A traditional farm campsite in the centre of the Peak District, where campfires are allowed and peace and quiet is preserved.
Every Peak District campsite likes to describe itself as in ‘the heart of the national park’ but few have a location to match quite like Dale Farm. On a map, this rural campsite is generally found somewhere beneath the ‘I’ and the ‘S’ of the words ‘Peak District’, printed in big brown letters across the page. The location is about as central as you can claim to be in an irregular, croissant-shaped national park. In short, it is superb. It’s five miles to Chatsworth House, the most stately of the stately homes in the region (with the equally lovely Haddon Hall also five miles away); historic Eyam village is four miles; Bakewell, of tart fame, is three miles; Headston Viaduct is one mile and the Derbyshire Dales National Nature Reserve is closer still. By the time your holiday ends, any car journey longer than 15 minutes will feel like an epic voyage.
Set on a working farm in the Derbyshire village of Great Longstone, what’s perhaps most pleasing about Dale Farm Rural Campsite is that, despite its in-demand location, the place retains a small, peaceful atmosphere, with a pleasingly homespun feel. There are just 30 pitches in total, spread across even tiers that have been landscaped into the hillside, and a homemade signpost points campers in the relevant directions – hillside pitches, pot washing, washrooms, farm shop. Campfires are allowed, though strictly raised off the grass, and there’s an honesty box at the farm shop, so you can still buy the farm’s own burgers when one of the small family team is not around.
Springtime campers are joined by lambs in the surrounding field and a clutch of Highland cattle graze the meadow beyond the very top of the campsite, where a trio of luxury bell tents can be found. Decked out with king-sized beds, wood burners, bunting, candle chandeliers and all the kit and caboodle you need for cooking, these glamping abodes are perhaps the farm’s most notable nod to the modern campers’ needs. Such modernity is offset by a small collection of antique tractors, parked up in the long buttercup-strewn grass beside the camping meadow: An old 1940s Nuffield Universal and a grey Massey Ferguson, still occasionally used on the farm.
It’s a short walk to the nearest attractions, though bring bikes and you might never need to use the car at all. It’s less than a mile to Monsal Head, where an old Midland Railway line viaduct spans the River Wye, offering beautiful views down the valley. Around nine miles of the former railway route has now been turned into an excellent, car-free cycle and walking trail, complete with well-lit railway tunnels that take you under the hills. That’s if you make it past The Packhorse, an inviting old stone inn that happily welcomes dogs, kids and muddy boots – situated, they say, in the heart of the national park.
Washblock at the bottom of the site, with free showers, toilets, basins and washing-up sinks. 10amp electric hook-ups on the touring pitches and the hillside camping pitches. Bell tents are furnished with a king-sized bed, 2 single beds, electric bed sheet (in the comfort tent), a wood-burning stove, storage, rugs, bed-side tables and chairs, a cooking box with equipment and utensils, plus a free box of logs to get you started. Campfires are allowed on the campsite but must be in knee high firepits (wood, kindling and fire lighters are sold on site, though you can also bring your own – scavenging wood from around the farm and surrounding areas is not permitted). It's best to book the firepits and grills in advance if you want one, as there is a limited supply (these are included with the bell tents). Free basic WiFi and a faster version available (50–75p per day; multi-day discounts available). Small farm shop with honesty box, selling meat, cakes and treats, and eggs.
Tents, campervans, motorhomes, hikers, families, couples, dogs (on a lead at all times) – yes. Noisy folk after 10pm – no. Large groups by prior arrangement only.
