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Ilam Park National Trust Caravan Site
Derbyshire   (Browse area)


Pitches: Permanently Closed from 2017

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 37 Reviews
                9/10 from 37 Reviews

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 No Tents   No Caravans   No Motorhomes   No Glamping Units 
 No Statics for Hire   No Statics on Sale   No Seasonal Pitches   No Caravan Storage 
 Electric Hookups   Hardstanding Pitches   Show Full Facilities
Who's it for
 Adults Only   Club Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up Area   Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   Battery Charging   Gas Refills   Recycling Facilities 
 Kitchen Facilities   Freezer Available   Motorhome Point   Fully Serviced Pitches 
 No Shop   No Bar   No Restaurant   Wifi Access 
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing   Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool   Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding   Cycle Hire   Golf   Tennis 
 Beach   Watersports   Boat Launch / Mooring 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 Waterside Location   Dog Walk   Public Transport 

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Date of Visit: October 2017 Unit:  Other
Reviewer: Webmaster

Please note we have been advised that this site has closed permanently, and no longer offers camping, motorhome or caravanning pitches. If you know that this situation has changed in the future, please could you let us know. Many thanks

Date of Visit: August 2017 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Essdeebee 2 reviews from this member

In many ways, this site was delightful. Right in the middle of Ilam Park with direct access to the (National Trust) park and the whole of Dovedale. For a short walking holiday the location was ideal. It was a bit of a trek to the toilets and showers, which were in the main NT Park buildings, but that was not a problem.

What lets the site down, is the way the wardens allow some people to flout all the rules. It is a small site (just 17 pitches) but on some days there were as many as 5 children tearing around on their bicycles, not just on the gravel tracks, but across and between pitches.

Pitches are unmarked, so we were told to make sure we were at least 10ft from the nearest unit, but before we left, someone was allowed to park less than 2 metres from us.

Due to shortage of space, spare/additional cars are supposed to be left in the adjacent car-park, but while we were there, 2 of the units had a caravan with awning plus 2 cars. As pitches are unmarked and not delineated, this meant less space for everyone else.

There is a cafe and NT shop on site, but any groceries are a short drive away.

Would I go back - possibly, but definitely not in the school holidays.

Date of Visit: July 2017 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Luckyskip 17 reviews from this member

Just returned from this fab little site today, we have been away for the last 3 days & could not have enjoyed our break more. This small site (only 20 pitches) which are a mixture of grass & hardstanding is located right in the centre of Ilam park, the wardens are NT volunteers & are extremely helpful & friendly, always happy to chat with a smile. We have two little dogs & it's a brilliant place to walk them straight out of the gates into acres of fields & public footpaths. The walk into Dovedale is approx half hour away across the fields great for us & the dogs.

Yes, as others have said the toilets & showers are 'off site', however they are actually no further away than many toilet blocks on the larger caravan sites, at the prices charged per night this site is still excellent value for money.

We were told by the wardens that the NT intend to shut this site & make it into a car park!

Everyone on site were amazed at the shortsightedness of this, the site is clearly paying its way as it is very well used particularly at the weekend. It will be a massive blow if the NT do close this site, personally I think it should be left as it is or even invested in to improve it further.

Date of Visit: October 2016 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Steveb67 3 reviews from this member

Really pleased we went here, good value and great location. Only here 2 nights which wasn't enough as there are many things to do, assuming the weather is nice. We missed out on breakfast on site at either the Youth hostel (£5. 50 for adults, £3. 50? for kids, but you have to get there before 9am!) or the National trust cafe.

Colin and his wife and the other warden were very friendly and helpful.

Only got to look at the showers and didn't use them but as mentioned elsewhere, they are in the main building which is not directly within the caravan site. There were 2 and they looked ok, nothing special, although nice and warm. Site only cost £14 a night which is great value.

Bear in mind the reasonably steep roads into the valley, which I was aware of already but actually weren't as bad as I expected, and we do have a twin axle caravan.

Date of Visit: August 2016 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Sue6 26 reviews from this member

A Lovely setting. Please be aware the showers and toilets are located a few minutes walk from the site, in the back courtyard of a building/café and shop. It is best to have your own facilities. The YMCA if asked may allow you to use there bar. Good Walking in the area. When leaving the campsite be carful of exiting from the minor road onto the A515. It is pity that Ashbourne does not have a by-pass the traffic can be busy at times. There are a good number of shops in Ashbourne. Dogs on Leads at ALL times, but there are plenty of areas to walk, with dogs ON leads. Unfortunately the wardens Len & Maria who were there on our arrival did little in way on cleaning the showers, dirty mops, the next wardens cleaned and replaced with a new mop. The toilets are shared with public visitors to the site.

Date of Visit: August 2016 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Fradford 2 reviews from this member

We visited August bank holiday weekend - myself, my husband, two children and father-in-law. We had previously visited in August 2015 and decided to come back to explore the area some more. It has to be the most beautiful site I've visited, surrounded by the stunning Peak District countryside. There are beautiful walks along the river Dove and the river Manifold. Last year (2015) we visited nearby Chatsworth House and this year we brought the bikes with us and took a bike ride along the Manifold valley taking in Thor's cave along the way. The site is very well kept by its National Trust volunteers who will happily take orders for any essentials (bread, milk, newspapers) to be delivered the next day from the local shop. As others have mentioned the toilet block and showers are a short walk away in part of Ilam Hall however we used our own facilities. The surrounding roads can be very narrow and steep in places so it's worthwhile putting a little research into any route you might take if you have a large unit. We are planning on visiting again this summer but this time with our new touring caravan so we'll see how we get on getting to the site.

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