Camping at Standedge on Pennine Way
Q. We are walking the Pennine Way in August and need to locate a campsite very near Standedge.
Globe Farm is no longer taking campers and they couldn't/wouldn't recommend anyone.
Anyone have any suggestions???
Graeme Reay, Cranbrook
A. We have a motor home and camped at the Carraige House. They were very helpful. There was room for tents and the site had full facilities. The pub had nice grub both bar food and Turkish. As we were walking the Pennine Way using a motor home as our accomodation (and we booked no where!) getting to and from the walks each day can be expensive with taxi's etc. The owners of this site, even though very busy, helped us both days with transport. Brilliant place.
Diana Illingworth, Cardigan
A. Hi, there are 2 places you can camp at Standedge.
Come off the Pennine Way at Standedge, turn right on the main A62 road about 1 mile is the Great Western "pub". You can camp round the back providing you have a drink or pay a few quid but I had a meal and a pint.
The prices are reasonable the people really nice. They put the money for the camping into the Mountain Rescue box.
The other pub, called the Carriage House does camping food etc . . .but I have not been.
PS. Only problem is they [are] shut Mondays.
David Mellor, Glossop
A. Will be walking Pennine Way in May/June, camping all the way ... The only concern was Standedge so have just reccied the area. Great Western Inn Approx 500 yds off route: Allows camping in back garden and use of washing/toilet facilities during opening hours. This is free but donation to Air Ambulance would be appreciated. The Carriage House (Inn). Approx 500 yds past Great Western: Proper campsite with shower/toilet block.
George Brownhill, Derby
A. The pub in standedge cutting is the Great Western they allow camping behind the pub but no facilities
John Piggon, Market Bosworth
A. There's a pub on the Yorkshire side of Standedge cutting which allows camping 'round the back' for a couple of quid. I can't remember the name of the pub, unfortunately, but its next to a sailing club and the food and beer are very good!
There's also pitches just short of Standedge near a reservoir, or just short of the M62, to the East of the trail. The main problem around here is that most water supplies are polluted with iron oxides and are various shades of orange/red.
Springs of clear water are often found low down the sides of gills or gullies.
Mike Knipe, Crook
A. Wild Camping and The Law in England, Scotland and Wales.
Tents cannot be pitched just anywhere because every piece of Britain is owned by some individual or some organisation and according to the strict letter of the law permission must be obtained prior to pitching tent and camping.
In practice however, this is often impractical and wild camping is usually tolerated in the more remote areas - typically, more than half a day's walk from an official campsite or other accommodation providing you:
- Keep groups small
- Camp as unobtrusively as possible
- Leave camp as you found it
- Remove all litter (even other people's)
- Carry out everything you carried in
- Carry out tampons and sanitary towels (burying them doesn't work as animals dig them up again)
- Choose a dry pitch rather than digging drainage ditches around a tent or moving boulders
- Toilet duties should be performed 30m (100ft) from water and the results buried using a trowel
- At all time, help preserve the environment
- And if you are in any doubt about what you're doing, find out more
In Scotland, the current access legislation (which came into effect in early 2005) is explicit about your right to wild camp on hill land. However, there are exceptions. Since March 2011 you are not permitted to wild camp between Dryman and Rowardennan on the shore of Loch Lomond. See Loch Lomond Wild Camping Ban for more information.
There appears to be an exception to this with respect to camping in Dartmoor National Park where the right to wild camping is actually enshrined in the National Parks & Access to the Countryside Act, 1949 amendment Dartmoor Commons Act, 1985 - see Wild Camping in the UK for more details.
For the definitive answer with respect to wild camping in Scotland see the answer supplied by the Scottish Natural Heritage
For a few (tongue in cheek) tips on wild camping see Some Wild Camping Tips.
NB. go4awalk.com cannot offer any advice on suitable locations for wild camping - but click here for walks from exisiting campsites.
Hope this helps