Upper Booth Farm

UK England East Midlands Derbyshire Hope

  • Dogs welcome
  • Good walks nearby
PanoramicPeak District views from this walkers’ dream of a site.Peak District views all around from this prime walkers’ site.

What can you do when crowds of people – all total strangers – insist on walking through your garden? Thousands of them, in fact. Tramping around with big muddy boots and walking sticks, chattering away excitedly; the inconsiderate wretches. Of course, this isn’t your bog-standard garden. This is 970 acres of prime Derbyshire livestock farmland in one of the most renowned valleys in the Peak District. It’s also the home and garden of Robert and Sarah Helliwell, National Trust tenants and lifelong farmers. But for the transient visitors, it’s something else entirely – the main thoroughfare of the Pennine Way. 

 As the first port of call after the Kinder Scout Plateau, walkers are always stopping at Upper Booth Farm in need of plasters, refreshments or emergency services. But the most useful service provided by Robert and Sarah is a place to crash for the night. The backdrop to the camping at Upper Booth is spectacular and, like the best countryside campsites, it’s difficult to see where the site ends and the open landscape of the Peaks begins. The campsite stretches across two fields. The first, smaller field is flat, sheltered and near to the facilities. The second field is a larger, undulating area of grass, open to expansive Peak District views. 

The Helliwells have won awards for innovative and eco-friendly farming. And if there were an award for services to walkers, they’d win that too

Details

Facilities

Unmarked pitches across 2 fields. New environmentally-friendly toilets (including disabled facilities and baby change), showers and washing up facilities complete with green roof. Toilets, shower, and washing-up facilities. Essentials like milk and fresh eggs are sold at the house. No campfires; BBQs off ground okay. 

Suitable For

Tents, small campervans, dogs – yes. Caravans, large motorhomes, unsupervised under-18s, big groups – no. 

Nearby

Outdoor bathing at the open-air swimming pool at Hathersage (01433 650843). The Ladybooth Equestrian Centre (01433 670205) in Edale has the horsey bases covered. Just down the hill to one side of the site is a great stream for paddling in. Arrange a helicopter ride with Pennine Helis (01457 820152) to survey the scenery from above.

Food & Drink

Pre-order one of the farm’s ‘Hampers for Campers’, full of zero-food-miles local produce. The National Trust’s Penny Pot Café (01433 670293) in Edale is a lovely place for a spot of tea and a bacon butty.

From the campsite, it’s a half-hour walk along the first (or last) stretch of the Pennine Way to the ‘official’ start/end point of the path at the historic Old Nag’s Head (01433 670291) in Edale village. You might find better food at The Rambler’s Inn (p175) down the road.

Open

February–November. 

Location

Upper Booth Farm, Upper Booth, nr Edale, Hope Valley, Derbyshire S33 7ZJ

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Getting There

Upper Booth Farm is a mile from Edale in the Hope Valley, about 10 miles northeast of Buxton. Follow the signs for Edale from the A625, look out for the signpost to Upper Booth a mile west of the turning for Edale village and station. Follow the road to the end.

Edale train station is less than 2 miles from the site. 

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