North Lees

UK England East Midlands Derbyshire Hathersage

  • Contactless check in
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Dogs welcome
  • Good walks nearby
A truly romantic woodland setting, straight out of a Jane Austen novel. For those who are less romantically inclined, how about climbing a nearby 25 metre high gritstone cliff?

Shielded within a grove of oak and beechlined woodland, lies the North Lees Peak District National Park campsite. An idyllic sounding setting in its own right, but add to that the looming slopes of Northern England’s largest cliff above the distant treeline and the site’s babbling brook and what you get is just about as near a state of natural perfection as you’re likely to find.

The site itself is pretty no frills. There’s no play area for the kids, but they’ll find natural entertainment enough frolicking within the plentiful woodlands; home to Pied flycatchers, bats and a blanket of bluebells in spring. Set across four fields, North Lees feels deceptively smaller than its actual size, with the trees and dry-stone walls acting to shield each field from the other. The whole site sits on a gentle slope as the ground around begins its ascent up to the moor’s peak at Stanage Edge.

At North Lees you’re deep in the heart of the setting for Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice. So, whilst you’re here, why not recreate the iconic shot from the 2005 film version and stand atop The Edge, looking out over the swathes of Derbyshire? You can walk up the slopes to Stanage Edge easily from a track at the back of the site. ‘The Edge’ stretches for six miles with its cliff of gritstone reaching a height of 25 metres in some places. The tall face of the cliff is a Mecca for climbers, ascending the boulder-strewn ridge-line that juts out of the ground.

The site’s proximity to Stanage means it’s a regular hang-out for the climbing conscious, but, no fear, there’s no ‘us and them’ atmosphere. Everyone’s content just to kick back and soak up some of Mother Nature’s ambience. Ascending The Edge needn’t be done at the end of a rope, though. You can wander on up and find your own route to take in the expansive views. From up here you’ll wonder at the patchwork quilt of colours, from verdant green to carpets of rich purple heather in late summer and autumn, home to red grouse.

The Peak District draws in 13 million day-visitors a year and given the landscape and its historical houses it’s no surprise. But at North Lees you could feel like you’re amongst the only few people in the park, protected behind the walls of this secluded woodland.



There are on-site recycling facilities, hot showers, with male and female toilet blocks, a washing-up area, a drying room and disabled facilities. No campfires or BBQ's, (please cook on a gas camping stove). We have parking for up to 40 vehicles only, please note that once our grass pitches which include one car are no longer available it means we have no more car parking space and you will have to arrive on site on foot or by bike. Pods sleep up to 5 people, with lighting, heating, a charging point, a double glazed window, lockable french doors and a covered veranda area, but with the exception of the Easy Access pod Dreamboat (where there is a single bed and an additional mattress) are not furnished.

Suitable For

Tents, groups, dogs (on leads) - yes.  No Unsupervised under 18's - and No Caravans. Only very limited space for small (VW size) campervans with no electric hook-up. Large group bookings please contact site directly - Duke of Edinburgh are available by contacting the campsite directly.


Take a gliding lesson or a trial glide with the Derbyshire and Lancashire Gliding Club (01298 871270) at Camphill. Or head to Hathersage and splash around in the large heated outdoor pool (01433 650 843). Situated just north of Hathersage, Stanage Edge is a popular place for rock climbers and walkers with sweeping views of the Dark Peak moorlands and the Hope Valley. The surrounding area is a stronghold for Ring ouzels and the moorland is protected internationally, owing to the presence of threatened upland birds including the Merlin and the Golden plover. The gritstone edge spans approximately 4 miles and was recently featured in the film Pride & Prejudice. North Lees is a cyclists dream of a campsite: there are plenty of accessible on/off-road routes from Sheffield, including exciting mountain bike descent of Stanage Edge. For the latest events in the area click here. All campers receive a 10% discount on National Park Authority cycle hire.

Food & Drink

The Scotsmans Pack (01433 650 253) has a new selection of micro-brew ales every month, with local fish and meat on its menu. The tucked-away Little John Inn (01433 650 225) down the road in Hathersage also offers local micro-brew ales and decent pub fare in its wood-panelled interior.


Late March–end of October for turn-up and pitch camping (booking is advised at busy times). Over the winter months (November–March), the site is open but booking is essential for Sunday–Thursday nights. Turn-up and pitch on Friday and Saturday nights only. Bookings recommended for the camping pods at all times.

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The Owner Says

North Lees Campsite is located in a sheltered valley, 1.5 miles north of Hathersage and is within a short walking distance of Stanage Edge.  The campsite is an ideal base for those seeking quiet recreation in beautiful surroundings and for visitors wishing to explore the wider Peak District. The nearby woodlands, farmland and moorland are managed for conservation and form part of the historic Stanage-North Lees estate.  The site is approximately a 20 minute walk from Hathersage which is well served by both trains and buses making it easy to for you to access our site without your car, something that we strongly encourage!

Social Distancing Measures

Our site is already spacious, natural,  and 'pitch free' as we allow our guests to choose their own location upon arrival.  We have always had a lot of space between tents and we will ask all guests to ensure they pitch at least 2 metres away from others when they choose their pitch. To help facilitate social distancing we have also reduced our site capacity to 80 people.  We will limit the amount of guests accessing our washroom facilities at any one time and ask those waiting to queue outside and maintain social distancing. We will be increasing the amount of daily deep cleans of the toilets and showers and providing soap, as always, to enable people to regularly clean their hands. All camping pods will be thoroughly cleaned between guests.


