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Visitor Reviews - North Lees Campsite

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North Lees Campsite
Birley Lane
Derbyshire   (Browse area)
S32 1BR   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01433 650838

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Pitches: 60
Open: Easter-october,weekends From November To March/eas

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 32 Reviews
              9/10 from 32 Reviews

Units accepted:    Tents  No Caravans  No Motorhomes 

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Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Campinglord 1 review from this member

Came here over early august for a week - have been twice a year for about 15 years and love the place, however, this time we left after 2 days due to the midges.

In the top and middle field we were swarmed by clouds of them - never seen it this bad in all the time ive been coming here.

After the first night and even after using Deet 80% spray and covering up my partner had over 100 large bites on her face and body that looked like severe chickenpox that was infected.

For a lady this is obviously very distressing on the face and neck.

From approx. 5am-10am there are thousands and then again from approx. 5pm onward, the place is swarming and anyone who stands still gets covered. After 2 days the initial 6 tents had all gone in our field due to the midge swarms.

Impossible to sit outside the tent and enjoy the early evening or have breakfast. - sadly we will be giving North Lees a wide berth for this and next year which we are gutted about but with such horrendous bites its not worth it.

Date of Visit: August 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Fay555 1 review from this member

Stayed here with friends in 2 other tents, wardens are lovely and let us pitch where we liked, facilities are very clean, only 1 shower (very powerful and hot) but even on the bank holiday we didn't have to wait long. Would stay again and probably will next summer. Fantastically located for nice long walks, picnics and a visit to stanage edge but you do need to drive if you want to go into the town as it was a long walk into Hathersage for the children.

Date of Visit: September 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: ArrowEddie 1 review from this member

Mature couple mid sixties, Tent Vango Icarus 5 man.

We stayed on this campsite for four days, we had one night of rain to which the tent performed very well. The site is on a slight incline but did not find this too much of a problem and is ideal for climbers and walkers.

The toilets and shower were kept very clean each morning. The mens and womens toilet only had one shower, and there was only one toilet in the mens and three toilets for the women.

There is no shop on site and therefore all shopping is done in the village of Hathersage which is down a very steep hill and you need strong legs or transport as it is about two miles from the campsite, also there is not much parking on the road in the village but there is a small car park at the rear of the village.

The campsite has limited parking but this can be extended and is down to the discretion of the Ranger/owner, who we found very helpful and friendly, as when we were there on one of the nights the site was very busy and the car park got full.

Date of Visit: July 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Kitty123 3 reviews from this member

I love this campsite. It's perfect for a quiet break, it's amongst beautiful scenery with gorgeous walks directly from the site. Hathersage with its shops and pubs is only a 15-20 minute walk away, or a 5 minute drive.

The site is fairly basic but the toilet/shower block is cleaned regularly and there are good recycling and washing up facilities.

I've stayed here a few times and I like the strict rules they have in respect of noise - even with the campsite full, its still peaceful as the wardens make it clear that its a 'quiet' site. Some sites I've been on are horrendously noisy but this one is different - if you want a restful break then this is the one for you.

The only suggestion I would make to the PDNP is that they have an extra shower put in both the ladies and gents loo blocks as you sometimes have to queue for the shower when the site is busy.

Apart from that its a perfect little spot.

Book well in advance if you intend to go on a summer weekend as they do get full quickly.

Date of Visit: June 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Agusta 1 review from this member

A great campsite, I always use it when in Derbyshire climbing or walking. It's just a short walk to Stanage Edge but and a good base camp if you are climbing in other places within the area.

The site has three main areas, I normally stay in the top field, families seem to stay in the other parts of the site if any are staying.

The showers are OK and there is a place to do the washing up too.

Car parking is OK but you cannot park next to your tent unles you pitch next to the campsite road.

Recommended to anyone wanting a place to stay.

Date of Visit: September 2011 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Davidandjunemuir 16 reviews from this member

This is our ideal site. It is quiet, and any rowdiness seems to be strictly policed.

The site does not exclude small same-sex groups, but this did not result in any significant noise because the wardens made clear their expectations.

The facilities are quite basic by modern standards, but they are cleaned regularly, and the showers (only one male and one female) are hot and included in the price.

The location is great: right on a footpath so you can go walking without having to get in the car and go anywhere.

The small town of Hathersage is a pleasant 15 minute walk; good camping and outdoor shops there, one including a walkers' cafe with wifi (20 minutes free if you buy some food), although I didn't find the signal there very strong.

The site is owned by the National Park, and the wardens are clearly committed to it and to the ethos of the Park. We will certainly stay here again.

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