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Hayfield Campsite Entrance Sign

The entrance to Hayfield campsite

Where did we stay?

Hayfield Camping and Caravanning Club Site, Kinder Road, Hayfield, High Peak, Derbyshire, SK22 2LE

  • £6.45 to £10.95 pp/pn
  • Members’ and non-members’ tents, trailers and motorhomes welcome, but no caravans
  • Grass pitches
  • Hardstanding with EHU
  • Childrens play area
  • Pets welcome
  • Camping pods & ReadyCamp available at this site
  • On site shop
  • Last arrival time 8pm

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Our visit

Friday 16th September 2016 – Sunday 18th September 2016

Hayfield Campsite Entrance of Campsite

Hayfield campsite right by a river

The river running along the side of the campsite

Campsite facilities

We arrived fairly late after work on Friday night, and check in was fast and friendly. In no time, we were being shown to our pitch, which was flat and spacious, nestled under trees. Having stayed at a Camping and Caravanning Club site before (read about their Eskdale Camping & Caravanning Club Campsite), we knew to expect good facilities, and at Hayfield, we were not disappointed.


The main reception and small campsite shop

Hayfield Campsite Entrance of Campsite

The main facilities block with toilets, showers, washing up and chemical loo disposal point

Hayfield Campsite Childrens Play Area

Play area – the whole site was very family friendly, with lots of (well behaved!) kids running around

The pitches at the campsite are numbered, but the pitches were big and we were able to set up right next to the other members in our party who had arrived shortly before us with their own tent. We were located next to the backpackers barn and across from the ReadyCamp glamping tents shown below.

Hayfield campsite ReadyCamp tents

ReadyCamp glamping tents shown on the right

Hayfield Campsite Peak District

Our tent set up next to my daughter and her boyfriend

Hayfield Campsite

Looking down the camping field we were on

As well as small onsite camp shop, there were good facilities including a kids play park, laundry room, washing up area, chemical toilet disposal and spotlessly clean toilets and lovely warm showers, which after our long Kinder Scout walk on Saturday afternoon, I didn’t want to get out of!

The local area

The location was the number one reason we chose this campsite. We’d been wanting to walk Kinder Scout for a long time, and when we saw that the start point for the Kinder Downfall walk was right by the campsite, our decision was made! It really did make for the ideal base for walking in the region.

Bowden Bridge Carpark at the Start of the Walk Up Kinder Scout

Bowden Bridge Carpark, the starting point for our Kinder Downfall walk was right opposite the campsite

Whilst the area is a mecca for walkers heading up Kinder Scout, the region is very scenic and has plenty of other things to offer over and above walking, including various show caves, like the highly recommended Blue John Cavern.

Salomon Comet 3D Walking Boots

Taking a breather and admiring another great view, this time from Mam Tor

On the final day of our stay, after a relaxed Sunday morning breakfast and slow pack down, we headed to Mam Tor, a 20 minute drive away, for a second shorter walk before heading home.

  • Great location for walkers with Kinder Scout, Lantern Pike & Jacobs Ladder accessible from the site.
  • Hayfield village is a 10-15 minute stroll away with pubs and shops.
  • A few minutes walk to the closest pub, The Sportsman, that does excellent food.
  • Pretty riverside location.
  • Close to the Chestnut Centre Conservation Park.
  • Peveril Castle is a short drive away.
  • Castleton is also accessible from the site, which is a fabulous town we love and home to the famous Blue John Cavern.

Hayfield campsite ideal for walking Kinder Scout

The location of the campsite is perfect for walking Kinder Scout

The verdict

For the walk we wanted to do, the campsite location was unbeatable, so if you are wanting to walk Kinder Scout, Hayfield Campsite really is the ideal choice.


Kinder reservoir very close to the campsite

kinder-scout-cairn A cairn up on Kinder Scout

The staff were friendly, as were the other campers, and we liked the flat, spacious pitches allowing for plenty of space between tents. The facilities were spotlessly clean and by 11pm the campsite was nice and quiet. We’d have no trouble highly recommending Hayfield Camping and Caravanning Club Site, and will definitely stay there again next time we visit the area.

See more pictures from our Kinder Downfall Walk on Flickr.






  • Ooh will bear this in mind as I really want to hike Kinder Scout!

    Great review!


    • We really enjoyed it and will definitely be doing it again at some point 🙂

  • thehelpfulhiker

    This looks like an amazing site with great facilities. I really want to do Kinder Scout again (after getting very lost last time) so this is definitely a good option. Love your photos 🙂

    • We thought we were lost on the way back, I’ve checked the route several times and still can’t work out whether the last few miles were on the correct route we were meant to be following or not! lol

  • Plenty of B&Bs in the area Emma, and that campsite has Ready Camp tents too – luxury safari tents with real beds and heating etc. already set up for you, so even if you aren’t really a camper, you could find that Ready Camp suits you! x