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Visitor Reviews - The Duke William

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The Duke William
91 Church Street
Derbyshire   (Browse area)
DE4 3BZ   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01629 582585

Facilities:  (Key)

10m  10m   10m 

Pitches: 10
Open: May To September

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 39 Reviews
              8/10 from 39 Reviews

Units accepted:    Tents  Caravans  Motorhomes 

Reviews:  39 in total, now showing 1 to 6                 Previous 6          Next 6
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Date of Visit: April 2014 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Slaphead 1 review from this member

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!

Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: MR+KR 10 reviews from this member

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.

Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Publord 3 reviews from this member

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.

Date of Visit: June 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Wibs 1 review from this member

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.

Date of Visit: May 2012 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Hesmith97 2 reviews from this member

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.

Date of Visit: April 2012 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Hmgvs 10 reviews from this member

Parked in the carpark as area was very wet. Glad we did so as awoke next morning to snow and doubt we would have got off the very steep meadow if we had parked there.

Didn't use the toilet facilities as we had our own.

The landlord & customers in the pub were very friendly, we were going to eat there but it got very busy with a darts match so gave it a miss and cooked for ourselves.

Easy walk into town.

Be aware the turn into the parking area is quite a sharp turn and up a bit of a slope, we scraped the bottom of chassis going in!

10 for one night.

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