At the end of the summer we headed to the Peak District for a couple of days retreat from our busy lives back home. The Peak District is so close to us, and it amazes me that we have not explored more of what it has to offer previously. We didn’t really have a specific place in mind to visit, other than it had to be less than a 2 hours drive away, and was an ideal location for an escape, so nothing too noisy or busy. Hence why we chose to go camping. I absolutely love camping, if you’ve never been camping before be sure to check out my ultimate camping checklist, top camping locations and countryside escapes.
To assist me in finding a campsite I used Pitch Up which is a great site allowing you to enter your location and search within a set radius, as well as specifying your requirements such as campsite, lodge, electric hook up etc. The campsite I chose was Lime Tree Holiday Park. The site exhibited some fantastic views and was very reasonably priced.
“We are a peaceful 4-star family site. If you want loud parties then our site is not for you”
Lime Tree Holiday Park is very easy to find using the postcode provided, and the entrance towards the site makes for a very pictureswue drive alongside the limestone gorge.
Lime Tree Holiday Park is a small, family-friendly campsite located in the spa town of Buxton in the western Peak District. The site offers camping, touring and luxury accommodation in lodges, apartments and caravans, making the site suitable for a variety of budgets and different holiday interests. The location of the campsite makes for a perfect entry into the Peak District, so if you are interested in discovering the glorious views of the Derbyshire countryside then this is the ideal campsite.
Buxton is reputed to be the highest town in England, with the fame of the town originating from the pale blue water which bubbles up from thermal springs. Lime Tree Holiday Park is a stone’s throw away from a beautifully picturesque railway viaduct and the site itself is nestled next to a thickly wooded limestone gorge. The views from the site mean that the site is a relaxing haven with views across Buxton and the surrounding countryside hills. Lime Tree Holiday Park is a very quiet rural site and is a mere 25-minute walk or 5-minute drive into Buxton town centre making it a perfect rural location with countryside views in close proximity to civilisation for convenience and amenities.
When we arrived the pitches were very well taken care, with both grass and hard standing pitches available. We had booked a grass pitch and were directed by the friendly staff at reception towards the field at the far end of the site. It was great to know that they had not allocated any specific pitch to us and that we were given free reign to choose where we wanted to pitch up. The top field is slanted, and if you want a flat pitch I would recommend staying at the bottom end of the field. However, it is not too much of a slant that you cannot pitch on the site. You just need to think about the direction you’re going to be sleeping in when you pitch up. We made the mistake of placing our tent facing down the slope meaning we were actually sleeping with our feet above our heads. This made for some interesting sleeping positions and some sliding sleeping bags. However, we both slept with no problems nonetheless.
For a small, back-to-basics site, Lime Tree Holiday Park has an array of facilities. As I mentioned earlier the site has a variety of accommodation options, including camping, touring, caravans and luxury apartments. All of which can be booked directly with Lime Tree Holiday Park, or via Pitch Up. For camping, there is a choice between small and large pitches. We booked a small pitch, whereby the maximum size of the tent could be 2m x 2m. The cost of this pitch was £21 per night (peak season – August). The price is per pitch, not person, which is great, however, this does mean if you are a sole traveller then this does make the site slightly more expensive than some others on the market. However, it also swings the other way and is advantageous for larger groups making it more cost effective. Each pitch permits two adults included in the nightly price, with additional adults charged at £5pp/pn.
Another great feature about this site is that you can have a BBQ on site, bricks are even provided to stand your barbeque on. The only exclusion is that they allow charcoal only, so no wood barbeques and no open fire pits etc. So if the weather is going to be nice whilst you are away make sure you factor in a BBQ one night to enjoy a view whilst you cook up some burgers and sausages.
The site has a laundry room if you are staying longer than a couple of nights and have perhaps only packed a couple of days worth of clothes. There is also a games room on site which occupies a pool table (50p charge), a TV, free WiFi, board games such as scrabble and an information station. The room is great for escaping into if the weather is not on your side, which let’s face it is normally the case in the UK! There are lots of leaflets and maps in the games room to help you find local attractions and things to do in the area. The staff are also very helpful, offering recommendations and advice about the local area.
