Are you fit to tow? Safe Caravan Towing Advice

eli : April 16, 2014 3:00 pm : Uncategorized

The Highways Agency is urging drivers to prepare their caravans, and be aware of the potential dangers of towing, as the new holiday season begins.

The team from BBC East Midlands Today visited Callow Top today to talk to our guests about their experiences of towing and film a report for the evening news.
BBC East Midlands Today Caravan Safe Towing Report

The Highways Agency have released this CCTV coverage of a caravan snaking out of control on the motorway to highlight the potential dangers…

“Although high speed incidents involving towing can be serious, the majority of problems we see on our roads are breakdowns – which can be avoided with routine checks and maintenance” said Highways Agency Service Delivery Manager Andy Withington.
The agency advises drivers to

- carry out a final maintenance check before setting off – particularly if the caravan has been left over the winter
- pay particular attention to the condition and pressure of the tyres on both the towed and towing vehicle
- check that loads in the towed and towing vehicle are secure, that the weight is evenly distributed and is not excessive
- be aware of how towing affects the vehicle’s performance – particularly braking distances
- use extended mirrors when towing caravans to ensure clear and legal visibility of the trailer and of other vehicles on the road
- check they have an appropriate driving licence for the vehicle and trailer combination
- know the correct speed limit for the vehicle and roads
- make sure they have proper breakdown cover in place

“Make sure you have an appropriate towing vehicle, have a correctly loaded caravan or trailer and keep to sensible speeds (especially downhill), and the instability shown in the video is effectively impossible” say Martin Spencer and Ian Hewlett from The Caravan Club and The Camping and Caravanning Club.

New Water Point

eli : March 18, 2014 4:13 pm : Uncategorized

Phil installing a new water point in Field 5Last year you told us on your feedback forms that you’d like a tap in Field 5 so it wasn’t so far to go and fill up. Great news – here’s Phil hard at work installing a new water point in Field 5 and upgrading the water point in Field 6.

We’re Number 1!

eli : March 14, 2014 3:48 pm : Uncategorized

Our wonderful guests have voted us number 1 in the Top 10 Campsites in the UK. A great, big thank you to everyone who voted for us.

Not only that, we were voted number 7 in the Top 10 best sites for caravans and number 8 in the Top 10 best sites for motorhomes. Plus we were awarded overall best site for the Heart of England region.

You can be assured of a friendly Derbyshire welcome and award winning family facilities when you come and stay with us this season.

See us now in the Practical Caravan Top 100 Sites magazine…

Callow Top number 1 in Top 10 campsites UK

Practical Caravan Top 100 Sites Awards 2014

eli : February 28, 2014 4:07 pm : Uncategorized


Woohoo – We’re Winners!

We’re delighted to have been voted Regional Winner for the Heart of England area in this year’s awards.

Practical Caravan & Motorhome magazines received 1000s votes for the awards both online and by post. The Heart of England covers the whole of the central part of the UK. It’s one of the most hotly contested regions, with lots of shortlisted parks, so we faced stiff competition.

But that’s not all! – This year there are also separate awards for the Top 10 sites in the country for both caravans and camping. We’re in at number 7 for best caravan sites, number 8 for best motorhome sites but, most exciting of all, is that we’ve reached the number 1 spot in the Top 10 best camping sites in the country.

This is the 7th year we’ve made it into the Top 100 sites and the awards mean a lot to all our staff because they’re voted for by you, our guests, not decided by a panel of judges or experts.

It wouldn’t have been possible without all of you and we’d like to say thank you so much for taking the time to vote for us.

Practical Caravan Top 100 Sites Awards 2014 Regional WinnerRegional Winner Heart of England area
Number 7 best site for caravans in the UK
Number 8 best site for motorhomes in the UK
Number 1 best site for camping in the UK


eli : February 18, 2014 4:31 pm : Uncategorized

Rainbow at Callow TopThere’s been a gorgeous double rainbow over Callow Top this afternoon. Fingers crossed that the end of all this winter rain is in sight (or that we find a pot of gold!)

Calloween Weekend 2013

eli : November 3, 2013 4:19 pm : Uncategorized

Another amazing weekend with some brilliant costumes and lots of familiar faces. All the staff at Callow Top would like to say a great big thank you to all our guests for all the effort you put into decorating your tents and caravans & your costumes!

Once again it was a great atmosphere on site despite the weather.

Lots of people have already reserved their favourite pitch for next year so remember to book early if you’d like to join us.

Take a look at lots more photos by clicking to visit our Facebook page

Peak District Cycling Festival

eli : August 21, 2013 3:46 pm : Uncategorized

7th – 15th September 2013

Come and join in the first ever cycling festival to be held in the Peak District National Park. As well as organised events for all ages and abilities, there’s 65 miles of traffic free trails to explore and quiet country lanes through picturesque villages.

Derbyshire is perfect for a cycling holiday with lots of amazing views accompanied by cosy pubs and local tea rooms.

Stay with us in your tent, caravan or motorhome and discover Derbyshire on two wheels.

If you don’t have your own bikes, or haven’t got room to bring them with you, you can hire bikes at our on-site cycle hire.

For further details of all the events click here
Some events do need to be booked in advance.

GEM 106 Breakfast Show at Callow Top Campsite

eli : August 5, 2013 2:33 pm : Uncategorized

Sam & Amy from the Gem 106 Breakfast Show will be broadcasting their show live from Callow Top on Wednesday 7th August.

The Sony award winning presenters are staying with us as part of their ‘Staycation’ Summer tour of the East Midlands.

They’ll be in Arnold’s Cafe Bar from 7am – 9am so, if you’re staying with us, pop in and say hi!


BBC East Midlands Today Visit

eli : July 17, 2013 4:47 pm : Uncategorized

What a difference a year makes!
Simon Hare from BBC East Midlands Today came to Callow Top yesterday to interview our reception manager about how the heatwave was affecting bookings. He also talked to some of our guests about how they were enjoying camping in temperatures usually seen on holidays abroad.

It’s 12 months since the BBC last visited us after weeks of torrential rain! A year on it’s a completely different story with guests enjoying long, hot days of blue sky and brilliant sunshine.

This gorgeous weather is the icing on the camping cake, long may it continue.

4 Star Campsite & Touring Caravan Park

eli : June 25, 2013 3:36 pm : Uncategorized

The site inspector from enjoyEngland (tourist board) visited us last week and we’re thrilled to have been awarded a 4 star holiday, touring & camping park rating again for this year.

“A very well situated park offering the opportunity for guests to relax whilst also using the park as a base for visiting the many local places of interest.

The very positive and proactive attitude shown by the team members should be commented on – a compliment for the park and owners” said the inspector.

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