Common End Farm is a small site on a gently sloping 1.8-acre grassed site. Overlooking surrounding fields and with views to Thorpe Cloud in Dovedale, the campsite is a quiet rural setting from which to explore the surrounding countryside and villages of the southern Peak District National Park. The site is open from Easter to October.
Facilities on site include: - Pitches with electric hook-up points - Drinking water tap - Chemical toilet disposal point (we only accept green fluid – available to purchase on arrival) - Refuse bins - Pot washing area (no extra charge for hot water) - Separate male and female toilets and showers in a converted traditional stone barn (no extra charge for showers)
Located at the southernmost tip of the Peak District National Park, our quiet and rural location is an ideal base for visitors, walkers and cyclists to explore the beautiful scenery and surrounding villages and attractions.
The historic market town of Ashbourne is three miles to the east. Alton Towers is five miles to the west. The Tissington and Manifold cycle trails are within three miles with Dovedale only a two-mile walk using the network of public footpaths which run adjacent to the site. The village pub is within walking distance and offers an extensive food and drink menu catering for all ages.
The location of the site provides an ideal location from which to explore the surrounding area throughout both our neighbouring counties of Derbyshire and Staffordshire. Many historic houses and stately homes and gardens are convenient for the site. For the more adventurous there are available a range of outdoor pursuits from climbing, caving, hang-gliding, and watersports. For families, the area offers theme parks, museums and adventure activities. If you’re looking for relaxation and pampering visit the local beauticians or health spa facilities.
Liked: A great location for Alton Towers which is only 10 minutes away. The owners were really friendly and helpful, and the facilities were clean with everything we needed. A well managed site which was nice and quiet after 10 pm, great when you're camping with little ones.
Disliked: We were pitched on the bottom half of the main field and the ground was extremely hard, it felt like there was a layer of concrete a few inches under the grass in places. This made pitching quite difficult and time consuming.
Liked: Everything! Peaceful site with fantastic facilities. Ashbourne just a few miles away that has everything you need. Good size pitches and you can pick which part you want to stay on. Was a wonderful 2 night stay for us and shall definitely be returning next year. The caves at Castleton are also worth a visit.
(Family with young children, 1 review)
Date stayed: Aug 2013
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Liked: The toilet/shower block were modern (although basic) and cleaned regularly. The dish-washing area was handy and the provision of a freezer was great for ice blocks in the cool bag. Generally, the site was well maintained and was a pleasant area to stay.
Disliked: Our pitch was very uneven, making it frustrating deciding on where best to position the tent. (Sadly my 'bed' got the biggest bump!) I'm sure it wouldn't be too difficult to have the areas where tents are to be pitched 'levelled'. That would have made a huge difference to our stay.
Liked: Very impressed with this campsite. Good flat pitching fields with beautiful views. Nice new toilet/wash block in converted barn, free showers always a bonus! Lots of children running about, including mine, very child friendly. Good value site, would highly recommend.
Disliked: Very minor but hot water for washing up seemed to run out, and you can very slightly hear the road but that wasn't a problem for us.
Liked: This site was flat with large grassy pitches. There was plenty of space for a good sized tent and outside seating bit and more than enough space for our van . Toilet block was clean and new with plenty of toilets,washbasins and showers
Disliked: Most folk were on a reasonably quiet camp - families, couples and small groups barbecuing. There was however a large group of people from Manchester who were down our end partying! tequila slammers at 5.30 pm sent the tone and they proceeeded to get very drunk and rowdy. I was not best pleased when i realised the owner was fully aware of what was going on as he fixed their fridge! This group had smoky "brazier" burning all night, were loud including foul language and the party was still going at breakfast. I really felt for the couple directly next to themn who copuld not sit outside their van. I am astonished that such a large group booking was allowed on this site and that the owners allowed such behaviour to continue. As we were in a van i had a little respite from the noise but it must have been awful for young families in tents nearby. Our neighbours were cancelling their extended weekend as they had no sleep at all and we were glad to leave. Such a shame as this was my birthday treat and ruined by others anti social behaviour. I do not think the lack of action from owners was acceptable.
From the manager...
Thank you for your feedback. We do monitor the type of bookings we accept but unfortunately can not always anticipate if people are likely to cause a noise nuisance. The group only consisted of 10 people and we rarely have any issues with small groups like this. The owner did speak to them early in the evening to remind them of the site rules and again on the following morning. Unfortunately, some people have little respect for others and will abuse the rules. We are pleased however, that the couple in the caravan recognised this and have said they will be returning again this season.
