Rowter Farm

UK England East Midlands Derbyshire Edale

  • Dogs welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Wonderful sense of space, but if you’re feeling a bit too far from the madding crowd, bustling Castleton is just down the road. Relaxed policy as to when you leave

If you are an active, outdoorsy type, or have kids that desperately need wearing out with a good brisk walk scrambling up and down hills and rocks, then Rowter Farm deserves a visit. A short walk from the site takes you past Windy Knoll Cave, where prehistoric bones from wolves, bison, bears, hares and reindeer were discovered, to the summit of Mam Tor (or Mother Hill), once the home to ancient Celtic tribes.

To give you some idea of the wonderful sense of space here, site owner Sarah Mark grew up on Rowter Farm and finds the wideopen landscapes of nearby Edale a bit ‘claustrophobic’! The farm sits at the head of the Hope Valley, some 230 metres above sea level, and just above the spectacularly steep-sided Winnats Pass.

The site has unmarked pitches and can take up to five caravans and about 40 tents, although it only gets really busy here on Bank Holiday weekends. The facilities are quite basic, but nobody seems to mind; they’re all too busy enjoying the space.

The best time for families to visit the farm is during the early summer, when the children can enjoy some country sights and sounds – sheep being rounded up for shearing, lambs frolicking in nearby fields and swallows swooping in and out of the farm buildings. The chickens scratching around the farmyard and goats and cows in the fields can be seen all season.

Given the ups and downs of camping, Rowter Farm should be high on anyone’s list.



While Sarah thinks ‘there’s not much here for kids’, growing up on a farm means you tend to take farm animals and wide-open spaces for granted. The middle of the camping field (tents mainly pitch around the edge) is perfect for family games of French cricket, football and rounders. The site has unmarked pitches and can take up to 5 caravans and about 40 tents, although it only gets really busy on Bank Holiday weekends. The facilities are basic, with a dishwashing room, 2 women’s and 1 men’s toilet, hand basins, and 2 showers (50p). The small shop is usually open from 8am to 9pm and sells eggs, long-life milk, chocolate and bread. It also has matches and disposable BBQs (which are allowed, although campfires are banned). Dogs are welcome.


Mam Tor – which has superb views over the Hope Valley – is a short walk with kids, while a longer walk along the Limestone Way takes you into Castleton. There, Peveril Castle (01433 620613), perched high above the town, has what English Heritage calls ‘breathtaking’ views over the Peak District.

Food & Drink

The site is quite a long walk from the nearest pub, but there are plenty of pubs in Castleton serving food. Children are welcome at the Bull’s Head (01433 620256), Castle Hotel (01433 620578) and the George(01433 620238).



Family Friendly

No particular hazards, although it’s a working farm, with plenty of machinery and farm vehicles.


Rowter Farm, Castleton, Hope Valley, Derbyshire S33 8WA

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Getting There

From the North: Follow the A6 through Chapel-en-le-Frith, at the small roundabout, take the left to A623, you reach a 90 degree angle in the road at a Pub called the Wanted Inn. Turn left onto the A6187 and continue up the road behind the pub. Follow the road for a few miles, the entrance to the campsite is on the right a few yards before a fork in the road (Winnats Pass and Castleton). The entrance is a discrete metal gate. Beside the gate there is a green sign post/pole (unfortunately with the sign missing), this leads to a thin single-lane road and the farm is about 500m up on the left. The gate is opposite a wooden 'public footpath' sign directing walkers to Mam Tor. Trent Barton Transpeak buses (01773 712265; run to Bakewell from Nottingham, Derby and Manchester (there’s also a 6.1 from Derby) and First South Yorkshire buses (0871 200 2233; rstgroup. com) operate between Sheffield and Bakewell. The 177 bus runs between Bakewell and Monyash 5 times a day.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 30 reviews


Great little spot

Just had 2 nights at rowter farm ideal for many nice walks ok they only have the basic facilities but for what they charge no complaints from us the family as a whole are friendly and approachable it won't be long before we are back again.
Sep 10, 2021 by Andrew broadhead

Relaxed and welcoming

Really refreshing to find a friendly and inexpensive campsite. (Where there were few rules to follow!) A rare find nowadays! Washing facilities and showers (£1 coin operated showers). Recycling also available. Close to many fabulous walks. We did loads of really good mountain biking here and we could even charge our bike batteries at the farm. (With permission!) Thank you Rowter Farm for a lovely stay 👍
Aug 31, 2021 by Angela Fleet-Chapman

