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
A set of gates to open before the barrier - not sure why both are required?
The welcome from the warden on duty was a bit surreal. - no acknowledgement of my "hello" which I repeated just to make sure she had heard me. It was straight down to business "you've booked and paid". "Have you been here before" I confirmed I had. This seemed to mean she could just send me on my way to find a pitch.
The water hose had a broken fitting so couldn't be used to fill my water tank.
The toilet and shower block appeared a bit unkempt - they would have benefitted from some cleaning above eye level.
- Towing: Easy
- Location: Country
- Suitable For: Older couples,Active break,Peaceful break,Younger couples
Great views from site in every direction. Drying room is an asset for drying wet kagoules etc. Site is flat, with "Grass" hardstandings. Approach lane narrow (single track for a short length) but unless your unit is very long, most big caravans will be ok with care. Entrance from main road can be easy to miss. Amazing amount of wildlife seen from my van window: wagtails, finches,rabbits, swifts, jay, and resident ducks! Pennine Way next door; also Yorkshire Horse Route; along with other paths walkable for an evening stroll. I shopped mostly in Glossop (Tesco supermarket/fuel) where there is also a nice indoor swimming baths. Exciting B road via the moors to Holmfirth worth a drive, with super views. Bike hire along the Longdenden Trail, using old railway track bed.
- Location: Country,Secluded
- Suitable For: Families,Older couples,Active break,Peaceful break,Younger couples
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
Nearest bus stop: 100m from Site entrance
Nearest train station: Hadfield 4.5 miles, Glossop 6 miles
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