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Accommodation / Camping in Derbyshire

The camping holiday in the 'Great Outdoors' has been a great Great British tradition for over 100 years, and with countryside as beautiful as the peaks and dales of Derbyshire it is easy to understand why.

Country air
There is nothing quite like the feeling of waking up on an mid-summer's morning to the sounds of the country and seeing the sun glistening off the early morning dew. Then cooking up a hearty breakfast - which always seems to taste better outside - before strolling down to the wash-house to get ready for the day ahead.

Every camping holiday is a mini-adventure. There are around seventy campsites listed on Visit Derbyshire that are scattered around the county, each with its own unique scenery, features and facilities. When you are camping you have the freedom to explore. Pack-up, jump in the car and embark on your own personal journey of discovery. There are so many different things to see and do - you could plan to follow the river Derwent up into the Peak District, tour the locations featured in Pride and Prejudice, or just take each day as it comes - there's something new around each hedge-lined corner, over each tree-topped brow.

Family memories
Camping is great for the family. The campsite atmosphere is safe, relaxed and filled with fun. Most campsites have open areas of grass which is great for the kids to kick a ball, throw a frisbee or fly a kite. With so many people of different nationalities drawn to visit Derbyshire, there is always the possibility that an impromptu game of international cricket will break out - although the only Ashes on offer would be Dad's barbeque! It's about spending quality-time together. The memories of the day spent fishing on the banks of a stream, or the walk through the blue-bell forest (pictured right) are the type of memories that last a life-time.

Great value
Another reason why you will love taking the family camping in Derbyshire is the great value it offers. You can pitch a tent for much less than the cost of other forms of accommodation, meaning you can have a longer vacation and more money to spend on activities such as bike riding and walking. If it is something more relaxing you are looking to do there are plenty of superb places to visit, including stately homes. After that long day sight seeing why not treat you and the family to a meal at a good old English pub making sure that you have the best holiday you can.

Campsite facilities
The facilities that are available at Derbyshire campsites vary. The smaller sites will have washrooms with showers, facilities for washing pots, and usually a small shop where you can buy the daily essentials. Other sites may be more luxurious with sports and health and facilities, a pool, or pubs and restaurants on-site, and although these are often aimed at caravanners rather than campers and lack some of the traditional campsite charm, they can be great places to set up camp if you want to keep the traveling to a minimum. Or to ensure that if the infamous British weather takes a turn for the worse, your holiday does not do the same.

You can see exactly what to expect from each site by looking at the icons on our Camping and Caravanning listings, for campsites that have taken the opportunity to sign-up to the Visit Derbyshire website for FREE and indicate what facilities they have available.

Experience it
The best way to find out about camping in Derbyshire is to experience it. Stick the old tent up in the garden to see if it is still serviceable... order a re-fill for the gas stove... grab a map-of Derbyshire and get yourself booked in. It's literally the most down-to-earth and natural way to Visit Derbyshire.

Never been camping before?
Here are some of the types of equipment you may need on your camping trip. Some of the items are absolutely essential (like a tent), some of the items are quite obvious (like a tent), and others are quite easy to forget (like a tin-opener).

For helpful advice about camping please use the links below for useful information and tips.

Safety Tips

Types of Tents

Equipment List




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