It's a 5-minute walk into the village, where there are two good pubs (see Food & Drink), a medieval church and a playing field with a playground and tennis court. Carry on and you quickly hit the Monsal Trail, a popular, car-free trail that runs along the former Midland Railway line for 8½ miles between Blackwell Mill, in Chee Dale and Coombs Road, at Bakewell. The route takes you through some of the Peak District's most spectacular limestone dales – bring bikes to make the most of it – with a handful of dramatic tunnels along the way (lighting throughout). Headstone Tunnel and a beautiful bridge across the River Wye are just a mile from the campsite and make up one of the most spectacular bits of the route. The Derbyshire Dales National Nature Reserve is also just up the valley, while 3 miles downstream is the village of Bakewell, famous for its tasty tarts but also a hive of independent shops and outlets that are worth nosing around. It's 5 miles to Chatsworth House (024 6565 300), which took almost 200 years to build and is well known from such films as Pride and Prejudice and The Duchess, and the same distance to medieval Haddon Hall (01629 812855) via Bakewell.
Food & Drink
The campsite has a small shop that sells the farm's own meats, eggs, cakes and treats, while the village is also host to a local shop and 3 great pubs, The Crispin Inn (01629 640237; bar full of trinkets and well-kept ales and a good beer garden) and The White Lion (01629 640252; a more modern feel), both just a 5–10-minute walk down Moor Road. In the opposite direction, The Packhorse Inn (01629 640471; ales on tap from Bakewell's Thornbridge Brewery and a cracking location) in Little Longstone can be reached via a combination of footpath and a short distance on road. If you're going to the Monsal Trail and the Monsal Head bridge, there's a popular bar in The Monsal Head Hotel (01629 640250;) and also a café – Hobbs Café (01629 640346) – both about 1 mile from the campsite by the Monsal Head car park.
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Rated ★★★★★ over 35 reviews
Great site, wonderful views and spotless facilities
We spent a great week at the Dale Farm Campsite. The site is in a wonderful location, with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. We used the site as a base to travel out on a daily basis to the Blue John Caverns, Bakewell and Dovedale, safe in the knowledge that our belongings were safe as the site is covered by CCTV. The free gift of a one month OSmaps app was also welcome. The sites facilities were spotless, and cleaned thoroughly daily. Plenty of showers and toilets and washing facilities all in a bright and warm purpose built block. We will be coming back.
Wonderful to return to a quiet site and huddle round our own campfire after a day’s walking
The day before we arrived we received an email telling us of the campsite and helpful information for planning our stay. We received a very warm greeting on arrival. The site was busy but not noisy. We felt relaxed and safe with the Covid arrangements in place. We made use of the Online OS facility which was handy for our longer walks. WIFI was handy to have too. It was a treat to be able to enjoy a night cap around our own campfire at the end of the day. The only thing I regret is that I wasn’t organised enough to stock up on their wonderful farm produce sold at their shop before I departed. Wonderful- wish we could have stayed longer. Hope to return
Fantastic site, impeccably clean, fantastic views
The campsite is in a beautiful location. The site is very well maintained with impeccably clean and modern facilities. Nice little farm shop which sells mainly meat and eggs. They were shearing the sheep whilst we visited adding that 'on the farm' experience. I wouldnt recommend the site for people with children who want to kick a ball about or throw a Frisby as there isn't the space to do that. Couples or families with older children will find it perfect. We were also blessed with sunshine which always helps.
My first camping trip was fantastic!
We really enjoyed our stay at Dale Farm. Being my first camping trip I was a bit unsure of how I’d find the whole experience, but I loved it and would definitely go again! I just hope that wherever we decide to go camping next will be as clean and tidy as Dale Farm and as well situated!
