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Haddon Grove

UK England East Midlands Derbyshire Bakewell

Haddon Grove Farm, Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1JF

Cheap and cheerful, back-to-basics camping in a family field with the river only a short walk away

With plenty of room for the kids to roam, this back-to-basics camping on a family-only field has great views thrown in. A short walk downhill and you’re by the river, with its small weirs and shallow pools for splashing in. As long as they’ve got space to run around in, the kids probably won’t need much more than this. And it’s a pretty safe bet that there’ll be plenty of playmates on hand. The field has lots of room for ball games, and the small wooded area separating the family field from its neighbour is good for hide-andseek. A rope-tyre swing hanging from a tree completes the low-key play facilities. Although the kids probably won’t appreciate this, you are pitched just a couple of fields away from the spectacular limestone gorge of Lathkill Dale – the far end of the field has the best views. What they probably will appreciate is that the site is a short (although steep) walk from the river, where the series of weirs and pools make great wet-play areas. This area is also a haven for wildlife – Lathkill Dale is one of the five valleys making up the Derbyshire Dales National Nature Reserve. Look out for dippers hopping in and out of the river, and see how many different kinds of butterfly you can spot.

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★★★☆☆

Great basic site

We had one night at Haddon Grove on a cold September weekend.  We arrived and paid immediately and at £10 for 2 adults a 4 year old and a car it was a total bargain.  We were given directions on where to go and were told to choose anywhere.  We went to the further field, the family field, as we wanted our daughter to be able to run around and not disturb other campers and we ended up being the only ones on that field, it was bliss!  The grass was slightly longer than i would like and there is a lot of mess around the fields however with dogs and sheep running about you cannot help that and it is the countryside!  The camp is very basic with water points, toilets and a couple of showers available however i did not use these facilities much but they were clean.  The other fields had groups of the Duke of Edinburgh guys and girls and there were lots of ramblers walking through which added to making the camp feel busy enough to not be completely desolate but night time was very peaceful with only the horses, cows and sheep for noise! Overall a good site for very basic camping, no frills and cheap!

Sep 16, 2013 by nickster123
★★★★★

Great campsite

We stayed for two nights and found the campsite to be excellent. It was peaceful at night and during the day. The toilets and showers are basic but very clean. The owner was very friendly and helpful. We found the walk to the river far too sleep for us to go down but found another less steep footpath at the neighbouring farm. My two girls loved the rope swings and spent hours playing on it. Overall a great campsite and we would definitely come back. I would fully recommend this site to families.  

Aug 28, 2013 by Elm lea
★★★★☆

Haddon grove

Basic camping but we was happily left alone. Rope swing and tyre swings for the children. Amazing walk at the bottom of the campsite that leads to a river Which the children can paddle in. Hot showers. Would go again. 

Aug 23, 2013 by Charlene
★★★★★

Haddon Grove

We recently organised a big group camping weekend for 60 friends and family at Haddon Grove campsite. The owner was really helpful and incredibly laid back about all the arrangements. He roped off the far end of the groups field for us so we could all pitch together. He was also happy for us to get outside caterers onto the site on the Saturday to feed us all, and we found a fabulous business called Chequers Outside Caterers who put on a massive BBQ for us all - really great food at reasonable prices. The sun shone, the wine flowed, and everyone had a brilliant time. The kids are still talking about it!

I would say this is a great no-frills site for a group camping weekend, and I would highly recommend the Chequers lot, based nearby in the Hope valley (see their Facebook page), for food. 

Jun 28, 2013 by Jennie
★★★★★

Haddon Grove - Great for kids

We stayed here for one night in June to practice putting up our new tent. We stayed in the family field which is admittedly a bit of a walk to the toilets at night particularly for the kids. However what a great place for kids, I have two boys 5 and 4 years and they made friends within 15 minutes of us arriving and joined in the mass games of football, cricket and rounders with children of all ages. This is such a family friendly site with a great walk just from the campsite with hills, rocks and Gruffalo caves to explore. Owners were incredibly friendly and helpful. Toilets are on the basic side, however the owners are very honest about this and it is why the prices are so low. 