Liked: This was a great wee campsite. Pitches clearly marked out, nice welcome, lovely location and more! The shower block and toilets were really nice and I liked the touch of having a freezer to put your cool packs in. We stopped just for the one night but would definitely come again.
Excellent, quiet, basic site, just as we wanted5th Aug 2013
(Family with older children, 1 review)
Date stayed: Jul 2013
Recommend to friends Visit again
Liked: Large pitches, always clean washing and toilet facilities, ample hot water, although as it got very busy towards the end of our stay, could do with more showers etc. this proved not to be a problem to us as we timed our showers for the quieter times. Polite and helpful management team. Excellent food and drink at nearest pub 300m away. Great base for walking holiday.
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Uttoxeter Rail Station — 9.7mi
Idridgehay Rail Station — 10.0mi
Wirksworth Rail Station — 10.6mi
Liverpool Pier Head Ferry Terminal — 55.5mi
East Midlands Airport — 24.7mi
Manchester Airport Terminal 3 — 29.5mi
Manchester Airport — 29.6mi
Ordnance Survey Sheet 119 Grid reference SK 129 485
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 (Recyling 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 approx. ¾ mile 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 ½ miles until you enter the village of Swinscoe - Continue for approx. ¾ mile 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 Swinsoce. 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!
Derby Station Approximately 30 minutes by car Taxi’s available from the station. Regular bus service from Derby bus station
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.
Permitted arrival/departure time
Camping and touring
From midday: please provide estimated arrival time in booking page
Earlier arrivals may be accommodated but please contact us to check availability prior to arrival.
Bookings are non-refundable and non-transferable in the event of cancellation although may be refunded if the pitch is subsequently re-booked. This is at the discretion of the proprietor.
If after check-in you decide to cut your stay short and leave before your departure date no monies will be refundable. For these reasons you may wish to take out holiday insurance.
Please note that your deposit paid to Pitchup.com is non-refundable.
Payment of balance
Payment on arrival.
Payment on arrival by cash only. If you wish to pay by debit card beforehand, please call the number in your booking confirmation after booking: we are unable to accept card payments on arrival.
Unit size – if you have a large unit you must notify us at the time of booking. If you fail to do this we cannot guarantee that your pitch will be of adequate size.
Children – children must be under the supervision of parents or guardians at all times. Bikes and ball games are not to be used around tents or caravans or on the access road onto the field.
Visitors – in the interest of site security and to preserve the enjoyment of all guests, no day visitors are allowed on site without prior permission from the proprietor. All visitors must check in prior to entering the field and vehicles must be parked in the marked day visitor parking area. Any visitor found not adhering to this may be asked to leave the site.
Noise/nuisance – noise should be kept to a minimum at all times and to an absolute minimum between 11pm and 7am. TVs and radios should be used considerately. Anyone causing a disturbance to other guests may be asked to leave the site.
Open fires - no open fires /campfires unless contained within a barbecue or fire pit. Do not use stones from the walls to make a fire.
Smoking – a no-smoking policy operates in the facilities block including the pot wash area.
Barbecues – barbecues must be raised off the ground and situated away from combustible materials. Coals/ashes must be left to cool before disposal in the refuse bins.
Waste disposal – please place all lightweight domestic refuse in sealed bags and into the refuse bins provided. We do not have the capacity to offer refuse facilities for all other rubbish such as broken airbeds, gazebos, seats etc. so please take these home with you or to the recycling centre (off the Mayfield roundabout), which is open daily.
Loss or damage – please take care with our site facilities and equipment and report any loss or damage as soon as it occurs. Any loss or damage to facilities for which guests are responsible must be paid for in full before departure. The site and its facilities are used entirely at guests’ own risk. It is your responsibility to keep your possessions safe and secure. The proprietor will not be held liable in respect of injury, loss or damage to persons or property. Caravans and/or cars being moved by the proprietor or their representative are at the owners' risk.
Electric hook-up – the electric hook-up is a supply of 6 amp or 16 amps. Overloading the hook up can trip your own connection which has to be reset by the proprietor however 6-amp pitches can be reset by you.
Speed limit – The site speed limit is 5mph.
Any guest not observing the site rules or creating a nuisance may be asked to leave the site and no refund will be given