Up to 60 tents across 3 gently sloping fields and 7 wooden camping pods including 1 suitable for wheelchairs. Car parking spaces are separate from the camping area.

"Nightrider" camping pod

Pod Sleeps 4
A standard sized pod situated on a wooded bank at the fringe of the campsite suitable for 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 small children, approximate floor space is 2.5m x 2.2m. Inside there is a small heater, two LED lights and a carpet covered floor. Outside there is a covered decking area for cooking and relaxing. Dogs are not allowed in this pod.

"Quietus" camping pod

Pod Sleeps 4
A standard sized pod situated on a wooded bank at the fringe of the campsite suitable for up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 small children, approximate floor space is 2.5m x 2.2m.

"Beanpod" family camping pod

Pod Sleeps 5
Family-sized pod surrounded by trees providing sleeping space for up to 4 adults or 2 adults and 3 children, floor space aprox. 3.5m x 2.3m. It has a covered deck area in the front for relaxing and cooking. There are no beds or furniture – just a carpet-covered floor, two LED lights and a small heater.Please note dogs are not allowed in this pod.

"Lookout" family camping pod

Pod Sleeps 5
Family-sized pod overlooking the camping field providing sleeping space for up to 4 adults or 2 adults and 3 children, floor space approx. 3.5m x 2.3m. It has a covered deck area in the front for relaxing and cooking. There are no beds – just a carpet-covered floor, two LED lights and a small heater. Please note dogs are not allowed in this pod.

"Duo" camping pod

Pod Sleeps 4
Standard-sized pod surrounded by trees and overlooking stream covered banks, providing sleeping space for up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 small children, approximate floor space is 2.5m x 2.2m. There is a covered deck area in the front for relaxing and cooking. It has LED lights and a small heater. Please note dogs are not allowed in this pod.

"Twin Cam" dog friendly camping pod

Pod Sleeps 4
Standard-sized pod overlooking stream and bluebell covered banks providing sleeping space for up to 2 adults and 2 small children (or dogs!), approximate floor space is 2.5m x 2.2m. There is a covered deck area in the front for relaxing and cooking.There are no beds or furniture – just a carpet-covered floor, two LED lights and a small heater.

"Dreamboat" easy access and dog friendly pod

Pod Sleeps 4
Easy access camping pod equipped with height adjustable single bed with mattress. This pod is located close to our easy access washroom and the amenities of our campsite building, floor space is aprox. 3.5m x 2.3m Dogs are welcome in Dreamboat.

Small Campervan Spot - Ring ouzel field

Grass pitch Sleeps 5
A small campervan pitch that provides a flat place to park your campervan away from the main parking areas. This spot is located close to our amenities block at the bottom end of the campsite. It can accommodate vans up to 5m long. Please note there is no electric hook up.

Small Campervan - Pied flycatcher field

Grass pitch Sleeps 5
This campervan pitch provides a flat place to park your campervan away from the main parking areas. This spot is located besides a lovely holly bush towards the top of our driveway. It can accommodate vans up to 5m long. Please note there is no electric hook up.

Grass Pitch (ONE car included)

Grass pitch Sleeps 5 34 Available
These grass pitches are an ideal base for those seeking quiet recreation in beautiful surroundings and for visitors wishing to explore the wider Peak District. They are for people who need to reserve a car parking space on site, please note our parking areas are not in our camping fields so your car will not be next to your pitch.

Backpacker Grass Pitch (No Vehicle)

Grass pitch Sleeps 5 11 Available
These grass pitches are an ideal base for those seeking quiet recreation in beautiful surroundings and for visitors wishing to explore the wider Peak District.

Duke of Edinburgh Only (No Vehicle)

Grass pitch Sleeps 20 6 Available
These grass pitches are an ideal base for those seeking quiet recreation in beautiful surroundings and for visitors wishing to explore the wider Peak District.

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Contact North Lees, Birley Lane, Hathersage, Hope Valley, Derbyshire S32 1DY

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Getting There

Take the A6187 eastbound toward Hathersage. After about 2 miles, turn left up Jagger Lane and then left up Coggers Lane. Watch out for the Birley Lane turn-off about 2 miles on your right. The site is about 1 mile on the left. Please do not try using a SatNav. Get the train or bus to Hathersage and it’s approximately a 30-minute walk up to the campsite. Call in advance for detailed directions.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 70 reviews


Love me some North Lees campsite

Friendly and helpful team at the reception - the facilities are kept clean and the hot water doesn't fail. The campsite is conveniently located for those who don't have a car: a short walk to Stanedge, Hathersage and the Scotsman Pack Inn - great way to wrap up the evening after a full day spent outside. Our go-to when going to the Peak District and highly recommendable to anyone who is keen to explore the beauty of the area.
Nov 1, 2021 by Jk Verified Review