Clean, friendly and well set up (a touch expensive)
We were on an all weather grass pitch with a hook-up. It was easy to find our spot when we arrived and the staff were really friendly and helpful. The pitch was very large and fairly level. We didn’t read about the green toilet fluid on the e-mail (we’re newbys🙈) before we came but the facilities were excellent (modern, fresh, clean, bright and spacious) and they were being cleaned constantly (felt really safe), so we didn’t bother to unpack our loo! There was green fluid available in the farm shop on site if needed. The village was beautiful and had a couple of good pubs, a gorgeous play area and a cracking little local shop. All the people we met on the site and around the village were delightful! It was our first time out in our camper van and although the site was expensive, they certainly had earned every penny. Would definitely recommend for a first timer! Even the noisy crows in the trees shut up well before dark and didn’t kick back in till after breakfast (very thoughtful of them)
Site cramped and not cleaned regularly
Online the site looks great but the reality of staying there was not great. Site was too cramped for the number of people staying onsite especially during COVID-19. Bathrooms and toilets are shared with men and women which is not great and toilets are cleaned once a day which is not enough for the number of people staying onsite and especially during COVID-19. You would expect the site to be kept and cleaned more often during COVID-19. The taps are push button operated and run for about 10 seconds so you have to consistently push the button every 10 seconds to have a shower or to use the kitchen sink which is not ideal or comfortable. I’ve been to other sites and it’s run by friendly owners not once did the owners or management acknowledge our stay or existence but if you are looking for a place with no service then this is the place for you.
Over the years I’ve stopped at a great many sites and this is right up there with the best. It’s a wonderful combination of modern and traditional. No nonsense well looked after farm pitches, but with plentiful, clean wash and bathroom facilities. The only thing it’s really missing is a laundry and drying area, but you can forgive it that as the rest is so good! The location is great, very close to so many places of interest. I would definitely stop at this site again!
This is a great site with well laid out decent size pitches and a warm welcome. The toilets and showers are spotless and where else do they have the radio playing on speakers in the ceiling to keep you entertained! The fact that you can walk from the site to three pubs is just a bonus.
Brilliant break, all weather pitches (we survived storm Francis!) New toilet block - kept amazingly clean. Farm shop for basic essentials. Surrounded by farms - team running it were really Friendly. Will book again 👍
Fantastic Break, Great Location!
We booked a last minute break to Dale farm and it didn’t disappoint! The views from the campsite are stunning, the pitches are on a hill but have been levelled out which is so amazing, and the hosts Joanna and Nick were fantastic! We were greeted on arrival and given a map of the site and possible walks from the camp. I’d highly recommend visiting this site and we will definitely be back again!
A peaceful and well-run campsite in a stunning location
We were two families of four staying in the secluded bell tents in the glamping field at the top of the hill. It was a peaceful and stunning setting for our two night stay. The facilities were fantastic - a clean toilet, rubbish/recycling area and water supply at the top of the hill, and then a gleaming purpose-built washing facility at the bottom - with washing up sinks, showers and loos. All spotlessly clean and despite the campsite being fully booked, there were never any queues which was especially nice given the current climate! The bell tents were really comfortable with a king size bed for the adults and two single mattresses for the kids. There was a double electric hob, kettle and multiplug adapter so we could charge our phones. There was a basic set of kitchen equipment - pots/pans (cast iron and v heavy) and cutlery, plates, cups, bowls, sharp knife and chopping board and washing up bowl. Log burning stove inside (we didn’t use it coz of the hot weather) but did use the raised fire pit which was lovely. The tent was lit at night with cute fairy lights and there were also solar lights which had sensors on for those late night loo visits! It was the perfect place to relax and catch up with friends outdoors, and also to explore the beautiful surroundings. We went for a paddle in the river at Ashford, walked the Monsal Trail, mooched about in Bakewell and had a slap-up meal at the Crispin pub in Great Longstone (we booked a covered table outside In their beer garden a couple of days in advance - Eat Out To Help Out made it pretty cheap too!) I would definitely recommend Dale Farm if you love a bit of peace & quiet away from the crowds. It’s def not a party site for big groups. It’s really tranquil & mellow. Be ready for the hill though - it’s quite a climb to the Glamping field!
Lovely relaxing site
Lovely and quite site freindly owners and very clean will defiantly come back
This was an amazing campsite. The facilities were simple but clean and everything you needed was available. I loved the separated pitches which gave our children the area they could play. The recommendations on the email before we came helped loads. The campsite is friendly and quiet. Just perfect, changed my camping experience. Perfect place to base yourself for all the joys of Derbyshire, thank you
The washing facilities were the best I’ve seen on a campsite. They were cleaned often and kept immaculate.
