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.
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.
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