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Ashbourne, Derbyshire

Rivendale is a stunning holiday park standing in a disused quarry in the heart of the beautiful Peak District National Park, a popular destination for camping and caravan holidays.

This campsite has plenty of space available for families and their pets to stay in motorhomes, touring caravans or tents. Holiday lodges are also available for rent or to buy on site, static caravans are available to buy, while there is also a bed and breakfast facility for guests wanting to stay in a structure made of bricks and mortar. And that's not all – camping pods and yurts are available for hire, too.

Those staying in motorhomes and touring caravans will find a range of pitches all in a well-sheltered area. Hardstanding pitches are available, while the majority of pitches at Rivendale have hedgerows surrounding them so holidaymakers can enjoy their own space and privacy during their holidays. All pitches for motorhomes and touring caravans have a 16A electric hook-up, while a number of them also have water and drainage hook-ups as well. Motorhome wash-out facilities are also available at this campsite, and are free to use if motorhomes use biodegradable chemicals in their tanks – for full details, ask the campsite's owners when you arrive.

The pitches at Rivendale are all close to the loop roads that wind throughout the whole site, offering easy access to the on-site heated shower block, laundry building and the children’s play area. Security is also a priority for the campsite's owners and there are 24-hour CCTV cameras and security bollards here.

If you're bringing your tent to stay at this campsite in Derbyshire, you'll have a choice of pitch types. The main pitching area at the park has pitches which all have 16A electric hook-ups. There's also a camping meadow if you want a more basic camping experience, while the hillside is also available if ‘wild camping’ is what you're after – and you get the bonus of some amazing views. As with the motorhome and caravan pitches, the camping areas are all within a short walk to Rivendale’s on-site facilities.

There are also places to eat and drink here. The Prancing Pony Pub and Stables Restaurant are both attractive buildings serving the very best in local produce throughout the day. In addition to serving traditional food, the park often hosts themed food evenings and events, so guests can enjoy Hawaiian and Mexican barbecues as well as tasty meals from other global cuisines all throughout the year.

This campsite also has a games room, while a shop close to reception makes it easy to stay well stocked up on travel essentials. If you're staying at Rivendale you can also use the well-stocked private fishing lake, and inexperienced anglers can even enjoy a tuition session aimed at improving their skills.

The campsite owners advise all visitors to bring a torch with them and maybe a high visibility jacket, too. Lighting is minimal so people can enjoy the night sky, so to ensure a safe passage around the campsite after dark, please bring a torch and carry it with you.

This is a great campsite from which you can explore the Peak District or maybe enjoy a day out at Alton Towers on your motorhome tours and camping and caravan holidays in Derbyshire.

Allow rallies, Disabled access, Family park, Pets allowed, Children's play area(s), Campfires, Chemical disposal point, Drainage hook-ups, Electric hook-ups, Laundry, LPG stockist, Sanitary block(s), Shop, Take away food, Visitor parking, Washing up facilities, Water hook-ups, Wireless internet, Bar, Restaurant, Cafe

2 Holiday homes (for rent), Motorhome pitches, Seasonal pitches, Serviced pitches (touring), 30 Tent pitches, 95 Touring pitches, Camping pods, Yurts, Campfires, 20 Holiday homes (owned)


Buxton Rd, Alsop-en-le-Dale
Derbyshire, Central North England
United Kingdom
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Overall rating

4.0 stars

Based on 9 review(s)

Northern Ireland

3.0 stars

Stayed 4 nights end of July start of August, 2010. Liked the sound of this because it was set in an old quarry but found it a bit claustraphobic and mazelike plus the greyish stoney/gravel terrain got everywhere. Sites were spacious. Toilets/showers average. Keypad system tricky enough as it does change. Was quite central to the places we wanted to visit. Would have liked more information on basic things like nearest supermarkets etc.


4.0 stars

Nice isolated site. Handy for access to the Tissington trail. Toilets clean and tidy with pin access. The only problem we found was where to dispose of our grey water. Very dark at night so a torch is required. The bar is very handy although didn't open until 6:30pm. Thats not good for those wanting an early drink after a long days walking.Will visit again.


4.0 stars

Stopped here Aug 2008 for 1 night, we wanted to take our 2 young kids to Gulivers kingdon so asked if we could pitch early so not to be too late for the theme park and there was no problem with this, staff freindly and helpfull site facilities very clean and very good, kids enjoyed the park as there were plenty of other kids to play with.