Great little campsite

Lovely little campsite - very tidy and quiet and the owners happy to help with any queries. The facilities were basic but clean and comfortable. It is in a great location for walks up over Mam Tor and Lose Hill and is within easy walking distance of Castleton. The rates per night were fantastic and I will definitely be going back :)
Aug 15, 2021 by Leanne Hazard

Lovely campsite

Lovely weekend away with friends nice to get some normality back, large field with more than enough space, basic but clean n tidy facilities, lovely and quiet, very reasonable priced thanks Sarah and family will definitely be seeing you again x
Jul 25, 2021 by Jane

Laid back, great facilities

We went when the ultra race was on which the owners fully warned us about but it wasn’t too bad! Facilities were fab, washing up room, showers and toilets all fine. You do have to pay £1 for showers but 3 minutes is plenty and there’s loads of space to get dry and dressed while you’re there - not just a cubicle! The location was amazing and you’re a stones throw from some great walks. Nice to be on a working farm where you can buy fresh eggs. Will definitely stay again.
Sep 20, 2020 by Sally

Beautiful scenery from a true working farm campsite.

Thank you Mark for letting us share your farm (without us working).Miller the boxer enjoyed it, was well behaved and we walked our legs off!... it was very peaceful and quiet ,very scenic and we enjoyed the stay. Basic shower and toilets but I’m fine with that as the price reflects...see you next time.
Sep 10, 2020 by Richard Evans

Disappointed with the owners behaviour

I stayed here with my family this weekend and was rudely woken up by the owner at 7am blaring music out of her car to annoy some campers I presume had been noisy. I found this childish and can honestly say I didn’t hear any noise from the campers, at some point they did have music but it was at a sensible level. I found the whole situation bizzare and rather embarrassing. My children did not appreciate being woken up like this. Really unprofessional and could have easily been resolved.
Aug 31, 2020 by Sally

The worst camping experience we have ever had.

We booked at Rowter Farm expecting a quiet working farm with beautiful scenery, as described on the internet, instead we greeting with huge groups of people (20/30’people plus) which I am not sure follow the COVID rules as there are only 2 toilets per ladies and gents which were not cleaned regularly (which is a completely other story). When we arrived several of these groups playing extremely loud music (drum and base) from 2 pm in the afternoon which continued in until 2:30 in the morning. This was played extremely loud making the experience of sitting there eating out dinner a joke. Members of the groups were shouting and cheering also during these early hours leaving us extremely tired in the morning. Deciding that we could not cope with another night like it I went to have a quiet word with the owner about receiving a refund for the night that we would not be staying. I was left shocked with the owners telling us to f**k off and that they don’t want out kind camping there! I was told that I should expect that kind of noise and that I should have gone to face the party of 30 and asked them to stop as I was ‘Billy big balls’ going to complain to her. I explained in a calm manner that I was talking to her as she was the owner and that it is her responsibility to ensure the policies that they have listed (no noise after 10pm) are put in place and are enforced. At no point was I rude or offensive to this lady, however the response was disgusting. I do not even care about not getting a refund now it is just the fact there was no apology and a mouth full of abuse towards their guests. I am writing this to highlight how rude the owners of this campsite are and seem to only want to get money from people rather than trying to meet the needs of their guests. I have left extremely upset and hurt to be spoken to in such a way.
Aug 31, 2020 by Rylee

Beautiful site

Lovely campsite..good views, great walks and very peaceful with basic amenities ..however considering we're going through a pandemic there was no sense of extra cleansing of facilities. No sanitisers..only a basic warning not to crowd toilets. A mound of rubbish at the entrance by an unemptied rubbish skip was very unsightly and unsanitary.
Jul 24, 2020 by Krystyna

Fantastic location, perfect base for Mam Tor, Castleton and the Blue John Cavern.

Facilities are simple but all you need, toilets, showers, washing up sink, fridge, a couple of plug sockets plus there is a small selection of food and camping essentials available for sale in the farm shop. Had a great weekend here with a few friends, had plenty of space and felt very remote and peaceful, surely one of the key reasons to go camping?! Owners just left us to it, no long list of rules and regs or anything, but were visible in cleaning the facilities and always on hand to man the shop and sign us in.
Jun 3, 2019 by Sam

Lovely if you like to party

Worst campsite we’ve ever been to. Owners are unfriendly, toilets disgusting. Perhaps we went at a bad time, bank holiday weekend, but full of chavs and drunks. Awful
May 6, 2019 by Marie

