Lovely campsite, ideal for a weekend away, close to home. Campsite is clean and owners are friendly and helpful. Facilities- showers, toilets and sinks for washing up are spotless. There's obviously bins for rubbish too that were emptied daily and toilet disposal and drinking water tap. Notice boards are available with up to date information about the local pubs and things to do. The Punch Bowl is in easy walking distance and welcomes children and dogs. The children had fun on the small playground central to the campsite.
Yes the campsite is windy but our tent stood up well to the test with its steel poles!
Just come back from a weekend at this farm. It's literally 15 miles from our home, but we'd rather be out in our van than stuck at home looking at 4 walls.
The farm itself is very high up on the Moors. So, as a result you get an almost perfect 360 degree view of the surrounding areas including Darwen Tower (put there for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee).
The down side to this as many have already pointed out is you are exposed to the elements and for any who camped this weekend 22-24 June - you will be well aware there were floods all over the North West including Darwen. Luckily for us, we were high enough to not suffer with flooding, we did however get the backlash of the wind and rain which was truly atrocious.
The farm itself was very clean, and tidy, the grass was perfectly manicured, the little play area was great for our boys & all the other children.
The Shower block was honestly the best I have used. The exterior has been newly painted, then inside instead of a row of loo's and a row of sinks then separate showers, there were three large cubicles and each contained a sink, shower & loo! So, for Mrs, Fussy like me - just perfect and immaculate too.
We went with our little local camping club (on a rally) so not sure of the normal fees, but found it very very reasonable.
As others have said, you can't really put your awning up - it's too windy, so travel light.
It's handy for Blackburn & Darwen for shops, or a bit further you have Boundary Mill.
There's a great little pub just round the corner from the campsite that does meals for under a £5. Becuase we couldn't put up our marquee, we all went to the pub and the landlady happily arranged a back roon for us as we all had children - very accomodating, we even joined in with the locals on the karaoke machine! :)
Will definitely go back here, fabulous facilities, fantastic views, great area to be.
My husband and I went here for a 3 night stay over Easter to visit friends. The weather had become cold but wasn't too concerned as apart from that it looked like a good place to stay.
Unfortunately there was no heating working in the toilet/shower block so having a shower was out of the question as it was freezing, also the hot water kept running out just filling a small bowl to wash dishes!
the ground is very uneven which makes finding a flat surface to pitch difficult. I would like to emphasise you are on top of a very exposed hill so if you are considering camping in a tent go when the weather forecasts little or no wind. We had a weather front come around on us and it flattened our fremont 8 tent, shredding 2 poles on the first day! All the owner had to say was the tent was too big which there is no statement on the web site to tent limitations nor did they say once they saw it pitched up. They refused to give us a refund of the 2 days and nights we we unable to stay, they offered a free night next time but as our tent is too big its very unlikely we will return.
They stated they were aware of the heating and water issue but it wouldn't be fixed in our stay. This was not told to us when we booked only 7 days prior to arrival! Also they stated the wind nearly blew their house roof off and yet did not make sure anyone camping was safe.
The electric was also intermittent and kept tripping out. My husband requires a cpap machine for medical reasons and it kept stopping requiring us going out the tent to turn back on.
Although the web site states family tents are welcome I would consider any size tent above a 3mtr x 2 mtr may find it difficult if it gets windy or very heavy rain as their is no shelter.
It says it has disabled access. I would find it difficult to use the site if I was in a wheelchair or crutches etc, the ground is uneven, the road is large crushed rubble and there is a step into the disabled toilet. It was locked so couldn't get in but if it didn't have a shower the showers in the mens/ladies has a step in and out. They are very clean and well stocked though, with 2 shower rooms with a toilet mirror and sink and a further 2 toilets.
The pot wash outside is 2 sinks where the bins are for rubbish and recycling. There is fire fighting equipment at the toilet block too.
The children's play area is ok a bowl style swing and small climbing frame, we did see other playground equipment to one side so there may be more being installed which will be good.
It is close to the motorway and other villages and facilities. A good place to have a base so you can go to Bolton, Blackburn, Burnley, Nelson and Manchester. There is pubs and takeaways near by and some do deliver.
There is several supermarkets close by, Sainsburys, Asda, Tesco and Burnley is only 15mins away and its like a mini city centre with a shopping centre with most high street stores.
I would like to say we know the owners could not control the weather, and it was unfortunate how it changed so fast on us and caused the damage and up set. But it was their lack of concern and how they dealt with us that has made us feel let down. We will not be returning here.
We have just got home after four lovely days at Brocklehead, its a great site, like other reviews the first two days were windy but on the last two days the wind had died down and you couldn't ask for a more peaceful site.
The views are spectacular over the East Lancashire moors and in the other direction Darwen Tower stands magnificently overlooking the valley.
There's lots of wildlife and if birdwatching is your thing you won't be disappointed. The site is well laid out with big pitches and plenty of space in between caravans.
The shower and toilet block are very clean and well looked after, and the owners are very friendly and helpful you can buy lovely freerange eggs from the farm, delicious for breakfast.
There is a paper shop a few minutes walk away that sells bread and milk and other essentials.
The town of Darwen has lots of shops and small supermarkets and is well worth a visit and a short drive away is Blackburn, that has everything you could need and, a great new market.
Motor way access is only a couple of miles away and you can get to all the many attractions that Lancashire has to offer easily, Blackpool, Southport, Camelot.
Chorley and Preston are great little market towns. The Trough of Bowlands only half an hour away by car, one of Lancashires amazing places.
We will definitely be visiting Brocklehead again and it will not be long before we do.
I have visited here twice before on rally events. My last visit was July 2011 and I went last minute as I had been let down by another site. I rang up and booked Brocklehead and the owner was very friendly and accommodated 2 caravans and a tent no problem.
The site is good value for money at £13. 00 a night with electric. The site is rectangular with grass pitches down the left and along the top of the site, whilst there is hardstandings down the right hand side of the field.
There is a large grassed area in the middle which is ideal for children and also a climbing frame and swing for children to play on. All pitches have electric hookup but you don't have to use it should you prefer non electric.
There is unfortunately only 1 water tap for the site which is by the entrance so can be a bit of a walk if your up at the top end but this wouldn't put me off going again. The toilets and showers are clean and reasonably modern.
The best thing being the showers aren't those silly push button types most caravan sites have so you can have a proper shower in them. There is wasing up sinks provided at the amenities block for tenters which looked quite large and would be useful for those that don't have there own facilities.
The views from the site are brilliant in either direction but as the site is so exposed it can get windy. 2 out of the 3 times there has been a breeze but a windbreak soon sorts that out. The electrics can sometimes be iffy on this site dependant on the pitch you get. Its powerful enough for your lights and heating on 1000W but not a great deal more.
The pitch I was on this last time however allowed me to power my hoover and at nights the heating was on 2000W as it got chilly and it didn't trip out.
I think this is just dependant on pitch. The Punchbowl Inn is just a short walk away and is OK for couple of drinks. Its quite oldie worldy and the landlord and landlady very friendly.
Just returned after a fantastic three nights stay at Brocklehead Farm. With two boys not wanting to travel too far, this campsite fitted the bill perfectly.
The site is fabulous, lots of space and GREAT for the kids. Showers and toilets were excellent, showers hot and no queuing.
Only one thing on downside didn't fathom out how to lock the toilet and shower doors :/ Very friendly owners who let you 'get on with it' Supermarkets are only 2-3 miles away. Will definitely be returning the this campsite - you cant beat it :)
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