Peak District Camping Hotspots Stake their Pitch in New Guide

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Wednesday 16 May 2012

Camping and caravanning continue to be popular options as tourists carry on choosing cost-effective holidays – and they have plenty of scope in the Peak District, thanks to an informative new guide.

The area’s official tourist board has teamed up with one of its key partners, The Camping and Caravanning Club, to produce the area’s own 34-page Camping & Caravanning Guide 2012.

As well as tips on how to find the perfect camp site, a full list of quality graded campsites and their facilities, the brochure features a useful map showing all nine Camping and Caravanning Club sites in the area – including its recently-acquired Drayton Manor Club Site in Tamworth, Staffordshire, part of the Drayton Manor theme park and near the world famous Belfry golf course.

There are also useful details of YHA Camping Barns – plus information about the area’s varied landscapes, market towns, villages, key attractions, fun activities for families, regal connections, Diamond Jubilee events tourist information and visitor centres and public transport.

“We are delighted to have joined forces with The Camping and Caravanning Club for the third year running to produce this full-colour guide, with up-to-date details of quality graded camping and caravanning sites across the area,” said David James, Chief Executive at Visit Peak District & Derbyshire.

“This year promises to be a landmark year for British tourism, thanks to Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics 2012, as more and more people opt to stay at home, either for their main holiday or for more frequent short breaks.

“This updated guide is a mine of information for anyone wanting to pitch their tent or park their caravan or motor home at a wide variety of value-for-money locations amid a range of superb landscapes in the fabulous setting of the Peak District.”

Ruth Doyle, the Club’s Marketing & Communications Director, added: “Camping and Caravanning in the Peak District is continuing to grow in popularity, and as a result we are always looking to strengthen our portfolio of sites in this area of the country.

“We hope the guide will again allow campers and caravanners to get closer to nature and get back in touch with who they really are. We think it’s all about a truer kind of wealth because it’s not about the riches you own; it’s about the emotional richness in our lives.”

Copies of the Camping & Caravanning Guide 2012 are available at Tourist Information Centres in and around the area, and can be browsed and downloaded from the tourist board’s online library at They will also be on offer at the tourist board’s promotional stands at the Derbyshire Food and Drink Fair, Hardwick Hall, near Chesterfield on May 26 and 27; BBC Gardeners World Live, NEC Birmingham from June 13 to 17 and Chatsworth Country Fair from August 31 to September 2.


Note to News Editors

  1. An accompanying high resolution digital image is attached for print media. Caption: David James, Chief Executive of Visit Peak District & Derbyshire and Donna Beech, Brand Marketing and Membership Sales Manager at the Camping and Caravanning Club, celebrate the launch of the joint Peak District Camping & Caravanning Guide 2012.
  2. Visit Peak District & Derbyshire – the area’s official tourist board - works with VisitBritain, VisitEngland, Derbyshire County Council, all local authorities in the Peak District and Derbyshire, tourism business partners and surrounding tourism organisations that share the Peak District. It is committed to the successful and sustainable development of tourism.
  3. For further details, visit or contact Janette Sykes, PR Manager, on 07792 924839 or at
  4. The Camping and Caravanning Club is 111-years-old and is the largest and oldest Club in the world for all forms of camping. It has 110 award-winning sites throughout the UK and, through a partnership with the Forestry Commission, now runs and manages a further 20 Camping in the Forest Touring Sites. For more information, visit