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Wildwood Adventure Camps

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General

  • Wild-style camping in a 100-acre Derbyshire woodland
  • A 20-minute drive from Matlock and Carsington Water
  • Bushcraft class included; forest bathing sessions bookable on site

Up for bushcraft and bivouacking out in the Derbyshire countryside? Then you'll want to take a closer look at Wildwood Adventure Camps, a 100-acre woodland site a mile from Ambergate and the river Derwent.

Wild camping in Shining Cliff Woods means being free to build lean-to tarpaulin dens, set up makeshift rope swings and light up campfires pioneer-style with a fire striker and kindling (all the above gear is provided). Bushcraft guru Row will be around to help you with all your woodland DIY and can also assist in bringing in food supplies, water and firewood. He can also give you some handy pointers for cooking dinner over an open grill.

In terms of practicalities, you'll need to park about 10 minutes' down the road from the camping area (a wheelbarrow is provided to help you lug your stuff up to base, but rucksacks are recommended). It's also worth knowing that there aren't flushing toilets here – you can opt for well-maintained chemical models or, if you're feeling adventurous, you can dig your own.

Kids should find plenty to keep them entertained here: there are ample trees to climb in, a stream to splash through or build dams in and plenty of space in the woods and old quarries for them to run free. Meanwhile, grownups looking for a proper break from the demands of modern life can sign up for expert-led forest bathing sessions that focus the senses on the nature all around.

If you fancy an eco-friendly break, it's worth noting that there's also a railway station in the village (roughly 20 minutes’ walk).


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Yes very04/25/2021

Reviewer's country: United Kingdomadrian l.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric forest floor tent pitch
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A fantastic family, woodland experience.04/17/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomCharlotte C.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric forest floor tent pitch
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    The woods themselves were beautiful and the spot we were allocated to camp in was perfect. We had a lovely flat spot to pitch the tents, space to play and a fantastic campfire area where we were able to do all our cooking. We were met at the site by Row. He had been brilliant communicating with us through email and text to arrange our arrival and when we met he was so lovely and helped us get all our kit to the camp site. He introduced himself with a fun icebreaker which helped the kids settle in. Row came back the following day and did some bushcraft with us, including lighting fires, making wooden tools and teaching us about the woods. He was knowledgeable and obviously very experienced, keeping us all safe and teaching confidently. Row was easy to communicate with, didn't encroach on our time together as a family and was welcoming and friendly at all times.

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    There was nothing to dislike about our trip

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Features

Coronavirus

24+ hour ventilation between accommodation guests

Activities/entertainment run in smaller groups

Capacity reduced to increase social distancing

Check-in: contactless (in person)

Check-in: one group at a time

Dedicated toilet per site

Leisure on park

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Playground

Recreation room/arcade

TV room

Takeout

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on park

Bath available

Car parking by site/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundromat

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Pub toilets

Restrooms

Shower available

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Scouts welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue grills allowed

Barbecue provided

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

No dogs allowed

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Bush

Hikers’ paradise

Leave the car at home

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Dump station

Electric car charging point(s)

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Dog walk nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Type

Tiny (1-10 sites)

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycling nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Sailing nearby

Surf school nearby

Watersports nearby

Location

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  • Shining Cliff Woods, Alderwasley, Ambergate, Derbyshire, England, DE56 2HF
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 53.0627°N 1.4936°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Bus Garage — 4.5 kilometres
Bus Garage — 4.5 kilometres
Fishpond Hotel — 7.8 kilometres
Train stations
Ambergate Rail Station — 0.9 kilometres
Whatstandwell Rail Station — 2.4 kilometres
Belper Rail Station — 4.4 kilometres
Ferry ports
Liverpool Pier Head Ferry Terminal — 107.3 kilometres
Airports
East Midlands Airport — 28.5 kilometres
Sheffield City Airport — 37.8 kilometres

Directions


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

If you've come here, you'll likely be interested in other outdoorsy activities. Carsington Water (20 minutes' drive), a gorgeous reservoir just to the south of the Peak District, has kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing and other watersports opportunities for all levels and may prove popular. There are also two Go Ape treetop adventure courses within 45 minutes at Buxton and Sherwood Pines.

If you fancy treading some of the gorgeous Tissington Trail you could head to the route's southernmost point at Ashbourne (20 minutes) to explore gentle agricultural landscapes. Things get a bit more rugged the further you head into the Peak District National Park, and the spectacular Hope Valley and Castleton caves are around an hour from base.

If you'd like a break from being a man or woman of the wild, head to the elegant interiors and well-kept gardens at Chatsworth House (30 minutes), a huge country estate owned by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. Matlock (20 minutes) may also prove pleasing with its mix of arcades, cafés and kid-friendly theme parks like Gulliver's Kingdom.

Must see

  • Arkwright's Cromford Mills (6.6 kilometres)
  • Sir Richard Arkwright's Masson Mills (7.2 kilometres)
  • Kedleston Hall (11.1 kilometres)

National Trust

  • Kedleston Hall (12.0 kilometres)
  • Winster Market House (13.2 kilometres)

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.

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  • What attractions are near Wildwood Adventure Camps? If you've come here, you'll likely be interested in other outdoorsy activities. Carsington Water (20 minutes' drive), a gorgeous reservoir just to the south of the Peak District, has kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Wildwood Adventure Camps?
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    Arrive:  10 a.m. –  5 p.m.
    Depart by:  Anytime
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Terms and conditions

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

Admission
At least one of the party members must be aged 18 or over.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.

General
Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.

Changes to your holiday
Changes cannot be made once you have booked.

Safety
Firearms are not permitted.
Guests are advised to bring a good quality torch with them as parts of the park are unlit.

Admission
Guests under the age of 5 are not allowed on site.

Safety
If making a fire, the fuel, logs and coal have to be purchased on site.

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.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.

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

Vehicles
No cars/motorcycles at the site. All cars must be parked in the designated area.

Safety
No electric barbecues allowed.
No gas barbecues allowed.

Arrivals and departures
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

General
Quiet hours must be respected between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m..
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and trunks must be closed quietly.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behavior is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.
The park is not liable for any refund in the event of force majeure.

Coronavirus
There are no bins onsite: all rubbish will need to be taken home with you.

Arrivals and departures
There is no reception at this park. Please check-in at the Wirksworth to meet with Row. instead.

Taxes
This area is not subject to city tax.

General
This is a quiet park: no music is allowed.
This park has no on-site toilet and shower facilities.

Vehicles
Twin axle vehicles are not permitted on site.

Admission
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Arrivals and departures
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Visitors
Visitors are not permitted on site.

Sites
You must follow management instructions when setting up your tent/rig and related equipment.

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