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Camping in Buxton

Aug 2019 we came to Buxton in the Peak district in Derbyshire UK to test out our new Swift basecamp caravan and awning tent. We bought the caravan from Lowdhams leisure in Sheffield, their customer service was fantastic so we would highly recommend if you are looking for a new caravan or camper..

Staying at a lovely campsite at Grin Low nature reserve, we brought the basecamp to practice using all the equipment. We also bought the Vango awning so needed to figure how to set up the the tent.

The Grin low campsite is a lovely, well equipped Caravan and Moterhome club site nestled in an old disused limestone quarry. It was barmy winds when we stayed but I think being in the quarry actually sheltered us a little.

Grinlow caravan park Buxton

The campsite looks to have been recently renovated and boasts fabulous facilities in a new block, housing showers, washing up room and waste management facilities. All of which seemed thoroughly clean which is fab news as we’re fairly novice and dread what we might find in these situations.

The site also boasts a well stocked little shop and cute settings around the site like these bug houses.

Grinlow caravan park bug house
Grinlow caravan park Bug house

The location of the campsite is really nice, easy to find, very organised check in process, informed advice and they allowed us to choose our own pitch, not sure whether that is normal or because it was a quiet time but it was still a pleasant suprise.

Once set up and settled in we spent just 2 nights and although we didn’t even make it into Buxton center we did take a nature walk over to Solomon’s tower next door with fantastic views and an unusual landscape, great to let kids or dogs run free.

Solomons tower Buxton
Grinlow forest

Following the nature trail through Grinlow woods we paid a visit to Pooles Cavern and took an interesting guided tour of the caves. Pooles is a historic limestone cave with visible signs of use dating back thousands of years. The tour was informative, reasonably priced and the guide had a good sense of humour which made it a fun experience.

Pooles cavern Buxton
Pooles Cavern Buxton

Our trip was primarily to test out our caravan so it was a short trip but we made lots of notes for future trips. It became obvious that after all the setting up, we would ideally stay 3 nights or more as it’s quite tiring setting up and packing down the equipment. I think a 5 night trip next will give us the chill out time we’re really looking for.

The kids have been heavily involved in the planning and set up of this trip which they have really enjoyed and I think these new adventures will play a big part in our Home education in the future.

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