We used this campsite as a stopover on a Friday and Sunday evening on our way to and then back from a friend's 50th in Scotland. The campsite is well maintained and in a beautiful location, we were sorry that we weren't staying for the whole weekend so that we could enjoy some of the walks in the area. We pitched our camper van right next to the river in the field over the road from the main site (where the facilities are located) and it was wonderful to be able to light a fire in our fire pit on both evenings, with the sound of the river tinkling in the background. Paving slabs are also provided to ensure that you don't damage the grass. The owner was extremely helpful and friendly. We didn't visit the shop but had a pint in the pub which is incredibly well situated, right next to the site. The only area that could do with a bit of improvement are the facilities which were very basic. Nevertheless we would definitely spend a night or two here again if we were in the Peak District.
Just back from another weekend at this gem of a campsite while attending a camping event, this is our 3rd visit. The weather was fantastic so the site was full, but not overcrowded, and there was no noise after 10. 30pm. The sites facilities coped really well, despite there only being 2 showers each for men and women. The showers are free and the toilets and showers were cleaned every day.
The site now has a large fridge freezer, tumble dryer and an electric kettle for campers to use and an electric point in the ladies for hair-dryers/Straighteners. Still lots of local information leaflets and a book swap box under the covered area near the reception.
There is no playground for the children, but that's is no bad thing in my opinion as it helped them use their imagination to create their own entertainment by playing in the shallow river, rolling down the hill and making lots of friends to play rounders and games with. That said all was quiet by 10. 00pm.
BBQs are allowed as are open fires as long as they off the ground in a fire pit or similar container, and they provide a slab of concrete to put them on.
The Manifold Inn, across the road from the site, serves great food and also does a campers breakfast. There is also a well stocked shop approx 100 yards from the campsite that is open from about 7. 30 am to 7. 00pm.
This is a nice, friendly campsite in a lovely area that is well placed to enjoy this part of the Peak District and we wholeheartedly recommend it. Wayne is a brilliant guy who will go out of his way to help you and is very easy to get along with.
8 of us stayed here for two nights in June (3 tents and a campervan). The owners were very helpful with the booking prior arrival.
Weather was poor on the Friday night when we arrived and it was difficult to know where to park your vehicle to walk up to reception! Luckily, our co-campers in the campervan had already arrived so we parked next to them and set the tent up first and settled payment later. We were sited along the riverbank as we had requested hook-up. The pitches were very large.
Unfortunately, there was a large group setup opposite us who were very loud right up until around 2am on both evenings, which was a real shame.
The facilities were clean and tidy. Just a shame about the situation of the washbasins in the ladies, hard to access if someone is in the shower as the doors block the way. Only two showers and two toilets in the main section for each sex, but there is also a portacabin with some extra toilets in.
Kids were free to play on the site, no playground, but plenty of space up near the facilities for them to play with a ball etc.
We went to the pub on the Saturday night and the food was excellent; reasonably priced too we thought.
We did a walk from the campsite up to Thor's Cave; lovely going down the river to a tea room then up the steep incline. Cycle path is on your doorstep too.
The location of the site was great, but there are small things about the site which make me question whether I would use it again or not. Improvements could be made to the facilities in my opinion, and maybe a wander around the site once at night to ensure people keep noise down.
What a great site, the way camping ought to be. I would love to keep it a secret but that would be unfair to the owner.
Gorgeous site with a lovely river running through it. Caravans and tents can pitch along the river bank and there are other terraced pitches, and a separate field for camping over the road. Right next to a pub, and near a shop that stocks most of the basics you might need ( and fresh pork pies too!)
There are two washing up sinks, one covered and one not. And the water is piping hot!
Toilet facilities are in porta-cabins, and kept clean and tidy. Showers were hot and I never had to queue. We stayed on a rainy week and the site did get a bit muddy where people walked to and from the loos and washing up facilities, but the owner had put a few mats down to avoid further damage to the grass.
The owner is friendly and helpful and best of all relaxed. He gave us great advise on where to go for a fantastic walk away from the crowds, and helped us get out of the site when we left. We got stuck in the pub car park opposite and he helped us unhitch and turn the van round before waving us off cheerily. ( Note there is a tight right turn into the campsite but we are novice caravanners, so perhaps experienced caravanners would not have had the difficulties we did!)
Fires allowed as long as you use a fire pit. There is no play area for kids but our three kids had a great time regardless. There are families of ducks that live along the river raising their chicks that kept our kids amused! And plenty of lovely walks straight from the campsite door. Including the Manifold Way. If you get an OS map, and go off the beaten track, on the footpaths nearby you are on for a treat. Don't miss Ecton Hill, its a fantastic walk.
A great base for touring and visiting the tourist spots if that's your thing- Bakewell, Dove Dale, etc.
We will definitely be returning. A wonderful camping spot in a beautiful location. With a helpful and friendly owner to boot! What more could you want?
We've just come back from a lovely bank holiday weekend at Bankhouse Farm, always helped by glorious sunshine.
Have got to say, the campsite was excellent. It's a large site, with at least 3 fields, and the pitches close to the river looked lovely. We had a site at the top of the hill, where you did get the best views but was a bit windy. If you get there later on, be warned the main field has a large sloping section so some of the tents that were pitched later on Saturday looked very slanted. However there is a large amount of space so on non-bank holiday weekends I'd be surprised if this was an issue - instead it would probably leave a large playing area for kids.
They allow fires, as all campsites should! Off ground only, but that's fine with me I always use my BBQ, and they provided a slab of concrete to put this on. There was wood to be scavenged nearby too, which was useful as the wood we bought in the village shop was very damp (very common problem).
The toilets were clean, the showers free (and with enough space to change) but it's the little extras that make it. They have a public fridge/freezer to use, which is very useful for refreezing freezer packs. And a take one/leave one book box, where I found a book I'd been looking for for quite a while.
The best bit was when, at 4:55 I asked if there was a local butchers where we could get some bbq food, the girl there phoned up the shop in Hartington who said they would hold the shop open for 10 minutes so we could get some. Excellent service!
Slightly expensive for me but then I'm used to cheap no-frills sites and this was a step up from my normal campsite. Good local pub too, and many good pubs to walk to.
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