One of the most popular campgrounds in Derbyshire is known as Rivendale, which is located in Alsop En Le Dale, Ashbourne. There are 120 pitches available at the ground and it’s open all year except for a few weeks in January and February. The campground is more than 1000 feet above sea level and can be found next to the junction between Biggin Dales, Alsop, and Eaton.
Rivendale and the local area is quite scenic and attractive, making it an ideal location for hiking, mountain biking, sailing, fishing, pony riding, and rambling. Many of the cycle trails lead directly to the site. Just about 100 yards from the ground you’ll find the Tissington Trail. This is a part of the local Trails Triangle which also consists of the beautiful High Peak Trail as well as a cycle trail that runs around the Carsington Reservoir. If you’d like to take an extended hike into the local countryside, you can take a footpath from the site which travels about 11.5 miles to Dove Dale, which features some striking limestone scenery.
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Since Rivendale is located in the Peak District National Park, you’ll find there are also numerous historical and cultural sites nearby. Some of the most popular ones include Alton Towers, Chatsworth, the National Tram Museum, the Buxton Opera House, Haddon Hall, the Derwent Valley Heritage Site, Richard Arkwright’s Mills, Gulliver’s Kingdom, and several interesting caves, castles, caverns, and stately homes.
The region is also home to several arts festivals, a flower show, and game fair, with Chatsworth hosting several events. If you’d like to just hike around the area’s beautiful woodland and 10-acre flowered meadows, you can always wind down and relax in Rivendale’s hot tub. Local villages include Hartington and Tissington and they’re quite charming and well worth a visit.
The campground is ideal for tents, caravans, and motor homes as there are electric hookups. Caravans can also be stored there and there are some statics and yurts for rent. There’s a heated shower on site as well as toilets, a bar, and a restaurant. This means your meals and refreshments can be taken care of if you don’t plan on preparing your own food.
Some of the rentals are equipped with wood-burning stoves and barbecues, enabling you to enjoy a traditional camping experience no matter what the weather’s like. Campers are allowed to have fires in the camping meadow as long as they’re contained in the provided fire pits.
Nature lovers will be glad to hear that there are numerous types of animals in the area, including foxes, crested newts, and badgers as well as a wide assortment of bird species. When the night time falls, the dark skies are ideal for budding astronomers. Also on site, you’ll be able to get gas refills, do your laundry, dispose of chemicals, enjoy the TV room, kid’s playground, and games room, and get access to the internet.
In addition, all of the following activities can be found within 10 miles of the campground – fishing, golf, indoor swimming, horseback riding, and bicycle rentals. You’ll find Rivendale an ideal site for campers of all ages; your dogs are also welcome.