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North Lees Campsite, Birley Lane, Hathersage, Derbyshire
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North Lees Campsite, Birley Lane, Hathersage, DerbyshireAn almost magical quietude emanates from North Lees, a somewhat idyllic Peak District National Park Authority campsite shielded within a grove of oak- and beech-lined woodland deep in the heart of Pride and Prejudice land.

Set across a few gently sloping fields, the site-has its very own babbling brook and you can see England's largest cliff- Stanage Edge - peeking over the top of the distant treeline.

'The Edge' stretches tor six miles and reaches a height of 25 metres in some places. If you're feeling dramatic, you can recreate the iconic shot from the 2005 film of Pride and Prejudice in which Keira Knightlcy's fast-witted Elizabeth Bennett stands atop The Edge, looking out over the swathes of Derbyshire. Of course, you'll have-to get up there first, and the vertical route isn't all that easy. Which is why the tall face of this cliff is a Mecca for climbers, who swarm to the area in peak season to ascend the boulder-strewn ridge that juts out of the ground.

But you don't have to be an expert climber to enjoy the area. It's popular with ramblers and runners, too, who come to absorb the patchwork quilt of colours, from verdant green to scorched brown fields, managed for the red grouse.

And though the Peak District draws in an incredible 45 million day-visitors a year, the atmosphere at North Lees, protected behind the walls of this secluded woodland, feels wonderfully private - to the point where you'll feel like you're among the only few people in the park.

COOL FACTOR A lovely woodland setting alive with the sounds ot the forest and close to The Edge.

WHO'S IN? Tents, groups, dogs (on leads) - yes. Campervans, caravans, unsupervised under-18s - no.

ON SITE There are onsite recycling facilities, hot showers, with male and female toilet blocks, a washing-up area, and a drying room. No campfires or BBQs.
OFF SITE Do some gliding lessons or a trial glide with the Derbyshire and Lancashire Gliding Club (01298 871270) at Camphill. Or head to Hathersage and splash around in the large heated outdoor pool (01433 650843).

FOOD AND DRINK The Scotsmans Pack (01433 650253) has a selection of microbrew ales and local fish and meat on its menu. The cafe (01433 651159) at the outdoor swimming pool in Hathersage has the earliest breakfast available in the area (starting from 8am), though Cintra's Tea Rooms (01433 651825) wins on the charm factor.The David Mellor cook shop and design museum in the Round Building (01433 650220) has an interesting cafe with a great terrace.

GETTING THERE Take the A6187 eastbound towards Hathersage. After about 2 miles, turn left up Jagger Lane and then left up Coggers Lane. Watch out for the Birley Lane turn-off about 2 miles on your right. North Lees is about 1 mile on the left.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT Get the train to Hathersage and it's approx. 1,5 miles to the campsite. Call in advance for detailed directions if you're walking, or take a taxi.

OPEN All year.

THE DAMAGE Adult £5 per night; child (6 to 14 years) £3, under-5s free; full-time student £4; car £2. Prices go up by £ 1 over Bank Holidays, but you'll get a 50p discount if you arrive on public transport.



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