Summer has officially been salvaged, meaning we can unpause our many plans – and make new ones. Whether it’s a family holiday, or just a post-lockdown break you’re in need of, there’s plenty to see and do in the Lake District. Get at one with nature and make the most of the idyllic backdrop with The Yorkshireman’s guide to the cosiest and most luxurious campsites in the Peak District.
1. Scaldersitch Farm, Sheen
Dreaming of a getaway in a tipi or a yurt? Take traditional camping to the next level (aka with a little more luxury), cosy up, and enjoy the great outdoors without being unsettled by lumps of mud in your back and condensation dripping on your face through the night.
Each tent offers a proper bed – perfect for your back when you get to my age – and you can even enjoy the luxury of a hot tub for that authentic “I’m on holiday” feeling. Tipis sleep 2-5 people, and there’s a couple of cosy yurts, too, with a similar capacity. Check it out here. Scaldersitch Farm, Sheen, SK17 0HN.
2. Hoe Grange, Matlock
Set right on the edge of the Peak District with beautiful views, Hoe Grange is tucked away from the world between the hills, offering up some lovely camping options for friends, families and couples. From lovely little log cabins that sleep six to romantic glamping pods with fire pits and eclectic gypsy caravans, the site provides a cosy experience with all the facilities you need to feel home from home.
The log cabins are brilliant for families or friends looking to reunite, while the other camping options are best suited to couples in need of a break. Book your stay here. Hoe Grange, Brassington, Matlock, DE4 4HP.
3. Peak View Shepherd Huts, Glossop
Blessed with countryside views in the foothills of the Pennines, these cosy shepherd’s huts just scream post-lockdown relaxation. Turn off your phone, pop on your wellies and head off to Peak View – where you’ll find gorgeous huts armed with hot tubs, log burners, and fire pits – and explore the surrounding Peak District, with a number of lovely reservoirs nearby for idyllic viewing. Find out more. Peak View Shepherd Huts, Woodhead Road, Glossop, SK13 7QE.
4. Edale Gathering, Hope Valley
A self-professed “glamping haven” found in the lovely Hope Valley, The Gathering is conveniently located in the heart of the Peak District, with so much nearby to see and do. Check out Edale, nearby Mam Tor or Castleton, or simply kickback at the campsite where you’ll get to stay in tented Safari lodges for up to six people – which are kitted out with all the furniture and amenities you need for a cosy stay.
If you’re planning a big weekend with friends, the Shooting Lodge is perfect for a chilled couple of days, with one self-contained apartment and two additional bedrooms which sleep a further six people. Book here. The Gathering, Grindslow House, Edale, S33 7ZD.
5. Peak Pods, Bakewell
Not too far from Yorkshire’s border, Peak Pods in Bakewell is all about comfort – offering up just four pods, each of which sleep four people. The warm, cosy pods feature working bathrooms, and also include their own little kitchenettes when you can make yourself home from home with a nice tasty mug of Yorkshire tea (in one of The Yorkshireman’s mugs, obvs!). Enjoy countryside views and sights of the neighbouring sheep, or enjoy a BBQ between friends in the great outdoors. Check it out here. Peak Pods, Broadmeadow Farm, Alport, Bakewell, DE45 1LH.
6. Peak Glamping Hideaway, Buxton
Peak Glamping Hideaway, right by the River Dove, is the perfect social distancing farm – with Yurts, a shepherd’s hut, a cottage and even a Horse Box available to book for your camping holiday. The cosy cottage sleeps four across two bedrooms, which, naturally provides the most comfortable stay for those who aren’t too into camping.
Elsewhere, the yurts sleep up to six people, whereas the shepherd’s hut and Horse Box provide a more intimate stay – making them perfect for couples. Yurts come furnished with comfy beds and futons, with ambient lighting for the evening providing a beautiful backdrop for a relaxing night in the country. Enjoy a BBQ, toast marshmallows by the fire and pop open a bottle to celebrate our re-found freedom. Find out more here. Peak Glamping Hideaway, New Colshaw Farm, Buxton, SK17 0SL.
7. Secret Cloud House Holidays, Cauldon
Oozing luxury, Secret Cloud House Holidays is the perfect break in the country, providing 360 views of all the beauty the Peaks have to offer. Unwind in a private hot tub, kick back in your very own cosy Yurt and bed, or book in some quality time with one of the on-site beauty therapists (COVID-permitting). Nearby you’ll find lovely Ashbourne, as well as a number of Peak District highlights such as Thor’s Cave, Pennine Way and Kinder Scout. Find out more here. Secret Cloud House Holidays, Limestone View Farm, Stoney Ln, Cauldon, ST10 3EP.
8. Gollin Farm, Buxton
A beautiful cottage and shepherd’s hut located in Buxton, guests can choose from the romantic little hut (decked out with fairylights and neighbouring deer, sheep and chicken) or the lovely cosy cottage which boasts one bedroom, seriously homely decor and all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay. While it’s a great option for those who like convenience, the hut is the perfect alternative break, with electricity, a kettle, a BBQ and campfire pit provided, as well as toilet facilities just 100 metres from the hut. Book it here. Gollin Farm, 1 Quarnford, Buxton, SK17 0SL.
9. Knotlow Farm, Bakewell
Nestled in Derbyshire’s Peak District, Knotlow Farm provides luxury camping – with a few different options to suit everyone. Pitch up on the campsite with your own caravan or tent with handy fire pits available to rent, or book in one of their gorgeous glamping pods complete with your very own private hot tub. BBQs, kitchen facilities and heating is provided, so you can guarantee a home from home feeling while you’re there. Check it out here. Knotlow Farm, Buxton, SK17 9QP.
10. Dovestone Holiday Park, Greenfield
At the foot of Dovestone Reservoir, guests can enjoy tranquil spa lodges which include a private deck complete with a hot tub and an outdoor seating area with a BBQ, with accommodation for up to six available. Elsewhere, the site offers up gorgeous glamping pods for up to 4 people, with BBQs, patios and spectacular views of surrounding nature. Find out more and book your stay here. Dovestone Holiday Park, Chew Valley Road, Off Bank Lane, Greenfield, OL3 7NF.