Common End Farm Campsite
Common End Farm Campsite, Swinscoe, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 2BW
Alton Towers theme park may be only a short drive away, but this is an unashamedly simple, un-commercial campsite where kids make their own entertainment. The small, family-run site has just 30 pitches across a flattish field, with lovely open views over the Manifold Valley across to Dovedale and Thorpe Cloud. With plenty of space for the kids to run around and ride their bikes, you might even get chance to sit back and enjoy the scenery before being roped in for a game of cricket. The site is also a great base from which to strike out and explore the southern tip of the Peak District. A two-mile network of footpaths leads you straight from the site down to Dovedale with its iconic gorge and stepping stones. From here you can climb up the distinctive, conical Thorpe Cloud hill which rises up from the side of the river Dove. Or a two and a half mile round trip takes you through the tranquil Victorian landscape and woodland at the National Trust’s Ilam Park, where you can stop off for a cream tea on the lawn. The historic market town of Ashbourne and the Tissington and Manifold cycle trails are all within three miles of the site.
The Owner Says
Common End Farm is a small, camping and caravan site on a gently sloping 1.8 acre grassed site to the rear of the farmhouse. Overlooking surrounding fields and with some views across to Thorpe Cloud and Dovedale it provides a quiet and rural setting from which to explore the surrounding countryside and villages of the southern Peak District National Park.
A relaxed camping spot for families, couples, ramblers and school groups either heading off for a day of activities at Carsington Water or Alton Towers or for a walk direct from the site using the network of footpaths.
With electric hookups available and modern toilet and shower facilities set within a traditional stone barn, you can enjoy the delights of the outdoors with a few essential comforts and facilities.
A wet weekend!
We spent a weekend at common end, looking for somewhere within an hour of home. Peter and Chris the guys owning it were lovely, very welcoming and friendly. They were very organised, and we were given a pitch on the aptly named "pretty field". Although I generally prefer a more relaxed feel to being in the tent, they allocated specific pitches.
The camp site was definitely family friendly, unfortunately we didn't have any children! And we felt a bit surrounded at times...!
The facilities were basic, little things like a shelf to put soap on in the shower, or heated blocks would have made such a massive difference to otherwise basic facilities, felt a little unfinished but wasn't at all.
do not bother
This place is great if you have a brood of brats to take camping however if you are a couple without kids it is just awful. Just like almost everything in the world it is all about families and because they have no thought of other people they just allow their children to be beyond loud, annoying, have no respect for boundaries and basically just ruin other peoples holiday. I honestly felt like asking for a refund. There is nothing wrong with the facilities and obviously with it being Derbyshire the surroundings are beautiful.
Response from the campsite owner:
Thank you for taking the time to provide a review following your stay at our site. We are sorry to hear that it wasn't a wholly positive experience. We like to be inclusive welcoming both couples and families to our site. There are inevitably some dates such as school holidays when we tend to have a greater proportion of families on site and other times where there are very few such as the weekend before the bank holiday.
For this bank holiday weekend we allocated pitches on a booking by booking basis and where it was possible pitched couples away from family groups for the mutual benefit of both parties. However, it was inevitable that your paths would cross around the site on one of the busiest weekends of the season and at the start of the school holidays.
Our friendly and approachable wardens would have been only too happy to deal with any complaints about children causing a specific nuisance.
We are pleased that you found the site facilities and location acceptable and hope that you will consider visiting us again ... but perhaps avoiding the school holidays.
The best campsite in the Peaks!
An absolutely fantastic campsite in the heart of the Peak District. Not only is there beautiful views to wake up too but everything about the campsite is amazing. The staff are super friendly, the field(s) are well kept, access to the site is easy, the toilet and shower facilities, well, first class!!!! The washing up area provides a freezer for your cool box bits and the general cleanliness of the site is second to none. I bring students here on their Duke of Edinburgh expeditions and it provides inner city students with an unforgettable experience of country life.
A great place to stay!
We stayed here for 5 nights (Mon-Fri) during Sept. We found the site clean, as described and good value. The facilities were clean and monitored regularly. The site is local to some fantastic places, Ilam, Alton Towers, Tissington & Dovedale and I can recommend the Isaac Walton burger in the hotel there! There's plenty of birdlife around too.
We'd recommend this site and look to book here again
Stayed for two nights on the pretty field, which lived up to the name! The campsite was very busy, which is to be expected on a summer holiday weekend, everyone was considerate and my ear plugs worked well if they weren't! The welcome was fantastic from the onsite wardens who are around 24hrs in a caravan next to the check-in shed, which also stocks emergency essentials like tea bags and shower gel. The wash area was good and the added bonus of a freezer for the icepacks was much appreciated. The facilities were extremely clean and well managed, especially considering the large numbers using them, when there was a problem with the temperature of the showers being too hot this was dealt with straight away. My only negative would be that three ladies toilets and two showers aren't quite enough in peak season, when both fields are full and even late at night I was having to queue for the toilet. That said the location (hardly noticed the road, but we are city dwellers!) of the local pub just over a KM away and the walk from the campsite to Dovedale meant this was an great site for us and one I would return to again.
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Great family site
Spent 2 nights here in the Pretty Field on a Dads (3) and kids (9) weekend. We all had a great time - pitches were flat and soft (but not muddy despite the torrential rain). Kids had a great time running around entertainig themselves (despite the torrential rain) and as mostly other families at the site didn't feel stressed worrying what the neighbours would think - that said, all the family groups seemed well behaved and considerate - probably partly down to the owner being clearly present taking a keen interest that everything was ok. Showers/toilets were clean (despite the torrential rain).
The fire pits work really well and the bag of paper, kindling and logs was plenty.
Easy to find and handy for Dovedale, Ilam, Alton Towers. Plenty to do whatever the weather (did I mention it rained?)
A Top Site
Wife and I stayed here last weekend for 2 nights. We had a pitch on the pretty field which has sensational view's over the countryside. Site is ideally located from a pub a short ten minute walk away – the Dog & Partridge. We did an amazing walk from site across to Thorpe and up the Tissington trail, as usual the peaks provide for some stunning remote views. Site itself was very clean, well organised, shower/toilet barn was always clean and more than adequate. Overall a lovely small peaceful site, well looked after in a beautiful location.