Blaze Farm Camping Barn ( or Underbank Camping Barn ) is located on Blaze Farm, a sheep and dairy farm, with home made ice cream, on the western edge of the Peak District National Park. This lovely little barn overlooks the Wildboarclough Valley and is close to the stunning viewpoint on Shuttlingsloe Fell.
The camping barn has provided a simple base for walking, climbing, fell-running, and family escapes in this beautiful landscape for many years. First operated under YHA marketing and more lately as part of the Independent Hostels network.
Closed in August 2018, the camping barn is undergoing refurbishment. Included in these plans are hopes for a larger bunkhouse around the main farmyard of Blaze Farm. The new bunkhouse will be ideal for larger groups with a large social areas ideal for classroom/conference uses.
The original camping barn had a sleeping area is in two a-joining rooms upstairs, with the living area, shower room and kitchen downstairs. There was space to sleep 10 people on their own mattresses. The upstairs floors were wooden where camping mattresses and sleeping bags were required. Downstairs was a dining area with a table and benches, a shower room with toilet and a small kitchen with microwave, fridge, kettle and washing up facilities.
Outside there is a walled garden with stunning views over the fields up to Shuttlingsloe crag. There are stone benches surrounding a fire pit and space for a BBQ, making a wonderful space to enjoy an evening in this stunning landscape. In the daytime you can explore woodland nature, burbling streams and wild fells with stunning views, all within easy reach by foot.
Prices and How to Book
Exclusive use of the whole barn was available to book online.
Camping was available by arrangement for larger groups who are making a whole barn booking. There was a charge of £5 per person for camping and this had to be booked in advance, to allow arrangement for a camping field near the barn to be made available.
Shared use of the barn was be available in low season or close to the date of stay. Individuals and small groups were welcome to contact the farm and ask if the barn can be made available to book online for shared use with others. Shared use cost £10 per night per person. Sleeping space in the barn was shared until the full capacity of the barn is reached. Shared use bookings were not available to parties with children under the age of 16.
Electricity was metered. Please bring £1 coins. Electricity is used for lighting, microwave, hot water heater, shower and fan heater.
Young people under 18 had to be accompanied by an adult.
Well behaved Dogs were welcome with Whole Barn bookings. It was essential that Dogs were kept on a lead at all times and anot allowed to jump out of the walled garden of the camping barn. There are chickens in the garden next door and sheep and lambs in the fields around.
Keys were collected from Blaze Farm for a £20 deposit.
Facilities for the camping barn (now closed)
Toilets in same building: Yes
Electric lights: Yes
Hot Water: Yes
Shower in same building: Yes
Bunk Beds: No
Sleeping spaces: 10
Sleeping bags required: Yes
Camping mattresses required: Yes
Cooking Facilities: No (2 electric rings planned for future)
Cooking Utensils: No
Crockery and cutlery: No
Dish Washing Facilities: Yes
Heater: Yes (Small electric fan heater)
Enclosed Patio : Yes
Outdoor Fire pit :Yes
BBQ area: Yes
Camping facilities: Yes (with notice)
Dogs allowed: Yes (if well controlled)