What we love most about caravanning, is the freedom that you get! There are hundreds of beautiful locations all of which can be booked with short-notice and are easily accessible. As we all work in full-time jobs, we wanted somewhere for a weekend away which was easy to get to but where we could relax and explore.
With just a week’s notice and little hassle, myself, Dan, Karl and Rhea found the perfect site. The site called ‘Blackwell Hall’ was situated in the heart of the peak district, close to the bustling towns of Bakewell and Matlock Bath. When searching for the ideal site, this particular one caught our eye. Where else can you find a beautiful site with hard-standing and electric for only £14 a night? Definitely better than any hotel I’ve stayed in!
We all arrived late Friday evening, to find a secluded little spot looking over a valley with hills all around. The site owners were very flexible about when we could arrive and allowed us to choose a hard-standing pitch to set-up on. Although the access to the site was a little tight for our twin axle van, we managed to manoeuvre the caravan into site. With good sized pitches and all your basic amenities close by, this site couldn’t be better.
After relaxing that evening, we decided to get up bright and early on the Saturday to explore the local area. Despite the forecast of rain, we all set out and visit the local town of Bakewell. It is a beautiful town with a lot of life and history.
Bakewell as you may guess … is also the home of the traditional Bakewell tart. Of course, we had to try one out! However, it is not only famous for its traditional Bakewell tarts but for its padlock bridge. A wire suspension bridge which crosses the weir is home to thousands of ‘love locks’. We had to follow this tradition and add a padlock to the bridge.
There were loads of people in and around Bakewell and on the ‘padlock’ bridge, which brought real life to the town.
After spending a rather drizzly day exploring Bakewell, we headed back to the site to unwind ready for Sundays venture. As recommended by my parents as a great place to visit, we took a trip to Matlock Bath on Sunday morning. After me tripping over thin air and Karl bumping his head, we managed to locate Matlock Bath’s famous ‘Heights of Abraham’.
The ‘Heights of Abraham’ are cable cars that took you to a series of caverns in the hillside. When we finally reached the top, we spent the day exploring the caverns and the surrounding location, having a lovely 3 course meal with a view!
After a busy weekend of exploring in the peak district, it was time to relax back at the caravan. All this fun however, was too much for some of us but we did learn that Blackwell hall has everything you could want. If you’re looking for a quiet weekend away, with plenty to do, the Peak District really is worth a look, a real ‘Top trip’!