We’ve been coming to Town Farm since 2010, we’ve camped all over the world and really not much beats this campsite. Set on a farm, and for us less than an hours drive from North London, it ticks so many boxes, dog friendly, epic views, sunsets, incredible and varied walking from the site, great local pubs, camp fires, unmarked pitches and the best hot showers – seriously there’s not much else you could ask for.
The campsite consists of 3 camping fields set on a working farm. The welcoming farmer, Charles could not be a better host, every year we go he has added another thoughtful addition to the site: hot washing up sinks, fridge freezers, covered games room, charging sockets, visiting food vans, herb garden, to name a few. It has the perfect combination of all the facilities you could ever ask for, whilst still retaining the rustic charm of camping on a farmers field.
The secret is most definitely out and gone are those early days where we used to camp in a field with no one else but the sheep, this site now gets very popular, summer weekends get booked up early, so you need to be organised. But fields are huge, with camping round the edges only and they limit bookings, so even on a bank holiday weekend it doesn’t feel to rammed and its always possible to get a hot shower.
- Exceptional facilities
- Incredible views
- Camp fires
- Unmarked pitches – within reason camp where you like
- So many footpaths and walks directly from the farm
- Lovely local pubs
- Friendly hosts
- There is some road noise in varying degrees depending on where you pitch (especially the lower field closest to the road) and the wind direction, but it’s only a ‘B’ road so really don’t let this put you off.
- It can get very windy
- You are in the Chiltern hills an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the area comes alive between April to June when the bright yellow rapeseed flowers fill the surrounding fields.
- You just have to cross (the sometimes quite busy) road from the campsite and walk down the path across fields, to join up with a myriad of footpaths, taking you up to Ivinghoe Beacon, which is well worth the climb for the dramatic views. If you aren’t up for the climb up, you can drive up and park at the Beacon car park. This is also the start of the Ridgeway footpath and other footpaths leading in all directions take you to Tring, the picture postcard village of Aldbury, the Ashridge estate which is a must in bluebell season and to towpath walks along the Grand Union canal. Even if you only want a very short walk its worth walking down the Ridgeway away from the Beacon to Incombe hole where there are incredible panoramic views.
- Yes! They have their own custom made firepits with a grill on top to hire. No need to bring a BBQ you can cook food to perfection over the fire. Book your firepit in advance and they come round selling the best dry kiln wood, so limited smoke in your eyes while toasting your marshmallows.
FOOD & DRINK
- A 15 minute walk through a field and along a short footpath takes you to your closest pub the Rose and Crown in Ivinghoe, a lovely village pub with a pretty courtyard garden. https://www.roseandcrownivinghoe.co.uk
- About a 25 minute walk in the other direction down the footpath takes you to the village Swan in Ivinghoe Aston, a community pub, that we haven’t actually been to for a few years since the new owners took over, but have heard good things about it. https://www.thevillageswan.net
- Our absolute favourite pub in the area has to be the Valliant Trooper in Aldbury, 1.5-2 hour walk along footpaths (various routes) from the campsite or a short drive. Historic pub, serving great food, always welcoming, lovely sunny pub garden. http://www.valianttrooper.co.uk
- 2 x toilet/shower blocks either end of the site, hot showers, disabled shower and toilet, family showers/toilets with baby changing
- electric hook up
- chemical waste
- washing machine and tumble dryer
- hot washing up taps
- fridge and freezers
- sockets for electronic charging
- kids playground
- indoor games barn
- Free wifi (although limited coverage) 3G/4G patchy phone reception
OUR TOP TIPS
- Go out of season and there will be very few people there. We love to go in April, May, September and October.
- If there is space and you don’t mind a walk to the toilets pitch in either the top furthest corners away from the farm house, for the best views and solitude.
- Unless you really need electric hook up, go for a non electric pitch, this gives you the freedom to camp anywhere on the site. Electric pitches, both grass and hardstanding are all clustered around the main farm buildings, lots of people walking by, so not the greatest privacy, but most do have great sunset views