Peak District Mini Guide
It is now March and the daffodils and crocuses are beginning to bloom, the weather although still cold is showing definite signs of improvement. The sun feels warmer with each day and the daylight is lasting longer. So my thoughts now turn to my camping adventures for the coming months.
The Peak District is a national park that is located in the centre of England stretching from Derbyshire right up to Yorkshire and contains some of the most breath-taking scenery on the planet. From rolling hills, to sharp rock formations, rivers, reservoirs and a history that stretches back to the dawn of time. The Peak District has something to offer everyone and it is the place I like to spend my summers.
I thought that a mini guide to this beautiful area of the country, might assist anyone looking to visit the area and also offer an insight of the diversity of the area to everyone who reads it.
So I invite you to join me on this journey of exploration and discovery as we endeavour to uncover the majesty and beauty of The Peak District.
What better place to start our journey than at the end. Hulme End that is. This quiet hamlet consists of a few houses, a shop, public house and the place I like to camp “Bankhouse Farm Campsite”. There is more to Hulme End than first meets the eye and if you were to drive through this sleepy hamlet you would probably think that there was nothing of interest there.
But you would be wrong, Hulme End sits on the river Manifold. A shallow river at this point with a rocky river bed. But it is home to so much wildlife and a few minutes sat on its banks soon rewards you with glimpses of Kingfishers, Kestrels and the occasional splash from a trout has it leaps from the water.
There is also the popular Manifold Visitor Centre, located in Hulme End at the start of the Manifold Trail. The visitor centre is housed in an old ticket office, from the bygone days when steam engines chugged through the valley. But now it serves as an information centre for visitors to the area and is worth a visit.