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Tips for a Peak District camping trip

Ilustration by Alys Mordecai at Eleven.

Just next door to Sheffield, the Peak District is a great place to visit for the day. But there’s something really special about packing your tent and staying for a night or more – to maximise your time in the countryside and wake up to a beautiful view.

You’ll find a variety of campsites right across the Peak District national park. It’s difficult to recommend specific ones as the best campsite will depend on what you want in the way of facilities and location. Many are easily accessible on public transport from Sheffield, with campsites close to Edale railway station and the Sheffield to Bakewell bus route. Cool Camping has a great overview of campsites in the Peaks, including those with something a little different like yurts and camping pods, and there are more on Campsites.co.uk. There are also camping pods and pitches at the national park's own North Lees Campsite at Stanage. And the Peak District's Camping and Caravanning Guide can be browsed by campsite type or location.

As a note, if you are considering wild camping (i.e. camping in an area which is not a designated campsite) in the Peak District, you will need to obtain permission from the landowner first.

So, you’ve picked your weekend and chosen your campsite. What items do you need to pack for your adventure?

Unless you're staying in a camping pod or other slightly luxurious option, the main essentials are: a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, cooking items, food and drink, and a warm jacket. Aside from that, take a look at this blog post for some tips for practical items that always make a few days in the tent that bit more comfortable.

Finally, and importantly, check the weather forecast before you leave so that you can pack the right clothing to keep you comfortable during your visit.

Written by Jacquie Budd



See the Outdoor Girl blog for more camping tips.

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