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Callow Top Holiday Park

8.6

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General

  • Top-notch location in prime Derbyshire territory
  • Big range of on-site activities that's sure to tickle the kids pink
  • Find traditional pub grub, kids' meals and home brew at the Callow Inn

Callow Top Holiday Park has received lots of awards, and it’s easy to see why: the location is great, and the list of facilities endless.

There’s an on-site supermarket selling all the essentials, plus some carefully considered products such as camper-friendly barbeque packs (without any gastronomical prices). From May to September, visitors can callow-n around in the heated outdoor swimming pool and paddling pools. There’s an amusement arcade, well-designed children’s playgrounds and a games field with football and cricket pitches, plus a volleyball court. You can hire bikes, bait your hook at the fishing lake or do some twitching in the bird hide. In season, you won’t need to go far for entertainment, with outdoor family discos, live bands, quiz nights and bingo all laid on. The cherry on the lager top is the place’s own micro-brewery, which concocts tasty real ales under its ‘Bad Ram’ brand name.

Tummywise, the Callow Inn, a former drovers’ inn on site, serves trad pub grub and children’s meals as well as the aforementioned home brew. There’s also a café bar with pool tables and satellite TV. Venture just a little further and you’ll find loads of eateries in the pleasant market town of Ashbourne, including some that will deliver takeaway to the site.

Callow Top offers a mixture of non-serviced grass pitches for tents, plus hardstandings with electricity for campervans, caravans and trailer tents.

Dogs are welcome on site, but must be kept on leads at all times. Regretfully, dogs are not allowed in the Callow Inn, Arnold’s Café Bar, Callow Top shop, swimming pool area or fishing lake/nature reserve.

Gold David Bellamy Conservation Award

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8.6

Overall rating based on 184 reviews

 

90% would recommend this site to a friend.

88% would stay here again.

 
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Excellent site with clean facilities, friendly staff and level pitches 20/07/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom susan_j279816 Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The Site is in a beautiful spot surrounded by lovely scenery, with plenty of walks for the dog. It is keeped very clean and tidy, the showers are good and the toilets are plentyful again kept spotless. We all loved the swimming pool it was great fun, the grandchildren played in the park and the arcade. The pub served nice meals and drinks and has a good size garden area to which we could take our dog also we could get free WiFi there. Staff where helpful and friendly. The Pitch itself was a good size with hard standing and grass for the awning level and clean, we all had a great time and we will be visiting again soon.

    Disliked: 

    The only part we disliked was leaving, we hope to return soon

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Excellent camp site ignore poor reviews great place warden was great 18/07/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom becky_g239352 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass trailer tent or tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    All of it .. the park.. the swimming pool.. the pub and cafe .. the on site facilities .. showers were fine and toilet blocks . yes they did get a little messy but were cleaned regularly always loo roll and its only natural you will get grass etc you are staying in a field

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    Nothing

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Excellent camp site ignore poor reviews great place warden was great 18/07/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom becky_g239352 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass trailer tent or tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    All of it .. the park.. the swimming pool.. the pub and cafe .. the on site facilities .. showers were fine and toilet blocks . yes they did get a little messy but were cleaned regularly always loo roll and its only natural you will get grass etc you are staying in a field

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Overall average. 17/07/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom John M. Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    In the row where we was pitched only one other van so it was okay. Reception was okay. Getting water was okay. Level pitch.

    Disliked: 

    Having to pay for shower. Toilets/sinks and showers at opposite ends of block. So having a shave at one end and then a paying shower at other not good.
    Pub not open. Steep hill from road to reception.

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We all really enjoyed our stay 13/07/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Tammy B. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass trailer tent or tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The layout off the park the friendly staff and it was very clean . Swimming pool and the park was great

    Disliked: 

    Can't think of any

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Really good site, well maintained lovely staff will be back for sure. 12/07/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Lorna S. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass trailer tent or tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Facilities, pool, pub, access to trails and points of interest, space on our field not to many and space for families to play.

    Disliked: 

    Prices in the cafe a little on the expensive side.

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Excellent all roynd 09/07/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom sharon_g604542 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Everything was fab. Pitch was straight across from park, had a 3yr old with us, she didnt want to come home. Definitely be staying again..

