Wednesday, 31 May 2017

The Peak District - Day 1

We were lucky enough to be invited to stay in the Peak District for the bank holiday weekend and after a few essential purchases such as sleeping bags, we were all set.

We left on Friday evening after work and arrived at the camp site at 11:30pm. By that point it was dark and putting the tent up using the car lights was a bit challenging. Thankfully, due to the impressive skills of my brother-in-law, the tent was up in relatively quick time. We got a better view the next morning and here's our des res.

Tent
Our accommodation for the weekend 

Tent
Surprisingly spacious 

We were next to a sheep field which happened to be a gentle alarm in the mornings.

Lamb
Little alarm clocks!

For the afternoon, we went to nearby Ashbourne which is full of high end charity shops, crafts, antiques and tea rooms. We found a wonderful little bakery where we indulged a bit even though it was a little on the expensive side. Think £4 for a little jar of pate as a scale. The bakery shop did point out that there was this bar which specialises in gin and eventually we found that. The Artisan Cafe Bar was tucked away from the main street and it stocked so many gins it was bewildering. To give this place full justice, I will cover this in a separate post. There is also a specialist cheese shop which offered samples before you buy. Essential if you are faced with the unknown.

Ashbourne
Ashbourne high street

The evening was spend relaxing with family and friends before retiring to our tent which was wonderful on a clear night. Next post will cover The Artisan Cafe Bar before day 2.

18 comments:

  1. I love your pictures! And just like you, I think that cheese shops offering samples are the best!

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    1. Thanks Dany! Our new post on The Artisan Cafe Bar is coming soon (tomorrow hopefully)

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  2. Sounds really fun. We RVed for 8 years and we miss camping! BTW, what is mayochup?

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    1. You should get back on it, such a cheap holiday!

      Mayochup is a mix of mayonnaise and ketchup. Full description can be found in our about us page http://www.mayochup.co.uk/p/about-us.html

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  3. Oh, I miss camping out! It's nice to wake up with the sound of nature, right? :-)

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    1. It's quite wonderful. Much better than waking up to traffic and noise!

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  4. I adore camping! Those sheep are such a happy wake up call indeed.

    I didn't have any idea what mayochup was either and googled it.

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    1. I've fixed that and added a 'what is mayochup?' page :)

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  5. OMG, you got to camp next to sheep?! That's so adorable. Ashbourne seems right up my alley - can't wait to hear more about it.

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    1. Ashbourne isn't that big but we found an excellent gin bar which is our latest post on here. Check it out!

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  6. I'm not much of a camper, but this does look amazing! Such a beautiful place and wonderful experience!

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  7. This looks like a lovely little area to go camping in! :)

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  8. Camping under the open skies and waking up to pretty lambs. Such a relaxed night in the lap of nature. The breakfast indulgence was not a bad idea, considering...

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    1. It was an open sky that particular evening but England being England, the rest of the nights was wet and windy!

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  9. I haven't been to this part of the Peak District. I live quite near too so I really need to explore more local places. It does look stunning from the pictures, I really need to get out more when I visit home!!

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  10. Love your pictures! The camping experience is always fun. So cool that you got to do it.

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  11. Oh, looks like such a lovely weekend especially with this little friend you got as an alarm!
    I absolutely love the towns in the countryside with all the charity shops, historic building and small jewelry and craft shops.
    -Sianna

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