Half Term Fun!

Bakewell Town

This October half-term we decided to pack the wellies and waterproofs and head for a few days in the Peak District. We intended to explore a little of the area before taking the kids on a Halloween treat to Alton Towers for their annual ScareFest.

We chose a campsite that was perfectly situated for exploring the Peak District and not too far from the Alton Towers Resort. For us we like to try and choose sites that have a play area and a well maintained toilet block (this one had underfloor heating!) and Beech Croft Farm  did not disappoint. Our kids were up and out first thing flying on the zip wire giving us a much coveted extra half hour in bed.

Beech Croft Farm is right on the Monsal Trail, a 20km path on the former Midland Railway line from Blackwell Mill to Bakewell.  For most of the route it follows the River Wye and has some spectacular scenery, wildlife and rail heritage to take in. We took our bikes and cycled from the campsite all the way to Bakewell. If you haven’t got bikes then there are a few places where you can hire them for the day including Peak Blackwell Cycle Hire.  Once in Bakewell we took a wander around the market, taking in the Wye Bridge famous for its Love Locks.

No trip to Bakewell would be complete without sampling a Bakewell Pudding (different to a tart but exceedingly good). There are several places selling them but we got ours from The Original Bakewell Pudding Shop, where puddings are still made and sold in the 17th century building.

The next day we took a trip to Buxton, England’s highest Spa Town, famous for its Buxton Water. Whilst a trip to one of the Spa’s would have undoubtedly been a relaxing experience, with kids in tow we decided instead to visit the towns underground caves at Pooles Cavern  . With an interesting history to them they were a great family attraction, capturing the attention of our 5 and 9 year old who loved being underground.

The final 2 days of our trip were spent at Alton Towers. This place never disappoints. Even with the social distancing restrictions there was a great atmosphere to the park, which really comes into its own at Halloween. The Alton Towers app means you can plan your rides around the queue times and CBeebies world was perfect for our youngest who loved going on the Octonauts “rollercoaster”.

All in all we had a great trip away and being in van with heating means that camping trips are something you can entertain in the half term holidays, when a tent would really only be for those hardy enough to brave the weather!

Steve.

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