We recently took our folding camper for a weekend away at the Four Lane Ends temporary holiday site in Darley Dale. It’s always helpful to hear the experiences of others at campsites, so read on to find out how we got on.
I’m a big fan of Temporary Holiday Sites, as I explained in my previous blog post. They are a great way to get away for less.
Recently we went away for the weekend from Friday to Sunday to a THS at Four Lane Ends in Darley Dale. We really like the flexibility of THS, as the only real limitations on arrival and departure times are the first and last days of the site’s duration.
We arrived at 5.15pm on the Friday night and set up. At about 7pm we were walking up to Darley Dale for the obligatory chippy tea. While we were there, we noticed a deli next door but two that had huge cakes in the window, and made a mental note to return.
On the Saturday, after a lie-in (of course) we set off for a day walking and geocaching. In the afternoon we returned to the campsite via the Whitworth Centre Terrace Tea Rooms for a well earned cappuccino and Bakewell Tart.
The site is very close to the Peak Railway – the track runs alongside the rally field. The trains only run during the day, but you can catch the train to Matlock and Rowsley from the Darley Dale Station.
On Sunday, we had another walk locally (with geocaching) and then visited the Darley Dale Deli Cafe for amazing cake and coffee. After returning to the camper, we sat around in the sun playing cards, before having a late lunch and packing up to come home.
So, the all important site basics :
- Cost – £8 per night
- Water taps
- Elsan disposal
- Area information tent (this was provided by Sheffield DA an may not be available on all THS meetings)
We found this to be a lovely peaceful site, within easy walking distance of a shop, pub and small eateries. The site is flat and gets a lot of sun during the day. The road that runs alongside the site is not at all busy and the trains only run during the day. This is a great area fr walking, cycling and visiting tourist attractions in Derbyshire.
Our only criticism is that on arrival, part of the site had been roped off due to water-logging so there was some limitation on where we could set up. Saying that, the field is huge and there was loads of space. We did not need to book and didn’t ring ahead. There are no toilet or washing facilities on site – you will need to bring your own !
Let me know if you have ever stayed at Four Lane Ends. What did you think ?