Perfect walking country on the Pennine Way
Our Crowden Club campsite enjoys a remote location at the northern end of the Peak District National Park. The area is a walker’s paradise and our campsite reflects this. It has a well-stocked shop selling the basics and farm fresh eggs. In addition to shower and toilet facilities, Crowden campsite has a drying room – a useful addition for backpackers and cycle campers.
From the campsite, walkers can indulge in a gentle stroll along footpaths or stride out on a stretch of the long-distance Pennine Way. The nearby Longendale Trail follows the former Woodhead railway from Hadfield to the Woodhead Tunnels and enjoys stunning views over Torside Reservoir.
North West of Crowden the pretty Chew Valley with its reservoirs, rivers and canals provides some of the region’s best walks. Mountain biking, sailing and horse riding is also possible here as well as fishing in the canals.
There are plenty of places to visit from the campsite too. Howden and Ladybower Reservoirs, south east of the campsite are where the Dam Busters was filmed. Or head north to Holmfirth, the town known as the location for the TV series Last of the Summer Wine, looks out over the spectacular Holme Valley. The magnificent Chatsworth House and Gardens and Chatsworth Farmyard and Adventure Playground near Bakewell are a great family day out. Just north of here is the famous plague village of Eyam. Eyam Moor above the village is great for walking. There’s more wide open space and romantic landscapes to enjoy at the National Trust’s Marsden Moor Estate north of Crowden campsite.
Leave the peace and quiet behind and in an hour’s drive you can enjoy the shopping and entertainment options of Manchester, Liverpool and Sheffield.
Access and SatNav Advice
Approach is via the busy A628, with the side road entrance being on a sharp bend
The Site has no mobile phone coverage, no TV reception and limited satellite reception. No laundry facilities, but there is a drying room. Please be aware that the Hardstanding pitches on this site comprise of a grass covered reinforced plastic hardstanding.
There is a farmers’ market in Ashton-under-Lyme on the lat Sunday of the month.
has the following facilities on or around the site.
Members' and non-members' caravans welcome
Members' and non-members' trailer tents welcome
Hardstanding with electric hook-up
No dedicated accessible facilities
Drinking water taps
Members' and non-members' motorhomes welcome
Members' and non-members' tents welcome
Grass only pitch (no electric)
Electric shaver sockets
Chemical toilet disposal point
Ice pack freezing
Battery charging facilities
We have visited several clubsites the last few weeks and we conclude that the sitemanager doesn't represent the friendly club. We noticed that the main gate is constantly left closed, although the barrier (with pincode) mentioned 'closed from 11 pm till 7 am'. Nevertheless we were awakened at 1 am because of our neighbours could pass the barriers at that time in the morning. When we asked the sitemanager how it was possible that they get in at 1 am, she just heard our question but didn't do anything about it. The facilities are very poor and cold and not at the standard we expected of a clubsite, while the price is higher than a well equiped clubsite (like Boroughbridge or so). Also there were lots of cobwebs in the facilities, compared to other sites it was far back in time. Overall we think this site is not good for the reputation of your friendly club.
- Towing: Difficult
- Location: Country
- Suitable For: Active break,Younger couples
We have used this site before and although the site was still clean as well as the facilities, the friendly welcome we use to receive from the old site managers has gone. The new site manager doesn't represent 'the friendly club'. The previously well stocked shop was now empty, this resulted in a 8 mile round trip to get milk as the fridge in the shop was empty. Even though the site is still a great place to visit as it is great for walking, I have been put off due to the lack of shop items and the welcome from the site manager. The main gates on the site are constantly left closed (even though it has a pin code entry barrier) which makes it difficult when arriving or leaving the site with a car, not sure the reason why, I'm just guessing that the site manager doesn't want to open and close them in the morning or the evening.
We had a nice time again but the site is not the same now the old site managers have left.
Overall the site has gone downhill which is disappointing, not sure if I will visit this site again.
- Towing: Moderate
- Location: Country
- Suitable For: Families,Older couples,Active break
On arrival, the site managers were lovely.
I told one of them that my husband would
be leaving the next day and would be
replaced by my sister - so no change in
number of adult members.
This perhaps wasn't communicated so
when my sister arrived, she got a less
than warm welcome. The site manager
also spoke to my sister about our bill.
Nothing to do with my sister and also,
an error. We paid in full on arrival.
We had enquired about using electric
but then didn't (on our grass only pitch).
Despite this, this has the potential to be
a nice site. The toilet block is really
dated now. Lots of cobwebs above your
head which could be removed.
The facilities were cleaned well though (just not above
your head) but given the rate for staying
there and comparing to other sites,
the facilities block really needs attention.
Excellent access to Pennine Way and
other walks. Can recommend the Bull's Head
at Tintwistle - 4 miles along road.
- Towing: Moderate
- Location: Country
- Suitable For: Families,Older couples,Active break,Peaceful break
The warden,Anne,bless her,does a stirling job with very poor facilities and we just wonder how this Bank Holiday week-end, with the site full,she is coping!
Would recommend visiting both Saddelworth ( museum) and Holmfirth.
Bus stop,but no bus service!!
- Towing: Easy
- Location: Secluded
- Suitable For: Older couples,Peaceful break
Nearest bus stop: 100m from Site entrance
Nearest train station: Hadfield 4.5 miles, Glossop 6 miles
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