Finding a dog friendly campsite near Ashbourne

Following our trip around Buxton dog friendly campsites , we continued to Ashbourne to find more dog friendly places.

Our first stop was Rivendale, which can be found on the A515 from Buxton towards Ashbourne. This campsite advertises itself on A boards by the side of the road, particularly mentioning the dog friendly cafe on site, serving Lavazza coffee (The Stables). They also have their own pub – The Prancing Pony, which is also dog friendly.

Not too much further down the road is Ashbourne Heights, I was keen to have a look at this one, as you cannot see anything from the roadside and my curiosity had got the better of me. It’s quite a long driveway, but when you arrive, you are met with the sight of a rather swish looking lodge, which I thought was a show lodge, but apparently it is hired out. I was told that the campsite has two dog friendly lodges. They have a lovely looking indoor swimming pool and a nice childrens play area and shop. The site was immaculately maintained, and overall both of us left feeling very impressed.

Callow Top campsite can be found a little further down the A515, once again, you can’t see much from the roadside and there is a long drive to the Reception. The first thing you notice are the three lanes marked on the road, presumably for checking in guests during busy times. There is also a huge shop, which my daughter likened to a supermarket, not least because it had proper shopping trolleys and not just baskets. We couldn’t see any of the rest of the site because there were automatic security barriers preventing unauthorised entry. We left a few more cards with the promise that they would be distributed around the site, and carried on our way.

The last stop before arriving in the centre of Ashbourne is Bank Top caravan site – this can be found just off the A515 near the Bentley Brook pub. We missed it the first time, so had to go back and revisit.

After a break for lunch we then headed south of Ashbourne to find Woodland Caravan park, which is just off the A515 lying between Ashboune and the A50. You’ll find it easily if you take the turning signposted Snelston. Don’t do what we did and overshoot the turning and try to find it by taking the next turning and working our way back….. It took us ages and we were on the point of giving up, when we spotted it, not a few hundred yards from the A515!  Despite being so close to a main road, you really don’t feel that when you are on site. The pitches are set behind an automatic security barrier and are located in a woodland setting, hence the name. It looks very tranquil and natural. We couldn’t find anyone at reception (we found out later she had been taking her dog for a walk!) – but we managed to leave some of our postcards in the post box.

We then continued to Hulland Ward, looking for the Ashbourne Camping and Caravan site. They appeared to be very busy, with campers regularly visiting the shop cum reception – if only to buy the scrummy ice cream that was on offer in the chiller cabinet. Top marks from my daughter!

Hognaston was our next visit, to the Pudding Room…. Now this doesn’t sound very much like a campsite, but it is. There are no electrical hook ups, but there is clean fresh water and showers with hot and cold water. The name comes from the shop that is situated on site. The business supplies cakes and puddings which are sold both from the shop on site and also local Farmers Markets. Note to self: to visit her at Bakewell the next time the Farmers market is in town. My daughters eyes immediately lit up when she realised they sold sticky toffee pudding – her most favourite!!

View from Carsington Water caravan site dog walk

View of Carsington Water from the on site dog walk

Moving swiftly on, we went to the Carsington Water Caravan site, we were impressed straight away with the clean and tidy appearance of the site. We were greeted by a very friendly receptionist who informed us about the dog walk on site. She queried whether it might be too long for us, and when I asked how far she meant, I was pleasantly surprised that the walk allowed dogs to be off lead in a woodland area before looping back through the site and on the lead. We tested the walk and it was absolutely lovely, a welcome stretch of the legs after all the driving. There are lovely views of Carsington water from the dog walk and Tilly enjoyed running around the woodlands sniffing lots of interesting smells. We wondered through the site on the return leg of the walk and was pleased to see lots of owners soaking up the sunshine with their dogs tethered close by.  The last place we visited was the toilets, spotlessly clean and very luxurious for a campsite.

All in all a very busy day visiting all the dog friendly camp sites near Ashbourne, but well worth the visit!

