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9.3

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General

  • Set among 20 acres of pastureland
  • Spectacular views over Dovedale and Thorpe Cloud
  • Peak District National Park within easy reach

We assure you there’s nothing common about the wonderfully small and secluded Derbyshire campsite of - well maintained with helpful staff and views you won’t want to leave behind, to name just a few of its perks. The very green campsite is set among 20 acres of pastureland, so if you want a ‘real’ camping experience with some much-needed home comforts, book yourself a pitch at .

The site’s traditional stone barn has been transformed into a modern, free-to-use shower and loo block (separated into male and female amenities), but retains its outer Derbyshire charm, so as not to spoil your impressive rural views across Thorpe Cloud and Dovedale.

Ladies - fear not, a hairdryer is provided as are electric sockets (gentlemen, you won’t be missing out either as the same is available in the men's). Also available on site are drinking water taps and all other basics, like designated refuse areas and a chemical disposal point (green fluid only please; you can buy this on site).

The friendly site owners have gone to the trouble of filling the reception with info-filled noticeboards to help you on your stay. Walkers and hikers can explore the southern Peak District National Park, while food can be chomped and drink guzzled after a hard day uphill (and down again) at the local pub, just 300m from the site.

Children will love running about the roomy fields and making their own adventures on day trips in the surrounding area (which includes a famous theme park, family-friendly walks, and towns to explore). The quiet and calm of in the evening means bedding the kids down after a busy day will be no problem at all.


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9.3

Overall rating based on 205 reviews

 

97% would recommend this site to a friend.

94% would stay here again.

 

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Great Location for Alton Towers - 6 miles away 05/09/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom LES W. Confirmed

  • Electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Proximity to Alton Towers and Ilam our reason for stay. Showers, toilets & cleaning facilities were immaculate. Staff attentive and very friendly.

    Disliked: 

    Requesting electric hook up meant we were in a field and not the field with a pretty view. Disappointed that Children didn't have access to any farm aninmals as it was just a field with clear do not trespass signs on every post.

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Will be going back next year as loads to do on the surrounding area. 03/09/2018

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

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

    The pitches are a fab size. Excellent facilities, kept really clean. Lovely helpful staff. Great location to stay when visiting Alton Towers. The Dovedale stepping stones a short distance away. Ashbourne is a beautiful place with all shops you need.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Great location. Attentive owners. Clean toilet blocks and showers. 02/09/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Anonymous Confirmed

  • Electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
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    Great location. Attentive owners. Clean toilet blocks and showers.

    Disliked: 

    A play area would be good, although there was plenty of room for the children to run around, play football etc

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All in all a great mini holiday. 02/09/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Jannah L. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    The staff, Chris and Pete were lovely and very helpful.
    The toilet and shower facilities were very clean and although the campsite was busy, we still felt like we had privacy.
    The campsite had a lovely family friendly vibe.
    Loved sitting by the fire pit looking up at the stars.

    Disliked: 

    The road noise, although this wasn’t intrusive and we quickly tuned it out.

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Good location for walks 31/08/2018

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    Spacious field, good location for walks, toilet and shower facilities.

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Family friendly site, great well maintained facilities, sloping field. 29/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Gareth D. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Lots of space, quiet and a good family shower room. Despite heavy rain, the field didn’t waterlog. The Rangers on site to help out were very welcoming and friendly. Useful things for sale in shop such as eggs and milk, and electric hookups for hire.

    Disliked: 

    The field slopes in two directions, so getting comfortable for sleeping was a bit tricky.

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Great site woth lovely staff, facilities and local att’ns/amenities. 28/08/2018

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

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Good size pitches, we had a 4 person tent and a car with bikes, plenty of room for everything. The staff were great and always around when needed. The facilities were kept tidy too and easy to reach from anywhere on the site.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Great family site with excellent facilities. 28/08/2018

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

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
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    The campsite staff were really nice and very helpful and always available. The facilities were kept clean and tidy. The views are spectacular. Really close to Dovedale, Alton Towers and town amenities in Ashbourne. Lots of room on the Pretty Field for running around and generally messing about, cricket, rugby, swingball etc.

    Disliked: 

    Road noise can be a nuisance but I hardly even noticed it after the first night.

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Friendy, helpful owners, small shop for emergencies, spacious pitches, clean ... 27/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Jo R. Confirmed

  • Electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Friendy, helpful owners, small shop for emergencies, spacious pitches, clean wash ups with extra detergent etc. in case you forget yours, toiles/showers clean, good hot (free) showers, free hairdryer, site is clean, dogs allowed with separate dog walking area, quiet location, electric options for tents, info on take aways if you really can't be bothered to do the camp cooking! Recycling facilities :) The site hires camp fires/burners which is great if you're not down-wind..... Would definately go back.

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Excellent, when can we go back? 25/08/2018

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

  • Electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Everything. The facilities, were warm, modern, clean and all in perfect working order. There were contact details for nearby takeaways and a list of shops, amenities and places to visit. Pete and Chris were helpful, friendly and welcoming. The field we stayed on (electric pitches) was full but there was still loads of space for the kids to run around and play.

    Disliked: 

    The only thing that I can think of is the main road is quite busy and loud with traffic. It didn't bother us as we're used to the noise, but I can imagine for those that want utter peace, it would irritate you!

