Callow Top Holiday Park
Child friendly campsite, Derbyshire – Buxton Road, Sandybrook, Ashbourne
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About Callow Top Holiday Park
Callow Top is an award winning, family friendly camping and caravan site surrounded by green fields yet within 20 minutes walk of Ashbourne. With so many facilities and things to do on site, it makes it easy should you just wish to simply relax and chill out. There's a pub/restaurant, cafe/bar, heated outdoor swimming and paddling pools, children's play area, table tennis, pool, games field and large shop. There are also lots of local attractions including theme park Alton Towers for thrill seekers which is just 20 minutes drive away, Abraham Heights and the beautiful Chatsworth House with farm and adventure playground. Callow Top is ideally located for exploring the Derbyshire & Staffordshire Peak District. On site cycle hire is available and there is direct access to the Tissington Trail cycle route. You can also fish or bird watch at the fishing lake and nature reserve.
Callow Top is the ideal base from which to explore The Peak District National Park. It is a large family friendly site with lots of amenities to entertain the kids. It takes caravans and tents across 3 caravan fields and 4 camping fields. This campsite is extremely popular with families camping with kids of all ages so in peak season it will be very busy. Callow top is found just north of Ashbourne. When you turn off the main road for Callow Top you have to negotiate a gradual incline up the hill. Callow Top offers a safe and secure environment for your family's next camping adventure with security barriers placed at the entrance to the park and visitors for people camping on the site are not allowed.
The Outdoor Swimming Pool
Yes it is heated and is open from 1st May - 30th September. When we were there it wasn't the best of weather - in fact it was raining, yet there was still people (brave souls) making the best of things and the pool was still busy. The pool is quite deep in and is unmanned so it is your responsibility to keep an eye on your children at all times.
Child Friendly Facilities
There is plenty of open space and room to children to play freely with a grassy level field for ball games with football goal posts, cricket nets and volleyball court. The children's fully enclosed playground was well equipped and was very popular with children of all ages. It has very flexible opening times from 9a.m. and shuts at 10 p.m. every day. Although there is a fishing lake, there's no need to be concerned as it is 1/4 mile down the drive, well away from the pitches and main facilities.
Baby baths are available from reception for a small refundable deposit and baby changing facilities are available in both the ladies & gents toilets in the main amenity block and in the Callow Inn. Cycle Hire including buggies, tag-alongs & small bikes with stabilisers are available from the shop but pre-booking is advisable. During peak season there is regular entertainment including family discos, live vocalists and bingo.
The maximum occupancy per pitch is one family (2 parents and their children up to 16yrs, max 6 people) or 2 couples. If your party exceeds this limit you will need to book and pay for the appropriate number of pitches even if you are only using one tent/caravan/motorhome. Children under 4 yrs of age are free. 2 cars max per pitch, 1 car if Pup Tent included. Pitches are available from 12 noon to 11.00am. Gates closed between 11.30pm and 6.00am. Latest arrival time 9.00pm
2 night minimum booking at weekends
5 night minimum booking on electric pitches at bank holidays (except May Day)
3 night minimum booking on non-electric pitches at bank holidays
3 night minimum booking on all pitches at May Day.
Pre-booking is highly recommended. A deposit is required to confirm your booking. The deposit is non-refundable or transferable in the event of cancellation for any reason.
Awning or Gazebo £2.00 per night
Dog £1.50 per night
Child (4yrs to 16yrs) £1.50 per night
Extra Adult (17yrs and over) £2.50 per night
Extra Car (Maximum 2 cars per pitch, one only if pup tent used) £2.50 per night
Pup Tent (Small 2 person tent for your children 16yrs or under) £2.00 per night
Food and Drink
The site shop was very well equipped with all your basic groceries, a range of sandwiches, toys for kids, an off licence plus basic camping equipment fot the items that get left at home. The focal point of the park is the old farmhouse which has been converted into an Olde English Inn serving pub food and real ale from the renowned on-site microbrewery. The pub is friendly,cosy and serves hearty food at reasonable prices. You need to pre-book roast dinners on a Sunday as they are very popular. There is a small arcade room which also houses the freezers where you can freeze your ice packs for free.
Showers, Washing and Laundry Facilities
There is a 20p charge for the showers (approx. 4 mins). As long as you remember to take your change I thought having a nominal charge for the showers was a good idea. It stopped people hogging them and queues were kept to a minimal. The shower cubicles are large enough to shower kids and were kept fairly clean. There always seemed to be hot water regardless of time of day. There is also a 20p charge for the hairdryer in the men's and ladies toilets. As you would expect there is a charge for the use of laundry facilities eg. washing machines etc. The laundry room had 2 washing machines, 2 dryers and even an ironing board and iron.
Things to do and places for families to visit near Ashbourne
Nearby attractions include Alton Towers (only 20 minutes drive,) Gulliver's Kingdom, Carsington Water, Heights of Abraham - cable car and cavern, Crich Tramway Museum, Chatsworth & the Blue John mines in Castleton. Numerous picturesque walks that lead from the park follow the River Dove, running right into the heart of Dovedale where you can cross the river on the iconic large stepping-stones, discover the local wildlife and find a beautiful picnic spot. There is direct access to the Tissington Trail cycle route which is a 13 mile traffic free path on the tracks of a disused railway line.
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