Stair-rod rain for Chelmorton camp meet as steamy campers warm around a giant bonfire fuelled by the big wind
A fire so big it looked like the moon was dancing in the field!
Red fire buckets adorned Primitive Meadows field in a hideaway campsite in the very heart of Chelmorton village, eleven hundred feet above sea level in the heart of the Peak District.
Bad luck with a rain-lashed weekend did not stop campers forming circle around a mighty bonfire set for the Derbyshire meet.
The National Camping and Caravan Club-meet at Chelmorton arrived Friday April 26th; the Sheffield DA had soft grey cloud for pitching.
Caravans, camper-vans and tents. More than twenty units and over seventy campers. The sizzler sausage special meet included a Saturday evening giant bonfire with sizzling sausage tasting.
Buxton Fire Brigade on notice for no surprises, the bonfire was a giant.
But Saturday was stair-rod rain. Using a bucket of old engine oil the flames beat the stair-rods for a mighty monster of flames in the field.
Holiday cottages, campers and some villages weathered the stair-rod storm to make a circle around the giant blaze of Camping Club Bonfire.
Campers got out of the rain and enjoyed visits to Pooles Cavern for the Spa Water story, Bakewell for pudding and Hartington for local cheese with some making trips to Chatsworth.
Heavy Saturday rain hits Chelmorton campers
Camp meet bonfire takes hold at 8pm between the rain showers
Embers of Chelmorton camp bonfire last into the small hours of camp weekend