Visiting dog friendly campsites in Buxton

Making the best of a school inset day, my daughter and I headed off to find some dog friendly campsites in the Peak District. The aim being to distribute as many of our new postcards as possible. We started in Buxton, and after having taken Tilly for a lovely walk around Grinlow Woods, we called in to Buxton Caravan Club Site, which is based in an old quarry next to Grinlow Woods.  One of the lovely things that I noticed, was the offer to pick your own herbs from a fresh herb garden, situated near the entrance of the park. Herb gardens at Caravan Club site

All the herbs were clearly marked, so you could see what was available before you picked it fresh for your dinner.  I noticed later in the day, when we visited dog friendly campsites around Ashbourne, that the same was offered in the Carsington Water Caravan site, so I think it must be something that the Caravan Club is trying to promote – a lovely touch I thought.

From Grinlow we travelled the short distance to the Lime Tree Holiday park, which can be found close to the viaduct in Buxton on Dukes Drive. It is also a very convenient short walk to the local Morrison’s supermarket! A lovely lady met us at Reception and instantly recognised our website. She even had one of our logos on display in the information room. I promised to drop off one of our shiny new window stickers, as the postcard she had in the window was looking a little faded – it must be all the sun that Buxton gets!!!  Dogs are made to feel very welcome here, and even get their own “Dear Dogs” letter when they first arrive on campsite, signed from “all your friends at Lime Tree Park”.

Back in the car, we reviewed our list and decided to drive up the A6 towards Taddington and found Beechcroft Farm at Blackwell. It is possible to access the Limestone Way which is very close to the entrance of this site. As we drove past the campsite and towards Reception, my daughter was “oohing and aahing” over the impressive sight of a rather large motor home, which had stopped overnight at the campsite. Having deposited some more postcards, we continued to the Royal Oak, near Hurdlow, which has a campsite and some camping barns, adjacent to the High Peak trail, a long distance cycle and walking route. The pub is very dog friendly and people were already arriving in a steady stream for Monday lunch time.  I noticed from a leaflet that I picked up later in the day, that the Royal Oak is indeed an award winning pub, having scooped the winning prize of Traditional Pub of the Year at the Derbyshire Food and Drink awards 2013. Perhaps the reason for the steady stream of visitors….

Having visited the pub, we got back in the car and headed towards Longnor the place for our next visit. Longnor Wood is situated just outside the pretty village of Longnor (which always reminds me of Last of the Summer Wine…) and is strictly adults only – so my daughter was instructed to stay in the car whilst I deposited more postcards on site. It is certainly a rural site, with cute little brown rabbits sat in the fields watching us as we drove by – thankfully they didn’t see the big black hound in the boot, looking with great interest at the sight of these cuddly little bunnies. There were plenty of signs for dog walks and handily positioned poop bins for dog owners to use. This dog friendly caravan site was very peaceful and tranquil and situated in a lovely rural location –  beautiful, but you can only use it as long as you don’t bring the children. Now there’s a thought……

The drive was now taking us much further from the centre of Buxton, but still just about within the Buxton area, we travelled across to Bank House Farm at Hulme End. You’ll probably cross the Staffordshire border at this stage, but soon hop across back into Derbyshire. Bank House farm is well signed from the hamlet that is Hulme End. According to the campsite owner, there is a very dog friendly pub just across from the Campsite (The Manifold Inn) which has WiFi. I doubt you’d get a mobile signal from the campsite itself, and the facilities do seem very basic, but it is situated in stunning countryside and is a real “get away from it all” place.

The final dog friendly campsite that we visited, which I still classify as Buxton, but really it could be on the Ashbourne list as well, (since it is reasonably close to Ashbourne), is the Newhaven camping and Caravanning site. This is situated close to the A515 which is the main Ashbourne to Buxton through route.  This seemed to be a very mature campsite and had a strict one way system to navigate around the park. There was an information room where we managed to put some of our postcards, and also pinned a business card on their wall.  Whilst the campsite seemed pretty full, most people were out for the day, no doubt appreciating the local walking scenery. This site is very close to the High Peak trail and I quite often meet up with family and go for a dogwalk along the trail from Friden, past the brick works and beyond.

