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Rowter Farm

Derbyshire S33 8 Wa, Derbyshire, England
1 acre hosted by Test O.
Wonderful sense of space, but if you’re feeling too far from the madding crowd, bustling Castleton is just down the road

If you are an active, outdoorsy type, or have kids that desperately need wearing out with a good brisk walk scrambling up and down hills and rocks, then Rowter Farm deserves a visit. A short walk from the site takes you past Windy Knoll Cave, where prehistoric bones from wolves, bison, bears, hares and reindeer were discovered, to the summit of Mam Tor (or Mother Hill), once the home to ancient Celtic tribes.

To give you some idea of the wonderful sense of space here, site owner Sarah Mark grew up on Rowter Farm and finds the wideopen landscapes of nearby Edale a bit ‘claustrophobic’! The farm sits at the head of the Hope Valley, some 230 metres above sea level, and just above the spectacularly steep-sided Winnats Pass.

The site has unmarked pitches and can take up to five caravans and about 40 tents, although it only gets really busy here on Bank Holiday weekends. The facilities are quite basic, but nobody seems to mind; they’re all too busy enjoying the space.

The best time for families to visit the farm is during the early summer, when the children can enjoy some country sights and sounds – sheep being rounded up for shearing, lambs frolicking in nearby fields and swallows swooping in and out of the farm buildings. The chickens scratching around the farmyard and goats and cows in the fields can be seen all season.

Given the ups and downs of camping, Rowter Farm should be high on anyone’s list.

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Derbyshire S33 8 Wa, Derbyshire, England, United KingdomTraditional, ancestral territory of various First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Test O.Joined in January 2015
From the host
Wonderful sense of space, but if you’re feeling too far from the madding crowd, bustling Castleton is just down the road
Nearby attractions
Mam Tor – which has superb views over the Hope Valley – is a short walk with kids, while a longer walk along the Limestone Way takes you into Castleton. There, Peveril Castle (01433 620613), perched high above the town, has what English Heritage calls ‘breathtaking’ views over the Peak District.
Food and drink
The site is quite a long walk from the nearest pub, but there are plenty of pubs in Castleton serving food. Children are welcome at the Bull’s Head (01433 620256), Castle Hotel (01433 620578) and the George(01433 620238).

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