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Reviews of Rivendale Holiday Park

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Rivendale Holiday Park
Buxton Rd
Alsop En Le Dale
Derbyshire   (Browse area)
Tel: 01335 310311
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Pitches: Lodges Only
Open: 01/02/2024 to 31/12/2024

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 267 Reviews
                8/10 from 267 Reviews

 No Tents   No Caravans   No Motorhomes   No Campervans 
 No Glamping Units   Holiday Homes for Hire   No Statics for Sale   No Seasonal Pitches 
 No Electric Hookups   No Hardstandings   No Fully Serviced Pitches   Show Full Facilities
Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   No Rallies   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome 
 No Toilets   No Showers   No Washing Up Area   No Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   No Laundry   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 No Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point   Wifi Access 
 Shop On Site   Bar On Site   Restaurant or Cafe or Takeaway On Site 
 Kids Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 Fishing On Site   No Wild Swimming   No Indoor Pool   No Outdoor Pool 
 No Horse Riding   Cycle Hire <1 mile   No Golf   No Tennis 
 No Beach   No Watersports   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport <5 miles  No Dog Walk 

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Date of Visit: July 2018 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Knockerhero 1 review from this member

 Absolutely superb site. Great play area for kids. The site is extremely clean and there are great showers. We have 2 children who loved it. Pub food was also lovely in a great setting. Can't recommend highly enough. 

Date of Visit: June 2018 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 3 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Mozzer1966 4 reviews from this member

 Excellent site great location friendly staff.

Good level pitches great location approx 2 miles from Ashbourne and great to get on the cycle way.

Bar on site great value 

Date of Visit: May 2017 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Postcardlil 7 reviews from this member

 Well I have always wanted to go to this site and last week out of luck as were in the area, I found that they had space. We arrived, lovely staff to welcome us, we were given a map of where we were to pitch on Crickhollow. On route we found a lot of signs saying No Dogs, yes I had booked and paid for a dog so they knew. We found the pitch, boy what a suntrap.

We then went down to the cafe, very quaint, would not like to see it full, well we did only count five caravans on the whole site and a few tents. The food was very pricey for the size of the portions we got.

On the first night we could see some animals running around, oh the joy of being in the countryside. The following evening my husband said he could see some rats, I waited patiently until I saw them and yes tested the camera to see if they were frightened of the flash and no they were not, two posed for the camera about a foot from the caravan door. That night my husband did not sleep very well as every noise he thought a rat was trying to get in, well a caravan does have vent holes, he even checked hourly under the caravan. During this time we could not let the dog go on her breakout cable outside for some fresh air, as I think she would have done some serous damage to herself, we had to have her on a close lead all the time, which was not what you call a relaxing time. We thought we would brave another night, but this time they were about during the afternoon. So on the Friday my Husband went down to the office and told them, they said where, Crickhollow, you mean they are up there now as well as in the Tent fields and half way up. When they said that, that was the last straw, we said we were leaving. They only refunded the following days money, not that night as we would have left after the time, but they would have been able to sell the pitch (also not the fee for the dog) and did not even say sorry. We then had to make phonecalls etc to find another site especially as it was Bank Holiday. It is alright if you are only short when you empty in the Elsan. 

Date of Visit: November 2016 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Tony Burton 48 reviews from this member

 We’ve just returned from 2 weeks at Rivendale. This was our third holiday on this site over the past few years. It’s a great area for a holiday with excellent walking and cycling from the site. It would be great for kids who enjoy cycling. Also there is an excellent children’s play area right in the middle of the site. The facilities are good although I suspect could be crowded when the site is full at weekends. We paid by camping cheques, 11 cheques for 14 nights. That was just under £12 per night. Excellent value for a good quality site. 

Date of Visit: September 2016 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Rickus 1 review from this member

 A mixed experience as others have reported. Staff very friendly and helpful generally. However we also suffered from the odd system for pitch allocation. Just as others reported below, we were given pitch 33 on arrival and told that this was the best available. A small pitch but our caravan is small. There were many larger vacant pitches. After our planned two nights we needed an extra night and were told we had to vacate pitch 33 and move - to a much nicer and much bigger pitch opposite - which had been vacant throughout. Pitch 33 was then occupied - by a large caravan and two cars, completely squashed in! Mystifying. Toilets and showers good, site in a great setting, handy for bike rides, toilet and grey water points difficult to find - despite a plethora of 'dos and don'ts' signs throughout the site. A mixed bag overall. Won't go again, don't need the hassle! 


