a broader overview on areas like what kit to take, going to the toilet and best practices. time. The most popular hike in the region is Kinder Scout, the highest summit in the Peak District at 363m. Before you read this wild camping Peak District post, make sure you read my more general wild camping UK guide first. If you’re planning a walking and camping holiday, then a good map – like this one for the White Peak and this one for the Dark Peak – as well as a good walking book – such as this – will be important. Where landowners might turn a blind eye elsewhere, that's less likely in the Peak District and in summer when the moors are very dry and the fire risk is very high, park rangers will actively move people on. Ensure there’s no danger of rockfall and you don’t need to trample lots of wildflowers or vegetation to make a space. Taking my dog also. Camping provides visitors with an authentic taste of the Peak Districts nature, and a number of campsites exist throughout the park. Both areas offer places to camp and wild camping spots with breath-taking vistas and prime positions to enjoy outdoor activities or marvel at the local wildlife. In the north, the train lines stop at Derwent, Hope, and Edale Valleys if coming by train. I share all my advice in this Peak District Wild Camping guide to help make your overnight adventure as smooth and easy as possible. There are lots of stations that stop nearby where you can then easily catch a bus to take you more in the heart of the Peaks: North of the Peak District – train lines stop at Derwent, Hope and Edale Valleys, South of the Peak District – train lines connects Derby to Matlock, West of the Peak District – train lines stop at Glossop and Buxton. A hop-on-hop-off bus with commentary that will take you to all the best hiking spots. Northern Peaks loop (inc Holme Moss) – 128 kilometers with 2,532 meters of elevation gain. A more advanced adventure could include a multi-day hike, wild camping in a different spot each night. Wild camping in the Peak District. The Peak District is split into two sections – the White Peak and the Dark Peak. Surviving 24 Hours Winter Wild Camping | Solo Peak district UK Just outside Bakewell, visit the majestic Chatsworth House or visit the picturesque towns of Eyam, Buxton, and Castleton. "In the Peak District, wild camping is discouraged in some areas and banned completely if the moors are very dry." On-site facilities at this campsite include a washroom, children’s play area, and a small shop. It is best to base yourself in either Bakewell or Buxton for easy access to the National Park, plus you can try the famous Bakewell tart! Enter your email address to follow Wandering our World and receive notifications of new articles by email. It is absolutely vital, for the protection of our natural spaces, that you do not have an open fire if wild camping. I knew that I needed to approach it carefully, but I felt ready for the challenge. If you have any questions, please do use the comments box below. It’s near the village of Hartington and offers camping, glamping, and caravanning. If you'd like to support my blogging with a cup of tea just follow this link. If you’ve never experienced a wild camp, stayed in a mountain hut or bothy in the high fells or mountains then add this to your bucket list. And for ongoing tips and inspiration on camping and adventure, make sure you follow me on Facebook and Instagram. Coordinates 320584, 514178. Wild camping There is no provision under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act for camping on open access land. Finally, indulge in an outdoor heated pool at Hathersage or enjoy a spa day at the Devonshire Spa in Buxton! But despite living right on the doorstep of the Peak District, it’s an area that I’d purposely been avoiding as it seems there isn’t quite the same acceptance of wild camping as there is with our more northern friends. Meet Michael Evans - Hiking, wild camping, peak bagging and keen amateur photographer. It’s over 20 years ago since I last went trekking on Kinder Scout plateau. Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window), Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window), Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window). However, with the right care and approach, it is tolerated for the most part and is a practice that is undertaken regularly. There is plenty of countryside to explore, but the area is also home to a multitude of quaint towns and villages. If you’re looking for the best wild swimming Peak District locations, then grab your swimmers and a towel, and read on. Meanwhile, the White Peak is a tad livelier with its quaint villages and gorgeous limestone dales. Still, there are some other notable sights to take in. Nearest postcode - CA13 9XA. This trip was to be my second wild camp up Kinder. Wherever you are in the Peak District, it’s always recommended to keep your eyes peeled while you’re walking around for potential camping spots. The land is privately owned, and technically you need permission from the landowner to pitch a tent for the night. Perfect for cyclists who can rent bikes in nearby Tissington, birdwatchers can use the bird hide, and anglers take advantage of the fishing lake. View Profile To see full terms click. No fires – open fires have wreaked havoc across this area in recent times. It’s ideally located near the Dovedale Stepping Stones and even has an outdoor heated swimming pool and paddling pools. Then use that as a guide to try and find your own spaces. He had set off from Robin Hood, gone over Birchen Edge to Big Moor and Wild Camped somewhere up there. I’ve also written wild camping guides for other areas in the UK including: Other relevant posts to help you get ready: If you want to get an idea of what wild camping