We went to the Bulls Head in Monyash for our tea and can highly recommend it, there is a great play area at the back of the beer garden. Kids had a brilliant time and we chilled out in the sun for nearly 3 hours and enjoyed some good home cooked food. 

Jun 26, 2013 by jackiempratt
★★★☆☆

Haddon Grove

Beautiful surrounding countryside but a rather grumpy owner! 

Jun 6, 2013 by silverbirchtrees
★★★★☆

Haddon Grove

We had two perfect nights camping here recently. We arrived mid afternoon on the sunday and after an enthusiastic welcome from the dogs as we signed in, soon found a spacious pitch in the group field. As it was the end of half term the site was very quiet and we didn't feel the need to pitch up in the family only field. It took us a while to locate where the facilities were (it is indeed a good 5 min walk away) but they were clean and had hot and cold water and plenty of toilet paper. No towels or soap however so take your own when you visit. My preference is for no frills camping so the site was perfect for us. 

The walk down to the river was lovely, if steep, and we enjoyed exploring the caves and Lathkill Dale. The walk to Over Haddon along the river is worth it, and the food in the Lathkill Hotel was reasonably priced and OK. They had a good selection of ales too! Overall cost was £24 for two adults, a 10 year old and our car. The river in the valley is pretty to look at, but you cannot splash and play in it due to crayfish plague. And anyway, the bottom is all silted and a bit murky so I wouldn't have wanted to get in there even if we could! There are rope swings a-plenty all over the site and we were treated to two spectacular sunsets over the dales. We will definitely be going back.

Jun 5, 2013 by teambug
★★★★☆

Haddon Grove

Our family just returned from a fantastic visit to Haddon Grove campsite. It was our first family camping expedition, so we wanted some place that was low key (ie -didn’t have high costs, multiple night minimum or reservations) in case it all went wrong. Haddon Grove is fantastic! The staff are very helpful and friendly, the rates are very reasonable (£10 for myself, husband & 5yo) for the one night. The campsite is basic, but that is what camping means to me. I steer clear of places that refer to themselves as ’holiday parks’ or ’caravan parks’. I just want somewhere with a flushing toilet, trees and water nearby. We turned up around 11:30am on the Saturday and were told to choose any field we like. The family field was pretty packed already, but we found a nice quite spot nestled against the trees. It’s a quick walk to the Lathkill Dale trail and not too far down to reach the bottom where there are trails along the river and nature reserve. (Cool Camping may want to update the ’paddling in the river’ portion of the review, as it’s a nature reserve and people/dogs are not allowed in the river). The toilets were well looked after and throughout the day there is plenty of loo roll. However, toward the evening/first thing in the morning, be prepared to bring your own. We didn’t use the shower facility as we were only there one night, but they seemed clean, too. Barbecues are allowed, but no open fires. Although, if you are planning to barbecue, bring a wind break. Haddon Grove is on top of the dale and it gets quite windy. The proximity to Bakewell is very handy. We forgot a few things and popped back twice with no fuss. For our first camping outing, Haddon Grove was a fantastic place to test the waters. We couldn’t have asked for better weather either! We’re already planning our next visit later on in the season.
May 28, 2012 by rockstarhelper
★★★★☆

Haddon Grove

This is a lovely campsite and very affordable. It cost us £10 in total per night for two adults and two children. We stayed in the family field which is flattish and away from the groups field down the lane. The owners are laid back and very friendly. 'Pay when you want if you like' is something you don't hear that often nowadays. The site has access to the path down to Lathkill Dale - the dale is two fields away. The toilet and shower block is basic (2 working showers in the mens - free) but it's clean. Our boys made loads of friends on this campsite and they spent a lot of time doing boys stuff rummaging around in the woods area and playing on the rope swings.

