The BEST family camping in the Peak District: as voted for by parents
Visiting the Peak District with kids is all about enjoying the great outdoors, and what better way to do this than camping! There are some fantastic family campsites in the Peak District; from basic ones by a river where you just rock up and pitch your tent in a field without prebooking, to more managed site that have shops, playgrounds and WiFi on site.
Camping is a fantastic budget option for Peak District family accommodation! So grab your tent and sleeping bags, and check out the best family camping in the Peak District suggested by parents on our Peak District Kids Facebook Group. These also include some of the best Peak District camping near pubs! Do let me know if you’ve any Peak District campsite to add!
Now do be warned that the weather here can be unpredictable, so always pack layers, bring the wellies, and don’t expect campsites to be open in the winter months. But on a warm summers day, there is no better place in the world and camping is one of our favourite things to do in the Peak District.
Also note that during the months of April to September many campsites have a 2 night minimum stay at the weekends and 3 night minimum stay on the bank holiday weekends.
Hayfield Camping and Caravanning Club, Hayfield
If you’re planning on hiking up to the Kinder Plateau, this campsite is perfectly positioned. Pitch up at the far end, and you can even see the summit on a clear day.
Hayfield campsite is in a secluded location, just one kilometre from Hayfield village, with a stream running alongside and mostly surrounded by woodland. Split in two sections via a public footpath, one side has hard standing pitches, and the other has grass pitches. Electric hook ups are available both sides.
There is a playground, but there is a strict ‘no ball games’ rule. Dogs are very welcome.
Pricing is dependant on whether you’re camping in a tent, camper or motorhome. Significant discount if you’re a Camping and Caravanning Club Member. Check website for prices, but they start from £23 per night.
Lathkill Dale Campsite, Monyash
The lovely family campsite just outside the village of Monyash has great facilities (free hot showers), nice big spaces for groups and individual places for families. A big bonus is that it’s just a three minute walk to the The Bulls Head, which has a large beer garden overlooking a fantastic playground. There’s also a tea shop next door selling ice-creams.
Arrival times are currently between 2pm and 7pm, although arrival is possible outside of these times by arrangement. Check out is 12pm.
BBQs are allowed, but no campfires. Electric hook-ups are available, and there’s also a fridge and freezer available on site. Parents in our Facebook Group have mentioned there are a lot of rules, that do get a bit silly, but if you can get over that, it’s a very lovely campsite.
There is a lovely walk from the campsite down into Lathkill Dale, past caves, along the River Lathkill to the waterfall, and back again across the fields above the dale. Check out our Lathkill Dale walk from Monyash.
Prices start at £5 a night for a tiny single berth tent, hikers on foot (no car) £9 per person, 2 – 5 berths from £15 – £28, and 6 berth tents+ from £18 – £30. Click here for website.
Knotlow Farm, Flagg
Located just outside the hamlet of Flagg, this family-friendly campsite is in a traditional Peak District farmyard setting. Expect to see Aberdeen Angus cattle, and pedigree Dorper sheep grazing in the fields during the warmer months. The Limestone Way alos cuts through the land, which is a great path for a walk or family bike ride.
The camping site caters for both tents and caravan campers, with electric hook-ups, pot washing facilities, toilets and hot showers (20 pence for two minutes). There is a small shop onsite, where you can get basic groceries and sweets, and they even run a home-made pizza service every evening! You can also hire fire baskets to bring that extra bit of ambience! And if glamping is more your thing, there are glamping pods available.
Whilst there isn’t much to do in the hamlet of Flagg itself, the fabulous preschool garden is kindly open for play out of school hours. It’s also a lovely walk down to the pub and playground at Monyash.
If you’ve had enough of camping, maybe try out the camping pods (each complete with its own hot tub) or book a traditional Mongolian yurt experience at Knotlow Farm. It’s one of the best Peak District glamping sites.
Prices start from £18 per night without EHU, £25 with EHU (based on two people sharing). There are extra charges for bank holidays. Children under 5 are free. Click here for website.
The Royal Oak, Hurdlow
Set behind the traditional Royal Oak pub in Hurdlow, is a lovely open and grassy camping ground. There are 20 pitches on two levels, with direct access to the Tissington and High Peak Trail (which are great for a family bike ride). Plus the food in the pub is amazing, so you don’t really have to pack the camping stove.
