We have just returned from a 2 night stay at the Duke William. Upon arrival we were greeted in the pub by a chirpy chap who showed us around the facilities and told us all about the exciting entertainment that was taking place in the pub over the weekend.
The campsite itself was situated at the rear of the pub. There were a mixture of tents and camper vans, and the site was quite full. We picked a relatively flat area of ground to pitch our tent, but we did notice that the ground was slightly sloping further along the field.
There were separate male and female toilets with a wash basin in each and a couple of comfortable chairs in the ladies just in case you felt that you needed a sit down whilst getting ready! There was only 1 shower which was old looking but worked fine. Due to the busyness of the campsite, more facilities would have been useful because there was a bit of standing around waiting for the facilities to be free.
The location of the campsite is good if you want to access shops and restaurants in Matlock. We highly recommend Maazi for a good curry.
On the first night there was a karaoke competition taking place in the pub, so it was quite noisy until about 11pm. Unfortunately the noise in the campsite didn't stop because we were next to some very loud campers who continued to shout and run about right into the early hours of the morning. This is possibly because of the site's pub location and it was clear that they must have had a few drinks. The pub entertainment on the second night consisted of an old chap singing and playing a banjo. This was relatively quiet though and finished quite early. The campsite was a lot quieter on this night apart from the distant noise of cars in the town and a few dogs on the campsite barking. If you are looking for a peaceful tranquil camping trip this is probably not the best place, however if you need somewhere to camp for a night that is close to Matlock then this is an ok option.
Excellent basic site. The Duke William allowed us to host our spring motorbike rally here and we had an excellent weekend. A relatively small field on a slight slope. The site was quite full and most of the campers were very friendly. It's just a shame that one or two insisted on partying until the early hours with loud thumping music, leaving their rubbish, food and empty beer cans strewn about til late the next morning. I'm sure this isn't the norm as when I camped here a couple of years ago it was fine. Facilities are basic but relatively clean, one male and one female toilet plus a shower room with a toilet, all open 24 hours. Pub toilets also available during opening hours. One water tap, no electric hookup. A small children's play area but most of the kids played in the centre of the camping field. The pub does excellent home cooked food and there is usually live entertainment on a Saturday night. They serve a good selection of ciders, ales and lagers, as well as mild! The surrounding area is excellent for walkers, sightseers and bikers, it is a short walk to Matlock centre, take the steep lane next to the church for a shortcut. Plenty of places in Matlock for food & drink.
We had a nice weekend here. Pub friendly and nice food. There was a honda 90 + biker club on the site for a club meet who were nice and sociable. The pub has basic shower and toilet which was heated and more than adequate. Nice walk to the 'bath'. Friendly locals.
Don't turn into the pub left off the road. Go up the hill and turn round otherwise you'll ground out like I did!
We camped on a Saturday night. What a great place! Basic facilities, but proper camping in a terrific location. Right behind the pub (and a very good one). What more do you want!?
I have long and very good memories of Matlock and Matlock Bath, having spent most Sundays there with motorbike and like-minded mates. Matlock Bath is a northern Mecca to the biking fraternity, since the 1950's I believe (Sherburn-In-Elmet, and Devils Bridge being two others). All are welcome though, and I don't remember any incidents of attacking old ladies (or other boring and untrue stereotypes).
The campsite is in a fantastic location, with a quick and easy stroll down to the park and Matlock. Take the connecting alleyway; its much quicker. Some good pubs in Matlock, including a Wetherspoons, and a fantastic location for scenery. Matlock Bath is a 20 minute walk away.
Mel and his crew run a very good 'ship' in the Duke William, which has decent ale and I believe does very good food. Child friendly too, to the well behaved. We had a good chat with Mel and co. On Saturday night, and found him to be a great bloke. A Nottingham Forest fan of many years, he met the Great Man Mr Clough, and has the photos to prove it. Now just why did that bloke never become England manager?
Hugely and highly recommended. Loads nearby. Very scenic. £5 pppn is about right and VFM. Returning will be when, not if.
This is what I call a proper campsite. No electric hook-ups, 1 tap at rear of pub to fetch water from & no playground on site for the kids, pitch where you like. The OH & myself took the two girls (4 & 2) for a two night stay, Fri & Sat nights. Had a brilliant time.
The site was quite empty when we arrived Fri noon but quickly filled as the day progressed. The kids from all families played in the middle of the field, everyone was warm & friendly. The pub is nice though we didn't eat there.
We spent most of Fri in Matlock (5 min walk) & Sat in Matlock Bath (20 min walk), train rus from Matlock to Bath every hour & costs 70p EW. Next time we go we plan to spend more time on site as the kids made some proper friends.
Adults £5, Kids £2 per night. Take some good pegs & a hammer as the ground is quite stony about 2' down.
A notice on the site entrance asks you not to pitch till you've booked in but if you arrive before pub opens you can call them then pitch straight away.
Matlock & Matlock Bath are beautiful places (seaside without sea). Expect to pay around £3. 20 per pint & chips aren't cheap either.
Stayed in a tent on the campsite here for one night. Overall had a great night with only a few minor niggles.
The People: Just fabulous! Could not have been more warmly welcomed and looked after; Mel and the staff were fantastic, and the locals were just as chatty and friendly. Turned up on the night of the outdoor skittles league match - was great to watch.
The Food: Good hearty stuff, what I'd call 'proper pub grub'. Not the high end quality stuff you find today in todays gastro pubs, but that's not what it is. It's a local pub that serves unpretentious, not-too-bothered-about-presentation decent platefuls of decent grub.
The Pub: Like I said, a proper locals pub but without any of the clique-ness that can sometimes bring. Decor slightly dated, but good selection of ales, good sized dining area, separate TV / darts lounge and cracking service.
The Campsite: Flattish field behind the pub, just 4 other tents and one caravan when I stayed. Decent views across the valley and the church. Facilities ok - juts 2 toilets and one shower, but it's not a huge site so doesn't need huge toilet/shower block. Shower had plenty of hot water and was just about on the right side of ok from a cleanliness perspective. Only niggles were the church bells that pealed throughout the night - got used to it pretty quick though.
Not 5* caravan club type quality camping and facilities, but you're not going to get the Ritz for £5. Overall, I'd say 2/3* facilities with a 5* pub and welcome from the people. I had a great time and would definitely go back and stay there again.
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