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From the undesignated spot you chose in the camping field, it’s just a couple of steps into the main courtyard where you’ll find showers, toilets and shelter if it rains. These outhouse buildings are also home to a small kitchen area with a sink, microwave, hobs and a kettle with complimentary tea and coffee. With such a small number of pitches onsite, you can happily stash food away in the fridge without worrying about losing it later in the week. A drying area next to the kitchen is just the ticket for those who’ve had a hard day out on the hills. And for those truly cream-crackered ramblers, home-cooked food can also be ordered from the house. Simple, comfort farmhouse fare, but excellently cooked and well priced, rest those weary bones with dinner in the warmth of the inviting dining room.
The family-run rusticity of Orchard Camping makes it popular with small groups, particularly hikers and cyclists taking on the surrounding hills. Parties in need of slightly more than the six pitches provided can extend into another small field which is similarly well-catered for by the relaxed and welcoming hosts. Equally, singletons seeking peace and quiet in the countryside needn’t worry about gaggles of noisy ramblers next door, the site is only big enough for a group to hire the whole place out exclusively, so there’s either one group taking the site or no groups at all.
Beyond the campsite, a 15 minute walk takes you into the pleasant old market town of Penistone, its name deriving from the areas location in the foothills of the Pennines. Unsurprisingly then, the surrounding landscape is criss-crossed by good footpaths and long distance walks, as well as windy country roads that will suit cyclists looking for a challenge. The Tour De France flashed here in 2014, a doth of the cap to Yorkshire’s top cycling reputation. Those who battle to the hilltops are rewarded with truly spectacular views. That said, when you land yourself back in the grassy garden of Orchard Camping you’ll still be able to boast a beautiful backdrop and all with the warm friendly feel of this tiny farmhouse campsite.
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Perfect pit stop
My wife and I have been camping for more than 30yrs and his is one of the nicest campsites we have stayed on.