Lovely little campsite
Dale Farm is a nice small campsite with excellent shower and toilet facilities that were spotless on our visit. The campsite feels very well thought out with the 'little things' such as plenty of water points and bins next to the washing up sinks. Another thing was there was plenty of recycling bins and they were in easy-to-access places. The campsite is on a bit of a hill so having recycling bins at the top and bottom was very helpful. There is also a little toilet separate from the main block at the top of the hill which is good when your tent is at the top! The pitches were flat and large so was plenty of space for each family/group. The location of the campsite was good with easy access to the Monsal trail and thus Bakewell via bike. There is an Aldi 10mins drive down the road also which was handy. The owners of the campsite were very friendly and approachable for any concerns etc. All in all, I would highly recommend this campsite to anyone looking for a campsite in the Peak District! 5*
Beautiful location, quiet and peaceful
We stayed in one of the bell tents for 4 nights in July. It was a beautiful setting, and the tent was well equipped. The picnic table was useful and the stove (for the couple of rainy nights) made the tent lovely and cosy. The beds were super comfy too. There was loads to do nearby and the owner’s recommendations for places to eat were tip top.
Beautiful location and fantastic facilities
I stayed here three nights in July. The site is in a great location. One part of it is on a slope with generous terraced grass pitches on either side of a gravel driveway. At the top is a gateway leading to a field with space for four tents as well as two fixed glamping type tents slightly higher on the hill. The view from the top is over rolling hills with cows in fields on at least two sides. I stayed in one of these pitches. They get the beautiful evening sunlight. The usual amenities for campers - showers, wcs and washing up are in a newly refurbished or rebuilt large barn. This is stunningly clean, bright and new and was a pleasure to use. The owners are friendly and flexible. I'd highly recommend for families and small groups (in the terraced plots) or for single travellers or those travelling with partners - (ideal for up in the top field).
Excellent location, Great facilities
In a beautiful location this is a very friendly campsite. The new shower/toilet block is outstanding and has been very well designed. We enjoyed a great few days here. and would thoroughly recommend it.
A great little campsite. We had an excellent stay here in July. The site is very quiet and the communal facilities look brand new and are kept clean. A good break all round!
Very quiet site with spotless facilities
Wasnt sure what to expect in current climate but this site was lovely. Very quiet at night so not for the stay up late crowd but I loved the peace. Brand new facilities are spotless couldn't fault them. Great base for hiking and Bakewell nearby is a beautiful town . Would definitely go again
Friendly, welcoming and spotless
Well-marked spacious pitches with lovely views. Great to be able to hire a fire-pit, wood, grill and charcoal for bbq. The meat from their own farm-shop was exceptional. The cakes were equally as divine. The wash-block was outstanding: spotlessly clean and plenty of room in the showers. Nick and Joanna were really friendly and interested in helping us decide our cycle route. Would love to return.
Me and my friend Lewis had a lovely time at Dale Farm. Nick was very friendly and greeted us in the morning and told us all we needed to know about the local area. The campsite has everything you need! A good two nights away from the hustle and bustle of London. Thank you
Amazing first camping trip!
It took quite a bit of convincing to get my girlfriend to go on a camping trip but I can now confirm she loves it! Dale Farm was perfect for us, with excellent facilities, good walks and pubs within close proximity to the site and the rest of the Peak District a short drive away. We particularly enjoyed sitting by the fire pit in the evenings watching the sky change colour and the stars emerge. We would highly recommend and can not wait to return! Thank you!