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Bar or club house

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Fishing

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Games room

Indoor swimming pool

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Take away

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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

Tourer storage facilities

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Peaceful

Spectacular scenery

Wildlife haven

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

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Surf school nearby

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Public transport nearby

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Type

Medium (26-50 pitches)

Location

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  • Swinscoe, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, England, DE6 2BW
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 53.0356°N 1.8091°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Alton Towers: Coach Stop — 4.6 miles
Matlock Bath: Coach Stop — 11.8 miles
Matlock Coach Stops — 12.7 miles
Train stations
Uttoxeter Rail Station — 9.8 miles
Idridgehay Rail Station — 10.0 miles
Wirksworth Rail Station — 10.5 miles
Ferry ports
Liverpool Pier Head Ferry Terminal — 55.5 miles
Airports
East Midlands Airport — 24.7 miles
Manchester Airport Terminal 3 — 29.5 miles
Manchester Airport — 29.6 miles

Directions


By car:

From the north (M1)
- Leave the M1 at Junction 28 (Alfreton) onto the A38 signposted to Derby
- At the Markeaton Park, Derby roundabout take the 3rd exit for the A52/Ashbourne Road
- On reaching the roundabout at Ashbourne, take the first exit signposted A52 to Leek
- Go straight on at the next roundabout (Homebase)
- Take the first left at the next roundabout (Recycling Centre) signposted A52 to Leek
- Continue on this road through Mayfield and up the hill for a further 1 ½ miles until you enter the village of Swinscoe
- Continue for approximately 0.75 miles passing The Dog and Partridge pub on the left-hand side and you will find us on the right-hand side marked by a green sign.

If you reach the A523 and crossroads to Alton Towers, Blore and Calton you have gone too far.

From the south (M1)
- Leave the M1 at Junction 24 (Nottingham) onto the A453 signposted Nottingham (S)
- At the roundabout take the exit for the A50 signposted Stoke
- Leave the A50 at the roundabout signposted A515 to Ashbourne
- Follow the A515 and on reaching the roundabout at Ashbourne (Homebase), take the first exit signposted A52 to Leek
- Take the first left at the next roundabout (Recyling Centre) signposted A52 to Leek
- Continue on this road through Mayfield and up the hill for a further 1.5 miles until you enter the village of Swinscoe
- Continue for approximately 0.75 miles passing The Dog and Partridge pub on the left-hand side and you will find us on the right-hand side marked by a green sign.

If you reach the A523 and crossroads to Alton Towers, Blore and Calton you have gone too far.

From the West (M6)
- Leave the M6 at Junction 15 (Stoke/Newcastle/A500) and merge onto the A500 (Signs for Stoke on Trent/Stone/A34/Uttoxeter)
- Look out for the right turn onto the A50 to Ashbourne.
- Continue along the A50 until you reach the cross roads signposted right to Ashbourne, straight over to Blore.
- Turn right and after ½ mile you will enter the village of Swinscoe. You will find us immediately on entering Swinscoe on the left hand side marked by a green sign.

If you reach the Dog and Partridge pub in the village you have gone too far.

By rail:
Derby Station is approximately 30 minutes by car. Taxis available from the station. Regular bus service also run from Derby bus station.

By bus:
Trent Barton (1) and Arriva Derby (1) operate between Derby bus station and Ashbourne. Clowes Coaches (108) operates between Ashbourne and Swinscoe but services are very limited.

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 up camp at for all your outdoor activity and exploration needs: you’re on the doorstep to do just about anything you want to take your hand (or foot) to as well.

Walkers, set out from to the southernmost tip of the Peak District National Park; cyclists, slip on your brightest Lycras (not compulsory) to take to an array of laid-back or more challenging cycle paths, and for those who simply want to visit some of the prettiest towns and villages in the UK, has easy accessibility to plenty.

The Tissington and Manifold cycle trail is about 36 miles and is well worth embarking on for the day. The route will take you through the stunning landscape from closed-in tracks to open viewpoints across the hills, as well as past duck ponds, an old mill, and historic towns.

Cycle hire is available at Ashbourne (a little market town just three miles from the site, also great for picking up essentials), Waterhouses and Parsley Hay. The National Trust-owned land of the Dovedale valley is just a two-mile walk from the campsite, which you can get to along the river’s footpaths.

Did someone say village pub? There is a great one within walking distance of the campsite for a hearty meal or well-deserved beverage after a day exploring. While within about three miles from you’ll find two Good Pub Guide pubs which you can check out while cycling and hiking.

The award-winning Alton Towers is just five miles to the west of . Packed with some of the most exciting rides on the planet, including the world’s first vertical-drop rollercoaster, Oblivion, and The Smiler (comprising of 14 loops), thrillseekers won’t know where to start. There are also plenty of attractions for those who like a quieter day out and the park has CBeebies Land for littlies and indoor waterpark Splash Landings as well. Just double check the park’s opening times before you travel as these vary throughout the year.

Almost straddling Derbyshire and Staffordshire, from you can explore plenty of museums, stately homes and historic buildings; adrenaline junkies can get their kicks from activities like climbing, caving, hang-gliding and various watersports, and for those who simply want a well-deserved pampering, grab your cucumber slices and book yourself in for a treatment (or two) at the local health spa.

Must see

  • Alton Towers Resort (4.7 miles)
  • Sudbury Hall (10.1 miles)
  • Sir Richard Arkwright's Masson Mills (11.5 miles)

National Trust

  • The Old Manor (4.1 miles)
  • Winster Market House (10.1 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.

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Terms and conditions

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

Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

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.
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act and/or any of the following: Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler, any Mastiff or Tosa.

Extras
Motorbike(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

General
Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.
Quiet hours must be respected between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m..
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

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.
No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.
Single-sex bookings of 4 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

Pitches
You must follow the management directives when pitching your tent/unit and related equipment.

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

Vehicles
Only one car is to be parked by the pitch. Extra vehicles must be parked in the designated area.

Visitors
Visitors must register at reception and pay their fee.

Additional terms

We do not accept groups of three or more where the responsible adult is aged 25 years or under.

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