Well-placed Peak District camping near the Manifold Way and Tissington Trail, with a luxury yurt and hot tub in a private space
Halfway between two rivers – the Manifold and the Dove – and in the very heart of the White Peak area of the Peak District, Upper Hurst Farm is a place where old meets new. Visitors light campfires, pitch tents and enjoy far reaching views that have drawn campers here for generations – hills criss-crossed by drystone walls and dotted with Derbyshire sheep – while a plush modern wash block includes underfloor heating and an eco-friendly energy system that couldn’t be more 21st century. As for the camping? If grass tent pitches and campervan hardstandings are too old hat, how about a stay in Gaia's Hideaway, a luxury Mongolian yurt?
Two miles from the picturesque village of Hartington and at one end of the popular Manifold Way, Upper Hurst Farm is a well established campsite with around 40 pitches in total, almost all with the option of electricity. While facilities such as WiFi, a laundry room and a motorhome service point can match some modern holiday parks, the laid-back style of Upper Hurst still lends it that thoroughly rural appeal. Campfires are allowed and small hiker’s tents mix among bigger family models. The adjacent four-acre field, meanwhile, has been set aside entirely, with pathways mown into the long, wildlife-friendly grass and a large apron of space for children to play ball games or make use of the swings and slide.
At the very far end of the campsite, separately secluded away among young trees and daffodils, Gaia's Hideaway can be found. The yurt has its own private composting toilet, so you needn’t worry about the extra walk to the loo, and on the south-east-facing deck outside guests enjoy the ultimate luxury of a wood-fired hot tub too. Inside the comforts continue: The enormous bed has a handmade bamboo headboard, there are Persian rugs, a wood-burning stove and a cabinet with kitchen facilities including a sink, hobs, kettle, microwave and more. If the weather’s not right for a barbecue around the hot tub, you could happily cosy away in here for hours.
When you do leave the campsite, it’s worth the walk (just under two miles) to the quaint village of Hartington, with its antique shop, tea room and pair of pubs, plus a village store if you need to stock up on essentials. The oval duck pond finishes the picture-perfect scene. It’s a popular spot from which to set out on longer walks; just up the hill there’s a car park where you can join the Tissington Trail and you can rent bikes fairly locally from Parsley Hay a little further along the route. By car, four of the Peak District’s main market towns are easily reached – Bakewell, Ashbourne, Leek and Buxton are all within 10 miles – as are historic properties like Haddon Hall and Chatsworth House. It’s all within easy driving distance, yet you might just find getting behind the wheel too much of an ask. With so many good footpaths on the doorstep (and so many good pubs nearby), you needn’t go far to enjoy Upper Hurst Farm.
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Hosted by Amy D.Joined in April 2019
From the host
Our ethos is nature-based and we encourage biodiversity in our fields and hedgerows with the majority of our energy provided through sustainable practices. We have been awarded the coveted Environmental Quality Mark award, which demonstrates Upper Hurst Farm’s ongoing commitment to the environment, to our staff and to supporting the local economy.The site and our facilities are accessible to all and is located in Buxton, Derbyshire, gateway to the Peak District. The toilet/shower block is underfloor heated and, to this day, has been likened to a 5* hotel. It features a generous wet room, which offers easy access for wheelchair users and for those with limited mobility.
It's difficult to overstate what an excellent location Upper Hurst Farm has for exploring the Peak District. In the heart of the Dove Valley, it's a 20-minute walk in one direction to the River Dove itself, while, to the west, a tributary, the River Manifold, runs. It's a 15-minute walk to the Manifold, where the tiny hamlet of Hulme End has an excellent pub (see Food & Drink). The 8-mile-long Manifold Way is a popular walking and car-free cycling route, running from here to the village of Waterhouses in the south. It follows the route of the former Leek and Manifold Valley Light Railway (which closed in 1934) and is the flattest of the local options, with other routes like the Tissington Trail and the High Peak Trail also nearby and crossing more elevated areas of the Peak District. All are very easily accessible from Upper Hurst Farm. Elsewhere, its 11 miles to Buxton and Buxton Opera House (01298 72190), 13 miles to Haddon Hall (01629 812855), 16 miles to Chatsworth House (01246 565300), 18 miles to the Crich Tramway Museum (01773 854 321) and 18 miles to Eyam Hall (01433 350055).
Food and drink
It's a 15-minute walk to The Manifold Inn (01298 84537; book ahead for meals at busy times), a 200-year-old coaching inn and restaurant on the banks of the Manifold River. The pub is opposite The Old Toll House, which used to serve the turnpike and river ford. A tad further down the lane, Hulme End Tea Junction (01298 687368) is housed in the old engine shed of the former Manifold light railway and has been tastefully converted into a local tea room. Their cakes are exceptional. Both spots are frequented by walkers on the Manifold Way, which meanders through the river valley, and cyclists are also out in force on summer days. In the opposite direction, pretty Hartington is home to 2 good pubs – The Charles Cotton (01298 84229) and The Devonshire Arms (01298 84232) – both with outdoor seating and, while there is a farm shop and café (01298 84496) on your way into the village, in summer there are picnic tables outside the village stores (01298 84222) too and even the post office is actually a tea rooms (01298 84418).