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Short Breaks In The Derbyshire Dales and Peak District

Summer or winter, Derbyshire with its glorious Peak District National Park is a fantastic place to visit. What’s even better is that all of this beauty is just on our doorstep! We have put together this excursion which could be done on one of our long-weekend breaks. Pick up the motorhome on Friday evening and you could be setting up camp in Matlock within 30 minutes!

This excursion takes in the beautiful towns of Matlock Bath, Bakewell and the spa town of Buxton and takes in wonderful scenery and walks.

Matlock bath

Matlock Bath was one of the country’s first tourist destinations, developing rapidly after its spa waters were discovered in the 17th century. Matlock is set in the beautiful gorge of the river Derwent. You can take a trip on the cable cars to the Heights of Abraham which offer spectacular views of the town and surrounding hills and valleys. Recommended campsite while in the area Lickpenny campsite.


Bakewell is a wonderful market town. Take an afternoon stroll through the quaint court yards showcasing local art work, before popping into a café for afternoon tea and a slice of the famous Bakewell Tarte. A great campsite which we have used in the past is Dale Farm, which is situated right in the heart of the Derbyshire countryside.

Monsal Head

Only a few miles from Bakewell is Monsal Head, a famous beauty spot with a magnificent view over Monsal Dale and up the Wye valley. You can easily access the Monsal Trail from here, which is a popular 8.5 mile traffic free cycle and hiking trail. Or you could carry on a few miles to one of Derbyshire’s main attractions Chatsworth House.

Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House is a stunning stately home in the heart of the Derbyshire Dales, 3.5 miles north-east of Bakewell. It is set in 1000 acres of Parkland that is free to explore all year round. Chatsworth Park Caravan Club Site is highly recommended. We have stayed here many times, most recently for their 2021 ‘Christmas at Chatsworth’ event. This transforms the house and gardens into a magical Christmas-light show extravaganza. It is well-worth a visit.


Buxton is said to be the place to refresh your mind, body and soul. It is the home of Buxton Water, which you can sample for free by filling your own bottles up at the St Anne’s well, close to the heart of town. The stunning ornamental gardens make for a wonderful afternoon, and the world-famous Georgian and Victorian architecture make for a very impressive backdrop. Conveniently located within walking distance is Buxton Caravan and Motorhome Club Site.

You could visit all of these places over a long-weekend, staying at two different sites. Or you could cover these sights over two weekends or over one whole week. But most importantly, make sure you allow plenty of time to enjoy your hotel-on-wheels. Our motorhomes are equipped with everything you need. Book online or drop us an email so that we can check availability for you.