Shame about the attitude of other guests

This is my first stay in a pod but I have camped a lot here before. The pod was lovely, it had lighting, a heater and plug to charge my phone. I didn’t get an email with the code number to get the pod key and I had to chase it, after driving 2 hours the office wasn’t open and I wasn’t tall enough to see the key safe so another guest had to help me! The pod was warm and comfortable and in the morning I opened the door to get some fresh air. The rest of the pods were occupied by a large group and I looked up only to see a child staring into my pod. It gave me a shock because I was undressed and low and behold his father came to look for him and also had a good old gawp in at me! How rude and disrespectful. The group were also noisy and the kids were running around banging into the pod, taking pictures and just totally out of control. The other downside was the amount of young woman spending upwards of 30 minutes each in the shower. By the time the shower was free there was no hot water. Although this isn’t the fault of the site I feel they should restrict large groups, this isn’t the first time I’ve been kept awake with rowdy large entitled idiots and it’s not fair on those looking for peace and quiet.


I had a lovely stay here at north lees. I came camping alone and I felt very safe and welcome here. I found a lovely pub a 20 min walk away which did lovely food. I would stay here again in a flash!

Beautiful, quiet, perfect

I couldn’t recommend staying at North Lees more. It’s a quiet, beautiful campsite with everything I needed, clean toilets, shower etc. You can easily walk to Hathersage and Stanage so easily and I will 100% definitely be returning

Excellent site.Super walks and pleasant short walk into Hathersage. Bonus great out door heated pool

Convenient site,Pods are great. Helpful friendly staff. Many walks,especially close to Stannage Edge. Very close to the centre of Hathersage and facilities and out door pool.

Lovely campsite

Lovely remote campsite, excellent for walks in the peaks or to be near Hathersage which is about a mile away. Facilities were fine, toilets and showers both clean and worked well. Difficult to find a level pitch but that was the only downside.

Tucked away in the hills

Lovely quiet campsite close enough to walk to Hathersage for meals out. Stanadge Edge accessible by walking out through the back of the campsite. Toilet blocks could do with a bit more attention. Looks like they are cleaned fairly regularly but some sort of notice up (like you see sometimes in pubs each time staff clean them) could give campers a bit more reassurance (also loos could do with a loo brush). Location and setting is beautiful, and no noise after 10pm well respected, would definitely stay here again.

A quirky, tranquil little campsite with a boho vibe!

North Lees campsite is a quirky gem of a find. Nestled amongst the gentle hills off the Peaks this place is far enough off the beaten track to feel special but near enough to Hathersage to enjoy a delicious meal at the many pubs or coffee shops or to stroll go the outdoor lido for a dip. This campsite is very laid back in its approach, allowing you to choose your own spot and pitch up. It is worth noting that you cannot drove onto your pitch but there is access to some very handy wheel narrows to help with equipment logistics! It is worth noting that the whole site is on a gentle slope - something to consider when pitching up, if you want to avoid slumber being interrupted by night time hill rolling! The showers are warm and clean, toilets and washing up facilities are basic bit also in good order. This site seems to attact a range of patrons, welcoming family groups to those strolling in fresh off the crags. The site is peaceful and the 10pm 'no noise rule' was respected! There is a lovely woodland walk, just behind the site, with a chuckling brook running along beside you- a must for toddler paddling! This is a great site which has that little bit of 'camping magic'. We stayed for one rainy night and it still managed to bewitch us - wish the stay was longer and definitely intend to return. Thank you North Leas!

one of the campsites in England

Brilliant facilities, excellent location, quiet, close to nature, trail up to Stanage edge... nice relaxed feel and climber magnet. The pods are excellent to stay in!
Aug 14, 2021 by Henry Brown Verified Review

A lovely spot, we will be back.

A lovely spot, we will be back. I had a lovely warm welcome from the staff member who checked us in. The site was spotlessly clean. It was great to see Recycling available. While busy the site was always quiet, and very friendly. It’s a perfect spot for discovering and exploring the high peak district. We will definitely be back. No complaints at all. I particularly like the areas for wildlife. This campsite does its best for the environment and the people who stay. Thank you.
Aug 6, 2021 by Lisa Stead Verified Review

Picturesque and peaceful

Absolutely lovely place to go. Calm and peaceful on a relaxing site. A small wooded area around the site for adventure. Walking distance from Stanage edge which is lovely to hike up. A 5 minute drive through lovely scenery to a historic town that has all the provisions you need if you run out. We will 100% be returning to do all the things we couldn’t do.

Lovely setting

Lovely setting and a nice size campsite with decent facilities and friendly helpful staff. Hathersage is a ~25min walk away for local shops and eats.
Jul 20, 2021 by Paul Gibson

Excellent as always

I have been coming to North Lees for over 20 years but this is the first time since the pods have been added. Some great additions to a tranquil, beautiful campsite. Great facilities as always with good reach to both crags and the village. Thank you!!
May 15, 2021 by Lee Payne Verified Review

Works every time for me :)

Staff very welcoming, site clean and well looked after, amazing morning birdsong

Excellent Stay

Great facilities, very clean. Friendly staff. Very easy to get to and wasnt rushed to leave in the morning. Lots of places to pitch and there was plenty of space between other tents so you get a lot of privacy also. Cant park on your pitch but there are plenty of spaces to park near your tent and they had a nice addition of wheelbarrows to take stuff from your car to your pitch.
Apr 18, 2021 by Joe Hardan Verified Review

Fantastic idyllic site

This site is in a beautiful spot in the middle of a wooded area with a lovely stream. The toilet/ shower/ washing up area were all clean and well maintained with good supplies of toilet paper and hand soap. Pathways were well maintained and it is a short walk from the camping area to the facilities. We stayed in the pod which was well above my expectations. The heater was very good at keeping it warm despite a very cold night. Good lighting inside with a lovely deck outside which we loved for eating and bird watching. Hathersage is very close and we also enjoyed visiting the Hope Valley dairy. There is a fantastic hill climb nearby just a few minutes drive away. We were so impressed we have booked another stay. Really amazing site in a beautiful area!

