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- 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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Different, but not as bad as some say
Quite location close to Alton towers great pub onsite serving ...
Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Touring and motorhomes
Drainage hook-up points for tourers
Fully serviced pitches
Motorhome service point
Tourer storage facilities
Water hook-up points for tourers
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Lake and/or mountain
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Leisure/theme park nearby
Mountain biking nearby
Outdoor pool nearby
Surf school nearby
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Public transport nearby
Medium (26-50 pitches)
- Coach stations
Alton Towers: Coach Stop — 2.7 miles
2.7 miles Stoke-on-Trent: Hanley Bus Station — 11.7 miles
11.7 miles Stoke-on-Trent: Rail Station Coach Stop — 12.1 miles
- Train stations
Blythe Bridge Rail Station — 8.4 miles
8.4 miles Uttoxeter Rail Station — 9.4 miles
9.4 miles Longton Rail Station — 10.5 miles
- Ferry ports
Liverpool Pier Head Ferry Terminal — 52.6 miles
East Midlands Airport — 27.4 miles
27.4 miles Manchester Airport Terminal 3 — 27.7 miles
27.7 miles Manchester Airport — 27.8 miles
Approaching Cauldon Lowe, look out for us on your left. We are directly on the A52.
Drive through Cauldon Lowe and look out for us on your right.
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.
- Alton Towers Resort (2.9 miles)
- Sudbury Hall (10.9 miles)
- Royal Doulton Factory Shop, Trentham (11.4 miles)
- The Old Manor (4.8 miles)
- Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood (11.1 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||2 p.m. –||9 p.m.|
|Arrive:||2 p.m. –||9 p.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.
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.
Payment methods accepted on the parkCash