Sheffield DA camp meet at Chelmorton

Sheffield DA Chairman Ian Bonfield thanked the village of Chelmorton for the most friendly welcome in the heart of the Peak District. Ian had walked Main Street, a linear single road village, enjoyed the stone phone box, the village pound, Illy Willy water and the troughs, he had visited the Church Inn pub and taken in the golden locust above the spire of St Johns church.  The DA meet in the Derbyshire heartland with a newly mown field that was flat as a pancake had been hosted under a double rainbow and a full moon with the highest bonfire in Derbyshire on Saturday June 10th.


Sheffield DA included guests from Trent DA and East Midlands BCC. Caravans, tents, motorhomes and even a trailer tent arrived for the June meet in Chelmorton. A great success with a big turnout and a bonfire that lasted until midnight. Campers had travelled from Derby, Leeds, Doncaster, Sheffield, Dronfield & Nottingham and formed a circle for the midnight bonfire vigil.

Events for the weekend in Chelmorton included meadow walks in the long grass through a cut track to be at the centre of nature. Youngsters were catered for with a tuck shop for the Saturday flag ceremony. There was a  giant rainbow, bats in the night, a full moon and even a double rainbow in the highest meet in Derbyshire.

Best pork sausages provided by the local farmer were enjoyed around a huge bonfire on the Saturday evening, youngsters opted for the marsh-mallow opportunity, toasting on the embers of the edge of the bonfire. The field as flat as a pancake, views from eleven hundred feet above sea level hosted the heartland of the White peak limestone hills of Derbyshire.

The weekend meet of Sheffield DA in Chelmorton June 2017

Rain, wind and sunshine proved a challenge for the gazebo builders! Sheffield DA arrival was greeted with sunshine for Friday evening in the highest village of Derbyshire. Easy access and a field flat as a pancake with unrestricted views of the limestone hills in every direction. Well drained and not even a wheel spin on the longest motorhome.

Church Inn Pub for local ale before Friday bedtime.  A wet Saturday signposted shopping in the Spa water town of Buxton. A trip to Pooles Cavern and walk around the Victorian lakes of the Pavilion Gardens. Back at the meadow campsite in the heart of Chelmorton village for flag ceremony, tea and coffee at four, tuck shop and talk of region meets from the chairman. Just time for dinner, a few rain showers before a perfect evening as the camp bonfire roared into life. As the sun set toward Buxton a full rainbow encircled the camping field. Enough light to roast marsh-mallow on the edges of the bonfire. Trent DA team took charge of the gas BarBQ to cook the local farmers very best sausage. Bats in the meadow circled before a huge full moon rose in the East. Campers formed circle for a bonfire vigil until midnight.

Sunday morning walks began in the next meadow, clockwise and anticlockwise circles in a beautiful cut path through the long grass. Life in the Peak District with a caravan bedroom view to die for.

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20 units on the meadows at Chelmorton for Sheffield Da July meet


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Bonfire fit for marsh-mallow sticks and very best pork sausage


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Midnight camp fire for Sheffield DA in July Chelmorton meet