Amazing place. Perfect base for walking

I’m a bit loathed to leave a great review as I’d like to keep this gorgeous place completely secret! A really friendly, clean and perfectly placed for amazing walks and good food choices.
Oct 12, 2020 by Lindsey

Response from North Lees

Thanks for your review Lindsey, we are glad you enjoyed your stay with us and the surrounding area.

Nature made better by easy access to a toilet.

It is exactly what you want when you think of the Peaks. The view from the site is great and a five minute walk up a trail and you're bumping into sheep, seeing the rolling hills and away from most other living souls. The site is a great base. Good ground to camp on, space, nice facilities, clean water, bins. The wheelbarrows to move kit was a nice touch. Easy to find in a car. Hope to be back soon. Many thanks.

Response from North Lees

Thanks for your review Rosie, we are glad you enjoyed your stay with us and enjoyed the surrounding countryside.

Great Weekend

So we rock up at North Lees and have contactless check in which was great in the time of covid. We were camping as a large group of friends and we had an awesome weekend. The showers were warm. The campsite was clean. The toilet's were great. The most local shop which we walked too was Hope Valley Ice cream! :) The rest of the group went on a 22km walk but I stayed for the social on the campsite and totally enjoyed myself. There was no rush for check out and my entire group had a brilliant time. We have been a little noisy but no one seemed to notice or mind. Totally recommend this place to hikers and climber's and social campers. Thanks for a brilliant weekend.

Response from North Lees

Thanks for your review Belle, we are glad you enjoyed the peace and quiet of North Lees.

Great location for walking

Great location for walking in the Peak District, including an easy walk into Hathersage for shops and pubs. Dog friendly. The tents felt widely spaced, just a bit tight with car parking.

Response from North Lees

Thanks for your review Kirsty, Car parking is a constant challenge for us and we hope to improve this for next season.

Stunning peaceful campsite

Fantastic 4 nights in one of the pods located close to a beautiful stream. Highly recommend this stunning campsite, my only concern was I feel the toilet/shower block could do with more attention, as in how often it gets cleaned, especially with everything going on with covid right now. Apart from that it was perfect, I would definately return with my family.
Sep 12, 2020 by Ed Cockett Verified Review

Response from North Lees

Thanks for your feedback Ed, keeping on top of the washrooms is a challenge at the best of times but we do our best!  We hope to see you again.

Stunning setting - fabulous stay

Friendly site, found staff in the reception really knowledgable. Great location, surrounded by trees and a small brook. Peaceful and relaxing. Yes, the facilities are fairly basic, but more than adequate-and having to wheelbarrow your kit up made it all the more restful. Fabulous walks from the site and a short drive away, and nice friendly pubs and cafes in nearby Hathersage, which you can walk to on a circular loop, only just over a mile each way.
Sep 10, 2020 by tina w

Response from North Lees

Thanks for your review Tina, we are glad you enjoyed your stay with us.

Great experience

Facilities were nice and clean, lots of space for campers, and a great location for Stanage Edge, Hathersage and more!

Response from North Lees

Thanks for your review Josh, we are glad you enjoyed staying in this great area.

Great campsite

Really delightful quiet campsite. Simple facilities but kept clean, perfectly adequate and a great hot shower. Great location for access up to Stanage edge/Hathersage and be all that surrounds. Would definitely recommend.

Response from North Lees

Thanks for your review Hannah, we are glad you enjoyed your stay with us.

Beautiful place, brilliant staff

Great facilities, nice friendly staff, close enough to hathersage village and train station, great place to camp for Stanage Edge, super clean, couldn't be much better!

Response from North Lees

Thanks for your review Gemma, we are glad you enjoyed your stay with us.

Perfect spot for Stanage Edge and surrounds.

Calm, spacious and sheltered stay, facilites were perfect for our needs, warm shower particularly welcome due to typical August Bank Hol. Will keep on returning to this great spot.
Sep 3, 2020 by IAN LLOYD Verified Review

Response from North Lees

Thanks for your feedback Ian, We glad you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you back.

Excellent sheltered location, well kept with walking on the doorstep,

Stayed here over the August 2020 bank holiday (The coldest on record apparently) with 2 other families. The facilities were clean and the water in the shower hot. The ground was quite saturated due to the heavy rain but we made the best of it with a hike up to Stanage Edge and then into Hathersage to one of the local pubs for lunch and a pint. The experience would only have been made better if we could have had a fire to keep us warm and the midges at bay.

Response from North Lees

Thanks for your review Rachel, we are glad you enjoyed your stay with us despite the wet ground conditions.  

