Been a bit late coming this reminder/post – but here goes…
All is on schedule and remember this is an informal event – there are no strict rules as to the itinerary. Turn up at whichever time suits, pay upon arrival for your 2 night stay (there’s a sign informing you where) and head onto the field to park and pitch your tent.
There are toilets, shower and cleaning facilities available – something I may have forgotten to mention in my original post HERE.
The site is tucked away from the nearby road and is only a 5 minute walk to the Stables Bar by Monsal Head. The pub itself is quite small, but there is a large beer garden with shelter too. The hotel adjacent to this licensed establishment has a bar if things get too busy – but this is more of a restaurant.
Both serve decent pub grub if you should so require to fill your belly.
We’ll have some interesting gear on show for those who are keen on getting into backpacking and the like – some of which is new to the current market. Some of you sociable outdoors bloggers will be lugging some kit along for those who are curious to see such things in the flesh – but more importantly we’ll all be mingling and talking about all things outdoors and hiking with a home on your back.
Of course, there’ll be some friendly faces from a couple of gear companies/retailers to approach and have a chat with – such introductions will be informal and part of the general sociable atmosphere.
There’s the nearby ancient hill fort of Fin Cop which sits above the enchanting Hobs House landslide in Monsal Dale – both places worth a visit offering lovely scenery, history and geology. There’s some amazing fossils to be found at Hobs House, for example and a couple of caves too.
Longstone Edge and it’s adjacent moors offer good walking with sublime White Peak scenes to devour and my favourite Wardlow Haycop is not too far away either. This hill providing you with no crowds, beautiful flowers and a great view of Cressbrook Dale below and Peters Stone.
And obviously there is the fantastic Monsal Trail to cycle or plod along too. The trail is a good one – one of the best in fact in my opinion. But if you don’t fancy the crowds on the track, there are high level routes above the dale where you’ll likely only encounter a few discerning walkers from time to time.