7 September 2015

Camping In The Countryside

Location: Edale, Derbyshire, Peak District

A year ago when me and Luke first started dating (aww) we started talking about going camping - an activity he loves and something I'd never really (apart from Leeds festival) done before. After travelling around Europe earlier this summer and to beat the post holiday blues we decided to plan our next little adventure and sorted out camping in Edale.

Edale is situated about a 30 minute train ride from Manchester so was super easy for us to get to, and Luke booked us a spot at Waterside farm for us to pitch our tent. This meant we were not only surrounded by hills and trees, but roosters, sheep and cows too! Waterside farm is about a 15 minute walk from the train station, and about 20 minutes from the local village which is home to a delightful country pub as well as a few shops to grab essentials. Nearby are woods and a stream, and you can venture further up to Mam Tor and the caverns.

Mam Tor
Mam Tor means "mother hill", and is a giant hill that we decided to walk on the second day of our trip. The hill takes approximately two hours to climb over and is home to some stunning views which are pictured above. On the other side of Mam Tor there are caverns that you can visit and explore deep down in the caves. We decided to visit Blue John Cavern, home to the only Blue John stone in the world! There is also Bagshaw Cavern and Speedwell Cavern in the nearby area but make sure you plan your route before going as not all places can be gotten to easily by car, or may be a long walk from where you are staying. Edale is also the start of the Pennine Way so is great for walkers.

At the top of Mam Tor

When in doubt, beer
Edale is such an amazing weekend away and as it's so close I hope we will be hopping on the train again soon to visit! We went for a warm and friendly pint in the Rambler Country House Hotel Inn and also had some lovely pub meals in the Nag's Head Inn, so do pop in for a drink and some food to warm yourself up after a long day of walking - both dog and mud friendly! 

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