Thornbridge Outdoors, Great Longstone, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1NY
Thornbridge Outdoors offers excellent flexible group accommodation for family and friends’ gatherings. In a fantastic location in the heart of the Peak District, Thornbridge Outdoors is a perfect base to access the wonderfully diverse countryside and interesting towns/villages of the Peak District. The Monsal Trail is accessible from the grounds; popular with walkers and cyclists, a flat, traffic free route of 8.5 miles between Bakewell & Blackwell Mill near Buxton. The gritstone edges of Froggatt and Stanage are within easy reach. The Lodge, Farm House and Woodlands buildings sleep 38, 38 and 10 people respectively and are self contained, each having its own kitchen and dining/lounge area. The Woodlands and the Lodge are both all on one level and have disabled toilet/shower room, making them suitable for wheelchair users. Woodlands also has other accessible features such as hoists and a single profiling bed. The Farm House, a Grade 2 listed 19th century building is characterful with some quirky shaped rooms in the attached roundhouse. The campsite & teepees can be booked along with the Base Camp building that contains toilets, showers, kitchen and dining room. Outdoor activities led by qualified instructors can be provided both onsite and offsite. Additional meeting spaces can be hired with the accommodationThis accommodation is featured on our map of the Peak District and here is its own website.
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86 + camping: Lodge 38: 4×5, 4×3, 1×6. Farm House 38: 2×8, 2×6, 1×5, 1×3, 1×2. Woodlands 10: 1×5, 1×4 1×1. Tipis & camping 45: 9 x 4/5.
All year. All day.
Weekend breaks from £360 (Woodlands), £1,056 (Farm House), £1,320 (Lodge). Ask for activity and additional meeting space costs.
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Between Great Longstone and Ashford in the Water on Longstone Ln
Buses from Bakewell. Trains at Grindleford (7 miles).
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…comfortable accommodation and a whole range of activities ..
I’ve often cycled past Thornbridge Hall, near Bakewell, home of Thornbridge Outdoors, and thought it looked super. My family and I have cycled the rewarding Monsal Trail (one of those old-railway-lines-turned-into-cycleways) many times. It’s a lovely 8 mile easy run up to Blackwell Mill with an ice cream at Miller’s Dale. There’s an old railway station where we sometimes sit to catch our breath, Thornbridge is just there.
There’s the gorgeous old hall itself, spreading its wings wide like paternal protective arms, and the old Farm House as well as the newly built Woodlands and the thoroughly modern Lodge. These last three are the residential bases of Thornbridge outdoor and you can hire some or all of them for your group. Woodlands and Lodge offer fully accessible wheelchair accommodation.
The bread and butter of Thornbridge is big groups using it as a base for courses: School groups tasting adventure; Young people on Duke Of Edinburgh’s awards; Adult outdoor groups; corporate activities. Accredited and informal training is offered including climbing, canoeing, mountain biking – many of which include qualifications and certification.
Of course we’re right in the Peak District here, so as well as the Monsal Trail, you’ve got easy access to the ‘edges’ of Froggat and Stanage; all the wonderful walking and cycling; and some great cave systems too.
If you’re looking for a base for group activities, Thornbridge Outdoor have modern, professional and comfortable accommodation and a whole range of activities on offer.
Accessible from the grounds of Thornbridge Outdoors
The Monsal Trail is accessible from the our grounds and is very popular with walkers and cyclists as it is a flat traffic free route that travels 8.5 miles between Bakewell & Blackwell Mill near Buxton. Groups that stay here can bring their own bike and explore the local area or hire an instructor to lead a bike ride. Alternatively you can ride down the Monsal Trail with one of our instructors and then abseil off the bridge! Popular with visiting groups is to walk down the Monsal Trail to the Hassop Station cafe, enjoy a drink and some food and walk back. We can offer other activities on and off-site, please check link for more details.
The new building “Woodlands” is now open for bookings
The Thornbridge Centre in the Peak District have just opened a new building , Woodlands, which caters for groups which include those with additional needs. It stand in mature woodland and has rural views. Sleeping up to 10 people in two rooms with a large flexible main room which can be a living and dining room, a bedroom, or a meeting room for up to 12 people. There are kitchen facilities, an enclosed decking and patio area with seating and 50” wall mounted TV, Blu-ray player. The building has a sustainable build with natural materials, excellent insulation, ground source heat and a water catchment system for watering the garden.