Definitely one we will come back to again :)

Aug 3, 2011 by simon1123
★★★★☆

Haddon Grove

stayed two nights, on the family (end) field. Many groups of DoE award expeditioners on site. All well behaved, but poor at cleaning the wash-up sinks after use! Mostly friendly, my 12year girl found two sets to play with, all had been before but us. Three foals to admire! Shelter belt growing well. Thought that the flat rate fee, regardless of what you camped in/space you took up/number or ages of campers, came out steep in our case, with one adult plus child in a little dome costing the same as the big van and 3l machine that set up next to us (it shouldn’t have been on our field, either). Also, we discovered that the feature pic in CC Kids book was taken right next to a ’don’t go in the water as it can damage the rare wildlife here’ sign! We will be happy to go again, especially with a bigger group/tent haha.
Jun 13, 2011 by lynneskip
★★★☆☆

Haddon Grove

We visited on a hot weekend at the end of half term week so the site was busy when we arrived early on the Friday and got busier over the course of the Friday and Saturday. There are some stunning views from some fields and great access to the Lathkill Dale, and easy cycling to join the High Peak and Tissington Trails. Sure, the amenities are very basic although showers are now free and, despite the busy site, were not constantly in use. We did see people drive from our field to the toilet block which is, at most, a two minute walk. But the site is great value - we paid £5 per person per night We stayed in the group field. By the end of our stay it was like a mini-festival field - music playing, people chatting till early hours. We even had someone pitch their tent next to us at 11.30 at night. Some campers will love the free and easy, pitch where you like attitude; others wont but the middle field and family field certainly seemed much more ordered and quieter so check all fields on arrival before pitching. We would go back but would avoid busy weekends and school holidays - but that is just us - others will love the atmosphere.
Jun 12, 2011 by brumboys
★★★☆☆

Haddon Grove

We stayed here for 3 nights over the royal wedding weekend and loved hevery bit of it! It is a basic site with basic showers and wash facilities plus basic washing up area but all i can say is that this was cool camping at it’s best. My wife and I loved it becuase our 4 1/2 year old daughter loved it! Happy kids is happy parents! I disagree with one review on here that most people were driving to the showers, we never saw anyone being so lazy, the spirt of camping was alive and kicking and everyone who books books in the knowledge of the basic facilities but beautiful views and friendly campers. My daughter loved the other children on the site and the rope swing area as well as the horses that you can pet in the lower field. The view of the peaks was stunning too and the campsite has loads of room to select the pitch that is just right for you! It is a great site for a short family camping break, although i would say that it was a little exposed and a tad windy at times so pack a jumper. The owners were nice too, and froze our ice packs when we went out for the day. I would go back!
May 14, 2011 by beardy30
★★★☆☆

Haddon Grove

Basic camping where your happily left alone to explore and play We went to test our new camping equipment out. We arrived at 12pm Sunday (of the bank hol Aug weekend). It cost £10 for 2 adults and a 2 year old. It was fairly busy when we got there but quietened down in the afternoon and even though it was busy we managed to get plenty of space for our 6m x 3m tent and still have room to sit and park the car happily. The family field was chocka so we decided to go in the third field next to the horse. It was lovely even though busy. The field we were in had ample access to water, however the toilets were a FAIR TREK! A 5 minute brisk walk through tents. You have to pay for hot water in the showers: 20p for 2 mins or £1 for 20 mins I think. It was quite noisy in the pm. There were campers at the bottom of our field playing ’pop’ quite loudly until about 10.30pm but it stopped pretty promptly after that: it meant that our 2 year old didn’t go to sleep till way way after his bed time. You could see the sunset through the trees and thankfully the wind subsided as it got dark making it a lovely evening. In the morning there were lots of swifts darting over the farmers fields and the view was beautiful (we luckily had sun shine the whole time). People woke up late so it was very peaceful in the morning up until 9am when people made their way home. Your left to your own devices; you drive/walk around and find your own pitch and you pretty much do as you please. I didn’t see the owner once after I’d paid. Getting to Bakewell was not a problem. It took about 2 minutes in the car. I wouldn’t bother trying to hard to pitch near the loos as no matter where you pitch your still a walk away.....lots of people were driving up the the facilities in the morning and evening!! Overall I would visit this camp site again even on a bank holiday! but only if i wanted very basic no frills camping.
Aug 31, 2010 by lucierainbow

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