Lifetime memories

I've stayed here several times over the years; I first came when I was 8 with my dad, and we came every year until I was about 14, sometimes bringing my mates or his mates (who also loved it). I am now 18 and I plan to return here in a few weeks with a group of mates to show them the place that legitimately holds some of my happiest memories. I'm going to be doing the same hikes I did with my dad and going into castleston for Fish and chips and a pint like I did years ago (except back then it was a pint of coke for me). I've got plans to go to Ibiza and Leeds festival this year and next, but the thought of getting to show my mates Rowter farm and the scenery from Mam Tor is overdoing the both of them. BEST CAMPSITE EVER.
Apr 9, 2019 by Ryan Jackson

Chill Out

Great location- basic but thats what its all about- tent up from us were partying till 5 am, then started again at 8- dont come here if you want a quiet time! A good time had by all and cant wait for our next trip.Only downside was main gate kept getting left open and sheep got in- too much poo for a campsite!!
Jun 17, 2018 by Mark

Fabulous family friendly campsite

Fourth time to rowter farm and as always we all had a wonderful time. Walking through the fields to explore, down to Castleton for lunch, exciting caves and friendly family working the farm and campsite. Facilities are clean and reasonable charge for showers. Fresh eggs can be bought from the farm and it's always nice to have eggs in a morning. Definitely will be back with my 2 children again ready for our next camping weekend.
Aug 29, 2017 by Ruth

Rowter Farm is great

Stayed at Rowter Farm for 2 nights,and had a great time! 2 of us,1 tent,and 1 car, and £10 a night was a real bargain. The location is perfect,a lovely walk to Castleton where there are nice pubs etc, and ideal for Mam tor and various other hikes.Weather was great which always helps,but the views are beautiful,and the field itself ideal for pitching up.Plenty of space,and a relaxed approach to camping. The Farm owners are friendly and happy to help (including helping me jump-start my car when leaving - thanks again!!). Also very welcoming seeing as we arrived at about 10pm after a 4hr drive from London! Facilities fine,£1 for a shower and the waters hot, toilets decent and clean and washing up facilities as well which is a nice touch, and fire pits are also available to hire for £5, and good quality dry wood for £5 as well, so even though no camp fires are allowed on the ground (very normal),you can still warm up around a fire at night with a drink or two! Can't fault it, will definitely be back. Exactly what camping should be about! Thank you for a great stay.
May 8, 2017 by TomS

May 2016

We stayed here a week ago 2 adults and 2 dogs, lovely farm, fantastic scenery and walks on your doorstep, lovely family, hard working from what we seen, moving sheep daily etc. Really lovely stay, basic camping if you want peace and quiet then this is the spot. No lines to camp in, and not too many rules. They said they would be very busy bank holiday, how lucky we were we went the week prior. We will be back one day :-)

Jun 1, 2016 by Tracy and Leon

Perfection in the peaks

if your looking for a laid back camp site with the basic essentials Rowter farm is perfect in the middle of the Peak District with great excess to some of peaks best walks it ticks so many boxes the evening fills with groups having fun with laughter in the air family's couples and mixed groups it's simply perfect camp site very chilled stay 

Aug 31, 2015 by David

Charlie and Neil

Great site for camping, children , walking and chilling.

Rowter Farm was everything you would expect from a very moderately priced farm campsite. It has a large camping field,  good washing up facilities and wash/toilet area with hot water as well as a pay as you go shower. Although basic it is quite adequate. Fire pits, charcoal etc on sale and some basic essentials in the way of food.  Fantastic location for walkers and lovely view. Best of all a helpful friendly farming family  and a relaxed atmosphere.

Jul 18, 2015 by charlie

Charlie and Neil

Rowter Farm was everything you would expect from a very moderately priced farm campsite. It has a large camping field,  good washing up facilities and wash/toilet area with hot water as well as a pay as you go shower. Although basic it is quite adequate. Fire pits, charcoal etc on sale and some basic essentials in the way of food.  Fantastic location for walkers and lovely view. Best of all a helpful friendly farming family  and a relaxed atmosphere.

Jul 18, 2015 by charlie

DO NOT follow the Sat Nav

We first made the mistake of following the Sat Nav; please DO NOT follow the Sat Nav as it leads to another farm that is located down a very small and bumpy road and nowhere near the site itself and the lady is getting a bit ticked off with all us campers arriving down her driveway! 

I went to Rowter Farm June 19th to 21st with my partner, arriving late evening on a Friday night. It was very busy with DofE and stag dos etc, but we found a spot near the entrance and no trouble from the crowds of people. 

The Saturday night was less busy and we very much enjoyed the 'no thrills' of the site. The showers are 50p for 3 minutes only and 10 seconds of that are freezing cold water, but you can get the job done in the time given.

