Camping in the Peak District is a must-do for hardened hikers, but also very first-timer friendly - we really recommend this beautiful National Park for families looking to stay near easy, accessible trails, so the campsites we’ve selected tick these boxes. And they all have showers! Please note: you can’t wild camp in the Peak District unless you’ve got permission from the landowner, but there are so many official places to pitch or book static caravans, it’s not really a problem.
Callow Top Holiday Park
Within walking distance of Ashbourne where you’ll be able to pick up any provisions you need and near to key Peak District attractions such as the Tissington Trail, Chatsworth Walking Route, Dovedale Stepping Stones, and Alton Towers, Callow Top Holiday Park is the perfect campsite for young families.
Making it better still is the heated outdoor pool and kid-friendly paddling pools, a fishing lake and a local pub with lots of green space outside. Whether you want to pitch your tent, park your caravan or rent a mobile home, you’re very welcome here.
Green Hills Holiday Park
Just a short walk from Bakewell and surrounded by 12 acres of countryside and the slopes of Wye Valley is Green Hills Holiday Park. Each pitch on the campsite promises perfect views of this iconic landscape as well as shelter from the woodland along each side.
There’s a small shop that’s open no matter the season and a clubhouse serving delicious local ales, plus a play area for the kids as well as an indoor playroom - ideal if rain is forecast or you need to tempt them away from being in the hot sun - and WiFi available throughout the park. The shower building is clean and modern and there’s a laundry room for longer stays.
Dale Farm Campsite
Location, location, location! If you want to be in the heart of things, with the pick of the Peak District’s best bits, Dale Farm Campsite is the place to stay.
You’ve got two impressive stately homes - Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall - just five miles away, the town of Bakewell is three miles away and Monsal Head and the Derbyshire Dales National Nature Reserve is practically on your doorstep. Not to mention, you’re surrounded by Dale Farm itself which is a working farm with sheep, cows and antique tractors to enjoy.
The family that owns it pride themselves on keeping things small and friendly, so there are only 30 pitches, as well as a washroom and a farm shop - get some of the homemade burgers for your alfresco supper.
In the White Peak area of the Peak District is Gaia’s Hideaway, a campsite that feels fresh and modern without sacrificing its rural, welcoming vibe. There are 40 pitches, all framed by expansive countryside and most have the added plus of electricity. The shower block has underfloor heating and all the site’s power comes from an eco-friendly system.
Bringing the kids? Four acres of grassy land intercepted by paths through mini beast homes and gorgeous flora, as well as a small play area, should keep them entertained. In terms of positioning, you can walk to Hartington with its cute shops, tea rooms and pubs, and even join the Tissington Trail without having to get in the car. If you’re happy to drive, Buxton, Leek and Ashbourne are all close, as are the rivers Manifold and Dove.
Common End Farm Campsite
If you’re looking to go back to basics and really reconnect with your family and nature, this is the Peak District campsite for you. It’s essentially a large flat piece of land on the southern tip of the National Park (which isn’t to say it doesn’t come with lovely views because it most certainly does!). All this open space means there’s plenty of room for all ages to run, set up a game of rounders or ride bikes, and the location allows you to ditch the car for the weekend, unless you want to make the most of the fact you’re right by Alton Towers.
There’s a choice of footpaths that lead straight off of the site and onto hotspots like Dovedale’s Stepping Stones, Thorpe Cloud Hill and the National Trust’s Ilam Park, which is an excellent endpoint if you fancy a big walk with a clotted-cream-laden scone at the end. There are lots of quiet cycle trails you can follow around Manifold too.