Love this place - beautiful setting

Such a beautiful place. A little hilly! It was hard to find a flat pitch that wasn’t soggy as there had been a lot of rain. But we found a good spot. Staff are lovely. Facilities basic but clean - no fridge, and only a couple of showers, but I never had to queue. Will definitely come back.
Sep 1, 2020 by Emily W

Response from North Lees

Thanks Emily we are glad you enjoyed your stay with us despite the damp ground conditions.  We look forward to welcoming you again.

A stunning, simple site

We stayed in Duo- two families and two children. It was a bit on the snug side, I think we were probably pushing it with a 10 and an 8 year old- so totally my fault. It was lovely and warm, even without using the heater that they supplied. Lighting and electricity really appreciated though! The pod was in a beautiful location though, we loved being next to the stream. The pathway at the back of the site up to Stannage Edge is really fab and we enjoyed a stunning circular walk up to the Edge and then down to Hathersage and Little John's grave. Hathersage is a wonderful village to visit too. Food at The Scotsman's Pack was fabulous. As other reviews say, site is basic- shower, toilet, sink to wash up in and that's about it- but it's so peaceful. Plenty of grass to run about on. There are a few picnic tables dotted about too, which was helpful. No mobile reception for me- which to be honest, was a huge plus! It would have been awesome if there was a small communal fridge on site, but you can't have everything. The only real downside I would say is that it can be a bit difficult to get in touch- emails seem to get filtered through Cool Camping and you won't get a very quick response, but totally appreciate that these are strange times and everyone has lots of stuff to juggle! Overall, we really really enjoyed our stay, would just try and book one of the slightly larger pods next time.
Aug 23, 2020 by Bec Herdson Verified Review

Response from North Lees

Thanks for your feedback Bec and we are glad to hear you enjoyed your stay with us and visiting the local sites and eateries.  If you wish to contact us directly rather than through cool camping you can do so at our email address and you should get a prompt reply.  We look forward to welcoming you back should you decide to try out one of our Family pods. 

A lovely site, well positioned for access to popular routes.

A bit plagued by midges at the time that I stayed. But the site is lovely, well positioned. Well organised with clean and well maintained facilities. As with any campsite, there can be disruptive campers. There were largish groups (three couples) in one tent. Not sure how that was Covid-19 precaution compliant. And not sure that the group staying actually cared (although I can understand the need to get out and enjoy). However the 10pm request to keep the noise down was not adhered to by any measure. Sleep before 1am on one of my nights was not possible. But. I would/will stay there again. Out of midge and other annoyance season. A lovely campsite. Thank you!

Response from North Lees

Thanks for your feedback Michael, I'm sorry to hear that you were disturbed by some inconsiderate campers. If this happens again please bring it to our attention the following morning and we will speak to those involved.  We look forward to seeing you again n the future.

Perfect few nights

A really lovely stay in Duo pod with my partner and son. Great campsite, friendly and respectful campers so noise levels low. Duo pod benefits on facing towards the stream that runs along the back of the campsite so we had our own "fridge". First visit to the Peak District and some lovely walks to Stanage Edge straight from the campsite, great for climbers (son and partner are missing our local climbing centre) - nice stroll down to Hathersage for a meal in the Scotsman's Inn. Also trips out to Mam Tor and Speedwell caverns. wish we'd booked for longer!

Response from North Lees

Thanks Lorna, we are glad you enjoyed your stay with us.

Great Campsite

My partner and I had a brilliant weekend at North Lees. The site is fairly sloped so I'd recommend that people take the time in selecting a good spot. Perfect route through the campsite to further walks. Toilets could maybe be updated and cleaned a bit better but this didn't impact on our stay. Only issue I found was parking when we returned late on the Sat night.

A perfect break

North Lees campsite is in such a great location near Stannage Edge and is a beautiful, peaceful site surrounded by trees. The facilities were clean, the showers were warm and staff were friendly. We couldn't fault it, we will definitely return!

Peaceful, beautiful and simple

I have stayed here many times. It’s just below Stanage Edge, surrounded by woodland with a stream flowing through. Many beautiful walks directly from the site. Quiet family friendly site. The pods are clean, warm and well situated.
Aug 1, 2020 by Paul Shore Verified Review


Ideal location for a minimalist break but with all the essentials. Stayed in Duo Pod which was large and well looked after, heating was a great touch for them cold early mornings, showers and toilets where super clean, Hathersage is a 20min hike away for a nice walk to a pub or some shops before heading back up the hills to a perfect hideaway... 5 Stars from me 😁

Response from North Lees

Great to hear you had a perfect stay. Looking forward to welcoming you back soon.
The North Lees Team

Beautiful simplicity in the midst of stunning nature

North Lees is just a stones throw from the many wonders of the Peak District, and whilst camping there you actually feel a part of it. Friendly staff and respectful campers make the visit all the more enjoyable, and in spite of COVID-19 measures (limiting numbers in the washrooms, keeping physically distanced), there was little discernable impact on my trip. It was a great base from which to see my parents in Sheffield, who I had not seen since lockdown - a quick run up to Stanage and over the other side and we were able to picnic together at Redmires. And a circular walk around Howden Moor and Reservoir allowed me an up close view of the lammergeier / bearded vulture - truly unforgetable once in a lifetime experience.

