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- 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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Overpriced for the state of the place.
Leisure on park
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on park
Car parking by site/unit
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Barbecue grills allowed
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Electric car charging point(s)
No drinkable water point
No hot water
No running water
Propane/gas cylinders available
Convenience store nearby
Dog walk nearby
Nearby farmers' market
Public transportation nearby
Tiny (1-10 sites)
Cycle hire nearby
Horseback riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Leisure/theme park nearby
Mountain biking nearby
Outdoor pool nearby
- Coach stations
— 7.6 kilometres
7.6 kilometres Matlock Street — 9.0 kilometres
9.0 kilometres Buxton Road — 9.1 kilometres
- Train stations
Chesterfield Rail Station
— 8.3 kilometres
8.3 kilometres Matlock Rail Station — 9.7 kilometres
9.7 kilometres Dronfield Rail Station — 9.8 kilometres
- Ferry ports
Liverpool Pier Head Ferry Terminal
— 99.0 kilometres
Sheffield City Airport
— 21.8 kilometres
21.8 kilometres Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport — 45.4 kilometres
45.4 kilometres Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport — 45.8 kilometres
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.
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.
- Chatsworth (5.1 kilometres)
- Haddon Hall (8.5 kilometres)
- Sir Richard Arkwright's Masson Mills (12.6 kilometres)
- Winster Market House (11.4 kilometres)
- Hardwick Estate: Stainsby Mill (16.7 kilometres)
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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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