Nestled between two peaks to the east of Buxton town centre is Limetree Holiday Park, offering camping, touring and static caravans. Their camping ground will be my home for tonight.
The site is set on the banks of one the hills that feature in the landscape as you leave Buxton heading towards Bakewell. The site is hidden from the main road, and only accessible by a meandering road that leads part way up the hill and under the Buxton viaduct.
As you enter the site you are presented with their range of static caravans and lodges, some are available for rent, others are owned as a second home. To the right leading up the hill is the tent with electric hook up area and behind and above the reception is the general camping area. Here is where I will pitch up, and at this late in the season, apart from one other couple in a tent a little further below the hill, I am free to choose my perfect location.
The first thing that strikes you is how well run and structured the site is, something perhaps down to Gilly the office manager. There are distinct areas for each type of accommodation and, as an example, areas that only backpackers and cyclists can pitch up – that is no cars allowed.
Good facilities are available for those camping; although in high season I can imagine there would be a queue for the couple of sinks available for washing up after a dinner al fresco.
The Peak District has plenty to offer and this holiday park is perfect for families with young children, as it is for couples and groups of friends out enjoying this part of the English countryside at its best. The rain sets in as close my eyes.
Waking up this morning, I was half expecting to find myself surrounded by an immense wave of other tents, but alas no, it seems the weather has deterred many. Instead coming out of my tent was like a scene from a Disney film; rabbits and squirrels darting every which way as soon as I stepped out [that’s the real woodland animals, not the cartoon versions!].
For more information, please call 01298 22988 or visit www.limetreeparkbuxton.com
We don’t live too far from Mollington, the village that is home to Anita’s caravan park and is often a perfect family getaway for the weekend, or even overnight, for us.
We are here this weekend as it is the last one before the kids go back to school and unless we get an Indian summer, it will be too cold at night for them to go camping in a tent until Spring.
The site offers pitches for tents, caravans and motorhomes. It also has 4 super family and standard camping pods – for those who like camping but need a little more comfort. The pods enjoy heating, a decked area and seating for a picnic. The site is structured well with hardstanding pitches for caravans and motorhomes and washing facilities offered to all guests are some of the best I have come across.
This time we have brought the kids’ bikes and needless to say they wanted them as soon as they arrived so they could exploring around the site. Which did leave my wife and I to pitch the family tent up ourselves (aka the hard work), although these days we manage to get our Coleman Evanston up in 25 minutes flat.
The site is located next to Anita’s farm with horses, ponies and goats in the small narrow field that separates the farm from the campsite, where children and adults alike can wander up the path next to reception to see them.
The first evening we lined up an open-air cinema for our two before bed, by placing one of their DVD screens on the table inside the tent and we sitting outside, being mindful of the volume. For those purists who talk about camping being a TV free zone, I am with you, but there is something magical for the kids to watch their favourite films ‘al fresco’.
That night, I also had to pay a visit to the fabulous facilities with my youngest at 1am, who had drank too much milk before bed!
Anita’s place is great if you are planning a visit to the northern part of the Cotswolds, Stratford Upon Avon, Leamington Spa and/or Warwick. Or, as is mentioned to me by a number of fellow guests, an overnight stopover for those heading further south or north of the country. For us we were heading to Bourton on the Water for the day, the quintessential town of the Cotswolds; and home to Brum, (a fictional car from the children’s book and TV series) as my daughter remembered.
The next morning, we have our breakfast courtesy our modest camping stove and fresh baked croissants from Anita’s on-site shop, and head home.
Anita and her team are very friendly and take great pride in their site and that can be seen from the welcome to the departure.
For more information about Anita’s visit www.anitascaravanandcottages.co.uk or call tel: 01295 750 731