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Combs Valley Campsite (Certificated Site)

Combs, Derbyshire

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Friendly, quiet site set within the Goyt Valley as well as the tranquil Peak District National Park. There is many lovely footpaths nearby to explore the local area.

Open all year.

Pets allowed, Chemical disposal point, Electric hook-ups, Sanitary block(s), Washing up facilities

drinking water
dog walking area
ice pack freezing facilities

Motorhome pitches, Tent pitches, Touring pitches

Nearby attractions:

Peak District National Park
Goyt Valey
Combs Reservoir
Castle Naze

Combs Valley Campsite (Certificated Site)

Owlgreave Farm, Combs Road
Derbyshire, Central North England
United Kingdom
SK23 9UW
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1.0 stars

The website describes Combs Valley Campsite as a “tranquil retreat”. I would have had a more tranquil time camping on a layby on the side of a motorway.

The signage around the site was very poor and the facilities even worse. The whole site smelt of sewage. I felt very sorry for the people in vans and pods near the toilets as it was a very unpleasant smell. The toilet block itself was very dirty and showed no signs of being cleaned during my stay.

Far from ‘tranquil’, the regular trains that ran until past midnight were close enough to vibrate the van and certainly didn’t allow for relaxation. Even once the trains eventually ceased until early morning, the flights overhead continued all night. The plentiful countryside walks promised by the website were also seemingly non-existent. I followed the marked footpath in both directions only to discover each end just led to busy roads. The site offered no direction as to local walks and OS maps suggested there were no country walks nearby. The site also promised a ‘designated dog walk’, which did not appear to exist.

The worst aspect by far was the total lack of regulation of other campers’ behaviour. Neighbouring campers became progressively more drunk, loud and vulgar over the course of the evening, and were still rowdy and shouting past midnight. There was also loud music from neighbouring fields. No attempts were made by staff to regulate behaviour or noise/light levels in the campsite.

From the website I was promised a peaceful, tranquil retreat with multiple beautiful countryside walks from the campsite and a designated walk for dogs. Instead, I got a smelly, loud, rude and highly unpleasant experience trapped in a suburban horse yard.