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The Peak District

On the top of Mam Tor

The beautiful streets of Castleton

Football by the barn

The camping barn

Amy and I

I made the most of the recent bank holiday weekend and spent all three days in the Peak District with seven of my friends! We stayed in a camping barn near Edale, which was great because the countryside was beautiful and rolling yet civilisation was not too far away. We slept on the floor and cooked on a fire, so it was pretty much like camping, except we avoided the hassle of having to put up and take down tents. Asides from the cold, I think this is the perfect level of camping for me! We spent a lot of time exploring the local town of Castelton. We visited the two most popular caves – “Devils Arse” which is huge, and Speedwell which is an old (and very narrow!) lead mine. We also climbed Mam Tor and did a lot of eating out! If you plan on visiting the area, I highly recommend the Old Nags Head in Edale, it was large and cosy and the food was delicious.

Barbecuing veggie sausages!

Pretty shops in Castleton

James enjoying the view at the top of Mam Tor

The view from Mam Tor

Frisbee by the barn

The first night that we stayed at the barn we had a long lazy barbecue with lots of Henry Westons cider (which I felt in the morning.) Since graduating from uni and moving back home I miss my friends most when it’s a sunny afternoon and we would normally head to the nearest pub garden or park with a picnic blanket. I thoroughly enjoyed lots of long overdue picnic blanket times with my friends at the barn. On the last day, we swam in the heated outdoor lido in Hathersage. The view wasn’t quite as stunning as the Ilkely lido, but whoever thought of heating outdoor pools is a genius! We had sunshine (well, a lack of rain at least) for the whole three days which is pretty unheard of for Derbyshire – thank you camping gods!

Thanks for letting me share with you 🙂 I can’t wait for next year’s annual staycation, I’m putting in a vote for the Isle of Skye!

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Wild Ennerdale

This time a week and a day ago it was my 21st birthday! To celebrate, me and my friends spent the weekend in a camping barn next to Lake Ennerdale in the Lake District. It was so much fun, and Ennerdale is such an unspoilt, beautiful part of the country. It took half an hour (or at least it felt like it) just to drive down the lane to our barn. On Saturday, the weather was glorious! The sky was blue, the sun was out, and it wasn’t too windy. We spent the day swimming in a nearby lake (which was cold!) and in the evening we cooked our dinner around the fire pit. I took lots of pictures whilst we were away, and here are a few.

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Here’s the gang (minus me!)

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Look at how clear the water is! You could see right through to the bottom, it was beautiful.

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On Sunday the weather was not as nice. It was raining almost all day! We braved the harsh conditions nevertheless and walked around Lake Ennerdale. It took us 4 hours, including a soggy sandwich stop! It’s crazy how different my pictures look form one day to the next. Even though rain is nasty, it makes the scenery look so atmospheric.  Here are some pictures from Sunday.

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I couldn’t have hoped for a nicer birthday weekend! I would definitely reccomend a holiday in the lake district to anyone who has the chance to go.