might look like in the Peak District, take a look at these vlogs: If you found this post helpful, follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The Peak District is a National Park, conveniently located in central England. Looking to wild camp inbetween a two day walking route (circular or figure '8' as going by car). There is something deeply romantic about roaming and camping in the Peak District and it’s wild moorlands. The national park is mostly located in northern Derbyshire but also crosses into Yorkshire and Cheshire. * I founded a women’s adventure community called Love Her Wild. Bali or Bora Bora: An honest comparison to help you choose! Required fields are marked *. As a rule, wild camping is not permitted in the Peak District. Wild Camping in the Peak District I am at the border of a nether world, that plane of existence between the voids of suffering and despair. Meet Michael Evans - Hiking, wild camping, peak bagging and keen amateur photographer. I write most of my blogs from coffee shops. The farm is an eco-friendly campsite with 360° panoramic views of the beautiful Manifold Valley. Callow Top is an award-winning site suitable for campers, caravanners, or a self-catering holiday. If you are looking for somewhere nice to stay before and after your adventure, check out The Rutland Arms Hotel, with prices starting at £40 a night. Bali or Thailand: An honest comparison to help you choose! 8.4 million visitors a year. Last thing I want to do is pitch up and find an angry farmer chasing me and my dog away lol. If you are new to this blog, I’m Bex Band – a full-time UK adventurer and founder of the women’s adventure community, Love Her Wild. This loop starts and ends in Bakewell and takes in the Ladybower Reservoir, Strines Moor, ascends Holme Moss and through Glossop before coming back to Bakewell. Peak district wild camping. Wild camping in the Peak District is discouraged in some areas and banned completely in others. If your planned pitch is not above the highest fell wall (approximately 400m or 1200 feet), this is illegal fly camping - not wild camping.We do not give permission to camp in valleys, by lakeshores or any lowland area unless this is on an official campsite. Generally, the closer the contour lines are together, the steeper the slope, so look for places that are wider apart. If you are travelling from the West, Buxton could be an easier alternative if coming by train. Part of the joy of wild camping is finding your own secret or hidden spot, and the Peak District offers a lot of ground to do just that. Not sure – must just be a formating problem so will fix it now 🙂, Your email address will not be published. On a warm summer day, wild swimming is one of the best days out in the Peak District. As a rule, wild camping is not permitted in the Peak District. Kinder plateau – it’s pretty big, so less chance of bumping into anyone, Derwent and Bleaklow are relatively flat areas, Lawrence field quarry is a popular climber’s spot but can be lively. The National Park land is privately owned and without permission from the landowner to camp overnight you are technically breaking the law. Make sure you’ve had a good read of all the Leave No Trace policies on this page before attempting a wild camp. Or you can subscribe to my YouTube channel. I give all my advice out for free on my website. Camping in the Peak District is a perfect way to enjoy the moorlands’ natural beauty and watch the wildlife. However, wild camping in the Peak District is tolerated if you follow good practice and the right approach, and people do wild camp quite regularly in the area. Your email address will not be published. Near Peak Cavern, you will find Peveril Castle, which overlooks Hope Valley. You can read more about me here. The Peak District is split into 2 areas. A map will prove handy as you can study the contour lines of the area. The Peak District National Park was founded in 1951 and is England’s first national park. Well, my first impression of wild camping on Kinder Scout is WOW! where they have information on wild camping spots found by others. Alex Staniforth Meet Alex Staniforth - Endurance adventurer, obsessed runner, motivational speaker, author and Charity Director. As mentioned on a previous post, we have joined the . We love our wild camping here at Webtogs, but we began to seriously doubt whether you could find a true wilderness wild camp spot in the Park itself. Yes Tor, Dartmoor. Here are a few suggestions on places to find a wild camping spot: The Peak District National Park is ripe for enjoying all kinds of outdoor activities against a backdrop of ancient stone villages, reservoirs, woodlands, and rugged moorlands. Wild camping is becoming ever popular in the UK, with a love for mini adventures and exploring the outdoors. Busy place despite the greenery on offer. You can find them on this page –, Check the weather each day so you are up-to-date with any changes or warnings. andymil13 14 Oct 2010. Look for a place away from paths and roads and avoid the bottom of a hill in case of flooding. As well as what time they should expect you home, It’s vital you understand and follow the ‘Leave No Trace’ rules so you protect the land you are camping on. As with any adventure, I like to promote leaving the car behind and taking public transport. by Bex Band | Jun 3, 2020 | First published in 2019 | Advice, Camping & Outdoors | 2 comments. I usually target remote secluded woods, as i mainly use a hammock and a camouflaged tarp. In the UK, there is a general leave no trace policy, so follow these tips when looking for the right camping spot: This diverse landscape is perfect for wild campers, and the Dark Peak is ultimately better for wild camping in the Peak District because it has less villages and people