    Disliked: 

    Food was a bit pricey but tasty

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Lovely family friendly site in beautiful surroundings 08/07/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Marianne M. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass trailer tent or tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    This was a brilliant site, the kids loved the pool. Beautiful surroundings, playparknwws great. Central lawn lovely for an evening pint

    Disliked: 

    Cost 20p for every four mins of shower

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Great site with fab facilities for children, very friendly staff 05/07/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Roz N. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass trailer tent or tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Lovely open space for camping and plenty of room for the kids to play games and run around. Fab playground and clean swimming pool. Cafe bar staff very pleasant and food and drinks reasonably priced.

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Perfect for families with young children 05/07/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Angela J. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Overall site good

    Disliked: 

    Showers poor, grounds untidy, no facilities for dogs, no wi fi

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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Touring and motorhomes

Hard standings

Motorhome service point

Tourer storage facilities

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Walkers' paradise

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Tennis nearby

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Large (51-200 pitches)

Camping 2.0

Jumbo tent pitches

Location

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  • Buxton Road Ashbourne, Derbyshire, England, DE6 2AQ
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 53.0266°N 1.7430°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Alton Towers: Coach Stop — 6.7 miles
Matlock Bath: Coach Stop — 9.9 miles
Belper Bus Station — 10.8 miles
Train stations
Idridgehay Rail Station — 7.3 miles
Wirksworth Rail Station — 8.2 miles
Cromford Rail Station — 10.0 miles
Ferry ports
Liverpool Pier Head Ferry Terminal — 58.2 miles
Airports
East Midlands Airport — 22.1 miles
Sheffield City Airport — 29.6 miles

Directions


The access to Callow Top is half a mile north of Ashbourne off the A515. We are opposite Sandybrook garage. Two large green signs mark the entrance.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

Set in prime Derbyshire territory, there are fantastic walks all around, and for power-pedallers, the Tissington Trail provides a (mainly flat) route out of Callow Top right into the heart of the ravishing Peak District.

The local region boasts a cornucopia of pleasures for all ages, from the stately Chatsworth House and historic spa towns of Buxton and Matlock, to the chills, spills and thrills of Alton Towers. Visitors of an excitable disposition can keep their adrenaline boosted with watersports, paintballing, zip wiring, high wire assault courses, quad biking and laser tag all available nearby.

Younger children will enjoy a visit to Gulliver’s Kingdom theme park or a ride in a cable car followed by some cave-exploring at the Heights of Abraham. Other options include walking among macaque monkeys in the Monkey Forest at the Trentham Estate, near Stoke on Trent, where they can also make like an ape on the aerial walkways - all that fun should buy you some privileges at Trentham’s shopping village or lakeside café, surely?

Must see

  • Alton Towers Resort (6.7 miles)
  • Kedleston Hall (9.2 miles)
  • Sudbury Hall (9.4 miles)

National Trust

  • The Old Manor (4.6 miles)
  • Winster Market House (9.0 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  12 p.m. –  9 p.m.
Depart:  11 a.m.

Callow Top Holiday Park cancellation policy

No penalties

Group bookings of 3 or more units (e.g. tent, touring caravan, motorhome or accommodation hire) travelling together are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now.

The remainder is payable on arrival.

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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.

General
Quiet hours must be respected between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m..

Occupancy
Group bookings of 3 or more units (e.g. tent, touring caravan, motorhome or accommodation hire) travelling together are not permitted via Pitchup.com.
Single-sex bookings of 3 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.
The site caters for families (immediate members) and couples only - bookings from all other forms of groups are not accepted.

Pool
The outdoor swimming pool is open between 01/05 and 30/09 (subject to weather conditions).

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.
Open fires are prohibited.

Vehicles
Twin axle vehicles are not permitted on site.

Visitors
Visitors are not permitted on site.

Additional terms

The maximum pitch occupancy is 1 family (2 adults and their children up to the age of 16) or 2 couples.

The campsite does not accept any booking from under 21s, school, university, Scout/Guide, Duke of Edinburgh or other similar groups.

Extra car is not permitted if a pup tent is included in your booking.

If you have a large unit you must tell us at the time of booking. If you fail to advise us we cannot guarantee that your pitch will be of adequate size.

Dogs are not allowed in the Callow Inn, Arnold’s Café Bar, Callow Top shop, swimming pool area or fishing lake/nature reserve.

Park gates are closed between 11.30pm and 6.30am. There is no pedestrian access. If you need access between these times then prior arrangements must be made with reception.

Facilities may vary according to the time of season. If you stay with us during low season (April/May/midweek June/September/October/November,) please expect limited facilities to be available. The pub is only open at weekends. The Arnold's Café Bar is always open at weekends but weekday opening is dependent on the number of guests staying on site at the time.

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