Long Valley Yurts at Knotlow Farm

UK England East Midlands Derbyshire Bakewell

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Hot Tubs
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
Morocco meets Mongolia meets Peak District
Trivia Time: Did you know that the Peak District was the UK's first designated National Park? Did you also know that the Peak District is reputedly the second most visited National Park in the entire world after Mt Fiji in Japan? Not just Britain's – THE WORLD'S! And really, it isn't hard to see why. Its slap-bang-centre-of-England location means it's easily accessible (more so than the Lakes, Dales and Moors further north) for the hordes of foreign holidaymakers looking for that authentic slice of rural English life – the Peaks of so many postcards and period dramas. Undulating green dales, heather-hued moorlands, craggy gritstone escarpments – this dramatic landscape is alluringly wild yet its velvety valleys are dotted with the kind of quintessentially English villages that simply demand a lazy post-ramble pint in the local watering hole.

Halfway between Bakewell and Buxton lies Knotlow Farm, the second outpost of the burgeoning Long Valley Yurts empire. We say 'empire', but you'll not find any redcoats or statics here. Welcoming host Emily, subscribes firmly to that age old dictum, "if something ain't broke, don't fix it". Which is why the Knotlow Farm site fits seamlessly into its unspoilt surroundings. Sharing this scenic setting with a traditional Derbyshire farm-cum-campsite (with its very own indoor horse arena), Long Valley's East Midlands arm continues to set the same high standards of its sister glampsite next to Lake Windermere.

The yurts are all authentically modelled on the original Turkmen model – an elegantly spacious design that's sturdy, timber, ash-carved frames can easily withstand the harsh winters of the Central Asian steppe (and the reliably unreliable British summertime). Five can sleep cosily inside on a combination of futons beds and blow up mattresses. The pristine bell tents are similarly kitted out – you won't even need to bring your own bedding.

The Peak District really is one beguilingly stunning valley after another. It's a magnet for outdoor sports enthusiasts partaking in everything from gorge walking and potholing to ridge climbing and canoeing. There's also some great spots for wild swimming – plunge into Panniers Pool at The Three Shires near Flash, England's highest village.

Needless to say, there are plenty of walks to explore, The Tissington, High Peak and Monsal trails to name but a few. Knotlow Farm happens to be handily plotted on one the park's loveliest, The Limestone Way. Head northward through the Hope Valley towards Castleton where you can rest and recuperate in one of the village's quaint tearooms before exploring the subterranean cave network at Speedwell Cavern.

Long Valley Yurts also have two other sites – Great Langdale and Low Wray – in the Lake District.

Details

Facilities

Yurts sleep up to 5 (1 double futon, 2 single futons, and 1 blow-up mattress); bell tents sleep up to 5 (1 double and 2 single futons, and 1 single blow-up mattress – all bed linen supplied). Fully-equipped kitchen includes gas hobs and grill. Solar powered lighting and fairy lights. Numerous showers (20p for 2 minutes) and loos located nearby. There’s also a washing-up area.

Suitable For

Big groups – yes. Tents, campervans, caravans, dogs, young groups – no. However, these can all be accommodated on the existing campsite.

Nearby

Derbyshire and the Peak District are positively brimming with scenic strolls, the Thornhill Trail and Cressbrook Dale to name but a couple. Head further north and take a bike ride through the Derwent Valley (01433 651261). For the more intrepid, Stanage Edge and Mam Tor pose epic climbs with suitably epic views from their respective summits. At the foothills of the latter lies the chocolate-box village of Castleton. 'Gem of the Peaks' and historic heart of the Hope Valley, be sure to visit the ruins of Peveril Castle (01433 620613). This pocket of the East Midlands is also home to many of the country's finest stately homes such as Haddon House (01629 812855), Hardwick (01246 850430) and Renishaw Hall (01246 432310) and the much-filmed Chatsworth House (01246 565300). Going further back in time, the Arbor Low Stone Circle, Gib Hill Barrow and Nine Ladies Stone Circle offer an atmospheric glimpse into Ancient Britain. For all you culture vultures, the beautifully restored Buxton Opera House features a jam-packed performance schedule with everything from stand-up comedy to tribute acts and Hollywood blockbusters on throughout the year.

Food & Drink

The farm shop/reception stocks eggs, milk and other provisions plus homemade pizza and filled ciabattas, legendary breakfasts, and hot drinks. Pub-wise, just half a mile along the Limestone Way you'll find The Bulls Head (01629 812372) in Monyash with its sprawling garden and a warming log fire in the winter. The Royal Oak (01298 832288) at nearby Hurdlow is famous for its huge pies and access to the gorgeous Tissington Trail. The Duke of York (01298 83345) at Pomeroy offers pub grub favourites and spectacular views. The Bull i' th' Thorn (01298 83348) has been refreshing weary travellers for over 500 years while The Staffordshire Knot Inn (01298 84329) in Sheen boasts a sophisticated menu of seasonal locally-sourced dishes. The Carriages (01298 84528) serves authentic Sicilian dishes (courtesy of hosts Enzo and Karina) in a restored pre-war railway carriage. Of course, a visit to the Bakewell Tart Shop and Coffee House (01629 814692) is obligatory. For the purists, the Bakewell Pudding Shop (01629 812193) is just across the square. Don't worry, you'll soon walk it off.

Opening Times

March – November.

The Owner Says

Situated on the Knotlow Campsite at Flagg in Debyshire we offer four Yurts (March- November). Our Yurts located right in the heart of the Peak District in between Bakewell and Buxton . The site offers the perfect base for an array of activities and excursions. Whether it's walking along the Limestone way, mountain biking at Edale, Taking the bikes on the Tissington Trail, sampling the famous Bakewell tarts, or Hartington Cheese or just sitting back at the site relaxing there is something for everyone. Back at the Yurt after a day out sit back, relax and enjoy the crackle of logs and the warmth of the wood burning stove, roast marsh mellows over the open fire and reconnect with the things that are important in your life.

 Highlights;

  • Located in the Heart of the Beautiful Peak District
  • Local stately Homes to visit
  • 20 minutes from Alton Towers
  • Stunning scenery at every turn from the door of the Yurt
  • Outdoor activities, nearby at Carsington Waters and cycle hire available near the site
  • Secluded feel and a haven for wildlife
  • Freshly baked bread, coffee and pizzas available from the site shop
  • Easy access to the whole of the Lake District National Park
  • A break away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

What you will find inside our Yurts;

  • Wood burning stove
  • Raised wooden floors covered in woolen Moroccan style rugs to keep the warmth in.
  • Solar lighting.
  • Twinkling solar fairly lights.
  • A fully equipped and functional kitchen
  • Gas hobs and grill
  • Games chest
  • Comfortable futon style beds
  • Freshly laundered sheets, feather duvets and pillows
All from  just £199 for selected Mon-Fri stays in April, May, Sept and October.

Offers & Deals

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Accommodation

Knotlow Farm have four 16ft Yurts that can accomodate up to five persons each and contains a double, two singles and an additional inflatable matress for a fifth person.

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Location

Contact Long Valley Yurts at Knotlow Farm, Flagg, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 9QP

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Getting There

Full directions are given once booking is confirmed. Please see the website for maps and more details about the local area.

Nearest railway station is Buxton. There's a bus stop just 1/2 mile (5 minute walk) away.

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