Dale Farm Rural Campsite

UK England East Midlands Derbyshire Bakewell

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
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.

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Facilities

Washblock at the bottom of the site, with showers (20p per minute), toilets, basins, washing-up sinks and a laundry. 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.

Suitable For

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.

Nearby

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.

Opening Times

April–November.

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The Owner Says

Hello and welcome to Dale Farm. We are a small, rural camp site and working farm in Great Longstone, Derbyshire.

Dale Farm is right in the heart of the wonderful Peak District countryside, less than a mile away from Monsal Head and the Monsal Trail and a few miles from Bakewell and Chatsworth House, we are ideally situated for a visit to experience what the area has to offer.

Whether you are interested in walking, rambling, mountain biking, climbing, cycling, landscape photography, stargazing or sightseeing and shopping, it is all right on our doorstep.

We have pitches for tents, campervans, motorhomes, trailer tents and small/medium caravans only. We also rent out bell tents for 2-4 people which are fully kitted out so you can camp in style whilst only having to bring minimal camping gear.

Our small farm shop sells all our own meats, cakes and treats plus eggs from our friends down the road. We also have fire wood, kindling, fire lighters etc.

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Pitches

24 grass pitches (15 with electricity and 16 with a mesh underlay so that vehicles never get stuck) and 7 hardstanding pitches (all with electricity), spread across several tiers, plus a trio of fully furnished bell tents (each sleeping up to 4 people).

Touring electric hardstanding

All-weather with electricity Sleeps 5 3 Available
Hardstanding pitch with grass to the side, suitable for motorhomes, campervans and small tents (parking on the hardstanding). Caravans are recommended to book our touring all-weather pitches.

Touring electric all-weather grass

All-weather with electricity Sleeps 6 4 Available
Large grass pitch with all weather reinforcement, suitable for motorhomes, campervans, tents and small/medium caravans only . Dale Farm is right in the heart of the Peak District, less than a mile from Monsal Head, the Monsal Trail and a few miles from Bakewell and Chatsworth House.

Hillside tent/campervan all-weather, non-ehu

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 4 Available
Large non-electric grass pitch with all weather reinforcement, suitable for campervans (plus small 6m motorhomes) and tents only, sorry not suitable for caravans or motorhomes larger than 6 meters.. Dale Farm is right in the heart of the Peak District, less than a mile from Monsal Head, the Monsal Trail and a few miles from Bakewell and Chatsworth House.

Hillside electric grass

All-weather with electricity Sleeps 6 5 Available
Large electric grass pitch with all weather reinforcement, suitable for campervans (plus small 6m motorhomes) and tents only, sorry not suitable for caravans or motorhomes larger than 6 meters. Dale Farm is right in the heart of the Peak District, less than a mile from Monsal Head, the Monsal Trail and a few miles from Bakewell and Chatsworth House.

Hilltop medium (tent only, non-ehu)

Grass pitch Sleeps 5 4 Available
Medium tent non-electric grass pitch, suitable for medium tents only, no vehicle access onto the pitch. Parking 10-20m away. Dale Farm is right in the heart of the Peak District, less than a mile from Monsal Head, the Monsal Trail and a few miles from Bakewell and Chatsworth House.

Hilltop large (tent only, optional ehu)

Grass pitch with electricity Sleeps 6 3 Available
Large tent optional electric grass pitch, suitable for tents only (no vehicle access onto the pitch - parking is on the end of the pitch). Dale Farm is right in the heart of the Peak District, less than a mile from Monsal Head, the Monsal Trail and a few miles from Bakewell and Chatsworth House.

Adult only medium (tent only, non-ehu)

Grass pitch Sleeps 2 4 Available
Adult only small/medium tent pitches in our secluded glamping field, suitable for small tents only, There is no vehicle access onto the pitch (parking 10-30m away). Dale Farm is right in the heart of the Peak District, less than a mile from Monsal Head, the Monsal Trail and a few miles from Bakewell and Chatsworth House.

Bell tent (Comfort)

Bell tent Sleeps 4
Sleep in style in our luxury bell tent. Comes complete with king-sized bed, electricity and multi-fuel stove to keep you cosy at night. Dale Farm is right in the heart of the Peak District, less than a mile from Monsal Head, the Monsal Trail and a few miles from Bakewell and Chatsworth House.

Bell tent (Secluded)

Bell tent Sleeps 4 2 Available
Sleep in style in our luxury bell tent. Comes complete with king-sized bed and a multi-fuel stove to keep you cosy at night. Dale Farm is right in the heart of the Peak District, less than a mile from Monsal Head, the Monsal Trail and a few miles from Bakewell and Chatsworth House.

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Location

Contact Dale Farm Rural Campsite, Dale Farm, Moor Road, Great Longstone, Derbyshire, DE45 1UA

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Getting There

Head east out of Great Longstone village, turning into Moor Road as Main Street becomes Butts Road. Continue for about 400m until you reach a lane on the left with signs for Dale Farm. Follow this lane for 100 metres until you find the campsite entrance on your right. (Please note that using the postcode with sat nav will often leave you a little short on Moor Road. Continue until you see the sign).

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★☆ over 10 reviews

★★★★★

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.
Sep 4, 2019 by Matt Williams
★★★★☆

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.
Sep 2, 2019 by Lisa Good
★★☆☆☆

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.
Sep 1, 2019 by Tony Macaulay
★★★★☆

Lovely site

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.
Aug 29, 2019 by Alexander
★★★☆☆

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
Aug 5, 2019 by Caroline Abbey
★★★☆☆

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
Jul 29, 2019 by Greg
★★★★☆

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 .
Jul 21, 2019 by Zoe
★★★☆☆

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.
Jul 12, 2019 by amandamagnus
★★★★★

Fantastic holiday

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.
Jul 6, 2019 by Dawn Rutterford
★★★★★

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!
Jun 1, 2019 by Melanie Ryan

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