Longnor Wood Holiday Park

UK England Peak District Derbyshire

Longnor, nr Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 0NG
Well-run campsite with dale views – and no kids! (That’ll be an upside for some and a downside for others.)
In the southern ‘White Peak’ area of the Peak District, surrounded by shallow hills, sits the village of Longnor. It’s an idyllic place with a cobbled market square, pretty cottages fashioned from local stone and a thriving industry in clockmaking. The slowpaced, old-world ambience is epitomised in an inscription above the old market hall, which lists the tariffs for trading here – as of 1873. It’s the sort of place that city dwellers visit for a weekend and immediately decide they’d like to move to. Most don’t, of course, but Paul and Lindsey Hedges did. Already keen campers and on the lookout for a lifestyle change from their careers, they came across Longnor Wood – a campsite on the outskirts of the village. Its current owners were moving on and it was up for sale. Within a few short months, they’d snapped it up, ditched their jobs and moved their lives from urban Bristol to rural Derbyshire. They then set about creating the sort of campsite they would want to stay in. It was already an adults-only site when they took it over and the absence of kids running around seemed fitting for such a peaceful location amongst the dales. So, the rule remained. They set aside some of the 20 acres for wildlife, planted more trees to screen the tents from the surrounding hills and opted for as spacious pitches as they could accommodate. The result is a tranquil campsite that maximises the great location and minimises its environmental impact. All the essential facilities are here, but extra touches include a French-style boules court, a nine-hole putting green and badminton court. But Paul and Lindsey are keen to stress that the campsite’s major attractions are not on the site at all, but all around. The market town of Buxton, home to a natural warm-water spring is only six miles away. It’s sometimes known as the Bath of the north – given the similarity to its better-visited southern cousin – and not just for its spa credentials. The lovingly restored Opera House here is well worth a visit; during the July Opera Festival, you might even be lucky enough to get a ticket for a performance. On Tuesdays and Saturdays Market Place comes alive with a plethora of stalls, friendly, vocal stallholders and browsing shoppers. Longnor Wood is an ideal base for walking amongst the rugged scenery of the Peak District. Easily followed paths criss-cross the nearby Upper Dove and Manifold Valleys with a variety of routes for all abilities. The distinguished walks and views around here are quite something, with Dove Ridge, in particular, the place to head to for a stunning outlook and gentle inspiration. Who knows, you might even end up wanting to move here.

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★★★☆☆

Longnor Wood Holiday Park

Jul 27, 2011 by Claire R

Well organised site with good facilities, toilets and showers were clean and warm. A bit blustery on the hill top, shame the amazing views were blocked by walls and trees but I guess needed for shelter. Still I would rather have woken up to the views and been cold! The nearest pub is a good walk downhill and an even longer walk up hill on the way back, too far for comfort. Overall a good site, made even better for being Adult only.

★★★☆☆

Longnor Wood Holiday Park

Jun 14, 2011 by clara

Well-kept site, clean and tidy, great on-site shop and shower facilities. It’s pretty strict and there’s a curfew on noise - any noise – so if you’re hoping to sit around chatting beyond 10.30/11 I’d look elsewhere. It’s pretty isolated and quite far to the local pub. Don’t touch any of the pubs in Longnor, head a mile further to the Packhorse Inn which is really friendly, great ales and hearty food. The scenery and walks around this area are some of the best I’ve seen.

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