Fresh air, fantastic views and the chance to simply ‘get away from it all’ whilst exploring new areas are just some of the reasons touring holidays are great – and there’s never been a better time to book a camping or caravanning holiday in the Peak District. The Camping and Caravanning Club is the world’s oldest and largest club for all forms of camping and here, in the Peak District and Derbyshire, there are five fantastic sites to choose from. This is our handy guide to each...


The Camping and Caravanning Club's Hayfield site
Great for: Photography and Families

In the heart of the Dark Peak – an area known for its rugged natural beauty - the Hayfield site offers perfect walking country where you can enjoy anything from a gentle stroll to a more challenging climb. If you prefer the former, the village of Hayfield (where BBC TV drama The Village was filmed) is a 15-minute stream-side stroll away. For those who prefer more adventurous hikes, a walk up Lantern Pike rewards you with 360-degree views over seven counties! Hayfield is also within easy reach of Kinder Scout - the highest point in the Peak District and one of its most famous and breathtaking beauty spots.

This peaceful campsite has a secluded location with facilities including a family/disabled washroom, drying facilities, children’s play area and a well-stocked site shop.

Great attractions nearby include Castleton – famous for its caverns, unique Blue John Stone and Norman fortress – plus Go Ape! tree top adventure at Buxton Country Park.

Alongside touring pitches, Ready Camp and Camping Pods are also available at this campsite.

Getting there: Nearest Railway Station is New Mills (3 miles). Take the A624 Glossop to Chapel-en-le-Frith Road. At Hayfield by-pass take the Hayfield Village turning. Follow signs up to campsite.

For more information on the Hayfield site click here.


The Camping and Caravanning Club's Ashbourne site

Great for: Outdoor-lovers

The delights of Derbyshire and the Peak District can be easily explored from the picturesque Ashbourne site, in an area known locally as ‘the gateway to Dovedale’.

Hugely popular with outdoor-lovers, the site has 70 pitches spread over three fields, two of which offer hardstanding pitches and a third with grass pitches. Fine facilities include hot showers, a washing-up area and laundry zone, a large children’s play area with play equipment and plenty of room for ball games.

Foodies will love the local site shop, which sells locally-made organic sausages, bacon and eggs and stocks Matlock Meadows ice cream – and further into town, Ashbourne offers a plethora of fine places to eat and drink throughout its cobbled alleyways.

For those keen to explore, the Tissington Trail – great for walking and cycling – starts in Ashbourne and is one of several traffic-free, family-friendly trails in the area. Nearby Carsington Water is renowned for its watersports, walks and wildlife, with a great Visitor Centre too.

Alongside touring pitches, the Ashbourne site offers self-catering and glamping options too.

Getting there: The site is situated 3.5 miles east of Ashbourne on A517 to Belper. Entrance on the right after two sharp bends. From Belper approx. 1 mile after Hulland Ward on the left. Nearest railway station is Belper (12 miles).

For more information on the Ashbourne site click here.


The Camping and Caravanning Club's Crowden site

Great for: Walking

Situated in excellent walking country, on the long-distance Pennine Way, the Crowden site occupies a remote location at the northern end of the Peak District National Park. There’s a well-stocked shop selling all the basics including farm-fresh eggs, and in addition to shower and toilet facilities, there’s also a drying room; a useful addition for backpackers and cyclists. If you're back backpacking along the Pennine Way and arriving on foot carrying equipment, this is the perfect place to stay.

If you prefer gentler walks, great footpaths near the site include the nearby Longdendale Trail which follows the former Woodhead railway from Hadfield to the Woodhead Tunnels and looks over Torside Reservoir. The pretty Chew Valley - with its reservoirs, rivers and canals – is also nearby and provides some of the region’s best walks and mountain biking, sailing, horse riding and fishing.

Howden and Ladybower Reservoirs are just a stone’s throw away, with brilliant walks and awe-inspiring views. You don’t have to settle for peace and quiet the whole time you’re here either; the bright lights of Manchester, Liverpool and Sheffield are just a short drive away.

Alongside touring pitches, Ready Camp is also available at this campsite.

Getting there: On the A628 Manchester to Barnsley road. At Crowden follow signs for car park, youth hostel and camp site. Camp site is approx. 300 yards from main road. Nearest railway station is Hadfield with services to Manchester every 30 minutes.

For more information on the Crowden site click here.


The Camping and Caravanning Club's Bakewell site

Great for: Exploring

If you’re seeking a true ‘back-to-nature’ camping experience, with peace, quiet and wonderful views, then this idyllic site in pretty Youlgreave is perfect. Situated five miles from one of the Peak District’s most popular towns – and home of the famous Bakewell Pudding - it is surrounded by great places to visit.

The site is excellently maintained and its 100 pitches are spacious, with some benefiting from the shelter of trees. There’s also a small dog walk and a children's play area.

Although the site has no toilet or showers, it’s ideal for explorers: start the day browsing Bakewell’s charming streets and alleyways, before visiting romantic Haddon Hall – referred to as ‘the most perfect English house to survive the Middle Ages’ – or magnificent Chatsworth House and Gardens, which hosts some of the region’s biggest events such as RHS Chatsworth Flower Show and Chatsworth Country Fair.

Some of the Peak District’s most picturesque villages can be found close to here too, including Ashford-in-the-Water and the remarkable beauty spot at Monsal Head, which overlooks the iconic Monsal Viaduct.

There are numerous opportunities for outdoor pursuits nearby including climbing, caving, horse riding, walking, cycling and fishing.

Getting there: From A6/B5056, after half a mile turn right to Youlgreave. Turn sharp left after the church down Bradford Lane, opposite George Hotel. Nearest railway station is Matlock (8 miles).

For more information on the Bakewell site click here.


The Camping and Caravanning Club's Teversal site

Great for: Dogs and Cycling

Nature walks and cycle trails are just two of the things that can be enjoyed from the award-winning Teversal site, just over the county border into Nottinghamshire. Opposite, the Silverhill Wood Country Park offers direct access to the Teversal Trails and miles of walking and cycling paths, whilst further afield the lovely routes of the Derbyshire Dales and Peak District offer ever-changing scenery.

Hedges and greenery give the site a natural feel but facilities here are of the highest quality - including power showers, individual washrooms with a shower, toilet and sink, parent and child facilities, a well-equipped laundry, washing-up area and children’s play area. There’s also a well-stocked shop selling local produce including free-range eggs and bread, as well as newspapers and camping supplies. There’s even a dog/bike shower!

If you can tear yourself away from the campsite, there are numerous attractions close by and you can even hire bikes from the site, so you can explore the local area on two wheels. The National Trust’s Hardwick Hall and the English Heritage’s Bolsover Castle are also within easy reach.

Getting there: From M1 Junction 28/29, take the B6014 and then the turning for Silverhill Lane. Nearest railway station is Sutton-in-Ashfield (3 miles).

For more information on the Teversal site click here.

The Camping and Caravanning Club: What you need to know

Welcoming tent campers, caravans, motorhomes and trailer tents, the Camping and Caravanning Club is known as the ‘Friendly Club’ such is the warmth of its welcome. Open to all campers, and with a mission to provide ‘the best campsites, services and experiences’, all guests can be sure of a memorable trip. Become a member today from as little as £39 and save up to 30% off pitch night fees.

This post was written in partnership with The Camping and Caravanning Club, who feature in our latest #UniqueDistrict campaign. For your chance to WIN a holiday in the Peak District, plus some great local prizes, simply by sharing your favourite Peak District photographs on Instagram and Twitter, visit our #UniqueDistrict webpage.

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