Bamford edge Peak District

Now that our tiny home on wheels is complete we can finally set off on our first adventure in the van. Today I’m going to show you the most instagrammable spots in the Peak District.


Before heading to Europe, we needed to give the van a test run. We chose to visit the Peak District as its a place we both haven’t been to.


We felt so much excitement towards finally exploring our home country together as we have both been living abroad for many years since we met the other side of the world, but that’s a story for another blog post.

Mam Tor, Peak District


This is mam tor, our first stop in the Peak District. Best visited early in the morning.Its always a challenge walking up before the sun, especially when it’s a little chilly outside. There were a surprising amount of people at the top but it still felt peaceful.


I like to think that the sunrise doesn’t care if we watch it or not. It will keep on being beautiful, even if no-one bothers to look at it. But on this particular day, we chose to look at it. 


Bamford Edge, Peak District


This is my favourite spot in the Peak District, Jake did all of the planning for this part of the road trip so I dint know what to expect, this place is stunning. It wasn’t too busy with walkers but there were a lot of climbers exploring the impressive cliff face. 

If you know me you’ll know I love the edge, I love standing on it, it reminds me that we are so small and the world is so big. Maybe that’s why this place stayed with me. 

Winnats Pass, Peak District


On the way back to our favourite free camp spot we drove through Winnats Pass which we planned to visit for sunrise the next morning. So that’s what we did, and it didn’t disappoint. 

We walked up one of the hills beside the famous road. it didn’t talk very long to get to the top. The views were breathtaking with the early morning sun glistening on the dewy grass.

Having the whole of Winnats Pass to ourselves was surreal after seeing it so busy the afternoon before. 

Photo by @jakeadv

Thors Cave, Peak District


When we visited Thor’s cave it was during the middle part of the day during the summer holidays. It was really busy and we wish we had visited at sunrise as we did for everything else. It was still very impressive though.

If you follow the path around you’ll be able to climb over the top of the cave.


Chrome Hill, Peak District


If you’ve got some extra time, visit Chrome Hill. The views were wonderful and it wasn’t busy as its one of the lesser hiked trails. 

Photo by @jakeadv

Free Van Camping in the Peak District:


The Peak District is the perfect place to spend a week. During our time in this area, we camped at a free camp spot right at the base of Mam Tor. If you drive past Blue John Cavern and keep driving you’ll find this perfect little camp spot. We even had perfect 4g internet here so we could continue working online during the busy parts of the day after exploring during sunrise and sunset. 

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Hi! I am Beth Johnstone, a travel journalist and photographer.

I began travelling in 2014 with what I thought would be a short holiday. I’ve now been travelling around the world full time for five years, taking photographs, writing about the places I’ve been and immersing myself in new cultures.

I am passionate about capturing the whole experience not just with images, but with words too. My blog is a positive place where I welcome readers to learn about the best places to stay, along with tips and advice on long term travel.

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