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Cross Inn Caravan Park

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General

  • Pub site a few minutes' drive from Alton Towers
  • Homemade food with daily menu changes
  • Easy access to the Peak District

Ah, pub campsites. How lovely they be. Especially when they dish up home-cooked nosh from a menu as extensive as the Staffordshire Moorlands’ Cross Inn: bring on the steak. And the Sunday carvery. And several desserts.

The Cross Inn Caravan Park is also a hit with families as it’s only a few minutes’ drive to Alton Towers and many guests use it as a base for trips there; the Peak District is on the doorstep too and is crammed with activities and attractions for kids, many of which are free. Huzzah!

Take your foodie pick from the newly refurbished restaurant or the pub in front of the fire; the menu changes daily and there are regular special offers to be had on spirits, ale and lager, just the ticket if you need to save some pennies for Alton Towers. There’s a play area on site too and a coin laundry is available for guests’ use.

(Please note that commercial vehicles must be left in the car park and are not allowed on site. The campsite gates are locked from 9pm – 8am and no movement of cars is allowed on site during those times.)

Please note

Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.

Please note that the showers are metered and cost 50p for four minutes. Unfortunately we have had to take this measure as people who were not guests of the campsite were using the showers.


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7.1

Overall rating based on 103 reviews

 

66% would recommend this site to a friend.

66% would stay here again.

 

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Amazing family friendly site, staff and owner were very helpful ... 18/06/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Nia W. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Amazing family friendly site, staff and owner were very helpful and made us welcome, deffinately use here again!!!

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Loved our stay, very friendly and welcoming, the toilet/shower block ... 18/06/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Ellie R. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Loved our stay, very friendly and welcoming, the toilet/shower block was lovely and clean with some homely touches. Will we go be booking again for regular stays.

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Lovely place to stay, staff were friendly and the food ... 11/06/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Dawn A. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Lovely place to stay, staff were friendly and the food was nice, facilities were clean and looked after would recommend for a little break away

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Small, family friendly with pub on site in a great location 07/06/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom chris_m113427 Confirmed

  • Electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Pub was decent with friendly atmosphere and decent grub/drinks
    Pool table and pub garden was enjoyed by the kids
    Quiet despite the road running adjacent to the site
    Great location near lots of attractions and walks (Churnet Valley Railway, Dove Dale, Cotton Dale, Carsington Water, Alton Towers)

    Disliked: 

    Toilet blocks get filthy towards the end of the day
    Pub doesn't have Sky Sports despite the huge banner out the front - it was the Championship play off final and Champions League! And no WiFi - not necessarily a bad thing.
    Top of the site is flat (where we were) but most is on a slope towards the pub
    Need to have a stack of 50p for the showers, pool table, ball machines....

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Location and price are very good 06/06/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Franco C. Confirmed

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

    Location and price are very good

    Disliked: 

    the camping is just next to the road and therefore there is a lot of noise during the night.
    Toilets were not clean often and therefore we found them very dirty most of the time.

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Pub and the owner - lovely guy. Food was good ... 04/06/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom David F. Confirmed

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

    Pub and the owner - lovely guy. Food was good and it was friendly. Serviced pitch

    Disliked: 

    Toilets and showers

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Would not recommend have stayed in a lot of campsites and always felt 03/06/2018

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

  • Electric grass tent pitch
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    Very little

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    Tent pitch next to road so you heard traffic all night could be doing with being away from road
    We stayed 4 nights leaving on the 5th morning toilets were not cleaned the whole time we were there
    Showers cost 50p to use twice shower failed to come on tried to tell someone but reception was locked went up to bar to have dinner and a drink food was ok reasonable prices for food
    No entertainment have a jukebox cost a ££1 for 4 songs if you want to use it
    Would not recommend for families

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The person running it was very helpful. 02/06/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom nic l. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
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    The person running it was very helpful.

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Great place to stay lovely staff fantastic pub meals and dog friendly 01/06/2018

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

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
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    Everything Excellent

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    Nothing

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It was ok but some updating is needed and cost needs to be less to su 31/05/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Michael G. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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

    The country site at a old English pub close to Alton Towers theme park an added plus was that Free WiFi was in the overall charge.

