Adventure mini breaks don’t need to be expensive. Stay at Alstonefield Camping Barn, in the heart of the magnificent Peak District.
Plan your activities from the comfort of your home. Then go away, fully prepared for a wonderful adventure mini break.
A mini break at Alstonefield Camping barn is an adventure on its own. It’s a unique experience. You stay in an iconic Derbyshire field barn, with thick stone walls, a log burner and rustic furniture. Surrounded by fields, cows and stunning views you are well away from neighbours and busy roads. Go to sleep accompanied by star-filled skies and wake to bird song. With no electricity you can experience the life of your ancestors. Spend pleasant evenings sharing stories in front of the fire, with candles burning. Bring all the equipment as if you were camping (mat, sleeping bag, cooking stove, utensils, torch etc) but just not your tent.
Your unique accommodation is just the start of your adventure. Alstonefield Camping Barn is within easy reach of so many things to do. The list below just scratches the surface of all that is available to keep you busy on your mini break.
Carsington Water and Visitor Centre (10 miles away) has enough to entertain all the family for a couple of full days. There is a circular 8 mile walk/cycle route around the reservoir and cycles can be hired on site. The 750 acre reservoir is well stocked with trout for fly fishing. Boats can be hired and tuition booked. The beautiful crystal clear water is also very popular with fans of watersports. You can book sessions sailing, windsurfing, paddle boarding or kayaking. If that isn’t enough to keep you busy, you’ll find a huge outdoor play area and a number of bird hides from which you can watch the wide variety of water birds that frequent the reservoir. With plenty of mowed grassland, picnic tables and a large indoor visitor centre with shops and cafes you will be spoilt for choice as to how best to spend your day there. Contact Carsington Sports and Leisure for booking details.
Rock climbing, abseiling, orienteering, gorge scrambling, caving sessions or adventure days can be organised for you by local adventure activity company, Acclimbatize.
If you fancy some horse riding on your mini break, Northfield Trekking Centre at Flash near Buxton ( 11 miles away) offers a range of trekking option for riders of all abilities (aged 8 upwards), including complete beginners.
Alstonefield Camping Barn is surrounded by spectacular walking. From the barn you can walk to and along number of magical Derbyshire dales, including the famous Dovedale. Walks from Alstonefield.
For high adrenaline activities of a different kind, Alton Towers theme park is just 12 miles away.
Alstonefield is also an easy 10 mile drive to the quaint market town of Ashbourne, with it’s many unusual shops, cafes and interesting Georgian architecture.
If you are looking for level, family friendly, off-road cycling or walking close by, Tissington Trail fits the bill. A disused railway has been converted into a multi-user trail with access points at the old stations. From Alstonefield the nearest access point is at Alsop Station just 3.5 miles away. There’s cycle hire on the trail at Parsley Hay (6 miles) or Mappleton (9miles). For your second day of easy cycling the Manifold Trail starts just 4 miles away at Hulme End. In fact you will be spoilt for choice of cycle routes all around Alstonefield
Is it any surprise that this gem of a camping barn gets booked up really quickly.