Hayfield campsite: Camping and Caravanning Club REVIEW

Cast aglow by the setting sun, a crimson Kinder Scout overlooked the campsite whilst wild hares hopped around our camper. It would have been absolutely perfect if it weren’t for all the midges floating around. However, as a base for exploring the Peak District’s Kinder Plateau, the Hayfield campsite run by the Camping and Caravanning Club comes very close.

Peak District Kids received a two night complimentary stay at Camping and Caravanning Club’s Hayfield campsite in return for this honest review and social media coverage. As always, these are all our own words. Also, this post contains affiliate links. Should you click to purchase, it is at no additional cost to you, but I receive a small commission.

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 also a playground on site, which is great if you’re looking for family campsites in the Peak District. However, the playground and almost all facilities were shut at the time of our visit due to COVID-19.

No campfires or ball games are allowed. Dogs very welcome.

Campers at Hayfield Campsite (Camping and Caravanning Club)
Reception at Hayfield Campsite (Camping and Caravanning Club)

COVID-19 safety precautions

There are strict precautions in place. On arrival, you must stay in your vehicle and not enter reception. Instead you wait for a member of staff to greet you from a two metre distance, to then walk you to your allocated pitch.

Entrance to Hayfield Campsite (Camping and Caravanning Club)

At the time of our visit all facilities (bar two washing up sinks) were closed, so all campers must come with their own toilet.

As we were camping in a Mazda Bongo without an onboard toilet, we arrived armed with a pop up toilet tent, collapsible toilet seat, bin bag and saw dust (all very glamorous!)

There is also a playground on site, but sadly this was also shut at the time of our visit.

Whilst it’s good that the Camping and Caravanning Club are taking COVID-19 precautions seriously, it’s a shame that the playground was shut when playgrounds across England have been open for a couple of weeks now. There are also campsites elsewhere in England that have found ways to open facilities with social distancing measures in place. However, if you have a self-contained camper, the latter really isn’t an issue, but it’s a shame for those under canvas.

Our pitch

We stayed two nights at the Hayfield campsite (Saturday to Monday) in July. The Saturday was totally full and we had the last EHU pitch. By Sunday morning, the majority of campers departed, leaving us to a very quiet campsite on the Sunday night.

Our pitch was right at the far end of the Hayfield campsite on the grass pitch side, with electric hook up. As we were right down the far end, we had the best view of Kinder Scout and a big grassy area next to us for the boys to run wild and play.

Our Bongo at Hayfield Campsite (Camping and Caravanning Club)
Taken on the Sunday evening, when most campers had left.

It was also the furthest point from the facilities, but this really didn’t matter as they were closed and well, we had our pop up toilet tent!

It really was a lovely spot, but the midges first thing in the morning and at dusk were a nuisance. So much so, we retreated to our camper.

What to do in the area

Hayfields campsite is the perfect place to base yourself to hike up to Kinder Scout. The views from the top are absolutely incredible on a clear day, and you can even see across to Manchester. It’s a steep climb though and took us a full day (8 hours, 14km) of hiking to complete the circuit with our two boys (ages 5 and 6). Have a read of our experience here.

If you’re looking for a shorter hike, it’s a more sedate hike to nearby Kinder Resevoir, which afford stunning views up to the Kinder Plateau.

Not that we tried them, but one of our Peak District Kids Facebook Group members lives in the area and tells me that The Sportsman (just a 3 minute walk from the campsite entrance) does excellent food, and there’s also a fab fish n chippy.

Our final thoughts

Whilst it felt like we were wild camping with our pop up toilet tent and not showering (yup, we were rather smelly!) Hayfield campsite is an excellent location and perfectly placed for hiking up Kinder Scout. It’s a shame that the playground and the facilities are shut; I really could have done with a hot shower after our 8 hours of hiking!

Be prepared for all seasons in a day, but when the sun is shining the views up to Kinder are fantastic. If you’re visiting in summer though, pack the midge spray!

View down to Hayfield Campsite (Camping and Caravanning Club)
The view back down the the campsite as we started our hike up to the Kinder Plateau

How to book

Head over to the Camping and Caravanning Club website. Pricing starts from £23 per night and is dependant on whether you’re camping in a tent, camper or motorhome. Significant discount if you’re a Camping and Caravanning Club Member.

You may also like to read:
The best family camping in the Peak District
Hiking Kinder Scout with kids
Things to do in Castleton

Blog Comments

Looks a great place to stay, so we will probably head up there sometime.

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