Fresh from 8 nights camping in a tent at Camp Bestival and then Dorset we managed one night in our own beds (and multiple wash loads later) before heading out the next day for a little camping treat with Millets in at Gradbach Scout Camp in the glorious Peak District.
Recreating a cosy feeling of home in your tent definitely makes camping more enjoyable and comfortable. There are so many gadgets that you can now get for camping that the struggle will be fitting them all in your car! We were challenged by Millets to show how we made our camping experience a home from home here.
The campsite and our fellow campers
Gradbach Scout Canp is a secret hideaway amongst glorious scenery that makes you feel a million miles from anywhere. We were pitched in the valley next to a stream (which the boys were straight in!) and surrounded by woodlands and walks ripe for exploring. Perfect for an adventure with friends!
The site has toilets, showers and washing up facilities located near the car park. This was around a ten minute uphill walk for us so visits had to be planned!
The Millets team; Jack, Charlotte and Rhiannon (plus Jim – Jack’s brother) greeted us and helped us get settled. We met the other bloggers who were there- Colette, Penny and Lauren and their families then tucked into a BBQ and got to know each other. The kids joined in with a spot of cooking before we retired to our tents for some chilling out and ghost stories!
What did we do?
Met the Buxton Mountain Rescue team
The first morning we were joined by the Buxton Mountain Rescue team. This was very excited for our children who are huge fans of any kind of emergency rescue type programme.
First up was an introduction to the kit!
All of the mountain rescue team are volunteers, many have an interest in walking or climbing and this is a hobby they enjoy doing. They rely on donations to keep their great work going and most of their time is spent fundraising and raising awareness of their role in the community. The money is needed to ensure they have the best equipment for the job and get high quality training for the team to make sure they are prepared for all eventualities.
Next we had the absolute pleasure of meeting Bob, a mountain rescue dog and a total babe! His handler and owner, Mick, demonstrated how he finds the scent of someone and barks to let him know when he has struck gold! The kids loved playing with the lovely natured Bob.
The JD Foundation, who own Millets, has agreed to help fund the umbrella body for Mountain Rescue rescuers for the next three years with a £200,000 cash boost that has come from the carrier bag charge scheme in JD Sports Fashion stores. They are also have future projects planned including designing specialist clothing with the Mountain Rescue England and Wales logo on it. Fantastic to see a company taking responsibility and care of its customers and the community!
Walk to Lud’s Church
The other beauty of our campsite location is all of the amazing walks you can do from the site. Led by Jim we took a walk up into the the woodlands. It was a bit of a magical mystery trip but eventually we arrived at our destination – Lud’s Church a natural chasm wreathed in myth and legend.
We walked for around three miles and the terrain was muddy but out walking Boots provided the perfect grip and were lightweight and sturdy. It was another fab bonding experience just to walk and talk and enjoy the stunning scenery.
Cooking fun with Coleman’s
After a busy morning and energising walk we were well ready for dinner!
Coleman’s had set up some of their camping stoves for us to rustle up our favourite Spaghetti bolognaise and Chilli and Rice (with veggie options).
The gas stove consist of two hobs and a grill and were really sturdy. Colemans stoves are a quality brand and perfect for camping and cooking in the outdoors.
We also managed to make a Cheesy Garlic Bread using sliced bread toasted on one side then topped with crushed garlic mixed into butter and topped with cheese. Apparently this was “the best garic bread ever tasted!”. Definitely home from home!
Coleman’s then held a little cookery challenge where we had to make a fruit crumble and custard in our family groups.
Our group were given rhubarb – yum yum! We split up the jobs – I chopped up the rhubarb and cooked it with sugar and water whilst the boys made the crumble.
It all tasted delicious and we sat around the communal table and chatted about what fun we had had that day!
After such a busy day we all felt into our sleeping bags tired but happy and full of loads of great memories of a brilliant day!
The next day was home time and we packed up our tents and said farewell to our lovely friends after sharing such amazing times.
Huge thank you to Jack, Charlotte, Rhi and Jim!