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.
Just got back from a scorching weekend at this site. A great time was had by all.
We didn't book it until last minute and we where about the last to get on the field but we still managed to get two caravans side by side.
The view is amazing of the Riber Castle. Everybody was really friendly including all the other campers and the entertainer on Saturday night was very good.
Toilets and showers where very clean but I think the water point needs to be moved as it is situated in the kids playground and there is no waste disposal but a minor point for a week end break.
We thought very good value for money and will definitely be returning. Just a note though the entrance is a little tricky and we had to go past and turn round in the school car park (not gated out of hours) but they did warn us of that when booking.
I was apprehensive about this site having no electric and being mostly tents but how wrong can you be!
When we arrived on Friday morning there was just one tent and a couple of seasonal vans, off we went for the day and on returning the site was filled with many tents with people everywhere, who were obviously in groups, my worst fear. I thought.
Yes there were people talking together at night but not at all rowdy, and we were able to lay in, in the morning as it was quiet.
There is one shower which looked clean enough but we have our own. There are one loo for each ladys and gents with wash basin and (comfy chairs?).
Just across the road along a footpath will take you one way to Matlock (15 mins) or the other way, Matlock Bath, took us about an hour because we kept stopping and looking at all the views. Lovely walk over the top and then through the woods.
The pub in the evening is great, while we were there we had a lovely meal, danced the night away with Dennis (Mr entertainment) and the landlord who certainly has the x factor!
There is the obvious problem mentioned in the other reviews referring to the approach to the site, and I can confirm you do have to turn around even when going out. Our friends went out downhill and caught their corner steady on the way.
The bells from the church clock do appear a bit random and are quite loud but you get used to it.
To sum it up I think the Duke william is perhaps more suited to adults, don't go if you want caravan club standards but if you want a free and easy weekend and not bothered about 'frills' then you won't be disappointed.
We said at first we wouldn't return due to there being no electric but having stayed there, we would sacrifice that for the fun we had in the pub.
I want to return to try the Carvery on Sunday.
I only wish it was my local!
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