Response from North Lees

Great to hear you enjoyed your stay with us Katherine.

Lovely campsite nestled close to stanage edge

Before arriving I was very cautious about getting out camping and hiking again after being at home for so long due to COVID-19, when I arrived I was glad to see everyone taking the measures seriously that were put in place to keep us all safe, not overcrowded, loads of space to find somewhere to pitch the tent, everyone was respectful of social distancing and still easy to use all the facilities due to the limit on the amount of campers, staff really polite and helpful, glad I booked and would book again without hesitation
Jul 18, 2020 by James Bass Verified Review

Response from North Lees

Glad to hear you enjoyed your stay with us James.

Covid escape

This team have done an excellent job of getting the site ready under Covid regs, well managed without the sense of ‘being managed’ thoroughly relaxing
Jul 14, 2020 by SteveB

Response from North Lees

Thanks for the review Steve, we are glad you enjoyed your stay with us.

Perfect little campsite in perfect location!

Absolutely loved everything about this campsite! Very friendly and helpful staff and lovely, clean facilities. Loved how quiet and peaceful it was in the evenings too and that no cars allowed on the fields - very peaceful. The location is brilliant, only a 15/20 minute walk into Hathersage along a public footpath which is full of lovely little shops, bars and pubs. Only a short drive to Castleton too which is a perfect place to park to walk up Mam Tor and get a drink in the many cafes and bars after!
Jul 10, 2020 by Nicole Mott Verified Review

Response from North Lees

Hi Nicola,
Thanks for your review, we are glad you enjoyed your stay with us.


Great little campsite in amazing location

Superb location, you can walk up to Stanage Edge directly from the campsite. Hathersage is also a walk away. Lovely brook running alongside the campsite for the kids to enjoy splashing in.
Aug 31, 2019 by Erin Verified Review

Excellent location

This campsite is in a great location, looks lovely, and was clean (for camping).
Aug 27, 2019 by Kelham

a steal

the place was so remote and so beautiful, I had lots of space for myself and even found a pitch close to a stream and a tree with a horizontal branch where I could hang my gymnastic rings for some exercise. The staff were very relaxed and advised on cycle track in the area. No problem with using propan-butan gas cooker. Would 100% recommend!

Lovely quiet campsite

My dog and I stayed 3 great nights in one of the open fields that make up the site. Parking is free (not charged for as said elsewhere) and wheelbarrows are provided to move your gear from car to tent. Cars not parked alongside tents was a bonus for me as it meant the camping fields are free for people to move about safely and it's quieter. There were two DoE groups there but all respectful, polite and nice to chat to - and all in bed early. The sinks, showers and toilets got heavy use and I'd put any problems down to fellow campers not the staff. However everything seemed OK to me - people taking care at the wash-up and with the showers to remove mess and excess water. The situation is superb - right under Stanage Edge with a direct lovely walk up to this through the woods. Midges were evil in the evening humidity at the time (thunderstorms later) but hey that's camping.....I will definitely return as it was friendly, spacious, quiet and with walkers / climbers / cyclists. For a lone woman camping it was nice to have this atmosphere and Park Rangers based on site too. I think I'd try the pods in the winter months too as they looked comfy and well positioned. The only thing that takes this down from 5 stars are the midges but they have to live in their ecosystem too!

Unorganised, no staff on site for whole stay, bitten alive

My experience of this campsite wasn't positive. We arrived to check in at 5pm and nobody was on site to welcome us or direct us. We pitched up in the field and checked back later (nobody was there again). Upon discovery of the toilets that hadn't been cleaned in a while, I was disappointed to see that their was only 1 shower to service all the male's in the camp, the floor was unclean so it was either my feet or my towel to be dirty - I ruined my towel. My next point is pretty unpreventable for the campsite so is maybe an unfounded groan but the amount of flies (gnats/midges) made it impossible to sit outside. Every camper in the site was shocked to be bitten alive all night. The campsite's policy of no open flames (which includes BBQs) makes it impossible to get rid of the gnats. They also seem to building what can only be described as a stagnant body of water that is turning into a swamp - more water to attract the flying insects. All in all, I wouldn't stay here again, people camped for free around us due to the lack of staff, I booked online prior.
Jul 23, 2019 by Unhappy Camper

great site midges overwhelming at night

great site midges overwhelming at night

Poor experience

Toilets and shower rooms were unclean with a very strong smell. The site was infested with midges due to the stream, trees and nature pond that has been installed. The parking charge in force was unnecessary and over priced.
Jul 13, 2019 by Tom

Well situated site-shame about the facilities.

I loved where this camp site is situated, my pod was comfortable and initially I thought this would be a great place to come back to with my friends. The first out of my 3 nights was good but then a large group of noisy younger campers arrived and suddenly 2 out of the 3 toilets were blocked leaving one female toilet for the whole campsite. The showers looked dirty and unloved and while they didn't need major work they did need a good clean. One of the washing up sinks was full of old food and the other looked as if someone had washed an oily motor part in it as it had so much black grease on it. The only evidence I saw that anyone cared about the facilities was that the soap dispenser in the toilet was filled up and the grass had been mowed. I was in the middle of attending a course in the area but felt compelled to go home so only stayed 1 night out of my 3. The lack of management presence was obvious with people having solid fuel bar-b-ques and I even saw someone climb over a fence to access some old fencing for their fire. What a shame!
Jul 12, 2019 by Wendy Hulse Verified Review

Bitten by the swarm of Midgies that took over the campsite!!

