Hidden away on the valley floor, Grin Low is conveniently placed for just about everything going on in and around the Peak District, but particularly for the civilised little town of Buxton with its colourful Pavilion Gardens and the Opera House which offers a wide range of events and the world famous Festival from mid-July to August. You're surrounded by the Peak District National Park which has an extensive network of cycleways, all waymarked for pleasurable exploration. If you're looking for less energetic pursuits, there is a full set of splendid stately homes to visit. During your travels, you'll trip over ancient customs, and you could have an interesting holiday tracking a few down, such as the beautiful floral Well Dressing, said to be a thanksgiving for water.
Having tackled the winding and narrow roads of Derbyshire the approach to the site is through the country park itself, you then drop down into the bowl of the quarry where the site is, with steep cliffs behind it which are home to some nice bird life.
There are two exit and two entrance barriers, presumably to avoid queuing traffic clogging up the country park road. We were the last arrival on the Friday evening and we were told we could choose a pitch ourselves. The warden stated that all the pitches were the same size and not to go on the grass at any price (it was very soggy). The CC web site says tents are welcome and a tent area is marked on the map but the sign on the entrance says no tents.
Grin Low is a long thin site which does mean that the toilets are a fair hike (especially in the rain) from some of the pitches. The toilet block is old and not very externally appealing but it was very clean inside which is the main thing. It is closed from 10.30-12 for cleaning. Drying room for wet coats. Washing up sinks with hot water but signs state you cannot wash BBQ’s in the washing up sinks. Plenty of bins/taps/toilet emptying drains. Two motorhome dump points in the road so easy access whichever side your outlet is on.
Pitches were generally level and the one we had (99) had just two pitches on their own with grass behind which made the pitch lovely and big. All pitches seemed to be well drained. Play area on site looked ok.
Site is very quiet at night but also very dark. All the electric bollards appeared to have lights but only a few were ever lit. Also a few streetlamps but still very dark! You could hear the aeroplanes at times but it was no problem.
Grin Low Country park nice for walking but no cycling allowed in the park which meant you had to go on the main road to get to a lot of the local cycle paths. Solomons Temple looked good but is in the middle of a cow field. The cows looked placid (we saw a dog chasing them/barking at them and they weren’t bothered) but we decided not to chance it with the dogs. Lots of sheep in the area so keeping dogs on leads is sensible. The walk to Pooles cavern through the woods was nice and they did a lovely cup of latte!
Morrisons in Buxton (3 miles) sold everything we needed for a weekend. Chip van on Fridays well worth the queue!
A nice site – we probably wont return because of the lack of cycle routes off the site but if you are a walker it would be great
What a lovely relaxing park right next to Grin Low Country Park. A short walk from the park takes you up a fairly easy hill to Solomon's temple which has fantastic views of the surrounding hills. Good size pitches, clean toilet block and very friendly wardens who cannot do enough to help. Fish & Chip van visits on a Saturday night - saves cooking!! Oh, and a butchers van visits site in case you'd rather have a BBQ!! Definitely will return to this site again.
Grin Low Caravan Club Site, Buxton, Derbyshire
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