The Royal Oak

UK England East Midlands Derbyshire Hartington

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
Who ate all the pies? We did.

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.



Small campfires are allowed if contained and off the ground. Two camping fields (the lower one is flatter) with good washing-up facilities, free hot showers, and toilets in an old – but modern and clean inside barn. There’s also a water tap and an outdoor washing line.

Suitable For

Tents, small campervans – yes. Caravans – no. Dogs, groups – by arrangement.


Bakewell (famous for its puddings) has the Pavilion Gardens (01298 23114) and charming Opera House. Ashbourne and the spa town of Buxton are all short drives away. Monyash village has a great park for kids. Parsley Hay Cycle Hire (01629 816200) is two miles away and has a wide range of bikes.

Food & Drink

The Royal Oak serves real ales, alarmingly large pies, and other award-winning pub grub. The best fry-up in the area is available at Old Smithy Tea Rooms (01629 810190) in Monyash. Piedaniels (01629 812687) in Bakewell serves fine French and English cuisine. There’s also a pleasant café at Parsley Hay, a 2-mile walk from the site.


All year.

Family Friendly

The only thing better than good old fashioned, pub garden camping is when that pub sells the world's largest and tastiest pies. Who ate all the pies? Ummm. We did.


Contact The Royal Oak, Hurdlow, nr Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 9QJ

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Getting There

Head towards Ashbourne (from Buxton) on the A515, and after 5 miles take the right-hand turn signposted Hurdlow, Crowdecote, and Longnor. After just under 400 metres the Royal Oak pub and campsite are on the right. The nearest station within walking/taxi distance is Buxton (6 miles). There’s no direct bus service but the Hartington Bus goes along the A515 and will stop on the main road, ½ mile away.


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