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It can be tricky finding a campsite near where you're planning your hike. These are the campsites we have stayed at, including a couple that were lucky finds, and what we thought of them. Our preference is for wildcamping or small isolated sites that allow us to feel close to nature but you will find a range of sites here.

Peak District

Alstonefield Youth Hostel and Camping
Address:Gypsy Lane, Alstonefield, Derbyshire, DE6 2FZ
Telephone: 0845 371 9501

The youth hostel is managed by the farmer across the lane, who also allows camping on his field which is what we did. Toilets and water available at the farm. Close to Alstonefield village where you will find The George pub. A walk along the lane and down Gypsy Bank takes you to the River Dove.

Read our blog: Alstonefield, Wetton and Hartington on the River Dove

Barracks Farm Caravan and Camping Site
Address:Beresford Dale, Hartington, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 0HQ
Telephone: 01298 84261

A sizeable campsite with 2 large fields which do get filled up in the summer months. Close to the Tissington Trail and can be popular with DofE groups etc. Facilities including showers if you want one. Situated at the north end of the River Dove and a pleasant walk into the large and much visited village of Hartington.

Read our blog: Alstonefield, Wetton and Hartington on the River Dove

Goyt Valley Caravan and Campsite
Address:White Cottage, Fernilee, Whaley Bridge, High Peak, SK23 7HD
Telephone: 01663 734235

A basic little known campsite in a small odd shaped field. Chickens roam around down by the farm and we particularly enjoyed the fresh eggs we bought from them. Right next to the Shady Oak Pub. Great location for a hike up Cat's Tor and Shining Tor and past the Errwood Reservoir.

Greenacres farm camping
Greenacres, Nether Booth, Edale, Derbyshire S33 7ZH  
Telephone: 01433 670375

Superb little field with toilets and showers at a really good price. The drinking water is from a tap at the side of the house and is signed as "spring water". A great starting point for walks on Kinder Scout, Mam Tor and surrounding hills.‎

Heathy Roods Farm Caravan and Campsite
Address:Heathy Roods Farm, Butterton, Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 7SR
Telephone: 01538 304397

A friendly family farm. If you like peace and quiet don't let the fact this one sounds larger put you off. When we stayed in June, we had the place pretty much to ourselves. Good facilities including showers. Great views out over the peaks as you are camped on top of a hill. Close to the Manifold valley (though a steep walk down) and close to the village of Butterton where you will find the local pub.

Homestead Farm
Address:Upper Hulme, Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 8TY
Telephone: 01583 300419

Popular with walkers and climbers visiting The Roaches, this campsite is located at the foot of Hen Cloud, just down the road from the Roaches Tea Rooms. Toilets facilities and drinking water can be found at the farm ¼ mile down the road. Perfect for visiting The Roaches, Hen Cloud and also Ramshaw Rocks.

Read our blog: Hen Cloud and The Roaches
Read our blog: Ramshaw Rocks in the Autumn Weather

Newhouse Farm
Address:Wetton, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 2AF
Telephone: 01335 310204

A lovely campsite that manages to feel isolated whilst being right in the village. Our kind of place; nothing complicated, just a field to pitch our tent, water to drink and an outside toilet. Church bells do ring all night so don't stay if this is going to bother you. The village pub, Ye Olde Royal Oak, serves good food with excellent service. Great location from which to explore the River Manifold, Thor's Cave and Wetton Mill.

Read our blog: Wetton and the Manifold Valley

Swallowholme Camping and Caravan Site
Address: Station Road, Bamford, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S33 0BN
Telephone: 01433 650981

This is a friendly campsite, set alongside the river at Bamford, not far from nearby Hathersage.  Its location makes it a great place for birds and other wildlife.  It is a medium sized caravan site but many of the caravans are stored there year round so when we visited in April it was quite quiet.  There is also a camping field for tents.  Recent refurbishment has been undertaken and there are brand new toilet and shower facilities that are kept spotlessly clean.

Read our blog: Stanage Edge and Bamford

Upper Booth Farm and Campsite
Address: Upper Booth, Edale, Derbyshire, S33 7ZJ
Telephone: 01433 670250

Lovely campsite on a working farm, open from February. Excellent location in the Hope Valley. Within metres of The Pennine Way which passes through from Edale up Jacob's Ladder and also for the footpath up Crowden Clough onto Kinder Scout. Chickens peck around the camping field and you can buy their eggs plus other products. There are toilets, showers and a washing up area in the outbuildings.

Read our blog:Kinder Scout

Waterloo Inn campsite
Address: Main Street, Biggin by Hartington, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 0DH
Telephone: 01298 84284

Situated next to the pub in Biggin this site caters for both caravans and tents. Toilets in the pub can be accessed 24 hours using the door code provided and there are also showers which are also accessed by code. Not sure what the showers are like as we didn't use them. Great location for Biggin Dale, Wolfscote Dale and a couple of miles from Hartington.

Read our blog: Biggin Dale

Whitmore Lea Farm
Address:Barber Booth, Edale, Derbyshire, S33 7ZL
Telephone: 01443 670238

Whitmore Lea farm is another great back to basics campsite to the north of Barber Booth in the Edale Valley. Watch out if you turn up after dark as the track up to the camping field is rather rough and we did hit the bottom of the car a couple of times. Alongside the field, down a steep bank, runs the River Noe and on the other side is the main train line that runs through Edale station. Facilities are simple, just as we like; a toilet at the farm and an outside tap for water. The backdrop is stunning, with views of the peaks surrounding the valley. Perfect for walks up onto Kinder Scout, as the path leading to Jacobs Ladder runs through the camping field, and also for Mam Tor and Lord's Seat.

Read our blog: Lord's Seat, Edale

Snowdonia National Park

Cwm Bychan Car Park and Campsite
No need to book. Located near the Roman Steps and a popular starting place for hiking Rhinog Fawr and exploring the rest of the Rhinogydd.

From Llanbedr on the A496 take the narrow road inland for about 8 kilometres. The privately owned car park is at the end of this road (after the lake) in a relatively flat field (20-30 spaces). We just parked our car here and wild camped but you can also pitch a tent and it could be used as a basecamp.

Read our blog: Wild Camping in The Rhinogs, Snowdonia

Islawrffordd Caravan Park
Address:Tal-y-bont, Barmouth, Gwynedd, LL43 2AQ
Telephone: 01341 247269

Not our usual kind of place but we'd completed our hike in the Rhinogs and stopped off for a relaxing night here. Rather busy and pricey compared to what we are used to but would be fantastic for a family holiday. All the facilities you could need including a swimming pool and right on the beach too.

Read our blog: Wild Camping in The Rhinogs, Snowdonia


Hartsholme Country Park Campsite
Address:Skellingthorpe Road, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN6 0EY
Telephone: 01522 873578

Set in the picturesque Hartsholme Country Park they offer a range of caravan and tent pitches. Facilities include showers, information centre and a shop. Brilliant if you want to visit Lincoln with out paying for a hotel as you can easily walk into the city from here or catch a bus on the main road.