Date of Visit: August 2016 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Pepper_cat 2 reviews from this member

 We stayed in the Meadow Field for 4 nights as we wanted to have a fire pit in the evenings and brought our own with us. We had a lovely time and the facilities were more than adequate, everyone who worked there were friendly, polite and cheerfully helpful. Great hot showers available in the small but very clean nearest block next to the fields away from the caravan area. The campsite cafe was very pretty and the food was fabulous, we also had a very enjoyable meal in the pub one evening, really good wholesome food, and the views from our tent were amazing before the rain came over. We also enjoyed a walk along the old railway line directly accessed from the campsite across the road. Our kids were over the moon to have two rope swings to play on in the woods. That's all they needed to have a great time dashing around while we faffed about with the tents etc. Despite the unfortunate weather we had over the weekend we visited Bakewell (very pretty, with lovely shops) and Buxton twice, as well as a nearby pub for an evening meal 20 minutes north of the site. We also visited the Poole canverns, spooky! Didn't make it on to the Heights of Abraham but the town Matlock was great to explore too. Will definitely consider another trip back. 

Date of Visit: August 2016 Unit:  Other
Reviewer: Bypass 1 review from this member

 I and my wife stayed at, Rivendale to have a look around as a possible camping site for next year, we were not under impressed with the site easy access to public transport during the week but not so easy at weekends, but over all a good family friendly site. 

Date of Visit: July 2016 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Sunncamp owner 13 reviews from this member

 Stayed end of july with two kids aged 4 and eight and also with some friend with kids of similar age. First world problems are that phone reception on the site is almost nothing, chances of any internet nil. My tv Ariel which has failed to let my down as of yet really struggled to find a picture of any quality too. Ok so the site itself is quite nice, the reception, café and small pub well presented, food was quickly served and ok for the money. Toilets were very clean and we also hired a hot tub which was a bit of a novelty! some of the pitches in my opinion were awful and had we ended up on them I would have been very unhappy indeed, however the pitches we were on were of a good size with plenty space for the awning, be warned though the hard standing has got to be the hardest thing I have ever tried to peg into! All in all the place had a nice feel to it, the play park seemed nice and safe for the kids and overall we enjoyed our stay but would probably not rush back sorry. I have scored it quite well but had I been on some of the other pitches it would have been very different. 

Date of Visit: August 2016 Unit:  Campervan
Nights stayed: 4 Travelling as:  Retired couple
Reviewer: Dot P 684 reviews from this member

 Just read the previous review and strange we experienced a very similar experience. On arrival given our pitch, which we found to be most shady and small on the site. It was a double pitch - which we were due to share with someone sleeping in their car!

We had paid in advance for the full stay so didn't have the option to go elsewhere. So we we went back to reception and asked to move, they were very pleasant about it and said we could move but that the weekend was so full very few other pitches. We moved to a slightly better pitch, but over the weekend there were numerous pitches empty, all much bigger with plenty of sunshine, no mud, and not stuck in among the empty seasonal vans.

On the plus side, the site is well kept, the loos and showers old but always clean. There were queues in the showers each morning, only 4 showers in the ladies and with many people taking children there wasn't enough showers by a long shot.

We thought the price high at £27. 50 for a pitch with ehu - fully serviced were extra. Even tents were paying the same rate, the convenience of a bar, cafe and shop on site possibly result in the high charge. Wifi is available and charged at £6 per day per device.

The staff were friendly and helpful, people were working constantly to keep everything tidy. After a noisy night with a large party the owners swiftly remove several vans the following morning.

The site is just a few yards away from an access to the Tissington Trail, across a busy road but then over 20 miles of off road cycling which is very family friendly.

For us, they let themselves down allocating one of the worst pitches to us when they had plenty of really good pitches available. Add that to one of the most expensive sites we have used and we wouldn't visit again. That said, many families and groups would probably love the place just not for us. 

Date of Visit: June 2016 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: Timndelia 2 reviews from this member

 Previously visited Rivendale twice before, both times over 10 years ago and thought the site very good. Just back from 3 night stay and things have changed. Still the excellent (probably improved) cycle trails and walks and the site is in an excellent location. However, on arrival we were offered pitch 33 to which we drove. Amazing; the smallest wedge shaped, hard surfaced, gravel type pitch on the site which was probably only 10% full on the touring area. We rang reception and changed to a larger pitch with a small grass area to sit on. Disappointing that the pitch that should probably the last to be allocated was the first! A motorhome arrived just after us and was given the pitch next to 33 which was only very slightly larger. They stayed but had to sit behind their 'van. A Dutch couple in a caravan arrived next; they were given pitch 33. Amazing given the number of lovely unoccupied pitches all around. What a way to welcome our European friends! They had to park the caravan in the wedge, car in front and sit on a tiny patch at the back, obscured from the views!

The facilities are tired but adequate.

We had good weather apart from a short burst of rain the evening before we left. Expecting to empty our waste tank on the way out at 10am we were surprised to find the cover about 6 inches under dirty muddy water; obviously blocked. We drove away with three days of grey water.

Apart from these things we had a good stay. Wouldn't return though as the site doesn't seem as open as 10 years ago with hedges and trees taking over. 

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