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Visitor Reviews - Crowden Camping And Caravanning Club Site

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Crowden Camping And Caravanning Club Site
Woodhead Road
Derbyshire   (Browse area)
SK13 1HZ   See Map
Tel: 01457 866057
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Open: 31 Mar - 06 Nov

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 50 Reviews
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Date of Visit: July 2011 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Lynda190graham 7 reviews from this member

The turn off from the A628 is not clearly marked. If you are travelling from the direction of Manchester the left turn is about 200 metres from the Crowden name sign. The signs indicating that there is a Camping and Caravan Club site are very small and behind a wall, look out for the signs for the youth hostel. The intial approach is deceptively wide and then narrows to a walled single track road, which has plenty of width for all units. The tricky bit is at the end where, as first time visitors we did not know where the entance was. This is important for positioning the caravan for a left hand jig into the site via a narrow entrance gate. When we queried the restricted access we were told that the gatepost for pedestrian access can be lifted out giving an additional metre of width. As it was we managed entrance and exit without problem.

Mark and Nats gave a warm and friendly welcome but their warning about the midges set the tone for our stay. Before we could apply protective cream my wife and I had already been bitten many times.

Although the were set times for reception to be open the wardens turned out of their caravan even after 9pm when backpackers arrived.

The shop was small but had all the basics.

The facilities are basic but spotlessly clean and we never had to queue, even though the site appeared to be full to overflowing. We had three backpacker tents pitched close together and immediately by our car such was the pressure on space.

Whilst we will not be returning, due to the midges it is ideally located for those who want to go on walks without using vehicles.

Date of Visit: June 2011 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Grahammm 8 reviews from this member

From my visits, I've had mixed experiences of Crowden.

The campsite is tucked out of the way, but had good connections to the Pennine Way as well as various other paths. Campsite is quite and predominately a touring caravan site.

For DofE groups, the campsite insist on a copy of the notification number prior to pitching; unfortunately this is not always advised at the time of booking. I've also had an issue with the Warden not being prepared to issue change (all of our campers wanted to pay with a 10 note), which is slightly annoying but a business surely should be able to at least request politely in the future that groups provide the exact change.

Facilities are nice, little shop, nice toilet and showers and very peaceful.

Date of Visit: June 2011 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Daricat 6 reviews from this member

Our first visit in a caravan so we were quite nervous but we needed have worried as the pitches were easy to get to. Site staff were wonderful and very friendly.

It is a fabulous campsite with great walks all around - we and our dogs loved it.

The sign on the main road is quite small - also had to go on foot to check that we had taken the right turn (it only mentioned the YHA once you've turned on to the lane). The turning into the site is quite narrow and tight so you need to be careful if you're new to caravanning!

The shop may be small but has all you need, including local milk and eggs.

It's definitely on our 'must go back' list.

Date of Visit: May 2011 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Teamjeynes 5 reviews from this member

Stayed here for 2 nights as a base for walking - perfect location for that.

Weather wasn't kind as it rained heavily for both nights and days. Made good use of the drying room which is spot on.

Only 2 showers but they're spotless - water pressure a bit low so if you're used to a power shower be patient. Toilets and pot-washing area spotless and well kitted out.

If using a tent, make sure you have the heavy duty steel pegs as the ground was particularly stony just under the surface.

Pitch was a decent size although quite a slope on it (this actually helped with the rain run off).

I like this site and will certainly be going back. Hopefully to see it in the sun.

Date of Visit: April 2011 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Camping_Rocks 5 reviews from this member

A lovely site with some amazing walks on its doorstep,myself and the dog very much enjoyed the reservoirs.

Facilities and drying room where very useful and warden and staff were very friendly and helpful. Just off a very busy road which can be heard a little bit on a night time but overall a great site.

Just to note there are no pubs or shops in walking distance so you need to be stocked up! However there is a small shop on site.

Overall a great site which I will definitely return to

Date of Visit: April 2011 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Lindy.c 1 review from this member

My family and I have recently returned from a wonderful stay at Crowden site. Our weekend away started really badly after the road passing in front of the site, the route in, was closed due to a major accident thus extending an one hour maximum journey to approx 3 hours. However, we called the site to ensure that we would still be able to get onto the site despite the late time and the response we received was lovely.

The warden basically said that it wasn't a problem, we arrived when we arrived and just to do so safely. After having had very negative experiences with certain sites in the past where staff were anything but friendly and would not remain open for us to access the site even ten mins after the cut-off, this reception was so refreshing.

On arrival we were greeted warmly and offered no end of help, this continued throughout our stay and then on exit!

The site itself benefited greatly from its location and was absolutely beautiful. The showers and toilets were always clean and well maintained. The shower rooms were much larger than usual which is brilliant for young families like us.

The only thing missing from this site for us was a kids play area.

We would definitely return again to this site

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