Camping – Main Pitching Area
“Armchair” campers will prefer the grass pitches within the main pitching area of the camp site, particularly early season or in autumn due to their sheltered location, 16 amp power supplies and proximity to the underfloor-heated main amenity building. Most pitches are approximately 9 metres wide x 13 metres long – permitting most tents to be accommodated. Those with particularly large tents should make their needs known when booking so that one of the larger pitches may be allocated.
Barbeques that are enclosed and prevent hot ash falling onto the ground are permitted, but due to the closer proximity neighbouring tents, fire pits are not permitted in the main pitching area of the camp site.
BRING A TORCH! Rivendale has minimal lighting so that you can enjoy the beautiful night sky. Even the main road and surrounding villages HAVE NO STREET LIGHTING; a good torch and light-coloured/high visibility jacket ARE ESSENTIAL to avoid tripping over or being run over if walking along the lanes at night.
Rock pegs and a hammer are advisable as some areas of the park are stoney beneath the grass.
Note – Rock Pegs and torches are usually available for purchase in our on-site shop.
Bio-degradeable chemical fluids ONLY in chemical toilets – or bring an empty cassette and purchase some from our shop. N.B. to encourage the use of environmentally-friendly chemicals this is sold at a competitive rate per litre treated compared to most non-bio products.
Use of Electric hook-ups.
For your safety please ensure you have a proper outdoor campers, rcb-protected socket and cable with a male 3 pin outdoor 240 volt cable of appropriate IP rating and thickness.
Traditional campers who do not need electricity and wish to pick a spot amongst an unspoilt camping meadow full of orchids and other wild flowers prefer our 10 acre camping field. This camping field is only open during the summer months and offers free hot showers and toilets in a unisex building on the field. These are kept clean but are a simple no-frills facility. If preferred you can have a walk up to the underfloor-heated main amenity building, which is in the main pitching area. There is also a shower and toilets in the main reception building that can be used during our open hours.
Superb views towards Eaton and Alsop Dale may be enjoyed from the south-eastern side of the Camping Meadow which has a sunny orientation and copses of sheltering trees.
Barbecues and camp fires are permitted on the camp site area, provided campers contain them off the ground in a fire pit or barbecue and do not damage or destroy plants or trees on site foraging for timber or charcoal. Both charcoal, disposable barbeques, and firewood can usually be purchased from the on-site shop.
There are limited pitches on the meadow with electric hook up.
Please Note: Guests staying on our camping meadow will be required to park their cars next to the toilet and shower block and walk to their tent pitch. This is a cautionary measure to protect our guests and to prevent muddy & hazardous conditions seen in previous years caused by a combination of prolonged periods of heavy rain and large amounts of traffic.
As The Peak District National Park Authority forbids us from adding a tarmac drive in and around the field, this is the only suitable measure we can take. Guests will be provided with wheelbarrows and assistance when needed to move their belongings.
Camping in The Shires is a more secluded area more like wild camping and unfortunately you cannot park your car beside the pitch. The car park is a short walk from your pitch. There are some pitches in this area available with electric and some without. There is a short walk to the toilet building and a little bit further to the main underfloor heated toilet and shower building.
“Wild campers” are offered a choice of isolated pitches perched on the hillside overlooking Eaton Dale. The pitches do not have power and are several 100 metres walk from the amenity building within the main pitching area of the camp site. They do however have stunning views over the surrounding countryside and (unlike “Wild Camping” on most hillsides) it is possible to walk to a warm under-floor heated shower or have a nice pint in front of a roaring fire.