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7.3

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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.)


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7.3

Overall rating based on 90 reviews

 

76% would recommend this site to a friend.

76% would stay here again.

 
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Different, but not as bad as some say 18/07/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom stuart_r781287 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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

    The pitch was good. The landlord was very friendly as were the staff

    Disliked: 

    The busy road. The shower and and toilets

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Convenient site for the National Park and the Manifold Trail 12/07/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Frederick L. Confirmed

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

    The position of the site is convenient for Ilam and the Manifold trail and the pub is convenient for food

    Disliked: 

    The adjacent busy road, it was quite noisy at night and in the early morning

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Facility's nice and clean,nice to have a bar on site, ... 11/07/2017

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

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

    Facility's nice and clean,nice to have a bar on site, Owner very friendly and helpful.

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Ok stay, you get what you pay for 11/07/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Lee E. Confirmed

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

    Easy to find location, simple campsite and I was close to washrooms / toilets. It was nice as well when I arrived I saw the manager chatting to someone so stopped him to ask about people on the site and he explained they did have trouble a while back with people abusing the site but it was long time ago. Also he asked for my name and that he would check us in

    Disliked: 

    The ground was hard in places I think with limestone so it was difficult to put some of the pegs in for my tent. There was 1 main light as you walk in but other lights were not working in the washroom / toilets. Also you could hear the trucks on the main road so difficult to get to sleep

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Close to Alton towers, prrfect for weekend breake. 11/07/2017

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

  • Electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Close to Alton towers, prrfect for weekend breake.

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Good for the money 28/06/2017

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

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

    Water close

    Disliked: 

    Toilets lacking

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Definitely going again 28/06/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Simon F. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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

    Loved it, had facilities and went to the on site pub at night which was open till midnight and they had entertainment on which were very good

    Disliked: 

    Struggled to get a WiFi signal using the on site wifi

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Guess it's was ok 23/06/2017

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

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

    Great location if your going to alton towers

    Disliked: 

    On a busy road

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friendly staff 20/06/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom helen_j910999 Confirmed

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

    very friendly site. beautiful location and a great pub what more does any one need !!
    would recommend to anyone looking for peaceful and relaxing stay

    Disliked: 

    nothingfriendly staff

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Quite location close to Alton towers great pub onsite serving ... 12/06/2017

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  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Quite location close to Alton towers great pub onsite serving great meals with great staff highly recommend

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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

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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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