The biggest challenge for those staying at the Royal Oak isn’t wrestling with a slopey camping field (it’s flat); being kept awake by traffic (it’s not near a main road); or finding things to do (it’s slap bang in the middle of the Peak District). No, it’s chomping your way through one of the award-winning pies sold at the onsite pub. You could probably actually camp in one of these monsters – they’re that big. Packed with fine ingredients, they make for a fine reward after a day’s play in the Peaks, especially if accompanied by one of the excellent local draught ales.
There are two camping fields here, one sloping and one flat, with space for around 40 pitches (bring strong pegs for the rocky ground in the upper field). Surrounded by over 100 acres of farmland, with the 13-mile Tissington Trail passing right next to it and the Limestone Way actually cutting through some of the site, this is a great base for those interested in walking and cycling – especially since the Parsley Hay Cycle Hire is two miles away and has a range of bikes for adults and kids, including tandems.
Bakewell, Ashbourne, and the spa town of Buxton are all short drives away, making this an accessible and friendly place to get up close and personal with the British countryside – and its pies.
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Hosted by Royal O.Joined in March 2011
From the host
Who ate all the pies? We did.
Bakewell (famous for its puddings) has the Pavilion Gardens (01298 23114) and charming Opera House. Ashbourne and the spa town of Buxton are all short drives away. Monyash village has a great park for kids. Parsley Hay Cycle Hire (01629 816200) is two miles away and has a wide range of bikes.
Food and drink
The Royal Oak serves real ales, alarmingly large pies, and other award-winning pub grub. The best fry-up in the area is available at Old Smithy Tea Rooms (01629 810190) in Monyash. Piedaniels (01629 812687) in Bakewell serves fine French and English cuisine. There’s also a pleasant café at Parsley Hay, a 2-mile walk from the site.