Where: Britchcombe Farm, Uffington, Oxfordshire, SN7 7QJ
How much: £7 per adult (age 15 and upwards) , £3.50 per child per night, Under 5′s stay free.
Fires: Yes, use ash pits that have been used before.
Logs: For sale £5 per bag with kindling – (a bit stern about not bringing your own wood!)
Facilities: Mobile toilets in each field, small toilet,shower and washing up block at main house. Also a Tea room!
Dogs: Permitted under control.
This campsite offers basic camping set across several large individual fields in a very pretty location, close to the mystical Uffington White Horse and the ancient Ridgeway.
The site underwent a surge in popularity around 6 years ago when it appeared in a Guardian guide to campsites and it seems that has not significantly abated.
I visited on a warm September weekend and the site was bustling. Booking is necessary! Its convenient location, not far from the M4 and West and North London, in an area that is fairly low on good rustic campsites which means that it will be busy at peak times.
However, it has retained its wild camping roots There are many good views to be had in the various meadows and campfires blaze merrily each evening. The mobile toilets are plentiful though never my favourite form of toilet facilities they do the job. ‘Proper’ toilets are available in the block next to the main house.
On site is a lovely tea garden, I did not try them but the cream teas are reputedly delicious. The owner was friendly but a little stern about bringing your own wood to burn which I don’t fully understand as I have not come across these terms before, but is a small issue really.
Be aware when choosing which field to pitch in that if you want to use the washing up/shower facilities next to the main house you may end up walking along a road to get there, it is a quiet road but still not one I would allow young children to navigate alone. Choose wisely.
Britchcombe offers two tippis and a yurt for a spot of glamping. They are placed together and it is possible to book the area so that friends can come along and pitch alongside.
Perhaps the biggest attraction of this site apart from the pretty location is the access to the Ridgeway. Directly above the site is the Uffington White Horse and the Iron Age Hill Fort known as Uffington Castle, walk along the Ridgeway another couple of miles to reach the atmospheric Waylands Smithy, an ancient burial mound barrow, nestled among a stand of old oaks and beeches . Well worth a visit. For details of a walk in this area look here.