Shallow Grange Farm

UK England East Midlands Derbyshire Buxton

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
An eco-friendly spot where you can get away from it all

It can be a nightmare finding a decent working sheep farm to camp on in the middle of the Peak District National Park. Luckily Shallow Grange, three miles south of Buxton, manages to combine both sheep (around 200 ewes to be precise) and tents amid 110 acres of grassy farmland and rolling hills. 

 To stay here is to be in noble company, historically speaking – we’re not still baahing on about sheep – since the Sherwood Foresters used the land as their summer camp back at the beginning of the last century. But those days long gone, it’s been functioning as a campsite in its modern form for a couple decades, run by Ed and Marilyn, who’ve worked hard to make the site a pleasant and highly eco-friendly experience. 

 You’ll find a comprehensive recycling system; renovated shower block with thermostatically controlled underfloor heating system (and Dyson hand dryers no less); toilets with low-volume flushes; and solar panels to supplement the hot water temperatures. Their latest project is a 100,000-litre rainwater capture tank. The Merry Men would be jealous indeed. The site’s large camping meadow is flat, well drained, and bordered by ancient low stone walls. It has space for 30 tents (with generously sized pitches), and there’s a separate touring field for caravans, which has electric hook-ups that can be used by those staying in tents (if they pay the caravan tariff). It’s a simple sort of site, despite the jazzy eco-facilities. There’s a pond, where you can fish for perch, carp, and bream (all season; £5 per day). And as it sits in the Peak District Dark Skies area, it’s a great spot for stargazing, too.

Details

Facilities

Campfires are allowed if raised off the grass. 30 pitches, plus more in the caravan field. Showers and toilet facilities are modern, well-equipped and environmentally friendly. Freezer available for ice packs in the laundry room, which also has a washing machine and dryer. Electric hook-ups must be booked in advance. Pond to fish.

Suitable For

Tents, dogs – yes. Campervans, caravans, groups – by arrangement.

Nearby

Chatsworth House (01246 565300) and Haddon Hall (01629 812855) are nearby, with Jane Austen-style atmospheres and gardens. Arbor Low Stone Circle – the ‘Stonehenge of the Peak District’ – is a Neolithic henge surrounded by unspoiled countryside, with fantastic views over Derbyshire (you’ll find it about 5 miles south-west of Bakewell). For a proper chill-out, try the holistic Brackendale Spa (01629 540727).

Food & Drink

The Church Inn (01298 85319) at Chelmorton serves good quality traditional British pub lunches and home-cooked meals, while the Bulls Head (01629 812372) in Monyash offers good food in a refurbished dining room. It’s a scenic drive to Longnor Fish & Chip Shop (01298 83317). The Red Chilli (01335 343232) in Ashbourne does refined Indian and Bangladeshi food (takeaways available).

Opening Times

March–October (and out of season by arrangement).

The Owner Says

New for 2014 - We now have fire baskets for hire & bags of firewood for sale

Location

Contact Shallow Grange Farm, Old Coalpit Lane, Chelmorton, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 9SG

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Getting There

The site is located off the A5270 (Old Coalpit Lane), a road accessed from the A6 and A515. Trains run hourly to Buxton, with connections to mainline services at Stockport and Manchester. Taxis are available outside the station. Buses will drop you off outside the farm gates on Old Coalpit Lane. Services include the TP (running between Manchester and Derby), and no. 193 (between Buxton and Tideswell).

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