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The Cross Inn Caravan Park
Cauldon Lowe
Stoke On Trent
Staffordshire   (Browse area)
ST10 3EX
Tel: 01538 308338
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Pitches: 60
Open: 01/01/2020 to 31/12/2020
           01/01/2021 to 31/12/2021

Rating: Average Review Score: 6/10 from 28 Reviews
                6/10 from 28 Reviews

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Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 No Baby Changing   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   No Gas Exchange   No Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge    Motorhome Point 
 Shop <1 mile   Bar On Site   Restaurant On Site   Wifi Access 
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing <10 miles   No Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool <5 miles   No Outdoor Pool 
 No Horse Riding   Cycle Hire <1 mile   Golf <5 miles   Tennis <5 miles 
 No Beach   Watersports <10 miles   Boat Launch / Mooring <10 miles 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport On Site  No Dog Walk 

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Date of Visit: July 2017 Unit:  Trailer Tent
Reviewer: Nicgeojak 6 reviews from this member

 Have just returned from a 4 night stay at the Cross Inn. It is situated directly next to the A52 and there is a fair bit of traffic noise. It is ideally situated for a trip to Alton Towers, Stoke or Ashbourne, the facilities are basic but adequate for a short trip. The pub food is quite good and reasonably priced. That is the positives. The not so good bits. Ground drainage isn't great, as soon as it rained the whole area turned mushy. There are no marked pitches. The wheelie bins were over full and there was rubbish piled around them for days which was strewn about by animals. The main issue. The area between the camping field and the facilities resembles a refugee camp. There are a number of foreign workers living in a group of metal container rooms and have set up their own makeshift communal area. Now when we spoke to them they were pleasant BUT it was intimidating walking past them at night, as they sat drinking and smoking, to go to the loo. And they did say they thought they would be there til the end of the year.

In all this site needs a good tidy up and a bit of money spending on the grounds and facilities (and more regular bin emptying) The toilets/ showers need an overhaul (50p charge for a red hot 4 min shower) only 1 shower in the gents portacabin.

This site is ideal for a cheap one or two night stay for a trip to Alton Towers. 

Date of Visit: April 2017 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Cmjn 6 reviews from this member

 Booked 3 nights here for the bank holiday had to pay in full when we booked, we arrived at cross inn went into the pub and asked what pitch we had been allocated went to the pitch to find a very old run down caravan with a taped up door on the pitch, I went back to ask where we were suppose to pitch the young girl said just put it on the grass, me and my husband where not happy if we had not of paid in full we would have left there and then so I went back down to the pub for a third time and the owner who was very laid back said he had made a mistake and we where on the next pitch.

The pitches are not level just some road stone thrown down the only good point was you had your own water tap there where 3 caravans on pitches that had been there for a while and made the place look very untidy there could be so much done with this site, the ladies toilets where ok then mens where in a portacabin round the back of the main toilets the pub was very run down pool table broken, telly had been taken of the wall generally unkept suppose if you want a base for walks and alton towers its ok but I would not return to this site 

Date of Visit: November 2016 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: KECMA 11 reviews from this member

 Stayed for 2 nights because it was a few miles from Longton where our car was being modified to tow behind the motorhome. Being November it was a bit grey and wet with leaves underfoot so not the best time to comment on surroundings. We stopped by the site entrance opposite the duck pond. The pitch was large enough for the motorhome and for the car when we brought it back for our second night. The gents toilets and showers were in a portacabin type unit; Because the showers had no changing area in the cubicle I used our own vehicle's facilities as communal changing facilities outside a curtained shower area is not for me. My wife used the ladies block which she said was adequate but loos were left in dirty state by previous users. The main road was busy with many heavy lorries and there was a bus stop outside the site. The pub was great, friendly atmosphere from all the staff and the locals; well kept real ale and good food at lunchtime and evening (with proper veg selection) and very modern clean loos. We would like to go back when the weather improves, there seems to be a lot of nice countryside nearby. 

Date of Visit: March 2015 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: Tommoes 1 review from this member

 Just visited this site for a quick two night stop because of its close distance to Alton Towers where we were visiting.

