Wild Camps 2020

Bolehill Quarry

My daughter Lesley joined me on this trip, it had been well over a year since she had been out for a wild camp.  Having a baby and being a busy home educator mum has kept her well and truly occupied!  My son-in-law took on the household duties for a night to give her the opportunity to get out and spend some time with her dad.

The weather forecast was grim, we had the remnants of Storm Dennis hanging on so we decided to play it safe for this one and go local.

I’ve walked around the area of Bolehill Quarry a few times, I’ve also camped over in nearby Lawrencefield to so I know the area pretty darn well.

We parked down at Grindleford station and took a steady walk up.  With no actual spot in mind we were going to have a wander until we found somewhere suitable.  Much of the ground up on top was pretty boggy and wet, not surprising as we had endured days and days of rain.  We finally found a nice pitch overlooking the Derwent Valley towards Hathersage.  I cracked on with putting up the tents whilst Lesley went to find some water.

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Once again I opted to go with my Snugpag Journey Duo.  It served me so well on the last trip out on top of a very windy High Cup Nick and as the conditions at Bolehill were wet and windy I decided to go with it.  I do believe this will be my go to tent now, particularly when the weather isn’t playing ball.

Lesley made use of my Vango Banshee 200 Pro which to be fair, handled the windy conditions really well.

We quickly got set up just before a weather front came in which pretty much confined us to our tents, so after a couple of hours chatting and a couple of shots of single malt it was time to put some dinner on.

I was trying out the Trangia 27 cookset for the first time.  Recently I have got a bit fed up of the food I take out when I am wild camping. I thought I would move to cooking properly as opposed to boiling up some water and pouring it in a bag of dehydrated food.  I do enjoy cooking at home so whats stopping me doing it when wild camping?  for this trip I cooked up some currywurst sausage with onions and potatoes and it was absolutely gorgeous.  It took time to prepare and cook but I really enjoyed doing it. It kept me occupied as the rain pounded my tent, it tasted great and was easy to do.  The Trangia 27 cost me £39 for the whole cookset (less kettle which was £13) after I did a price match in Go Outdoors.  I will be doing a review of it soon so keep an eye out for that but after first use I do believe I am a convert.  I love it.  Here I am making a quick brew!

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After dinner we talked more and drank a bit more single malt, I did a bit of Vlogging for my YouTube channel, I have never Vlogged before so was a bit uneasy doing it but my video seems pretty popular so I think I will do it next time I go out.

I had a reasonable nights sleep but I did get pain in my hips which has never happened before I put it down to my old bones and the damp conditions.

The next morning we made a quick brew, packed everything away and made our way over to Padley Gorge and  wandered back to the car, it would have been nice to spend a bit more time up there but Lesley had to get back, she’s a busy mum with a young family and had stuff to do.

I did manage to take a few photos on the way back to the car, here’s a couple:

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Couldn’t resist a waterfall shot:

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As always if you want to know more about the location or anything else, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Here is a link to my first Vlog!!