 Plenty of walks around you as Rowter Farm is set back in gated fields, with no close neighbours other than sheep and cows! We went down the road to Speedwell cavern, which was really enjoyable and interesting. Sunday was completely empty and we chose to go home that night because of the weather. Really lovely though and loved the area. 

Jun 28, 2015 by Emma-MaeP

not very quiet

turned up on a friday afternoon planning to stay 2 nights. there was a big group of teenagers doing d of e i think who were noisy and didnt quieten down until around 11pm which was not too bad i guess. but then there was 2 seperate groups of blokes getting drunk, first group went to sleep around 1am and second group had music on, singing, and even beeping a car horn until around 2-30am. heard a couple of guys from first group stagering past my tent to be sick by the wall around this time too. the teens were packed up and on there way in the moring but the other groups didnt look like they were going so i packed up and cut my stay short. also noted was the grass was very long 8 inches or so. i can imagine if the site was quiet with just familys or couples then it would be fine, basic and out of the way from it all, but they dont seem to mind groups camping there and everyone is left to do as they please, so it really depends on your luck as to who else is there. got 3 or 4 hours sleep in the end so had to cut my weekend short as it was late when i got packed up and too tired to go out walking all day

Jun 20, 2015 by adam


This is my favourite campsite in the Peaks.  It is a really relaxed place, with basic facilities.  Don't go expecting modern solar heated wash blocks and defined pitches though.  While there are official rules, in the times we've been there, they were rather relaxed about them.  

This is a very popular campsite, so on nights like midsummer's eve it can get very busy. However, at other times, we've been there, we've practically had the place to ourselves.  

It is a working farm, and understandably, the owners spend most of their time tending to the animals.  The place is kept clean and tidy and is well maintained.  Remember to take some 50ps for the showers, as they aren't included in the price.  

Great for dogs and children, as there is a large area for them to play in.  Fires are permitted, as long as they are off the ground and safe.  

Apr 12, 2015 by Danielle Fortier


I had been looking for a nice quiet place to take my kids during the summer holidays. After looking at many sites in the area, all seemed to have too many rules. I wanted a place that was away from any built up areas, and that would give us the nearest to proper 'camping' experience as possible. My children are 11 and 7 and love the outdoors. I have always loved camping since the age of 5 and wanted to pass that on.

This site gave us exactly that.  Obviously nowadays open fires aren't really allowed anywhere, but here we could use the fire pit, which is as close as it gets.  The kids went to find their own wood for kindling, we built fires, explored the fields around and loved every minute.

The views and space is amazing and so relaxing.

The walks up mam tor, and around castleton filled the days easily, with the added bonus of a lovely pub lunch in the castle on the last day (we were 'beaned' out by then).

I am also a keen mountain biker, so will definitely use this as a base for me and my mates when we do the hope valley loops again.

If you want a no frills camping site that allows you to camp properly, then this is it.


Aug 22, 2014 by Christian74


   I stayed at Rowter Farm 7th & 8th August.  The campsite is a perfect location for numerous walks, and is close to the nearby village of Castelton.  It is a beautiful location and I assumed a quiet remote one.

The first night I was unable to get to sleep until gone midnight as peolpe ignored the "no noise after 10" rule, and were quite happy to allow the farm gate to slam shut on their way to the toilet facilities, along with talking at the top of their voices.

The next day I asked the lady owner if I may prop open the gate, especially since the site had become a lot more busy.  She was very understanding and obliging so I looked forward to having a more restful night, despite the continual arrival of more groups.

At 21:00hrs I was awoken by a group of females arriving (ignoring the "arrive before 8pm" rule), who were talking very loudly, pitching dangerously close to us and were also disturbing my 3 and 5 year old who were desparately trying to sleep.  After they had finished pitching their tents they realised that they had pitched their tents blocking their cars in! (If guidelines of pitching before 8pm had been adhered to, daylight may have helped avoid this ludicrous situation.  Knowing that they were so close to us I stuck my head out of the tent and guided them through - they just fitted between mine and their guy ropes. I'm sure I don't need to mention to the readers that this seriously risked the safety of myself and children, but I have.

At 00:10 I was awoken by an explosion.  The multiple family group that were "next door but one" had not only decided to carry on talking passed 10pm, light a clearly prohibited open fire, had also managed to leave a gas cylinder close enough to the prohibited fire and for long enough, for it to explode.  Understandably horrific screams and commotion were to follow, and half an hour later two ambulances, with continued aftermath.  How nobody was killed, and how no other tents were affected is beyond me, but I shall be eternally grateful that my children and I were spared from harm.  Had a fire ensued it would have ripped through the campsite in minutes, probably seconds, as it was far too crowded.  I left the next morning ASAP, not even entertaining the idea of a refund, I just wanted to get us out alive! 