Unable to sit outside or walk around without being surrounded by them. Poor levels of cleanliness in the toilet and showers ares which wasn't ideal after a days walking.

Night away

Fantastic site, very clean and quiet. Perfect location for exploring the peaks! I will definitely be staying again
Jul 7, 2019 by Gareth

Couldn’t be faulted

A v peaceful, well maintained campsite. Well located for walks, bouldering and all round relaxation. To cap it all I lost my wallet in Hathersage and it was handed in with all the cash too. Big thanks to the mystery person who handed it in.
Jun 30, 2019 by Henry

Quiet, clean, beautiful

We cycled to North Lees campsite from Hope. It is located in a really quiet place, with forest on all sides and many lovely walks in all directions. The camping pods were simple, clean and a perfect upgrade from a tent in soggy weather! The staff and park rangers were really helpful. We highly recommend North Lees

Secluded and we'll run site.

Situated in a very secluded and beautiful location less than 2 miles north of Hathersage which for me is walking distance. Site is peaceful and ideal location for access to Stanage Edge and many other walking routes in this area. Good shower and toilet facilities. Staff were friendly and helpful.
Jun 28, 2019 by Mark Chaplin Verified Review

Perfect weekend getaway

The site at North Lees is fantastic. Right in the heart of the Peak District, with access to great walks from the campsite. The facilities are simple but good and the eco-pod we stayed in (dog friendly Twin Cam) was fantastic. Travelling up from London for just 2 nights, not having to spend an hour putting up and taking down the tent was a real treat. We were blessed with lovely weather and the bonus of the longest day, so that even arriving at 5-ish on Friday we were able to get set up and still head out towards Stanage Edge for a couple of hours walk. We will definitely be back!
Jun 24, 2019 by Kerena Verified Review

Perfect - peaceful, immaculate and tucked away

We had a brilliant stay with dog for some walking in the area. This is a great campsite with immaculate toilets/showers etc and peace and quiet. It is a perfect distance from Hathersage - about a mile across fields - and on lots of inviting footpaths. We look forward to visiting again.
Jun 5, 2019 by Claire Verified Review

Superb little site in a great position

Love this little site. Situated in amongst the trees it offers peace and privacy. The amenities are excellent and the reception is friendly. The nearest village is just over a mile away via a beautiful walk across fields. There are plenty of pitches to choose from (although it's still small enough to be enjoyable). There's also a bonus protected woodland full of bluebells and beautiful trees. Can't fault this site at all
May 29, 2019 by Dean Dent

Lovely pitches, peaceful setting

This is an excellent campsite - easy to find, well kept, friendly and helpful staff and with good facilities. The washing up area is perfect, the toilets/bathroom simple but clean. We didn't use the showers but the water was instantly got from the taps. The only area for improvement would be a covered mess/cooking area of some kind, but that would be pushing for luxury I think! Would happily stay again and recommend!
Oct 15, 2018 by Adam K Verified Review


As others have mentioned below, even when fully booked (Bank Holiday Weekend) it didn't feel cramped. We took our dog as well and had no issues with that, and with a trail at the top of the camp it was easy enough to get her walked in the morning. Facilities were OK (It's camping, I'm not expected the best showers and toilets). But location is really great, especially if you want to head to Stanage Edge, you're also far aware from it all so the only sounds are the stream, cows and sheep. There were even sheep wandering through the site in the morning
Aug 28, 2018 by Ben

Spectacular location

The campsite is in a really great location, steps away from breathtaking spots and beautiful walks. We stayed in the Duo pod for two nights and we loved it: very comfortable, clean and functional. Our three years old boy really enjoyed it and we all had good sleeps. The campsite is really peaceful and the people running it are very easy going. The only downside were the stinky toilets: our little boy, who isn't normally fussy, refused to get into the male facilities and could only use the female ones. Although we managed to have nice warm showers, the facilities are overall too small for the size of the site and probably need improvement. This costed a star in my rating that otherwise would have been enthusiastically a full stars.
Aug 24, 2018 by Enrico

Fab location

North Lees was always favourite place to stay near climbing at Stanage etc. Quiet and out of the way but possibly to to walk to Hathersage if you want to. We returned for the first time in 10 years for a few days with kids in tow (and some teeny rock boots). Campsite was full but didn’t feel packed at all, loads of space (although carparking was pretty full). Toilet block functional and quite clean enough. Showers nice and warm. “Quiet” hours 10pm-8am meant it was possible to get a good night’s sleep out of the kids. Easy to book. All good, we’ll be back for sure!
Jul 24, 2018 by Spidergirlie

Lots of flies!! Room for improvement

My partner and I visited this weekend with another couple and we booked two pods (Nightrider and Quietus). The pods and the field were very picturesque and clean and after a long (and stressful) drive, we’re exactly what we wanted. We pulled up to the campsite around 4pm expecting to find somebody to speak to regarding checking in, however there wasn’t anybody on site. It was like this for the entire stay so we were unable to ask any questions should we have any problems with our stay. Once we had found where our keys were hiding, we let ourselves into the pods which were lovely and clean however to our disappointment, there were no fly screens on the windows and doors. During our stay the temperature had risen to 28 degrees and we were unable to open the window due to the sheer volume of flies so both nights we stayed were very uncomfortable due to the heat. The shower block was very disappointing. It was very unclean, full of bugs, mud and spiders but the worst part is that the men’s toilets and shower facilities were so unclean that men were using the female facilities which made us feel very uncomfortable. Aside from that, the location was lovely and the field itself was very well maintained.
Jul 9, 2018 by Sadie

Loved our pod!

