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Upper Booth Farm, Upper Booth, nr Edale, Hope Valley, Derbyshire
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Upper Booth Farm, Upper Booth, nr Edale, Hope Valley, DerbyshireWhat can you do when crowds of people - all total strangers - insist on traipsing through your garden? Of course, this isn't your average garden, but 970 acres of prime Derbyshire farmland in one of the most renowned valleys in the Peak District. It's also home to Robert and Sarah Helliwell, National Trust tenants and lifelong farmers. For the transient visitors, however, it's something else entirely - the main thoroughfare of the Pennine Way.

As their first port of call after the Kinder Scout Plateau, walkers are always stopping at Upper Booth Farm in need of plasters or refreshments. But the most useful service the farm provides is a place to crash for the night. The backdrop to the camping at Upper Booth is spectacular. It's genuinely 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 is a larger, undulating area of grass, open to expansive 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.

Upper Booth Farm, Upper Booth, nr Edale, Hope Valley, Derbyshire


COOL FACTOR Panoramic Peak District views from this walkers' dream of a site.

WHO'S IN? Tents, small campervans, dogs - yes. Caravans, large motorhomes, unsupervised under-18s, big groups - no.

ON SITE Unmarked pitches across 2 fields.Toilets, shower, and washing-up facilities. Essentials like milk and fresh eggs are sold at the house. No campfires; BBQs off ground okay.

OFF SITE 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.

FOOD AND DRINK Pre-order one of the farm's 'Hampers for Campers', full of zero-food-miles local produce. The National Trust's Penny Pot Cafe (01433 670293) in Edale is a lovely place for a spot of tea.

GETTING THERE Upper Booth Farm is a mile from Edale in the Hope Valley. 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.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT Edale train station is less than 2 miles from the site. Bus no. 260 from the station to Castleton will take you to Barber Booth - about a mile from the site.

OPEN February-November.

THE DAMAGE Adult £4 a night; child (under-12) £3; car £2.



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