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Wardlow Wells Farm

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General

  • Woodland site on the outskirts of the Peak District National Park
  • Gulliver's Kingdom and Alton Towers theme parks within an hour
  • Equestrian centre on site; guests are welcome to bring their horses

If you’re looking for a place in Derbyshire where the whole gang is welcome – as in adults, children, dogs and… horses (yes, really) – Wardlow Wells Farm could be the one for you.

This family-run woodland site is also home to an equestrian centre, so you can treat your equine pal to a getaway. Stabling, bedding and feed is all available, as well as access to grass paddocks and a floodlit indoor sand school. Sound good but worried about how you’ll transport your horse? Don’t be – the owners have got that covered, too, with a haulage service.

Once you’ve settled in, it’s time to saddle up and explore your surrounds (horses aren’t obligatory, it’s just as nice to go by foot or bike). The site is on the outskirts of the Peak District National Park, so that’s the obvious choice for adventures, with plenty of bridleways, walking trails and off-road cycling routes to cover. Be on the lookout for wildlife spots while you roam, too.

Or, stay closer to base and brush up on your horse training technique instead, with a lesson in natural horsemanship at the equestrian centre.

Whatever you choose, you’re in for good views here. The site sits 1,150 feet above sea level and, on a clear day, sunrises will light up Lincoln Cathedral. Sunsets are just as scenic (especially when admired from around a campfire), with the sun setting deep into the Peak District’s hills.

Just so you know, there are no toilet or shower facilities and no waste disposal or bins on site, although there is a fresh water supply.


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8.1

Overall rating based on 22 reviews

 

68% would recommend this site to a friend.

77% would stay here again.

  83% described as Wild camping ?

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Overpriced for the state of the place.12/10/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomDavid M.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric forest floor pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The view, even at night the lights of chesterfield in the distance were nice.
    The freedom to do as you wish rather than be restricted to specific pitches.
    The relaxed nature of arrival and departure.
    The ability to have a fire.

    Disliked: 

    The rubbish, people had left loads of litter including milk bottles, old cooking gear, and used toilet roll.
    The faeces, you had to be careful where you walked as inconsiderate people had left piles of human poo around that had not been buried. This needs cleaning up and people should understand what to do with waste when camping. Would go again if cleaned up a bit.
    Though the general farm junk didn't bother us, there were some quite sharp bits of wire and piles of broken tiles and glass in places.
    Being told we'd be alone then having loads of other vehicles arrive. At one point there were 8 vehicles in a relatively small space. Probably would have minded less if we'd been told that up front.

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Loved it03/10/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomEddie B.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric forest floor pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Turned up, no fuss. Set up our tents, got some wood from. The area and made a fire, watched the sun slowly set. Perfect

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Honestly the grounds felt a like a junkyard. Host was very nice though12/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric forest floor pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The host was very accommodating with scheduling and the location was off the beaten path with zero crowds

    Disliked: 

    The whole campsite was very dirty, there was trash, broken glass and rusting farm equipment throughout the grounds.

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Good location and ample firewood around the area. Richard is …30/08/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Good location and ample firewood around the area. Richard is very responsive and accommodating!

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Fantastic location. If you want a fire bring kindling29/08/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAidan g.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric forest floor pitch
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    Great location, open fire

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Gorgeous spot for car dwellers, with running water24/08/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomRhianna L.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric forest floor pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Beautiful spot with views of Chesterfield, fire pits, and feels very secluded. Pub nearby as well

    Disliked: 

    We had no car and buses to shops/ near by sights were very unreliable

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Great area, nice to be left to it 👍. Would visit again17/08/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomSteve A.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric forest floor pitch
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  • Liked: 

    The area, out in the middle of no where and left to your own devices.

    Disliked: 

    The road to the site was terrible for vehicles.

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Lovely site , water tap only, a little uneven17/08/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

  • Non-electric forest floor pitch
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  • Liked: 

    lovely spot - virtually wild camping with no facilities.

    Disliked: 

    difficult to find level ground

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Quiet and sheltered under trees16/08/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAdrian W.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric forest floor pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Quiet and sheltered under trees

    Disliked: 

    Rubble everywhere and no toilet

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Nice views15/08/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric forest floor pitch
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    Nice views

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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

TV room

Take away

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Forest

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Farm

Tiny (1-10 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

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Outdoor pool nearby

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Tennis nearby

Location

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  • Loadshead Lane, Eastmoor, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England, S42 7DB
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 53.2249°N 1.5420°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Coach Station — 4.7 miles
Matlock Street — 5.6 miles
Buxton Road — 5.6 miles
Train stations
Chesterfield Rail Station — 5.1 miles
Matlock Rail Station — 6.0 miles
Dronfield Rail Station — 6.1 miles
Ferry ports
Liverpool Pier Head Ferry Terminal — 61.5 miles
Airports
Sheffield City Airport — 13.5 miles
Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport — 28.2 miles
Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport — 28.5 miles

Directions


The site is accessed via Loadshead Lane. If you are travelling by bus, there are bus routes at the bottom of Rodknoll Lane on the A619.

The public bridleway is not very well maintained and there are potholes and ruts in places, so please take care when driving along it. The site does not take any responsibility for any vehicle damage, so please ensure that you 'straddle' any ruts in order to protect the underneath of your vehicle.

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

Get to grips with stately manor life at the Chatsworth Estate (20-minute drive), where you can wander through the house and pretty gardens, home to fountains, sculptures and a rock garden. There’s also a farmyard and playground here, as well as a couple of eateries to keep your energy up.

Not content with just one? Make it a trio of stately home visits with trips to Haddon Hall (half an hour), with its grand Tudor hall and Elizabethan gardens, and Hardwick Hall (35 minutes), where there’s an Elizabethan hall, gorgeous gardens and countryside to navigate. Bolsover Castle (half an hour) is worth a look, too – the views over Derbyshire from here are smashing.

Family days out nearby include Gulliver's Kingdom theme park (25 minutes) and Heights of Abraham (25 minutes), a hilltop park with underground caverns and play areas, which is reached by cable car. If you’re in search of more adrenaline hits, a visit to Alton Towers theme park (an hour) should take care of your needs.

Must see

  • Chatsworth (3.2 miles)
  • Haddon Hall (5.3 miles)
  • Sir Richard Arkwright's Masson Mills (7.8 miles)

National Trust

  • Winster Market House (7.1 miles)
  • Hardwick Estate: Stainsby Mill (10.4 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.

  • Does Wardlow Wells Farm have a swimming pool? No View all features
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  • What attractions are near Wardlow Wells Farm? Get to grips with stately manor life at the Chatsworth Estate (20-minute drive), where you can wander through the house and pretty gardens, home to fountains, sculptures and a rock garden. There’s … Read more
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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
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

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

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

General
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.
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.
This site has no on-site toilet and shower facilities.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.
Firearms are not permitted.

Vehicles
The car is only included in the rate if you are travelling with a touring caravan or a tent. If you wish to bring a car along with your motorhome/campervan please select the extra.

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