A mini break in BIRCHOVER

This summer I spent a few days camping here with my bestie. It is a little gem they everyone needs to know about. Not just for the amazing campsite but also for the convenience to some of the most beautiful sights in the Peaks. Birchover is a very small village situated in the White Peaks area of the Peak District. It’s a short drive from Derbyshire faves Chatsworth, Matlock and Bakewell and about a 30 – 45 minute drive from entering the Peaks from anywhere.

We stayed at the fantastic Barn Farm Campsite which is situated at the top of the village. It really is a great campsite, one of the best I have ever been to in fact. For the kids there is a huge outdoor woodland climbing frame, mountains of peacocks, dogs, alpacas, and chicken to run around after, and for when it rains, a games room with a TV and the thing kids seem to love the most these days plug sockets! Through out the summer holidays there are events and activities on constantly at the weekends with donkeys, ice cream and festivals. For the adults you have your own, yes your own, showers and toilets as well as a sauna and a sun bed (sun bed needs an extra payment). And on top of all that it is one of the best places I’ve been to for stargazing. I love staying up late around the embers watching the shooting stars fly by. On top of this the accommodation has a fridge, washing facilities, a handy store and plenty of pot washing stations. All of this for £6-10pppn camping is a real bargain in the Peaks, but if camping isn’t your thing you can even stay in one of their barns. If you’re a caravan fan they have many spots you can use and can even store your caravan so you don’t have to drive it anywhere!

The campsite itself is a short walk from many of Birchover’s attractions. If you go through the campsite away from the road you head up towards Stanton Moore where the Nine Ladies and Dol Tor stones circle are, 70+ barrows, the reform tower and the Cork stones. All of which are visitable in a short 1-2 hour walk. On the other side of the village, passed the two pubs The Druid Inn and The Red Lion, you can walk down and pick up The Limestone Way, which takes you passed Robin Hoods Stride into the lovely village of Youlgrave. Now If you ever get time to have a little nip into the village of Youlgrave you need to pop into Peak Feast. It is just to the left of the main village passed the YMCA. It is a great place to pick up a mid trip sandwich and a few cakes as well as their famous Homity pie. I will warn you meat eaters it is a vegetarian bakery!

From Youlgrave you can catch The Limestone Way and cross onto the banks of the River Lathkill which is one of the most beautiful walks I have ever done, just see the photos below. Along the river there is a chance to forget you’re in England and believe you’re in the South Pacific, rummage around an old mill house and explore its shallow mine shaft underneath, play poo sticks at Conksbury Bridge, and have a lovely picnic along the banks of the old pumping station. I do highly recommend this walk even if you just do it for the day. Tip – park at Conksbury Bridge if you can, Its free.

Overall I loved my time in Birchover. I come every year, not just because we run the Duke of Edinburgh here, but because it’s so beautiful. Every time I come here I feel at home, in my little paradise, and totally relaxed. I can even come for the day and go home a different perosn. It doesn’t matter! I highly recommend it for a mini break or if you just want to visit the River Lathkill for the day.

Have fun finding your paradise here.

Kate X



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