This horrible experience could have been avoided if the overflow field had been opened sooner, and the owners took some responsibility to ensure that the rules are adhered to - clearly they are there for a reason. I shall not be returning to this site. I shall be interested to see if my review is listed to have some idea of the profesionalism of "Cool Camping."
I also intend, to ensure the health and safety (and enjoyment) of future campers, to write to the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme to notify them of the incident, since they had young people there that night, and also to the local authorities - assuming they are not already aware of the situation.

I continued my holiday at another site, and I'm glad I had that option as it may have put me off camping for good. 

Aug 15, 2014 by Teresa

Wonderful first experience

This was my first trip camping for many years and two days prior I spotted this site on cool camping. No prebook required. The site is located in the gorgeous fields away from any noise and roads. There are two large old stone walled fields to camp in. Facilities were clean and easy to find. The best thing about this site is the location, just walk out in any direction and you are in the open spaces with only sheep for company. Will certainly be back. A relaxed easy going spacious campsite.

Jul 14, 2014 by Gary Curtis


Have just come back from a 3 night break at Rowter Farm and we couldn't have picked a better site for views, walking and dog friendly camping. No charge for the dogs which was nice and plenty of animals surrounding the field to look at (horses, sheep, cows etc) Stunning views to wake up to and some lovely walks especially Mam Tor. Campsite is literally at the top of winnats pass so it's high up. The field was empty when we arrived on the Friday afternoon so had the pick of the field to pitch however it soon filled up with a variety of families, DofE groups and walking groups but by the end of the weekend only a couple of tents left and deadly quiet. One night it was like Leeds festival and the next all we could hear were the cows in the next field. It's a bit of a gamble which end of the spectrum you get but it's worth it. Showers are clean and so are the toilets and wash up room. The farm house sells basic provisions, portable BBQ's, chocolate biccies. The owners appear very relaxed and leave you too it and the field is on the level. No naff family lounge bars or cheesy amusements - proper camping at it's best!

Jul 7, 2014 by DerbyshireSidney

Rowter Farm

I searched high and low for a campsite that offered that "getting away from it all" break for my boyfriend and I. I found the one on CoolCamping - Rowter Farm, Castleton. At the top of the Peaks, it offers the best countryside views with nothing but Mam Tor in one direction (merely 20m to the footpath accent) and sheep-filled fields marked out by dry stone walls the other direction.

The campsite, a large field set in the grounds of a lovely working farm and picturesque stone barns and farmhouse, is private and feels undiscovered. Pitch free, you are able to choose exactly where you wish to set up camp and although there was a group of Scouts (very well behaved and no doubt exhausted from a day's trekking) and two other small groups, we heard no noise and felt entirely alone with great views, just what we wanted.

Amenities are basic but great; toilets, shower and washing up facilities were all clean and
modern with the added bonus of hot water, soap and perfume in the ladies!! And best of all they are close to the campsite! The farmhouse even comes with a mini shop of essentials (chocolate)!

Castleton is a beautiful village near by with great pubs and food-with-a-view (The Castle), with the breath-taking navigation through Winnats Pass, sincerely my favourite road on this planet. The area boasts beautiful, intricate landscapes like nowhere else. With that said I
am definitely returning to the Peak District and will most certainly be 'CoolCamping' at Rowter Farm.


Apr 22, 2013 by Snello

Rowter Farm

Been to Rowter Farm 3 times, first time was with a group of lads for a stag weekend, 2nd two times was with my family and friends family.....I think the last time there was 11 children under 7 years old with us. I cannot rate this place highly’s very basic and if the weather is bad then it’s quite exposed but personally that does not bother me in the slightest. I’ve never personally been disturbed by noisy campers (and I have never disturbed anyone as far as I’m aware) but given the owners relaxed view on groups I’m sure it can get a bit boisterous over bank holiday weekends. If you like the outdoors, are into walking and fell running its perfect....Castleton is about a half hour walk down the hill but if you’ve had a few pints a taxi back to the site might be in order as the walk back up could be a mission. I’ll be going back again this many times as I can.
Mar 23, 2012 by Harticus

Rowter Farm

Great views and perfect location. Was able to complete a circuit walk and start and finish at the campsite. Dog friendly. Facilities are basic but just what we needed, and not a DofE group in sight. Just us and the sheep we let in!!!!! Highly recommended.
Aug 15, 2010 by jimandbiz

Rowter Farm

Really nice site with clean facilities. Our little boy (3) had a great time running around the field although managed to fall in a muddy puddle in his pj’s! Really quiet and relaxing.
Aug 12, 2010 by samham

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