The future of Peak campsite is safeguarded

camping at North Lees
camping at North Lees

The future of a popular Peak District National Park–owned campsite has been safeguarded.

The North Lees campsite, close to Stanage Edge, is to be refurbished to ensure that people can continue to enjoy and appreciate its unique qualities.

Members of the national park’s audit, resources and performance committee on Friday committed to continue to manage the campsite and invest up to £60,000 to improve facilities for visitors to the North Lees estate.

The campsite has been owned by the national park since 1976 and currently has 60 pitches. New showers, improved toilets, the use of environmentally–friendly technologies, an online booking system, possibly four camping pods, and using the site as a visitor hub, are among the improvements campers can expect to enjoy.

Committee chairman, Councillor Andrew McCloy said: “We are as passionate about Stanage and the North Lees estate as local communities and user groups are, but we have had to review all our properties to manage the 30 per cent reduction in budget we were dealt by public sector funding cuts. We carefully considered a number of options for running the campsite and concluded that it is in everyone’s interest that we continue to manage it as an integral part of the North Lees estate.”

The work will now be taken forward by the North Lees manager, Rebekah Newman.

Representatives from the British Mountaineering Council (BMC), Stanage Forum and several residents spoke at the meeting in support of the campsite being invested in.

Hope Valley resident Jean Hodgkinson said: “It is absolutely essential this campsite continues to be provided as part of the economy not just of the national park, or the North Lees estate, but also of the nearby village of Hathersage.”