around. I think the word here is "discouraged". It is worth noting that the risk of moorland fires is very high on the Peak Districts. Riverside camping in the Peak District takes in such locations as the River Derwent and River Dove, while the Yorkshire Dales and Mid Wales boasts campsites near some truly breathtaking waterfalls like Aysgarth Falls and Pistyll Rhaeadr respectively. x, Copyright 2016 - 2017 the Ordinary Adventurer | All Rights Reserved. For first-time wild campers, a simple hike in and out with a wild camp overnight is ideal. Confused? Its highest peak is Kinder Scout at 636m tall. Motorhome Wild Camping in the UK – our routine Depending on what we're doing will depend on how we look for wild camping places. The Peak District. Alex Staniforth Meet Alex Staniforth - Endurance adventurer, obsessed runner, motivational speaker, author and Charity Director. North Lees is probably better suited for those traveling with small tents, and the ground is a bit uneven. Location Grid Ref: NY 205141. Aim for 2-4 potential spots that you can check in person on the day. The Peak District’s highest point, this route offers fantastic views at the top, but there are steep rocks for a bit of a challenge. But if you haven’t ‘wild camped’ before then you might have a few questions. Height 648m. Many campsites and caravan parks in popular … It’s also perfect for cyclists and hikers. Start in Edale, climb the picturesque Jacob’s Ladder path and go towards Kinder Downfall, the National Park’s tallest waterfall. Anyone able help with suggestions? Is wild camping in Peak District legal? An easy trail along country tracks and through farmer’s fields with a few hills, but nothing too taxing. New Topic Reply to Topic. It is easy to reach from most places. Pitch your tent late and leave early in the morning. Few places epitomise what camping is all about better than the Peak District National Park, a spectacular landscape in one of the most inspiring parts of the UK. In the south, the train goes from Derby to Matlock, and in the west, you can hop on the train to Glossop and Buxton. The glamping yurts are surrounded by hedgerows and trees with scenic views of the rolling Peak District hills. *This article may contain affiliate links which allows Wandering our World to make a small commission on any sales made – and keep the coffee flowing! The beauty of wild camping really is that the place feels like it isn’t known and part of the joy really does come from discovering your own hidden place! Hence, it’s not for those looking for a caravan style campsite on flat ground. What an excellent spot for a wild camp in the Peak District, the views were mesmerising. Having an OS map (see the ‘Resources’ section below) is an essential bit of kit you will need to work out potential wild camping spots. So we thought we’d test them out! The campsite is also close to the Beresford Dale, and amenities include underfloor heating in the yurts and a toilet/shower block accessible to everyone. From here, climb Winnats Pass and descend Mam Nick before heading back to Chatsworth. Slippery Stones, Upper Derwent. Legally, you are not permitted to wild camp in the Peak District. Peak District – Walk & Wild Camp – Edale Skyline Route May 11, 2012 December 29, 2017 by Dean Read , posted in Dark Peak , Edale , Kinder Scout , Ladybower , Peak District , Walking , Wild Camping Using the map, mark a few potential wild camping spots that are in the area your hike finishes. Camping debris left in the Peak District poses a danger to grazing sheep. We have survived our first night wild camping in the Peak District. Check that you aren’t sat in a bog or at the bottom of a ditch that might flood if it rains. My recommend place to base yourself for any adventures in the Peak District is Bakewell. Don’t disrupt flora and fauna, and don’t wash in rivers and streams with non-eco-friendly soaps. No worries! The only areas you can legally pitch a tent overnight in the wild are in Dartmoor (although there are some restrictions – more details here) and Scotland. Southern Peaks loop (Matlock) – 62 kilometers with 1,648 meters of elevation gain. However, we’ve just come back from 5 days in the Peak District and had a superb (though tiring!) Still, solitude can be easily found in the countryside. As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases, but only recommend products we believe in. The Peak District National Park is famous for its plateaus, rolling … We’d recommend a map such as this one for the White Peak, and this one for the Dark Peak. The land is privately owned, and technically you need permission from the landowner to pitch a tent for the night. It involves no extra cost to yourself. From here, you can climb Lantern Pike for a panoramic view over the seven counties or get to Kinder Scout. There are 3 maps that cover the National Park depending on the area you are planning to head to: For wider reading on the Peak District and mini-adventures check out: For reliable weather forecasts check out the: If you are thinking about taking a bivvy bag rather than a tent for a more wild experience, check out my Bivvy Bag camping guide. Although it sounds ominous, the Dark Peak is best characterized by its sweeping moorlands and gritstone escarpments. The Peak District may be landlocked with a distinct lack of salty sea air, but there are some fantastic spots for a refreshing dip. anyone know of any good places/location for a wild camp in the peak district. *Any women reading this? It is known for its rolling hills, plateaus and valleys rather than jagged peaks. Use a. Legally, you are not permitted to wild camp in the Peak District. Having said that though it is very possible and something I have done multiple times.

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