A great escape is near at hand. An award-winning caravan park in the stunning Peak District offers an easy getaway to the East Midlands. Exciting festivals and cultural events, England’s oldest national park, and fabulous heritage architecture attract millions of people annually to the area. However visitors can also escape to explore breathtaking moorland with only wildlife for company. Located near the national park’s southern boundary, Rivendale Caravan and Leisure Park is scarcely more than an hour’s drive from Manchester, Sheffield or Birmingham.
Visitors might begin by touring the neighbourhood’s venerable houses. Hardwick Hall is one of the most important surviving country houses from the Elizabethan era. North Lees Hall, with a view of grim Stanage Edge, is considered the inspiration for Charlotte Brontë’s Thornfield Hall. She visited the estate in 1845 before writing the novel Jane Eyre.
Beside the beautiful River Derwent stands Chatsworth. It has been home since 1549 to the Cavendish Family, the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. The south and west facades have been newly restored and were completed for the 2012 season. Guests may explore 30 rooms including a significant art collection. A summer show will feature Rembrandt, da Vinci and other masters.
Just 3.5 miles southwest of Chatsworth lies the market town of Bakewell. An annual agricultural show, carnival and arts festival offer entertainment and activities. Every visitor must sample the town’s main claim to fame, the Bakewell pudding.
Human activity in the area dates back thousands of years before history. A spellbinding henge dating to 2,500 BC can be found at Arbor Low with 59 stones lying flat in a circle. Archaeologists have so far been unable to determine their purpose.
The Peak District is also rich with natural wonders. Visitors may attain the Heights of Abraham on dizzying cable cars and tour caverns mined since Roman times. A 200-year-old garden has matured into habitat for birds and wildlife. Spectacular Poole’s Cavern has attracted visitors since the 16th Century.
Chestnut Centre Conservation and Wildlife Park is home to 16 species of owls. Other native wildlife also resides here, including pine martens, Scottish wildcats, foxes and polecats. A family of rare South American giant otters has also adapted to life in the park.
The defining feature of the Peak District is the desolate landscape. Visitors seeking solitude will appreciate that the vast majority of tourists never venture far from their cars. The national park offers great adventures for those on foot or mountain bikes. Be sure to prepare for all kinds of conditions because bad weather can turn up unexpectedly. However, it does show the landscape at its most dramatic.
After a day’s excursion, it will be a comfort to return to Rivendale Leisure Park. Caravan and motorhome pitches on the site offer a choice of surfaces, and all are provided with 16-amp electrical hook-up. If you visit their website you will be in luck, as there are numerous special offers on at the moment!
This site has so much to offer, with an on-site eco spa, a café, restaurant and on-site shop. There is also a vast choice of accommodation, if you desire a 4* luxury B&B you can! Or if you would prefer a holiday lodge there are many to hire or to buy. As well as camping on site, glamping is on offer, with camping pods and a variety of yurts to choose from. Disabled access is available in all methods of camping, with site on staff eager to go above and beyond to ensure your stay is as hassle free as possible. The park and adjacent village have no streetlights for better enjoyment of the starry night sky, so bring a torch.
Rivendale Caravan and Leisure Park, Buxton Road, Alsop-en-le-Dale, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 1QU.
Shaw Farm is another wonderful place to stay if you are looking for a numerous range of camping styles in a rustic countryside atmosphere. Set on a traditional working farm on the western edge of the Peak District National Park, this site has 6 self-catering static caravans to rent, all with free-view, private garden, parking and a picnic bench. All can sleep between 4 and 6 people comfortably, with all you could need provided for you – other than linen – and welcomes those with children as well. Swings and a sandpit are on site, as well as a friendly horse who loves to be fed carrots, not to mention the dairy farm. If you would like to see the milking all you have to do is ask, plus in the spring baby calves will be finding their feet!
Within a mile of the site is New Mills town, where there is a great range of shops, cafés, take-aways, restaurants and pubs to explore, as well as frequent transport by bus or train. The Fox Inn is the nearest traditional pub from the site, being just a short 5 minute walk away.
Shaw Farm Holidays, New Mills, High Peak SK22 4QE.
Featured image license: Creative Commons image source
Sandra Hamilton writes for lifesure for their static caravan insurance. Sandra has had many years experience of blogging on a wide range of topics including park homes, static caravans and motor homes.
You have declined cookies. This decision can be reversed.
You have allowed cookies to be placed on your computer. This decision can be reversed.