Best Campsites in the Peak District 2018
The Peak District is a wonderful National Park set in Derbyshire England, while not as famous as some of the other national parks, it’s a brilliant place to explore, with so much history to see. While the hills might not be as steep as those in the Lakes or the Highlanders there are still some challenging routes and some routes for beginners. Plus you are never too far away from a house or village
There are so many campsites to pick from for exploring the Peak District and everything it has to offer.
One of my favourites has actually stopped accepting tent pitches and only accepts caravan pitches now. It’s been a few years since I have been as been trying to test as many as I could, but when I wanted to book last year I was very disappointed to find out they had stopped accepting tent pitches.
However, the five listed below will not disappoint you. You can click on any of the below links to jump to each campsite.
- Bank house farm
- Fieldhead campsite
- Green hills holiday park
- Packhorse farm campsite
- Waterside farm campsite
Bank House Farm Campsite Review
This campsite is ideally located, just 10 miles outside of Buxton – one of the most beautiful towns in the Derbyshire, allowing you an easy drive to explore the area. 10 miles north of the campsite is Ashbourne another great little English town to visit.
The majority of the site is flat which is ideal for camping on and a great little pub nearby. The wardens are super friendly and if it’s your first time to the site, mention this to them and they are so friendly and welcoming they will give you tips on where to go, explore and see.
The site has a river right through the campsite, allowing you to cool down and play in the river during your stay. Always stay safe when camping near a river.
The site offers both traditional or electric hook up pitches meaning there is a pitch ideal for you. The site has all the useful facilities you would expect and are kept very clean, actually, I was very impressed with the cleanliness of the showers, even when the campsite was fairly busy.
The wardens are very careful not to allow too many people on the site at once meaning you don’t feel cramped and have plenty of room, from speaking with them – they could easily allow more campers as they constantly have the demand but respect people’s space.
Just a quick heads up and it’s certainly not a complaint about the site, I was fully aware when we booked. We stayed on the Meadow field and it’s about 5-minute walk to the facilities. It was more remote and peaceful but meant we had a little further to walk.
The site is open from April until September / October allowing you to get away during the summer months.
Fieldhead campsite Review
This campsite located in the heart of Edale is a great campsite for exploring the area.
It’s split into over 6 fields and has a river (Ok river might be a little strong, large stream) running through it.
The great thing about this is you can walk to it from Edale train station. I have stayed here several times and the views are just stunning. The campsite is also the home of the Peak District tourist information with some friendly staff helping you.
There are several great walks around here including the Jacobs Ladder and a few others. I have done many walks and in more recent years many fell runs around here and love Edale and its surrounding hills.
With such an easy walk into Edale which has some amazing pubs to unwind in after a hard days walking with a nice drink, a cafe and general store.
The site is open all year round and so long as you have the right sleeping bag, I would highly recommend you visit it in the different seasons.
My favourite place to pitch is by the river, but these if I take the family I tend to stay on the larger fields as always worry about the kids near the water and plus the open space gives them more places to play.
One thing I like about the site, is cars are not permitted on the site anywhere meaning you have to leave your car in the car park allowing for a more peaceful stay.
Green Hills Holiday Park Review
This site is located a few mins walk away from the beautiful Derbyshire town of Bakewell. With the family took around 30 minutes to walk, but I am sure it can be done a lot quicker.
The park itself has some stunning views to enjoy, all the usual facilities and has a small shop on site. The place has a bar on site for a drink or two and unlike some campsite bars, the prices were very reasonable and a great friendly atmosphere.
While the bar doesn’t serve food, the local takeaway companies will deliver – which is useful after a day of exploring, sometimes the last thing you want to do is too stuck over a stove.
The site has a play area for kids and allows dogs, so pretty much a perfect site for most. They have WiFi on site, which is great but it’s limited to areas around the bar, not necessarily a bad thing – it stops me working while away if I can’t get WiFi.
Packhorse Farm Campsite Review
This wonderful campsite is located about 2 miles outside in my opinion the best town in the Peak District – Matlock, actually Matlock is drivable for me to get there in an hour-ish, but I love this campsite quite a bit so often end up staying for a night or two.
I could have written this whole article about how great Matlock is, but you’re here to find a campsite.
Some of the pitches are surrounded by trees making it feel like woodland Camping, these are my preferred pitches, but the site can get quite busy so not always possible.
The grounds are well looked after and more importantly flat, making pitching your tent super easy. Never had any issues with the toilets being dirty and they are fairly new. The blocks are warm and welcoming which is always nice. When I go alone, I tend to do some serious walking and often come back dirty so getting a hot clean shower is amazing.
If this is your first time in the area, speak with the staff – they are super friendly and knowledgeable, but Matlock is an ideal place to visit, there is something for everyone.
If you like to go for a gentle stroll or a more serious walk there are plenty of options straight out of the campsite.
Waterside Farm Campsite Review
Again this campsite like Fieldhead is located in the Edale, a stunning village in the heart of the Peak District.
This campsite is also a fairly run campsite is ideal for exploring the region and everything it has to offer.
With 45 tent pitches, it’s not small but it’s not large, but it feels cosy and offers some amazing views from your tent porch. The views can be summed up in one word – stunning.
The facilities may be on the basic side – but they are kept very clean, but what it lacks in facilities it makes up for in views and opportunities to explore.
As well as being a campsite, it’s also a working farm, so plenty of different animals for the kids to see.
Even though all 5 campsites are great and well worth visiting the number 1 has to be Fieldhead Campsite. Edale is just a great place to take the wife and kids for a fun-filled weekend away, it was close.
All the sites offer something different and are well worth visiting in 2018. This is part of our series of best campsites to visit in 2018.