Our next mission was to visit all the Ashbourne dog friendly campsites, but since we were both getting very hungry and the dog needed to stretch her legs, we decided that a lunch stop was in order. Now which dog friendly pub could we visit………



Dog Friendly Campsites near Matlock

If you are visiting Matlock with your dog and want to find a dog friendly campsite near Matlock, then check this list of dog friendly campsites:

Golden Valley Caravan & Camping: Coach Rd, Golden Valley, Alfreton Tel: 01773 513881

Birchwood Farm Caravan Park: Birchwood Farm, Wirksworth Rd, Whatstandwell, Matlock  DE4 5HS  Tel:  01629 822280

Lickpenny Caravan Park: Lickpenny Lane, Tansley, Matlock DE4 5GF  Tel: 01629 583040

Packhorse Farm: Foxholes Lane, Tansley, Matlock DE4 5LF   Tel: 01629 580950

Dog Friendly Campsites in the Hope Valley

If you are visiting the Hope Valley with your dog, then check these dog friendly campsites:

Losehill Caravan site: Castleton S33 8WB

Crowden Camping & Caravanning: Woodhead Rd, Crowden, Glossop SK13 1HZ  Tel: 01457 866057

Fieldhead Campsite: Edale, Hope Valley S33 7ZA  Tel: 01433 670386

North Lees Campsite: Birley Lane, Hathersage S32 1BR  Tel: 01433 650838

Hardhurst Farm: Parsons Lane, Hope, Hope Valley S33 6RB  Tel: 01433 620001

Laneside Caravan Park: Station Rd, Hope, S33 6RR  Tel: 01433 620215

Dog Friendly Campsites near Buxton

If you are visiting the Peak District with your dog and fancy camping, then check this list of dog friendly campsites near Buxton:

Beechcroft Farm: Blackwell in the Peak  Tel:01298 85330

Clover Fields: 1 Heath View, Harpur Hill Tel: 01298 78731 (Adults Only)

Lime Tree Hol Park: Dukes Drive, Buxton, SK17 9RP  Tel: 01298 22988

Staden Grange: Staden Lane, Buxton SK17 9RZ  Tel:01298 9RZ

Newhaven Camping & Caravanning: SK17 0DT Tel: 01298 84300

Buxton Caravan Club Site: Grinlow Rd, Ladmanlow, Buxton SK17 6UJ Tel: 01298 77735

Shallow Grange: Chelmorton, nr Buxton SK17 9SG  Tel: 01298 23578

Hayfield Camping & Caravanning : Kinder Rd, Hayfield, High peak SK22 2LE  Tel: 01663 745394

Bank House Farm: Hulme End, Buxton SK17 0EX  Tel: 01298 84441

Royal Oak: Hurdlow, Buxton SK17 0QJ  Tel: 01298 83288

Longnor Wood: Newtown, Longnor SK17 0NG  Tel: 01298 83648

Pomeroy Caravan & Camping: Street House Farm, Pomeroy, Buxton SK17 9QG  Tel: 01298 83259

Dog Friendly Campsites near Bakewell

If you are visiting the Peak District with your dog and fancy camping, then check this list of dog friendly campsites near Bakewell:

Greenhills Holiday Park: Crowhill Lane, Bakewell DE45 1PX  Tel: 01629 813052

Bakewell Camping & Caravanning: Hopping Farm, Hopping Lane, Youlgreave, Bakewell DE45 1NA  Tel: 01629 636555

Chatsworth Park Caravan Park: Baslow, Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1PN Tel: 01246 582226

Dog Friendly Campsites near Ashbourne

If you are looking for camp sites in the Peak District that are dog friendly, then check this list of  dog friendly campsites near Ashbourne:

Rivendale: Buxton Rd, Alsop en le Dale Tel: 01335 310311

Ashbourne Camping & Caravaning: Belper Rd, Hulland Ward, Nr Ashbourne
Tel: 01335 370855

Ashbourne Heights: Fenny Bentley, Ashbourne DE6 1LE Tel:01335 350228

Callow Top: Buxton Rd, Sandybrook, Ashbourne DE6 2AQ  Tel: 01335 344020

The Pudding Room: Reservoir Rd, Hognaston Derbyshire DE6 1NQ  Tel: 01629 540413

Carsington Water Caravan Site: Kirk Ireton, Ashbourne, Derbyshire Tel: 01335 370903

Knockerdown Inn Camping: Knockerdown, nr Carsington  Tel: 01629 540209

Bank Top Caravan Site: Bank Top Farm, Fenny Bentley, Ashbourne DE6 1LF Tel: 01335 350250

Woodland Caravan Park:Snelston Hall, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 2ET  Tel: 01335 346 120