Recomend this site and check out the night sky views..will be back again in couple of weeks
Rivendale, Ashbourne, Derbyshire


5.0 stars

just returned from a weekend here and had a brilliant time.
pitch was very good size and we werent too far from park and toilet facilities which were very clean and well looked after. the staff were all friendly and the pub is worth a visit.
visited ashbourne and matlock and both good as well.
the weather was hot hot hot and we were sad to leave. will definately be back soon.


5.0 stars

Set in the Heart of the Peak District, in 36 acres of Pasture and Woodland, This site has achieved the David Bellamy Gold Award..........Large sheltered grass and hard standing pitches, are well laid out and divided... Quality Facilities include a Shop a Play Area Cafe and Bar....... Also a well manned Reception Area....... Close to the Tissington Trail it is ideally situated for Walkers and Cyclists, and convenient for Chatsworth and Alton Towers.......... With fabulous surroundings it is also one of the few sites in the Peak District which stays open for most of the year......... The luxurious Centrally Heated Shower Block with underfloor heating, is cleaned regularly....... The toilets are well equipped with everything you require, and a key is required for access... There is also a large Play Area for children, and a lovely Wildlife Pond.......... This site is well worth a visit......


5.0 stars

Have been to this site several times now and absolutely love it!!

The toilets and showers are excellent and always immaculately clean. Also have underfloor heating which is a nice touch! Didn't have a problem with keys like one of your reviewers said - access to the toilets was with a pin number. Maybe they've changed the system since then?

The site itself is set in an old quarry and is really lovely. It has been laid out very imaginatively with lots of shrubs and trees planted between the pitches giving plenty of privacy. Great for nature lovers too. There is a small pond, loads of birds soaring over the cliffs and lots of wildflowers in the spring. Can see why it gets a David Bellamy gold award most years.

There is a small childrens' play area in the centre but to be honest we spend most of our time riding bikes on the Tissington Trail which is right next to the site. Also had really good days out at Chatsworth and Alton towers which are not too far away.

Usually spend at least one night in the bar which I can highly recommend. Excellent pub grub using local products and large portions - gammon particularly good! On our last visit there was also a live folk band playing which kept my young son enthralled!

Staff at reception are always really friendly. There is also a small shop that although uninspiring does stock the basics however it's a good excuse to pop down to Ashbourne to stock up!!

Would highly recommend it to anyone. Great location for getting away from it all, enjoying nature, nice friendly staff and a good bar. What more could you ask for? (- apart from a good dose of sunshine!! )


4.0 stars

This site is set in a disused quarry.The staff were very friendly and helpful.The pitches are of a pleasing size but some are also small.The facilities are all good and up to standard it is also dog friendly with a very good dog walk and lots of bins to keep the site clean.The only problems we have were that we have two teenage sons and there is not much for them to do and we also found to many rocks on the pitch and roadside as we damaged our brand new caravan on the rear by hitting it.It is good driving distance of ashbourne town centre and there very good walks around the site .


2.0 stars

We visited this site over a bank holiday weekend.

The facilities they have are fair to average, one thing that did trouble me was the key system for the toilet and showers. We were issued with one key so if my wife went to the shower and I wanted to visit the loo, it was hold on best you can. I really cant understand the thinking behind it, I have never come across it before. For a second key we had to leave a £5 deposit??

The location is great, plenty to see and do around.

I probably wouldnt go back unless I heard it had improved (and they ditched the key idea)

Property manager response (03 Aug 2006)

Thanks to Mark for feedback. The key system is there:- a) To prevent children "playing" in the toilets, which has included setting fire to piles of toilet paper, sticking wet loo roll on the ceiling etc. b) To prevent users of the 4 x 4 rally field using our facilities and covering them in mud and preventing our clients from having access to the facilities they have paid for. Bank holidays test every site facility to the limit and you never have enough showers - even though we exceed government requirements. Most clients rate the toilet block very highly - how many sites have underfloor heating all year, free showers etc


5.0 stars

Highly impressed went Mothers Day weekend, extremely good value for the price and immaculate facilities, very well laid out and clean, quiet setting and good sized pitches, staff extremely helpful and friendly would highly recommend, will definately be visiting again.