I love camping, waking up in a field with life stripped back to just the essentials and the day stretching out before you with no where to be.
I think it’s good for my soul to spend a few nights in the countryside, in the tent at least once a year.
This weekend we went camping, and while for various reasons it wasn’t as relaxed as I hoped it would be it was what I needed, an escape. The place we most often visit is Barracks Farm in the Peak District. We go with the Home Ed community to Peak Camp and it’s wonderful. No electricity and no phone signal. There’s an outdoor tap to fill your water bottles and a small wash room for you cooking stuff. A toilet block and showers that operate at 20p per minuter for
hot warm tepid water and an elsan point for those that require it and that’s it.
It’s mile and half from the nearest shop and a good 30 minute walk along the river and across farmland to the nearest village. It’s a field on the edge of Beresford Dale with green views as far as the eye can see and night skies that go on forever.
It’s quiet and friendly, accessible, welcoming to pets and incredibly well situated for travel from the midlands and to explore the rest of both the Staffordshire and Derbyshire peaks.
This little piece of the English countryside has a place in my heart.
When can I go back again?