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I am a fan of the Poolsbrook Caravan Club site in Staveley near Chesterfield. I stayed last week on my way to York Rowntree Park and once again it reminded me how good it is. Close to the M1 – but not too close – it has a touch of the Strathclyde about it and is not only a good transit stopover but also a destination site in its own right.

Here is the blurb – which unlike most blurb is spot on:

“You will be delighted by Poolsbrook Country Park Caravan Club Site – situated at the heart of the 165-acre Poolsbrook Country Park, it was previously the location of an active colliery. The land has now been magnificently transformed into an extensive country park, including a children’s adventure play area, visitor centre, cafe for refreshments and many well stocked lakes for fishing. There are also many trails to explore, be it by foot, by cycle or with your dog, with the added bonus that the caravan park adjoins the Trans-Pennine Trail. Poolsbrook Country Park Caravan Club Site uses a number of sustainable resource and energy features, making it an appealing destination for the environmentally aware concerned with kindness to our planet. The caravan site is also just 2 miles south of Staveley town centre, where you can absorb the area’s industrial heritage. The entire area offers the opportunity to observe the interesting local wildlife – it is rich with a large variety of birds and animals. Easily accessible and conveniently located from the M1 motorway, the site is conveniently placed for stopover visits.”

Christopher Macgowan