Before having children my husband and I would love nothing more than getting down and dirty in a tent for the weekend. Having two children gives that phrase a whole different meaning however and usually includes a LOT of baby wipes!
Playing in the tent
After an extensive trawl on mumsnet and cool camping I discovered Lime Tree Park, a lovely family friendly campsite on the outskirts of Buxton that along with activities and attractions in the local area, also has a playground and farm shop onsite.
We drove into the town for tea on our first night although it was close enough to walk.
Just a tip - arrive early so that you get a flat pitch.
On the site
On Saturday we went and cycled the Monsal Trail. We'd decided to take our own bikes with bike seats this time but if we did it again we'd most likely use this cycle hire shop. The trail itself is brilliant. Parts of the disused railway line were made accessible to the public in 1981, however in 2011 the tunnels were fully opened meaning you can cycle, traffic free, for 10 miles. Our three year old loved counting the tunnels and singing at the top of her voice through them. The one year old slept for most of the way!
On the bike
We decided not to go as far as Bakewell and stopped for lunch at Hassop Station - an absolutely lovely tea room with a gift shop and an ice cream counter. Outside their is a great train inspired playground. What more could you ask for!
The Blackwell to Hassop route is approximately 6.5 miles and with lunch and a run around, the whole day took us about 4 hours. It was a really lovely way to see the countryside all whilst keeping the kids happy and entertained along the way. For little ones, the child bike seats were ideal, but it would be manageable for older children to cycle on their own bike.
On the way home we found an amazing pub with a play area for Sunday lunch; The Wheatsheaf in Baslow. Unfortunately the pub doesn't take bookings but has busy Sunday lunch service nailed. The outdoor area is perfect for families and the staff were not phased by our large group of grubby children. Bonus!