The family campsite with a heated outdoor pool that's just a short drive from Cheshire

Callow Top Holiday Park is an award-winning caravan and camping site
Callow Top Holiday Park -Credit:Callow Top Holiday Park

Now that the warmer weather is finally upon us, it's time to start booking those camping trips.

And whether it's the full camping experience in a tent that you're after, or you'd rather take the caravan option, then there's a campsite just a short drive from Cheshire that pulls in families from miles around.

Award-winning caravan and camping site, Callow Top, based in the Derbyshire Dales, has touring and camping pitches, plus a range of self catering accommodation. One of the main draws for those with children is its heated outdoor swimming pool, reports the Manchester Evening News.

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The pool is open from May to September and guests can use it for free when they wish. There's also a separate paddling pool for little ones and a play area with climbing frames and a slide.

You can fish at the park too - the fishing lake is stocked with rudd, roach, tench, perch, crucian and mirror carp - and there's a wide selection of pegs available, with double pegs suitable for parent and child/disabled fishing.

Callow Top Holiday Park
Callow Top Holiday Park -Credit:Callow Top Holiday Park

The fishing lake also has its own bird hide, which is available free of charge to guests who would like to observe the wildlife in the nature reserve. It's also dog-friendly and there's an enclosed field for them to have a run.

But as well as guests loving the park facilities - including the Callow Inn with a large beer garden, Arnold's Games Room with pool and table tennis, and the Callow Top Shop - there's lots to do in the area.

The park itself, listed in Practical Caravan's Top 100 Sites Guide for 2024, is within walking distance of the market town of Ashbourne and within easy reach of Bakewell, Matlock and Buxton.

There are walking routes straight from the site and direct access to the Tissington Trail cycle route.

Visitors can take a stroll around beautiful gardens or ride the cable cars up to The Heights of Abraham. And for the thrill seekers, it's just a 20-minute drive from Alton Towers.

Prices start from around £21.50 a night for a tent pitch in low season, for a car with two people, rising to £39.50 peak season. Self catering short breaks are £475 and weekly stays range from £595 to £790. You can find out more on the website here.

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