by Tom Walsh
Walkers, climbers and cyclists visiting the Peak District will soon have two more options to camp down for the night.
Planners have approved two new camping and caravanning sites in the area with the first being a catered facility situated at Hazel Barrow Farm, Upper Hulme, in the Staffordshire Moorlands. It sits not too far from The Roaches, popular with outdoor enthusiasts.
The site will be able to accommodate 13 tent pitches but will be closed during the spring and summer bird nesting season to protect the wildlife.
Officials also gave the green light to a second application for camping and caravanning at a pub close to the Pennine Bridleway and High Peak Trail.
Ten caravan pitches and 30 tent pitches will be made available at the Bull i’th’ Thorn pub, next to the A515 Buxton to Ashbourne road.
Councillor Lesley Roberts, chair of the planning committee, said: “In approving both developments we have put in place conditions that address local people’s concerns and that on balance will improve these sites in the national park landscape.”
It is hoped that the decision will bring more visitors to the area.