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Visitor Reviews - Shardlow Marina & Caravan Park

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Shardlow Marina & Caravan Park
London Road
Derbyshire   (Browse area)
DE72 2GL   See Map
Tel: 01332 792832
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Pitches: 60
Open: March To January

Rating: Average Review Score: 7/10 from 38 Reviews
                7/10 from 38 Reviews

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 Adults Only   Club Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Naturist Site 
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 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   Bathroom 
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 Kitchen Facilities   Freezer Available   Motorhome Point   Fully Serviced Pitches 
 Shop On Site   Bar On Site   Restaurant <5 miles   Wifi Access 
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing On Site   Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool   Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding   Cycle Hire   Golf   Tennis 
 Beach   Watersports On Site   Boat Launch / Mooring On Site 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 Waterside Location   Dog Walk   Public Transport <10 miles 

Reviews:  38 in total, now showing 1 to 6                 Previous 6          Next 6
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Date of Visit: January 2018 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Chrisandsandra 31 reviews from this member

Great location on a large marina complex in small but interesting village which has a choice of 5 pubs and easy access to Derby and the surrounding area.

The entrance road was a bit confusing and signage could have been a bit more helpful. After passing what we thought was the touring site (which was full!), but turned out to be the year round pitches, we parked up in the on site pub carpark. From there you have to go round to the side of the Marina buildings to book in. A bit of a walk and not ideal in cold wet sleet! The Office has a small shop and chandlers selling basic foodstuffs, including some excellent proper pork scratchings, and odds and sods of camping stuff

Once that was sorted we were given a good, flat hardstanding pitch with electric and a view of the Marina.

There's an entrance barrier to get onto the touring pitches and a toilet (only) block in portacabins just next to it which is bit of a trek from some of the pitches. This was clean and well looked after. The showers, grey waste dump and chemical toilet disposal point are all on the year round part of the site, an even further walk.

As the site site is shared use with the Marina and quite open all the facilities are locked an you need a key (20 deposit) to open them. You need to go to the Marina office to return the keys and get your deposit back before leaving. A point to note is that you need a key to get into the chemical toilet emptying point so do this before returning the keys!

Although this sounds a bit of a faff once on site and settled we thoroughly enjoyed it and believe it's all a lot easier in the summer when there are more staff about.

We tried 3 of the pubs in the village and they were all ok. We ate in the on site pub and the food was good. There was live music in the evening and a really good atmosphere.

A great site for a weekend and we'll certainly return.

Date of Visit: July 2017 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Lordbill 1 review from this member

We stayed at the Shardlow Marina the first week in July and the weather was great the site was very clean and tidy and the site wardens very nice.

We didn't use the shower facilities it was easier to use our Caravan shower these were a little bit away from the main site, but a portacabin toilet block was useful and spotless daily.

We did notice a new building taking shape this was the new shower block.

The bar on site was very good and reasonably priced as were the other bars in the area.

The only things we could find fault with was a lack of space (what we call rack em and stack em)at busy times and the other thing was that it was very noisy until the early hours on the weekend.

But saying all that we would go back again as the rest of the week was great

Date of Visit: September 2016 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Cressy69 10 reviews from this member

Just back from a weekend stay at shardlow its our 2nd time this year we had been there. It was very busy but luckily we where on pitch 31 on the back row and no one was on the pitch next to us as the people on the middle pitches looked very crammed together. The only downside to this great site is the toilets and the shower blocks! why to local council have turned planning permission for new ones I just can't figure out?as surly it would benefit the local region as it would bring more campers to the site. Like I said very busy the pub was packed Friday when we went across for food{which was great}there was a wedding on at the pub Saturday so we got the local takeaway to deliver us one to the caravan :)

Date of Visit: July 2016 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Dawn01 2 reviews from this member

This was our very first outing in our caravan.

We requested that if possible could we have an easy pitch as my partner has not done reversing of trailers or caravans and we struggle a lot at the moment but we will get it eventually.

The site we got was fantastic with a pub close by which wasn't a problem to us, infact it was great.

We struggled at first as we had to find the pitch and then the dreaded reverse which some campers just sat by and watched but a nice lady came out and helped and also showed us where everything was. (So glad she did) the pitch was great but we didn't use shower or toilet as we were only there for one night so we used our own toilet.

Marina was very good and lovely to watch and I would return for sure but for us their isn't much to do there except the pub so it will be another weekend trip for us but is is a lovely place with great view and pub

Date of Visit: June 2016 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: DJMC 17 reviews from this member

Just returned from a weekend at Shardlow Marina.

Friendly welcome from the shop/reception, and we paid 22. 00 per night which included the awning charge.

We were allocated one of the front pitches overlooking the Marina. There is very little space between these pitches, the people either side of us were literally sat right outside our caravan as it was a fine weather weekend.

The Porta Loo toilets were clean, but the showers are awful. You have to buy a token for 50p which gives you a 20 minute shower. There are 2 showers in the ladies, and they are the worst I have ever seen, both in terms of usability and cleanliness.

Having said this, the site is in a fantastic position with loads of pubs & walks in the close area, and we will return - but request a larger pitch (the middle rows seemed to have more space), and we would use our own shower.

Date of Visit: June 2016 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: KeithChesterfield 12 reviews from this member

The good points lovely position at the side of the Marina and River Trent. All grass pitches seemed reasonable size and flat. Dog walking fields stretch for about half a mile of flat grassland best we've ever seen on a campsite. Plenty of restaurants and takeaways within a couple of minutes drive. Reception gave us two bags for dog waste removal and map of where to take the dog walking. Chinese takeaway on main road had excellent food.

Not so good Reception hidden away behind business units.

Do not drive towards Reception with a large unit as turning around is extremely difficult in working boatyard.

Barrier card awkward to use unless you get out of vehicle.

Only a small toilet and shower block on site larger block about 200 yards but not very accessible unless desperate.

Bad points Smithy's Bar live entertainment stops at midnight but the clientele remained noisily outside until at least one am okay if you want to stay up all night but not if you don't.

Group of up to 30 people sat around a burning fire chatting and singing along to music until well after midnight see above.

Most dogs under control but some off lead and many barking dogs.

No Motorhome waste water (grey water) facility Reception Staff suggested I find a lay-by and put waste water down drain (Hmmm!)

We stayed for two booked nights and that was enough.

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