Camp Site Review: Greenhills Holiday Park, Bakewell

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Greenhills Holiday park is situated around 20 minutes walk outside of Bakewell, in a lovely and picturesque part of Derbyshire. The site itself caters for everyone, with excellent amenities, stunning views and provision of facilities for all, from tents, right through to static caravans.

In addition to the static caravans, there are 75 touring pitches (all with electric hookup) and 100 camping pitches (some with their own hookup).

Although the site isn’t huge, it has its own shop, and even a bar / pub. More on those later.

Just down the road is the town of Bakewell, famous, obviously, for its Bakewell tarts, and it would, of course, be rude not to sample the ‘original’ recipe tart, whilst you are there.

Facilities

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All Of The Key Amenities Are Arranged In A Courtyard Style Arrangement, Around A Central Seating Area

The site has a modern toilet / amenities block, with laundry room, washing up facilities and waste disposal points. There is a shop, pub, information room, kids’ play area, with large recreation area and Wi fi facility.

The touring pitches all have 16 Amp electric hookup, which is a bonus, given that some sites are down rating their power outputs, these days, in some cases, to as low as 6 Amps. There are also EHU pitches available in the camping fields.

Site Review

The site is approached via a long drive, running past the static caravan area, and into the small central car parking area, adjacent to the site reception and facilities area. We arrived at reception and were checked in quickly. All pitches appear to be allocated, prior to arrival, and we were told where ours was, and how to get to it. We had chosen a camping pitch, with EHU, on this occasion, as opposed to a touring pitch.

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A Slightly Sloping Pitch, With Neighbours Right Up Close On One Side, And Vast Empty Space On The Other, But You Certainly Can’t Fault The views.

On arriving at the pitch, the first thing we noticed was how small it was, compared to many sites.

The pitches are quite narrow, and, although they aren’t overly restricted on depth, that is only of benefit if you aren’t near to a corner pitch. Ours was right next to a corner pitch, and, once the tent next to us was pitched, there was a gap between us of just three or four feet.

Those on the next pitch were two families, who had booked two adjacent pitches.

The only way they could fit both large tents on properly was to remove the low wooden barrier between the pitches. They also had to tie their guy ropes onto other barriers, as there was insufficient room to pitch properly.

On the subject of pitches, they all appeared to be pre allocated, and yet everyone on our field appeared to be bunched together in three areas, so that we were right on top of each other, whilst half of the field remained empty, which did seem a little strange. Out of curiosity, we drove out via the touring field, and noticed a similar issue. Whilst pitches were pretty much all occupied, most occupants could only fit their unit / awning on there, which meant that most cars were parked at the front of their pitch, making it difficult to squeeze through in places.

Like most pitches on the camping fields, ours was sloping, but not excessively so, and there were plenty of fresh water points available. Even though we weren’t at the top of the field, the views were still pretty exceptional, even in the miserable May weather.

Having pitched up, we headed towards the main facilities, to take check them out. As we did, we were amused to pass a large sign, saying ‘No Gazebos’, as we were one of only about three units that DIDN’T have one set up.

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The On Site Pub, With Covered Area To The Right, And Children’s Play Area Beyond

The main facilities are all set around a central court yard area. Standing in the car park, and looking left to right, we have the main reception area, the bar, with play area behind, the shop and amenities block.  In the middle of it all is a lawned area, with tables and seating.

In a site of just 12 acres, overall, an on site pub was a welcome and unexpected addition. Whilst they don’t serve meals in the bar, there is a good selection of drinks, including a fair array of draught and bottled beers.

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Covered Seating Area, Children’s Play Area And Impressive Views Beyond

There is a covered seating area outside, overlooking the children’s play area with excellent views beyond.

The bar is an ideal place to chill and socialise, if the weather precludes the 20 minute walk into Bakewell.

Next to the bar is the site shop, which is described as; “well stocked” on the company web site. Can’t say I’m entirely in agreement with that.

It is a good sized shop, but there was a lot of empty space on the shelves, many of which contained toys, games, bbq charcoal, etc. All very useful, but, unless you’re into Big Soup or Pot Noodle, the food choice was somewhat limited. That said, on a smaller site like this, just like the bar, it is a welcome addition, although you may want to pop into Bakewell for the majority of your groceries.

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The main amenities block is very well maintained, and a pleasure to use. It looks relatively new, and was warm, even on a miserable May day, with piped music throughout.

The showers are hot, and contained within ‘proper’ shower cubicles. If I were to have any critisism of them it would be that there was no seating at all in there, for when drying ourselves off.

To be fair, that’s a pretty minor point, and, probably, only noticed because the standard of the facilities is so high, otherwise.

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Tucked away, at the back, between the shop and the amenities block is the information room, a small Summer house, containing a wealth of information and literature on local activities and tourist attractions.

There is a wealth of things to do in the area, from modern theme parks, such as Alton Towers to the classical elegance of Chatsworth House.

Bakewell, itself, is a lovely little market town, and, of course, home to the famous Bakewell tart. As well as pubs and eateries, there are shops and supermarkets for all of the essential supplies that the on site shop cannot cater for.

Conclusion

Greenhills Holiday Park has the feel of a family run site, from the meticulous way it is maintained, to the fact that the shop seems to open up ‘on demand’ when needed. The views are stunning, and the facilities, whilst not perfect are surprisingly good for a site of this size.

It isn’t the cheapest site on the market. Price for two people, in a folding camper, with EHU was £30 per night, although we did get 10% discount off that, for booking online. It sounds quite a lot, for a relatively small site, but it can’t be cheap; providing an on site shop and full time pub on site, so, all in all, it didn’t seem too high a price to pay.

The pitches are not the largest in the world, but they are adequate, and the combination of the excellent amenities, and lovely views more than make up for this. All in all, it is a site that is well worth checking out, if you’re looking for somewhere in or around Derbyshire.

To take a look at the Greenhills Holiday Park Web Site, Click On The Image Below;

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About Alan Young

MD and owner of the Woodhurst Group, including Praxis Accountancy Limited and Blue Sky Recreation Limited. Also Commercial Director of The Sky visor Group
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