Having a passion for the great outdoors is ideal, especially if you live in Derbyshire. With part of the county in the Peak District, a perfect break from reality and becoming one with nature, is never too far away.
A good camping trip can offer families quality time with their loved ones without modern technology and the distractions that come with it as they go back to basics.
Whether it’s with friends, family or as a couple, there are plenty of options to spend some time with nature – it could be in a tent, caravan or even a glamping pod nowadays too.
According to the Great Britain Tourism Survey, more than 15 million camping and caravanning trips are taken each year and the total value of the camping and caravanning industry is worth £2.5 billion.
With Covid putting a brief halt on holidays abroad, many people picked up camping as an alternative, so those numbers will only increase.
There are plenty of options on the doorstep when it comes to sleeping under the stars and for those looking for their own camping adventure there are plenty of sites in Derbyshire which are not too far from home.
We’ve taken a look at Pitchup.com and examined other peoples reviews to get an idea of some the top recommended camping sites in Derbyshire:
What you can expect: Peaceful sole-use site set on a small field bordered by trees, about a 10-minute drive from Chesterfield; 25 minutes from the Peak District, featuring cosy bell tents with woodburning stove, barbecue and firepit provided. The Bothie is a small and secluded site set in a peaceful Derbyshire field. Stays here are fully secure (with a lockable gate) and very private indeed, with just a single smart tent set up in these grassy surrounds (which, being west-facing, are something of a suntrap).
Recent Review: Alison R. said: “We very much enjoyed our stay at the Bothie. Jamie was a welcoming and very helpful host and we found it the perfect base for exploring the local area. As there is just the one tent on the site our kids had the freedom to run, shout and explore to their hearts’ content which was perfect.”
Stanfree Road Farm
What you can expect: Family-run campsite on a working farm near Clowne in Derbyshire, around a half an hour’s drive to the Peak District; Chatsworth House 40 minutes with a fishing pond and farm shop; direct access to walks and bike rides. Ramblers, fishing folk, families and their dogs – all are welcome at Stanfree Road Farm’s almost-wild campsite. Set in rolling fields on a small working farm, this family-run site is a handy base for pottering around the Peak District, while keen anglers will probably want to stay behind and cast a line or two on the pond.
Recent Review: Karolina J. said: “Great pod with all equipment that you can imagine, very comfy bed double plus bunk bed, all kitchen equipment, electric heater, outside bbq and wood stove, garden furniture, very friendly owner, toilet and shower brad new, 15 min walk to town with shops, food and pubs with craft beer (Old School tap house). There is farm shop on site with great range of fresh product like all kinds of meat, eggs, etc. From town there is old train track 5 miles long good for walk or cycle.”
Hill Farm Caravan and Camping Site
What you can expect: Pods on a family-run farm just outside Barrow-on-Trent with Donington Park and East Midlands airport within a 20-min drive and a short walk from three pubs and the River Trent. No matter when you come, stays in this family-run site’s pods should be nice and cosy – each one is insulated and has electric heating included to keep guests toasty on chillier nights. Guests also have access to a smart toilet and shower block and a washing-up area, and are welcome to set up a barbecue for a spot of alfresco cooking.
Recent Review: Caroline S. stated: “Camping site was great, tents great, with plenty of space for outdoor play. The beds were very comfy and the facilities excellent. Kids loved it, and do different the adults. Asda and other shops nearby , activities for daytime a short drive away. Can’t wait to come back.”
What you can expect: Peaceful and sheltered adults-only site on a working farm, with a 15-minute drive from Buxton; Bakewell 20 minutes and a few minutes’ walk from a traditional country pub and the river Dove. Trees and hills are all around at this quiet Derbyshire site, and local beauty spots like the river Dove, Chrome Hill and Parkhouse Hill are all within comfortable walking distance.
Recent Review: Ian M. said: “Nice basic site, with a field and a toilet block, but super flat field so great for camping. Very quiet, but has a nice pub 5 minutes walk away. Toilet/shower block is basic but ok. Perfectly placed for some great walks, we did Park House Hill, Chrome Hill and Hollins Hill from the site. Would definitely go back.”
Chapel Farm Caravan Park
What you can expect: If you’re after a blissful base in the Peak District, Chapel Farm Caravan Park – set on a smallholding with first-rate views over the surrounding countryside – might just be your kind of place.
This is a place to digitally detox among the lush greenery or ask the dog if they want to go walkies – four-legged friends are permitted at the park as long as they’re well-behaved and kept on a lead.
Set off on trails from the grounds through ancient routes and trackways, past old stone cottages and buildings like the early 17th-century Hartington Hall (a mile) and Charles Cotton Hotel (a mile and a half).
Recent Review: Deb H. said it was a fab quiet break, simple but great, adding: “Lovely break, lovely views, lovely owners, can’t fault it. No washing facilities so need your own but for price can’t beat view, been a few times and will definitely be going again thankyou xx pub 5 mins walk.”
The Racecourse Retreat
What you can expect: Spacious family-friendly pop-up site in the Derbyshire countryside, four miles from the Peak District; a 15-minute drive from Matlock with back to basics pitches with firepits; close to walks and bike routes.
This quiet, rural and family-friendly smallholding is just 15 minutes’ drive away from buzzy towns such as Matlock and 35 minutes from royal sites like Chatsworth House.
Recent Review: Joseph D. said: “Stayed for one night with family and had the entire field to ourselves. Fantastic views all round, back to basics facilities but no issues for us. And they allow campfires too! Would stay here again!”
Lime Tree Holiday Park
What you can expect: Valley site a mile from the Peak District town of Buxton that is surrounded by woodland and with a gorge and viaduct at one end a playground, games room, gas exchange and well-stocked shop. The Derbyshire spa town and gateway to the Peak District was once shortlisted as one of the top three most attractive places in the British Isles (Cork and Hastings were also acclaimed: move them to the top of your list as well).
Recent Review: Julia Z.. said: “Can honestly say the site is maintained to a very high standard with very pretty surroundings. The price for a sleep 4 pod with a fridge , electricity and outdoor seating is amazing. The toilet/shower block were immaculate with music playing. The hosts are lovely and very helpful. We will definitely return.”