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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                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01332 792832

Facilities:  (Key)

Nearby: (within x miles)
5m 10m   10m 

Pitches: 60
Open: March To January

Rating: Average Review Score: 7/10 from 27 Reviews
              7/10 from 27 Reviews

Units accepted:    Tents  Caravans  Motorhomes Caravan Storage Storage 

Reviews:  27 in total, now showing 1 to 6                 Previous 6          Next 6
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Date of Visit: June 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Firehunter 1 review from this member

Nice flat site, two toilet blocks, one being quite far away from the touring site. Facilities are ok, nothing special. There are numerous walks in the area which is very flat. The site is surrounded by canals and river, a very special place. There is an on-site pub/restaurant and 5 or 6 more within easy walking distance. The on-site pub is good for food - if you can get served! The bar staff don't seem to be able to make a mental note of who needs serving next and tend to serve whoever is in front of them when they've finished serving the last customer. We walked out without spending any money on numerous occasions. You'll find The Navigation pub at the entrance to the site a lot better. We ordered our food and it came to us in less time than I'd been standing at the bar in the on-site pub (Smithys) and it was delicious! All in all a nice break once I'd got over being ignored in Smithys bar :-)

Date of Visit: June 2015 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Das545701 7 reviews from this member

We love this place, this is our third visit with 5 units, its not sparkling but does the job.

Pub good and so is the food, love to walk around the marina and talk to the long stayers in there narrow boats,

Bit awkward to find reception but always feel welcome,

The owners would love to upgrade the facilities but problem with council so cant, pity.

Will we be back, Yes,

Some nice good food pubs not far away.

Date of Visit: June 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Dazzle58 5 reviews from this member

Both the Caravan Club and the Caravan and Camping club recommend a minimum space of 6m between outfits for safety and fire prevention. There are Standards within the Caravan Sites and Development of Control Act 1960. These Standards aren't statutory but they mirror the CC and the C&CC's recommendations in relation to fire safety.

This site clearly takes no notice of any recommended fire or safety standards whatsoever. We have just stayed here for 3 nights in our touring caravan and awning. We were with a party of 3 caravans. This site's 'rules' say you must be 'parked beside your unit, not in front, this is a safety requirement in case of emergency. ' This is truly laughable. It's impossible to park between some of the pitches - they're far too tightly wedged in! The site 'rules' say no open fires are permitted but the caravan behind us had an awning and a wind-break which was 2 metres from our caravan, behind which they had a fire. Nobody was around to speak to them about the breach of their rules. One of our friends asked, then demanded to be moved because their awning would have been pitched over the tarmac road on the pitch they'd been allocated. The staff in the office just shrugged and said they were fully booked! The Office Manager was called and an alternative pitch was juggled for our friends. They were moved across the road where they could park next to their caravan/awning, but the poor people who arrived later were allocated the smaller pitch and had their chairs and table right next to the tarmac and had to park their car at the front of their caravan.

The portakabin toilet facilities are clean, but they don't smell too good. There are 3 - and according to UKCampsites there are 60 pitches. The ratios aren't quite what you'd like them to be!

The site's location on the marina is so pretty, and there are some great pubs/restaurants locally. It could therefore be a gem of a place to stay - but I would not return to this site until they change their attitude to safety.

Date of Visit: May 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Dorne 2 reviews from this member

We visited here twice in the last week as it was half way to our holiday destination and sadly we will find an alternative park next time. On arrival it took a long time to find the reception(I use the term loosely) as it is not sign posted. Once sited we went off to explore the toilet blocks which were a porta-cabin type thing with only 2 toilets for a large site you also needed a key to use them. The shower block was some distance from our site and again wasn't signposted, when we did find them we needed tokens which we didn't know how to get or from where as the 'reception' closed at 5 as did the launderette an absolute joke consider the size of the place. Luckily we have a shower in our van so didn't need to use the grim looking shower block. The pub on site was very dark and had an unfriendly feeling to it so we walked into Shardlow village for a drink which has some lovely pubs and places to eat. The Marina itself was interesting to look at so we did enjoy walking around there.

Date of Visit: April 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Caroline129 3 reviews from this member

Stayed here over weekend. £34 caravan with porch awning, two adults, ehu. You have to leave £20 for toilet key and gate fob. The reception is awkward to find, as only sign is on an open gate that you cannot see becouse gate is open. Also if you pull in toward reception with a van you are stuck have to reverse out. Well looked after grassed area for caravan and camping.

The shower block is a good way from camping area, lots of people were wondering where they were, there is a portaloo type toilet and hand sink area by camping that was always clean. Would not know where to wash dishes, if I was in a tent.

The waste water was awkward as you had to lift your container up off the ground.

There is a pub on the grounds that got very busy, not with campers but with people visiting the groups that were playing, but saying that it was not loud (could be heard), and went quiet around 10. 30

Plenty to do in area, very easy access from A50.

Date of Visit: November 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Paulette Hancock 10 reviews from this member

We have been to this site on many occasions and have been very happy with it. On this occasion it was Bonfire weekend and there was a great firework and bonfire display put on (not sure if it was put on by the site or the on site bar called smithys, that is ran by someone else)the location of this site is great as there are many restaurants and bars nearby, but I have to say that Smithys bar is by far best, they have fab food, great bar staff, great for kids and dogs and also have some brilliant live performances.

The on site shop doesn't have a lot, which is a pity cause there is no shop in the immediate area. I haven't used the showers as we use the one in the caravan, but the prefab toilet block is always clean. Overall a good site and It is very hard to score this site as I feel that if it wasn't for Smithys then it wouldn't be as good

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