Duke of Edinburgh camping at Lockerbrook Farm, in the heart of the Peak District
Lockerbrook Farm Outdoor Centre has been providing camping facilities for the Duke of Edinburgh scheme for many years. We welcome groups of young people from all parts of the UK who are taking part in the scheme, and hope this information helps plan camping at Lockerbrook for your group. Our D of E campsite is open from the end of March until the end of October.
Where is Lockerbrook?
Lockerbrook Farm can be found just over a mile up a track from the A57 Snake Pass between Sheffield and Manchester, looking down on Ladybower Reservoir.
The track is accessed from the only crossroads on the A57 (turn right from Sheffield and left from Manchester) and is signposted “Lockerbrook Farm Centre”. You drive up through Rowlee Farm past the farmhouse on your left and the barn on your right. You come to the first of two wooden gates (always to be shut after you pass through please) which says “Lockerbrook Farm 1 mile”. Just continue to follow the track and you will get to us. The DofE camping field is just past the centre car park on the right of the track, over the stile.
The best map to find us on is Ordnance Survey Sheet OL1 “The Peak District, Dark Peak Area”.
Our grid reference is SK165894
What Duke of Edinburgh groups do you take?
We normally only provide unsupported (no vehicle) camping facilities for young people on expedition working towards their Gold, and sometimes Silver awards. This is because of the size of the camping field, the level of facilities and the availability of parking.
Sometimes we can support Bronze groups and we can normally accommodate visiting leaders or assessor’s vehicles but only by prior arrangement.
We don’t expect staff or leaders to camp with young people overnight. In fact we encourage young people to camp on their own – this is one of the main reasons we support the scheme.
What facilities are available?
We have a campers toilet and sink (for personal washing) accessible through the bottom gate from the field. There are no showers on site. There is also a pot-washing sink and tap in a shelter just across the car park and through the top centre gate.
The camping field is attached to Lockerbrook Farm Outdoor Centre which is booked separately by other groups. The facilities in the centre are for the sole use of the group hiring the centre and not available for DofE groups. DofE groups should avoid the courtyard of the centre when going to the toilet or camper sink.
How many people can camp in the field at any one time?
We will take up to 25 children if from one panel, school or organisation. If more than one panel wishes to use the field at the same time we normally restrict it to 5 children from each school or panel.
Is there parking for teachers visiting the group?
The car park adjacent to the centre is for the sole use of any group hiring the centre. However, there is limited parking before Lockerbrook Farm just before the Locker Brook goes under the track. Please use this lay by for parking. Of course, if you need to drop anything off at the field then do drive up to it, but move the vehicle back to the lay-by when you have off loaded.
We do advise leaders with vehicles to contact us in advance to be sure that we can arrange parking for you.
How much is it and how do we make payment?
We charge £4.50 for per person per night. Payment is made on the day to either the staff at the office (situated in the ground floor of the cottage at the south end of the site) or in the honesty box situated above the washing up sinks. Please put all payments for your group in one stamp addressed envelope with your contact details on and a receipt will be sent out. We can take payment by BACS – please request an invoice. Or you can pay by cheque – please make cheque payable to ‘Lockerbrook’ and put group name and date on the back of the cheque.
Do we need to book in advance?
Yes, we can’t normally take groups who just turn up. Check the availability calendar below, and if you find a date that suits you, please complete our booking enquiry form. If another group is already booked on the date your are interested in, please contact us anyway, as we may be able to accommodate you depending on the group sizes.