The campsite has separate male and female toilets each with hot showers (shared with the Bunk Barn accommodation) and there are also outside washing up facilities. However, there is no electric hook up available, so make sure you bring some power packs with you, or perhaps just switch off for the weekend.
There are designated pitches which are marked out so that you know you have a specific space for both your tent and car. A standard pitch is 6 metres x 8 metres and a large pitch is 8 metres x 10 metres. You can also upgrade to a super pitch which is 8 metres x 12 metres and includes a picnic bench and fire pit for your private use.
The Royal Oak campsite does not allow motorhomes and only accepts small campervans. Nothing larger than a VW camper will be admitted on to the site as they cannot guarantee access due to weather conditions.
A quiet campsite on a working farm. There are pitches for tents, campervans, motorhomes and trailer tents (no caravans without prior approval), as well as bell tents for 2-4 people which are fully kitted out so you can camp in style whilst only having to bring minimal camping gear. Fires are allowed in firepits. Bring your own, or rent one on site.
A brand new eco-friendly wash block has been built for 2020 for showers, toilets and pot washing. On site there is a farm shop selling farm meats, jams and chutneys (when available), cakes and treats, plus local eggs, as well as fire wood, kindling, fire lighters etc.
There are 4 pubs within walking distance. The White Lion and Crispin are just in the village, and behind The White Lion is a big playground, a cricket pitch, and tennis courts.
With two fantastic children’s play areas, this Peak District campsite is a winner for families. One play area is for under 6s, and then a separate one for the over 7s with a ball games area, zip wire and climbing frame. There’s also a separate exercise field for four-legged family members.
There are 30 hardstanding caravan pitches which all include 16 amp electric hook ups, water tap and TV socket providing a digital signal. For visitors with tents, there are three camping areas where you can choose where to pitch. There are 10 amp electric hookups available which can be used by purchasing a prepayment card.
The park offers excellent facilities including toilet and shower block with underfloor heating, and there is a shop on site offering basic provisions that also sells Calor and Camping Gaz.
Prices start from £18 for a car, tent and two adults. Children aged 6-18 are an £3.50 and 5s and under are free. Click here for website.
Hulme End Campsite, Hulme End
Situated in the beautiful Manifold Valley, just behind the Manifold Inn. The campsite is in a large field behind the pub and facilities are basic. There isn’t much besides a portacabin with a loo and a cold tap (soap and toilet paper are provided), and an outside washing up area with a cold tap over a plastic trough to use as a sink and a wooden surface to set your things on.
Fires are allowed providing they are up off the ground and metal drums are provided to put your fires in/on. There are no showers, no hot water and no electrical hookups.
The main advantage of this place though it that it’s cheap! There is no reception. Just pitch up (no later than 9 pm) and the warden will come around later in the day to collect the money.
Another but very different campsite in Hulme End is Bankhouse Farm Campsite, which has more facilities. It’s very relaxed, has great (brand new) facilities, right next to the Manifold Trail, a pub and there’s a stream running through the site where the kids can paddle/splash/get muddy!
The site is gently undulating and both fields are positioned adjacent to the River Manifold. There are two distinct areas to the site totalling ten acres. The field where you book in at reception has hook up pitches and are all marked out, this is where the toilet and shower block is located. Ther are nine hard standing pitches and a further 28 grass pitches all with 16 amp hook up.
The Meadow field is across the bridge where you can pitch freestyle and has the River Manifold gently meandering through it, there are fresh water taps in this field but no toilet or shower facilities which are a 5-minute stroll back across to the main site near the reception area.
Campfires are allowed if they’re in a firepit and dogs are very welcome. Fishing is available by arrangement. A fridge/freezer and tumble dryer are available and they can even also store bikes during your stay. They really have thought of everything, including a pile of board games you can borrow for a rainy day!
Hello! 'Peak District Kids' is the go-to website for parents both visiting and living in the Peak District, run by Bakewell-based mum-of-two, Jenny Lynn. Find out about the best walks, bike rides, attractions, pubs, and accommodation for families in the UK's oldest National Park.