I am sure there are more in depth reviews than this one but here goes.

I usually stay at the Star campsite which is closer, but only about a mile, however it seems as though the price has risen sharply of late. 86 for Myself the wife and two kids for two nights at The Star, and that's as a member, whilst at the Cross inn its 20 a night with electric.

As for facilities all the basics are there, water, electricity and drainage on the pitch, nice and level, elsan, toilet and shower block.

Theres a pub serving food, although we didn't eat there looked good, plenty of people and a nice friendly atmosphere. The manager even fixed the lock when it broke on the Motorhome.

So that's it. Close to Alton towers, cheap, friendly, and a pub.

If your going anywhere other than Alton towers I can't comment as that's all we did, but it's close proximity has made it on our default stop list. 

Date of Visit: August 2013 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Gwasanaeth 2 reviews from this member

 I have a dilemma when writing reviews because I hate being negative and the people who run this site worked extremely hard and were very friendly and accommodating. I think the main problem with the site is the way in which campers are crammed onto the site with very little space around and between pitches. All the tents seemed to be on top of one another. We were a group of three tents and tended to cook outside just one of the tents so felt a bit safer but would have hated to be so close to strangers.

This site could be a gem but is in need of some TLC

The facilities (toilets and shower) were dated and insufficient for the amount of people using them. However, the staff worked hard at keeping them as clean as possible.

On two of the mornings we were there someone had allowed their dog to 'mess' on the paths and the owners cleaned it up as soon as they were aware of it. I felt so sorry for them having to do that. The staff kept a constant eye on cleaning the field and removing any rubbish left by some inconsiderate campers.

My sister in law spoke to the owners and offered advise re;pitch size etc and they listened and explained that they had had a bad flood in the 'ladies' the previous week. I believe they are quite new and intend to make improvements.

There was a rowdy group on site who partied into the wee small hours and they were asked to leave early the following morning. The owners had done their best during the evening to keep them away from the pub and the camping field and to quieten them down.

We didn't do much exploring but we did visit Ilam, a few miles away and also Dovedale. Both lovely and worth a visit. Nice scenery and good walking area. Ashbourne not too far away. We had a lovely weekend but would think twice about returning in peak season. Maybe off peak, when less busy we would consider it. 


Date of Visit: August 2013 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Jon+Kelly 3 reviews from this member

 We have just returned from a two night stay at The Cross Inn, at 15 a night with electric it was a very reasonable price to get away for a couple of days, we had a family of five on one pitch and a family of three on another adjoining pitch, we like many others visiting this site used it as a base whilst visiting Alton Towers.

The campsite is set in a beautiful picturesque part of Staffordshire and has the potential to be a lovely site, however we were disappointed with our stay :(

We were booked into our pitch the pitches are the smallest I have pitched on (very very small), I'd say the pitches we were given were approx 6m x 5m our guy ropes were crossing with the other parties tent as well as the two families behind who came to pitch later in the day, this to me is a fire hazard & if there happened to be a fire in one of the tents the whole lot would have gone up in flames! There was no mention of pitch sizes on the pubs website and having known this we wouldn't have booked. We own a Sunncamp Oasis 600 and compared to some I don't class it as a overly massive tent nowadays, my father owns a Hi Gear Voyager 6 & he couldn't fit his porch on the front. The slopes were uneven and after a heavy downpour underneath both the tents it became waterlogged and the trip from the pitches to the toilets were quite slippy, cars aren't allowed next to tents even though on there website its advertised as only one car per pitch (you really couldn't fit a car on the pitch anyway) they are to be parked at the bottom of the field on the pub car park! Check in times are 2pm and check out times are 10am which you feel rushed to leave as (5 is charged to your card if you are late leaving) & some pitches are right next to the A52 so there is traffic noise, we were at the other side of the field and not really a problem but I can imagine it being for those pitched right by it, there is one toilet block with a disabled toilet/family shower room, these were warm & heated but in need of refurbishment, (hole in the womens roof) and tiles missing) it looks like they've recently had a lick of paint but could be made better, the showers are charged at 50p for 4 minutes in the mens & family room but free in the womens?? The toilets ran out of toilet roll on the second day and wasn't restocked before we left, so I'd take my own just in case.