A very pleasant clean site
Nick and Joanna have a real gem of a site here. The pitches are a great size and well thought out. All within a reasonable distance of the new ‘sheep dip’ washrooms. Washrooms is an understatement, they are brand new toilets, showers and washing up facilities. There is an on-site farm shop offering meat from the farm which can then be cooked on your fire pit grill (£4 hire per night). The location is also great, great location pubs, walks and even bike hire at Hassop Station provide great options. We will be staying again and cannot recommend the site enough.
Lovely place to camp
The new facilities block (the 'sheep dip') was sparkling clean and warm. Hot showers and lots of loos and washing up facilities. Pitches were a good size. We had a tent pitch without electric. Lovely fellow campers all enjoying the outdoors and the splendid views. The proprietors are nice people and very helpful from the moment we arrived. The site is within easy reach of Longstone Edge (fantastic walk and views from the top), Monsall Head (ditto) and for the mad cyclists, there's a hill called Cressbrook which will test the strongest riders. We will definitely be booking another trip here soon.
Fantastic place, fantastic hosts, fantastic views.
This place is great, I can't believe some of the other grumpy reviews I've read on here. So the site has rules and signs, doesn't this help inform and make our stay more pleasant? I've stayed at campsites before with no rules or information and they were not nice places. This place was clean, friendly, well organised and very well situated for walks, cycling and many other activities. Don't let grumpy nit pickers affect you! Dale Farm is a real gem of a campsite. We will be back soon.
An enjoyable stay
The campsite was easy to get to. We were pitched in the adult only field which was separated from the rest of the site by trees, which made it nice and secluded. Owners were very friendly and if there were any issues at all, they were happy for you to knock on the farm door. The site is within easy access of the Monsal Trail and this made getting about both easy and fun when on our bikes. The sheep are quite noisy in the morning, but what else can you expect when camping on a working farm. This just added to the experience and the animals were nice to watch. The only downsides, and therefore the reason I have given 4, rather than 5 stars, is having to pay for showers. There was also no warning when the time was about to run out. There was also a limit of 2 people per pitch, which I did not really understand. We booked 2 pitches for 4 of us, but actually, both tents would have fit in the one pitch without issue. Overall, we would be happy to return.
Expensive with below average facilities.
Although well situated for the Peak District, my wife and I found the site expensive considering the below average facilities. If one was a bit "on the plump side", you would find the toilets rather cramped. The showers likewise and had to be paid for on top of this. Lots of petty site rules, including the banning of disposable BBQ's(For whatever reason I do not know as the fire blocks provided would have been perfect for using with said BBQ's). On the plus side, site owners very friendly and helpful but sadly would not use this site again.
Response from Dale Farm Rural Campsite
Thank you for your review Tony, sorry you didn't like our old facilities. Fortunately after your visit we started building a brand new purpose built washblock which should address all of your concerns. Regarding disposable BBQ's we've had number of people burning our grass and damaging benches with them so I don't feel banning them to be "petty", they are also not very eco-friendly. Having said that the concrete blocks on each pitch have been introduced recently (after we had our signage made) so provided these are use there shouldn't be a problem.
Please remember that rules are there for you as well as us, we would like your stay to be comfortable and our livelihood to be protected for future visitors. Obviously if you'd have spoken to us about any of these points we could have saved you the time writing this and you might have even given us more stars, oh well. All the best, the dale farm team.
We enjoyed 6 days of camping at Dale Farm, which was quiet and peaceful, with a pretty view into the hills from our spot. Many attractions and activities are close by; you can start your hike right at the site; pubs are not far; farm shop is convenient. The facilities were clean and the couple that runs the place are very friendly. We'd give this site five stars if there were facilities to freeze an ice pack or even use a washing machine - but it seems the owners are going to upgrade the facilities next year.