If you plan on visiting the site with children then the top field (non-electric hook up) is a great open space for ball games and kite flying etc. There is also a children’s playground to keep them occupied. The site also has a well maintained and clean toilet and shower block, with free hot showers. Great to see these are included in the cost of the site for the night, so you are not stunned by a charge to use the showers which was great to see. Outside of the toilet and shower block there is a small washing up area. This is undercover and has enough sinks for the capacity of the campsite.
There is a small onsite shop to top up your basic supplies. Selling everything from basic food and drink options to barbeque coals. The shop also provides an ice block freezing facility so you can keep your cool box chilled whilst on-site, as well as a gas cylinder exchange available. There is also a farm shop on-site called Dukes which provides local meat and food items to keep you replenished whilst camping, and avoiding the need to leave the site to go food shopping. Should you need more than basic food and drink supplies whilst staying here there is a Morrisons just over half a mile away, and the site is located a mere 25 minute walk away (circa 1 mile) from Buxton town centre which has a variety of local pubs, restaurants and shops as well as a regular market on a Tuesday.
Lime Tree Holiday Park is the closest campsite to Buxton town making it an ideal place to stay if you plan to visit Buxton to see what it has to offer.
The site managers are very accommodating as check-in is available between 1230 and 1900 for camping and touring, and between 1600 and 1900 for luxury accommodation. With the latest arrivals allowed between 1800 and 1900. Check out is by 1200, with an additional £6 charge for a late check out, so ensure you are up early on your last day and offsite before 1200.
There are quite a few site rules which can be expected as this is a well run and maintained site, and the rules are in place to ensure everyone has a pleasant experience. See the infographic below for Lime Tree Holiday Parks site rules;
Here’s a list of the campsites charges for camping and touring. If you are interested in the self-catering and luxury accommodation then refer to Lime Tree Holiday Park’s website directly.
|Camping with no electric
Price per night
|Off-peak rate||Peak rate||Bank Holiday rate (Min of 3 nights)|
|Camping – 2 berth tent
(2 adults, 1 car, up to 2 berth tent & max 2m*2m)
|Family Tends or VW Campervans
(2 adults, 1 car, up to 8 berth & max 7m*5m)
|Small pup/storage tent (available when booked with a tent)||£4||£5||£6|
|Duke of Edinburgh groups or similar (price per person)||£8||£8||£11|
|Touring & Tents with electric
Price per night
|Off-peak rate||Peak rate||Bank Holiday rate (Min of 4 nights)|
|Tourer, Tend (Max 5m*5m), Trailer Tent or Motorhome (2 adults, 1 car)||£25||£28||£31|
|Electric, showers and awning with caravans||Free||Free||Free|
|Extras for camping and touring|
|Extra adult (15 years old and over)||£5|
|Children (5 to 14 years)||£3|
|Dog on lead (max 2)||£2|
|Children under 5||Free|
|Extra car (to be parked in the car park)||£5|
|Stay on after 12 noon||£6|
|WiFi Zone (located near reception in the information room with the pool table)||Free|
*all prices correct at time of writing
Things to do in Buxton and surrounding area
So, you’re probably wondering what else there is to do in and around Buxton? Buxton has an abundance of different attractions to suit an array of different tastes and interests. Obviously being in the Peak District there are multiple options for walking and hiking. One option is a short walk towards Solomons Temple. The tower stands at 439m above sea level and offers some fantastic views across the countryside which are not to be missed, with a designated route designed for walking enthusiasts.
Other fantastic tourist attractions within a short distance away include Pooles Cavern,Go Ape Buxton, Buxton Opera House, The old Buxton Baths and Chatsworth House and Gardens. If you fancy venturing out a bit further then Eyam, ‘the plague village’, is well worth a visit to discover the story behind the village, as well as Bakewell.
If you would like any more information on Lime Tree Holiday Park, or on Buxton in general then please do get in touch and I will do my best to help you.
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