The pub itself seemed nice though we tried the Sunday Carvery there and enjoyed the food/drinks, there was a free bouncy castle for young children which my daughter enjoyed.

The site is handy for Alton Towers about 5 minutes drive away but due to the layout/space and unevenness of the pitches I'd be reluctant to return in fear of fire safety. 

Date of Visit: July 2013 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Tanya-and-dan 1 review from this member

 Me and my partner recently went to Stoke on Trent for an outing to Alton towers due to my partner working in stoke the day before. It was a last minute decision to go camping and we booked the first camp site we came across to be honest ( rue hill camp site ) we go there to find it was just a field. Left to my own devices whilst my other half went to work it took me near enough an hour to put the tent up - my other half didn't put the tent pegs into which was a complete disaster!

I walked the mile down the road to the cross inn for some food and something to drink and was talking to the lovely bar staff that was on at the time. I then got a phone call from the camp site we were staying at saying the electrics toilets and showers were not working. I was explaining my situation to the staff at the bar and she told the landlord at the cross inn who got the maintenance man to actually take me to the other camp site and get my tent and bring it back which was an lovely gesture! He helped me take my tent down and put it back up again and even got me some tent pegs!

All the staff here are absolutely lovely and so are the grounds! the food in the pub is also really really nice and very cheap! (definitely recommend the baileys cheese cake!). We even stayed another night on the site because it was that good! :) Thankyou to all the staff at the cross in who helped me and also made our 2 day stay over very very enjoyable :) 

Date of Visit: February 2013 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: Jasonainslie84 1 review from this member

 We recently visited the Alton Towers water park, but didn't want to pay the prices at the hotel. So we took our new motor home, so we could make a weekend of it! Our visit the The Cross Inn started with a Google search to find a campsite close by. We chose the Cross Inn as the Star couldn't accommodate our motor home and these were more than happy too.

When we turned up we were welcomed by the owners who were doing some maintenance and gardening. They booked us in quickly and were more than happy talk to us about the local area and places near by that we may need to visit like the shop just 5 minutes drive. Whilst in the pub for dinner we greeted by the chef who talked us through the menu and said that if there wasn't something on the menu we wanted and he had the ingredients it would be no trouble. So we had a spaghetti carbonara each. Both the beer and food were great.

After we left we read the reviews on here and we were shocked, our experience was excellent and we would recommend it to anyone visiting the area. We look forward to visiting in August when we are going on our annual Peak District venture. 

Date of Visit: July 2012 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Wendycb73 5 reviews from this member

 Site is in need of refurbishment - showers were frequently too hot and toilet block was generally run down. Washing machine was faulty which was a problem for us as the weather was appalling and our clothing / dog towels needed frequent laundering.

Field allocated for campers in tents tends to be waterlogged and suffers from rising mud. Due to location, great for visitors to Alton Towers but for the same reason groups of young people tend to camp there and we had a few pretty sleepless nights due to noise from these other parties.

Well located for visiting surrounding area but the site is based on the A52 which did mean that there was significant traffic noise from fairly early in the morning.

On a positive note, the electric hookup was great and we were able to run a number of electrical items including toaster, kettle and heater simultaneously without trip out.

Relaxed site, friendly staff but we did not always receive the service expected. Public house on site advertised food on its website but this was not available at the time we stayed there.

Friendly ducks and hens visited the tent frequently which was very pleasant. 

Date of Visit: June 2012 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: Sunnybus 4 reviews from this member

 We picked this site on route to a wedding to stopover. The pubs own website reads very well.

However it was possibly one of the worst sites we've stayed on but obviously things had changed!

A very unenthusiastic new owner or manager informed us that it was 25 for our bessacarr, looking at the tariff it was 30 for a room. A tad expensive considering the state of the place.

He explained that the previous owners had just got up and left!

There was no food on, not even a sandwich offered.

There was rubbish dumped on the next pitch, which he did come and clear. The grass was very long and un kept looking. A caravan on a seasonal pitch had its door swinging open as if it had been broken into. Who knows?

A shame as it looked as though it had been a nice place. 

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