Not worth £26 per night
We stayed in EHU touring pitch with a 7m motorhome in a Good sized pitch. However despite lovely rural location the view from the pitches was either old farm buildings or other campers. Not much separation or attempt to provide a nice view. Despite owners insistence on peace and quiet they still drove their farm machinery up and down the road in between the pitches all day long Not enough toilets and showers One of showers had payment box on outside so you had to pay for getting dressed?! The arrival time is 2pm and leaving time is 11am. Why? this isnt anywhere near a full day and I noticed that some tent owners looked quite stressed trying to meet the deadline (especially if they needed a shower!) All in all it was average and I wouldn't stay there again. We wanted to cycle down the Monsal Trail. Park House up the road looks better for the money, has a lovely view and is 2 mins from Monsal Head
OK but with some reservations
Generally OK but seems a bit cheeky to charge extra (by the minute) for the showers and there were not enough accessible wash hand basins at busy times because these were all in the same spaces as the toilets
lovely campsite, well situated
The campsite is in a great location, good cycling and walking nearby as well as 3 pubs within walking distance. we were on the grass EHU pitches, which were separated and staggered up a slope. we had hoped for 2adjacent, but this could not be guaranteed as they are not pre allocated, it is ‘first come first served’. it meant we were not adjacent, bu5 the owner, Nick, suggested we both set up on the sane pitch as there 2 EHU points. This worked very well and there was plenty of room. We found the prices very reasonable and, and, as a result, did not mind the charges for the shower. Would like to see more hooks/shelves in the shower areas. Plenty of hot water and also washing up liquid and bowls are provided. Lovely to have campfires (reasonable charge) owners very friendly, would definitely stay again .
Lovely site, but difficult booking system on line and on arrival.
It was a lovely site and very pretty farm. But the online booking system was frustrating to manage. Lots of add on costs, like extra for a tent etc with camper van, which would have made sense if greedy campers might want to spread their stuff out with extra tents and awnings encroaching on others, but the pitches were within strict boundaries on stepped levels. On arrival we were met with a printed notice (one of many) with our names and pitch allocations. It took a bit of head scratching, but we did work out where we were supposed pitch. Another camper arrived and was quite frustrated to find out she’d booked the wrong sort of pitch, designated for just a tent and not a camper. Clearly she had similar issues with the booking system. We did meet the owners soon after getting settled in and they were welcoming and friendly. But this did not take away the negative effect of the rather passive aggressive notices they have pinned up. We got that they are busy farmers and don’t have time to manage the site like other larger campsites. Nevertheless, to be met with messages that essentially say, if anyone doesn’t like the way things are run they can bog off to one of these other campsites, is not very welcoming and gives the impression that their hearts aren’t totally into this side of their business. Coupled with the extra costs mentioned, and including having to pay for showers and fire pits etc added to the feeling that their attitude is a bit grabby and the experience of the camper not that important to them. Sorry be negative, but having had lovely stays in several other Cool Camping sites, where we experienced much more relaxed and friendly attitudes, I would urge the owners to rethink their approach. If they are not going to be willing and available to give a more personal touch to their customers, then simplify their booking system, get rid of the extra add ons, and rethink the very off putting notices.
Dale Farm is a well run, cute little campsite. The people who run it were super friendly and helpful. Drinking water, showers, toilets, all spotless and even a little shop offering good quality meat and local honey. The site was located a short walk to 4 pubs. The Packhorse offering good beer and exceptional food, The Crispin was trinket heaven and The White Lion has probably the best sausages I’ve ever had. We walked to Bakewell through the old train tunnels and went on the Thornbridge brewery tour. My first trip to the Peak District and I was not disappointed.
Lovely quiet site with beautiful views over the Peak District
We stayed at the top of the site in a glamping bell tent, with beautiful, far-reaching views. In the fields adjoining the children enjoyed watching sheep with their lambs, highland cattle, pheasants and rabbits. As promised by the website, the other campers were lovely and quiet after dark, so great for those wanting to slow down and escape the hustle and bustle of city or town life for a few days. Perfectly fine facilities for a camping trip and a lovely little farm shop. Great location for the Monsal Trail (we hired bikes on the trail) and visiting Chatsworth House. We feel very refreshed - thank you!