I spent four nights in a pod at North Lees with my daughters aged 9 and 8. We loved it. The pod fitted us and our stuff comfortably. The girls enjoyed using the wheelbarrows to unload things from the car and pack up at the end. We all loved the location - both beautiful and quiet. Just a few minor issues that would have made it even better - the toilets were in need of a clean, as there were a number of fly-filled cobwebs that had clearly been there a long time, a washing machine in the drying room would be a really helpful addition, and posting the hours a warden would be on site would be useful. Otherwise, though, it is a great place to stay and I hope to be back.
Jun 23, 2018 by Sarah

Sweet weekend for our little family

We (me, my wife and 1 year old toddler) stayed at North Lees this last weekend and had a thoroughly enjoyable time. The facilities are basic but clean and that's great for the price. We made friends with the people camping nearby. Nearby is a relative term. We were meant to be camping with some friends but they couldn't get on as the place was fully booked. Fully booked does not mean jammed in. There was loads of space and that was great. We loved it.
Jun 18, 2018 by Rich

Great location, well-organised campsite.

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Loved the wheelbarrows provided on site to allow you to take your belongings easily from your car to your pitch. Showers, toilets, washing up facilities all excellent. Dawn chorus was amazing. Lovely quiet site at night.
Jun 7, 2018 by Susan

Beautiful, quiet, clean and not overcrowded even when full.

One of our favourite sites. Surrounded by woodland, the dawn chorus was spectacular. We were only on a 1 night stopover from Scotland to Sussex but will definitely return for a longer stay. Tiny biting midges we’re out in force on a warm still evening so worth bringing repellant and protection.
May 31, 2018 by Simon Thomas

Great location and very peaceful

Small and friendly site, perfectly placed for all types of walking nearby. Hathersage is not too far away - you’ll need to get your supplies here as only ice cream is sold on site. It’s not a site for parties as music and campfires etc are not allowed but this is a good thing as it’s very quiet to enable a good night’s sleep. Cars are parked separately from the tents but don’t let this put you off if you have a lot of gear as the site has a couple of wheelbarrows to let you get your kit to/from your car and to be fair even the top field isn’t too far from the car park. It means no traffic around the tents which makes it even more peaceful.
May 30, 2018 by James

Perfect place

Great campsite hidden in the woods, short walk from Hathersage train station with plenty of walks to go on from the site. Very friendly staff and delicious local Hope Valley ice cream available!
May 22, 2018 by Zuzka

Easy pod stay in the Peak District

I've actually camped here before (and forgot to leave a review) and love this campsite. There's plenty of space. The field is slightly sloping, so some spots are better than others, and it's really close to Stanage Edge, which was the big draw for me and my friends. Excellent Peak District walking routes nearby and climbing on the edge is really good (as other reviewers here have mentioned). This time i went I stayed in one of the glamping pods. They're nothing too fancy ( we still used sleeping bags) but at this time of year they're a greta option and they meant I could come by train and not have to bring all my camping stuff. Would highly recommend to anyone who wants a good spot in the Peak District.
Nov 16, 2017 by Jonty

Fantastic Bank Holiday Stay

I stayed here over the late May Bank Holiday weekend and thought the site was ideal. Completely no-frills. A warden takes payment when she/he's around and you hang a little tag on your tent to show you've paid. Toilets and showers were clean – though showers weren't the most reliable since it was a super-busy bank holiday. Not sure that many folks shower here anyway... it's not that sort of place. Mainly one- or two-nighters staying here for a brief stop over as they explore the national park. I was there as a rock climber. Stanage Edge is within walking distance. Best rock climbing in England? For the range on offer it possibly is. Great site for 'proper' national park camping. Agree with other reviews below... bring mosquito repellent!

Jun 7, 2016 by James Smith

North Lees

Very nice, quiet out of the way campsite and much bigger than it looks. Stanage edge is less than 10 minutes walk away, so very handy if you're visiting to do some climbing. All the facilities you need, toilets, showers, pot wash area. A few rules to be observed but that's what keeps it nice and peaceful.

Can be a bit of a midge fest at times if the weather's warm and no wind blowing, but if you're a Peak District climber, you'll be used to this.

Jul 12, 2015 by Tim

June 2015

Lovely, peaceful campsite. Simple, but perfectly adequate facilities. Great location for Central Derbyshire. We visited chatsworth and the blue john cavern, both just a short drive. Only negative was the amount of midges around! We thought it was just bad luck, until we were buying insect repellent in Hathersage the following day and the shop assistant said "are u staying in North Lees? It's always bad there!". It didn't spoil our time away, however, we had a great time! 

Jun 26, 2015 by L Skinner

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