Hurdlow, nr Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 9QJ
The biggest challenge for those staying at the Royal Oak isn’t wrestling with a slopey camping field (it’s flat); being kept awake by traffic (it’s not near a main road); or finding things to do (it’s slap bang in the middle of the Peak District). No, it’s chomping your way through one of the award-winning pies sold at the onsite pub. You could probably actually camp in one of these monsters – they’re that big. Packed with fine ingredients, they make for a fine reward after a day’s play in the Peaks, especially if accompanied by one of the excellent local draught ales.
There are two camping fields here, one sloping and one flat, with space for around 40 pitches (bring strong pegs for the rocky ground in the upper field), and there’s a converted stone barn with comfortable bunks if the weather’s wreaking havoc. Surrounded by over 100 acres of farmland, with the 13-mile Tissington Trail passing right next to it and the Limestone Way actually cutting through some of the site, this is a great base for those interested in walking and cycling – especially since the Parsley Hay Cycle Hire is two miles away and has a range of bikes for adults and kids, including tandems.
Bakewell, Ashbourne, and the spa town of Buxton are all short drives away, making this an accessible and friendly place to get up close and personal with the British countryside – and its pies.
The Owner Says
We were happy with the campsite, it was clean and met the description. The pub food was also lovely. However, at night there was a large group of men sat at the outdoor picnic tables laughing loudly and shouting until around 1am. We were hopeful that staff from the pub would ask them to be quiet or leave but this never happened. Consequently, the children struggled to sleep and felt vulnerable. We were also close to the road, which at times had noisy cars racing by!! I know other campers felt the same as we all discussed it the next morning. Sadly, we will look for somewhere else next time.
A Peak District Favourite
The Royal Oak is a one of Bumble Campers favourite campsites. Our first visit was in Sept 2016 and I'm sure there will be many more visits. The campsite is in an easy to find location with a cosy pub right next to the camping fields. We felt welcome from the moment we arrived. Our only regret was that we had already eaten so didn't have the opportunity to test the amazing looking pies. The morning breakfast was second to none however! The site itself it quite small but not overcrowded and all the basic facilities you need such as clean showers and toilets. The main focus of this campsite is the pub, which is charming and makes for a great location for weekend away in the Peak District.
The Royal Oak is a lovely campsite. We have stayed there three times now and definately plan to go back. The site is small, the facilities are ample for even the bussiest occasions. With small children it was lovely to be able to pop into the pub to grab a round of drinks and take them back to sit outside the tent – a night at the pub with no need for a babysitter!
The pub was welcoming to the adults and kids alike for dinner as well, and the meals were great value and fantastic. It is one of the best childrens' menus I have come across.
The location for a weekend is great, on the Tissington trail so plenty of scope for walking and cycling for even the smallest of legs (daughter was 2 when we first went). And we stumbled on Buxton Fringe festival the second time we stayed which gave plenty of things to do. All in all a gem of a site for a weekend away.
This is a great little site, with a nice pub on the doorstep - what more could you ask for? The lower field is long and thin but nice and flat, the top field is only flat enough for tents in a couple of places if you don’t want to end up in a pile in the corner of the tent in the morning! Access in the snow was entertaining and I wouldn’t fancy it without 4x4, although the weather meant we did have the place to ourselves! Facilities are shared with the on-site bunkbarn and were clean, but I expect would be stretched when the site is busy. The pub is very nice, but even in the midst of winter, all the tables were booked for meals every night, so if you are popping in for a nice pint (and the beer is excellent), you have to stand or be willing to vacate your seats when the booking arrives. One disappointment was the perpetual road noise from the main road to Buxton. It is about a mile away overlooking the site, but at night when there is no other noise, you can hear every car and lorry passing by. All in though, it’s a lovely little site, and I would go again...
The first few lines of the cool camping review say, "The biggest challenge for those staying at the Royal Oak isn’t wrestling with a slopey camping field (it’s flat); being kept awake by traffic (it’s not near a main road)". Unfortunately if you don't arrive early the lower (flat) field is full and you get the upper field which has a bit of a slope, the site is also only about 300m from the main Buxton to Ashbourne road (A515), which you can hear but the traffic isn't too heavy later in the evening.
Having got past those two issues the campsite is a nice size with not too many pitches. For our visit it was about 70% full but I would expect on peak days that there may be queues for the facilities which were decent overall. Having such a good pub on-site is a great bonus, on our first night we ate in there, the staff were great and the food was hearty. There was also no issue grabbing a beer from the bar to drink at your tent as you made dinner, which we did on the second night.
Buxton, Ashbourne and Bakewell (with its lovely puddings) all a short drive away for those rainy days.
In furture I will check a couple of additional reviews and not just rely on the cool camping one...