    Disliked: 

    That we had to leave before midday

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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

Local produce

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

Drainage hook-up points for tourers

Fully serviced pitches

Hard standings

Motorhome service point

Seasonal pitches

Tourer storage facilities

Water hook-up points for tourers

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Gastronomic delight

Lake and/or mountain

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

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

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Surf school nearby

Tennis nearby

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Medium (26-50 pitches)

Pub campsite

Location

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  • Cauldon Lowe, Waterhouses, Staffordshire, England, ST10 3EX
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 53.0304°N 1.8937°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Alton Towers: Coach Stop — 2.7 miles
Stoke-on-Trent: Hanley Bus Station — 11.7 miles
Stoke-on-Trent: Rail Station Coach Stop — 12.1 miles
Train stations
Blythe Bridge Rail Station — 8.4 miles
Uttoxeter Rail Station — 9.4 miles
Longton Rail Station — 10.5 miles
Ferry ports
Liverpool Pier Head Ferry Terminal — 52.6 miles
Airports
East Midlands Airport — 27.4 miles
Manchester Airport Terminal 3 — 27.7 miles
Manchester Airport — 27.8 miles

Directions


From Stoke-on-Trent
Approaching Cauldon Lowe, look out for us on your left. We are directly on the A52.

From Derby
Drive through Cauldon Lowe and look out for us on your right.

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

Once you’ve met your Nemesis at Alton Towers, plenty of other family-friendly fare is in the area, including a fair bit for unfair weather such as several indoor play areas and six leisure centres with pools (if you’re feeling hardy, there’s a heated outdoor pool at Hathesage too). Peak Wildlife Park, two miles away at Winkhill, has over 200 species of birds to see and is open all year round.

The Peak District National Park will keep you busy for weeks, with hundreds of miles of cycling trails including the flat Manifold Way, National Trust properties, gorges, waterfalls and archaeological sites – look out for Thor’s Cave if you’re pedalling the Manifold Way from Waterhouses.

The 13-mile Tissington Trail, following the old railway line between Buxton and Ashbourne, is popular with two-wheelers too as well as with hikers and horse riders. For more info on Peak District pursuits, there are visitor centres at Bakewell, Edale, Castleton and Bamford.

Walkers and scenery seekers should make for the spectacular Dovedale Valley near Ashbourne, a limestone ravine cut into the landscape and with the famous stepping stones over the River Dove. Start from Milldale to walk down through Dovedale and use the stones, then explore Beresford Dale and Wolfscote Dale via their footpaths around the countryside or along the river.

Market towns and teeny villages abound in the Peak too – the Cross Inn’s village is Cauldon Lowe, between Leek and Ashbourne and with Buxton a little further away. Visit Leek for antique shops and the Brindley Mill; Ashbourne for its pubs (one in every four buildings here is or once was a brewery) and Buxton for its July festival, opera house with regular shows and its indulgences and sights as an old spa town. Stoke-on-Trent, Stafford and Derby are all within easy driving distance too for day trips.

If golfing’s more your thing, there are dozens of clubs and courses around Staffordshire, Derbyshire and the Peak District: try Cavendish for spectacular Peak District views; Chapel-en-le-Frith for a challenge and Ingestre for a 250-yard practice area and an 18-hole course surrounded by woodland.

Finally, if your little monkeys are still gibbering for more even after Alton Towers, take them to the award-winning Trentham Estate just outside Stoke-on-Trent: they might not be too fussed on the shopping village or massive garden centre, but the Monkey Forest and Aerial Extreme there should come up trumps.

Must see

  • Alton Towers Resort (2.9 miles)
  • Sudbury Hall (10.9 miles)
  • Royal Doulton Factory Shop, Trentham (11.4 miles)

National Trust

  • The Old Manor (4.8 miles)
  • Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood (11.1 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.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  2 p.m. –  9 p.m.
Depart:  10 a.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  2 p.m. –  9 p.m.
Depart:  10 a.m.

Please note no admittance is allowed after 9pm.

Cross Inn Caravan Park cancellation policy

No refunds within 4 days of arrival date.

All cancellations are subject to a 25% fee.

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. Cross Inn Caravan Park will debit the balance from your card 4 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 4 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.

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Terms and conditions

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

General
Gazebos, pup tents are not permitted.
Quiet hours must be respected between 10pm and 9am.
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.

Vehicles
Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.
No cars/motorbikes by the pitch/unit. All cars must be parked in the designated area.

Additional terms

No car movement after 9pm in order to ensure children's safety.

Our gates are locked at 9pm at night and do not reopen until 8am the following morning.

All cars must be off the tent area as soon as unloaded and are not allowed on pitches after 9pm.

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