On one of the wettest weekends of the summer holidays we decided to re-discover our love for camping in the very beautiful Peak District.
On one of the wettest weekends of the summer holidays we decided to re-discover our love for camping in the very beautiful Peak District. Our tent has not been aired this year as it is rather on the small side for a family of 5. So when my eldest was packed off for a Brownie weekend the remaining 4 of us decided to dust off the guy ropes and take the opportunity to try out a couple of campsites for the website.
Kids love camping no matter what the weather throws at them and I don't mind the odd shower, but when you feel like someone has left the tap on all day it does dampen the spirits a little. However the big faux pas of the weekend was pitching the tent, at what shall remain anonymous campsite, at the top of a hill. What's wrong with that? You may ask. With an abundance of water around you do not want to be at the bottom of a hill. Or that was the thought process. However once the tent was duly erected there was a massive rumble in the distance and a very loud high speed train made its very physical presence felt. We had pitched our tent so that our heads were basically 10 metres from the Sheffield to Manchester main line. And the freight trains were very busy throughout Friday night. Staying a Saturday night felt like we were completing an endurance test - needless to say we will take in the surroundings more thoroughly when selecting a pitch next time!!!!
We did however discover a fantastic family campsite that should be listed on the site so watch this space and all-in-all still managed to have a fantastic family weekend. Abraham Heights in Matlock Spa is definitely worth a visit and we couldn't visit Matlock without dropping in on Gulliver's Kingdom. Although there are some fantastic bike rides and walks in the area my youngest is just too little to enjoy the delights of the Tissington Trail. We also dropped in on newly listed Hoe Grange Holidays and Wheeldon Trees Farm and were extremely pleased that these wonderful places are as fantastic as the recommendations.
Please do e-mail us with your suggestions for campsites, cottages, hotels etc that you felt was particularly special for families.