Add some adventure to your camping holiday in the snug simplicity of a Peak District Yurt or Peak District Pod surrounded by the beautiful scenery of the Peak District National Park.
What is a Yurt?
Yurts were used as mobile homes by nomadic tribesmen in Asia. They comprise a light, easily-assembled timber frame covered by felt and animal skins providing a large, circular living space with full headroom throughout.
At Rivendale, our 16' diameter Yurt has been hand-made by a local craftsman with a peeled timber lattice frame providing full headroom over most of its area with the strength to resist the winter weather over 1000 feet above sea level on the side of a mountain.
Due to a shortage of Yaks and Ibex in the Peak District, we have substituted the felt and animal skins with a heavy, flame-retardant canvas and an apex of clear plastic – so you can admire the stars from the comfort of the rugs inside. The apex can be folded back like a sun-roof for better ventilation on hot days.
A traditional wood-burning stove supplied with well-seasoned timber inside the Canvas Yurts provides warmth and somewhere to cook and boil a kettle with near full head-room throughout.
Currently we have two Canvas Yurts on site. The smaller Canvas Yurt can accommodate up to 6 adults (or 4 adults and 4 children), whilst the larger Yurt can sleep up to 8 Adults - depending upon the use of beds, camp/air beds or mats. Dogs are also permitted for an extra charge.
It is provided with a supply of seasoned firewood which should last you for your first evening and additional wood can be purchased from our shop. In fine weather a fire pit with grill and seasoned timber may be used outside the Yurt for cooking or barbeques.
We recommend clients bring their own camping stoves to supplement the wood stove which can take time to heat up, as well as sleeping bags, plates and cutlery etc. Although rugs are provided in the canvas yurt we also recommend bringing your own camping or air bed.
Traditional Canvas Yurt
|Canvas Yurt - Shire (with log burning fire)
||Up to 8 Adults
|£80/Night (Supply of logs included for 1st night)
|Canvas Yurt - Hillside (with log burning fire)
||Up to 6 Adults
|£70/Night (Supply of logs included for 1st night)
Check out time for guests staying in our Canvas Yurts is 10:30am on the day of departure - this time can be negotiated according to availability, but time is required for cleaning staff to prepare your Yurt for the next guest to arrive.
Our timber Yurts sited at Rivendale are wooden hexagonal or octagonal Yurts and, like the Camping Pods are ideal in cold and wet weather. The timber Yurts are available in 3 sizes, but all include some form of wood-burning stove or range, with power, lighting and an electric heater as a backup.
Small Timber Yurt
The small timber Yurt is recommended for up to a maximum of 3 adults or 2 adults with smaller children, timber or briquettes for the wood-burner is available from our shop. There are no beds in the small timber yurt.
Mid-sized Timber Yurt
The mid-sized timber Yurt is approximately 14 sq metres in area and has two pairs of bunk beds with mattresses to accommodate 4 persons - a double air bed/camp bed can be accommodated between the bunks to accommodate up to a total of 6 people. A timber deck is provided outside.
Large Timber Yurt
The large timber Yurt comprises an entrance annexe with storage for boots, coats and other gear, a main living area with four bunk beds with mattresses, table, benches, power, lighting and a wood-fired range with multiple hot-plates and oven. A separate annexe offers space for a double air bed with a timber deck spanning between the annexes outside. This Yurt offers accommodation for up to 8 people and is supplied with logs for the first night.
Large Timber Yurt With Bed
A beautiful new large timber Yurt with a double bed and bunks for £90 a night! Includes logs for the first night and linen on a double divan bed and two single bunk beds.
Dogs can come too!
Dogs are permitted in our Canvas Yurts, Timber Yurts and most Camping Pods at an extra cost of £2 per night per dog.
|Cost Per Night
|Max Recommended Occupancy
|Small Timber Yurt
|Mid-Sized Timber Yurt
|Large Timber Yurt With Range*
||Yes and range
|For the first night
|Large Timber Yurt With Bed
||2 + double bed
||For the first night
|Extra Charge Per Dog Per Night
Check out time for guests staying in our Timber Yurts is 10:30am on the day of departure - this time can be negotiated according to availability, but time is required for cleaning staff to prepare your Yurt for the next guest to arrive.
Depending on the season, Peak District Yurts may be sited on wide ledges on the eastern hillside at Rivendale with panoramic views overlooking Eaton and Alsop Dales. Alternatively, they may be located near the pond within the main pitching area – with a shorter walk to the amenity building.
Camping pods are tent shaped, insulated timber huts with light, heaters and 16 amp power outlet and have proved to be comfortable during even the coldest weather! They are the ideal replacement for your tent, particularly in the winter:- Camping Pods are already set up and ready to go when you arrive, completely weather proof so you're no longer having to deal with muddy ground sheets and wet fabrics. Pods are lockable and, being built from solid timber, are much more secure.
We currently have 5 family camping pods and 5 standard camping pods, with 7 of these being dog friendly (dogs are an extra charge £2/night). The camping pods are in 2 different locations; we have 4 on our main pitching area and 6 in a more secluded area for those who want to get away and enjoy the peace and quiet. At Rivendale, camping pods come in two sizes, our family camping pods can accommodate up to 4 adults (or 2 adults and 3 children) and our smaller classic camping pods can sleep up to 3 adults (or 2 adults and 2 children).
As with our timber yurts, clients need to bring all the equipment they need for camping, minus the tent! You can hire a family camping pod at a cost of £50 per night and the classic camping pods for £40 per night, inclusive of all people & electricity, and with access to our heated shower and toilet building. The cost of a pod is very favourable when used to their full potential - for example, a Family Pod can work out as low as £12.50 per person per night.
|Family Camping Pod
||Sleeps up to 4 Adults
£50/Night Inclusive of all peoples
|Standard Camping Pod
||Sleeps up to 2 Adults and 2 Children
£40/Night Inclusive of all peoples
Check out time for guests staying in at pod is 10:30am on the day of departure - this time can be negotiated according to availability, but time is required for cleaning staff to prepare your Pod for the next guest to arrive. PLEASE NOTE: THERE ARE NO BEDS IN THE SMALL TIMBER YURTS OR ANY OF OUR CAMPING PODS.
Scandinavian Hot Tubs
Traditional Scandinavian Hot Tubs accommodating up to six people are available for hire by the evening and are a great way to ease aching muscles after a long walk or bike ride. These are fired by wood waste from timber prunings at Rivendale and are therefore CARBON NEUTRAL, so you can enjoy a relaxing soak and feel smug about saving the planet.
The Scandinavian Hot Tub is pre-bookable at an additional cost of £80/an evening - this includes private rental of the hot tub on your pitch for the entire day & a full supply of logs. (must be pre-booked and can only be placed in certain areas not available on all pitches - please enquire at time of booking)