CAMPSITE REVIEW: Britchcombe farm, Oxfordshire

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Update: Sadly Britchcombe farm is closed for summer 2020, the farm was for sale and we have everything crossed that the new owners keep running it as a campsite…..

We always have Toots and the Maytals playing for the drive into the Vale of the Whitehorse and massive smiles on our faces; knowing we are about to arrive at a very special place, that has so many happy memories for us. We started coming to camp on this glorious working farm 11 years ago and have been back every year since.

If you like rustic, relaxed camping with fires, and freedom to camp where you like, then Britchcombe farm is the place for you. If you must have a hot shower, super flat ground to pitch on and total quiet, then maybe it’s not.

The surrounding area is steeped in history. Above the campsite is the ancient Ridgeway, The Bronze age White Horse, the remains of Uffington Castle and dragon hill, said to be the spot where George slew the dragon.

👍

  • The Views
  • Camp fires
  • Pitch where you like
  • Good for summer weekends when everything else is booked up, as they just open more fields.  You do still need to book though, they don’t take walk ins.
  • Friendly local pubs
  • Walks direct from site
  • Low light pollution means it’s a great spot for star-gazing
  • Sunsets
  • Ideal for groups of friends and family

👎

  • Can get very busy in the summer, get there early to get a good spot, especially on bank holiday weekends.
  • The 2 showers aren’t enough for the whole site, they have 3 portashowers too which aren’t great, if you can stick it out just stay dirty for the weekend! You don’t come here for the facilities
  • Portaloos – we actually don’t mind portaloos and they are well maintained and cleaned on this site, but on a Sunday morning of a hot, busy weekend, things can get a bit grim.
  • Often really big groups camping, which can get noisy. Not much in way of noise control at night.
  • Site very sloped in places.

SURROUNDINGS

  • The Ridgeway route is above the campsite, with lots of options for walks.
  • White horse hill is also above the campsite, with a Bronze Age chalk horse carved out of ground. It’s the highest point in Oxfordshire and has spectacular views.
  • Remains of Uffington castle, an Iron Age hill fort is also off the Ridgeway.
  • Dragon hill sits below the white horse.
  • The Ridgeway circular walk runs through the campsite, just follow the footpath signs, on the lane just before the tea rooms. The white horse pub is on the route and you can also add a detour to the Fox & hounds pub across fields: Ridgeway Circular walk map
  • There’s a mini supermarket & post office in Uffington

FIRES

  • Yes – Find an existing fire pit to use.
  • They come around selling logs in the early evening, strictly no foraging for wood, surrounding woodland is protected.
  • No fires in electric hookup paddock

FOOD & DRINK

  • The Fox & Hounds, Uffington is about a 25-minute family friendly, flat, walk. Humans, dogs and children all receive a warm welcome here. They often have BBQ’s or live music in the garden, which has a great atmosphere on a summer’s evening. Just keep walking straight along the footpath at the side of sheep lands camping fields, following the Ridgeway circular walk signs, until you exit the woods, where you just keep on going straight ahead (no footpath sign at first) until you reach the pub. Fox and Hounds Pub
  • The White horse in Woolstone is a lovely traditional pub, with a very popular beer garden. They have a pizza oven and make homemade pizza at the weekend. Food is good but very expensive: Can be reached by via the same footpath that runs along Sheeplands, following the Ridgeway circular walk all the way, 30-40 min walk. White hourse pub
  • The Teapot tea rooms and garden are on site and open weekends from May, at 11am-6pm. Every year we go they have made more improvements. More than just a tea room, you can usually get cold beers, bacon butties, take away pizza, delicious homemade cakes, ice creams and lots more. They often events such as live music, or theatre shows on. Teapot Tea rooms and garden

FACILITIES

  • Portaloos in fields
  • 2 x Showers & 3 x portashowers at farm buildings
  • 3 x proper toilets near farm buildings
  • Electric hook up – in paddock field between road and farm-house
  • 1 hot water indoor washing up sink, 2 outdoor
  • 3 x Fridge/freezers
  • Tea room

OUR TOP TIPS

  • We don’t like to camp in the electric hook up field, it is half a car park for the tea rooms, next to the road and you can’t have fires.
  • Personally we like Sheeplands, the field opposite the farmhouse, it has the footpath to the pubs and is by far the flattest field but can get busy.
  • For the views, we love being at the very top of Ash tree, the really big field and if it is open the very top of the secret steep field accessed through a gate from Ash tree.
  • Come out of season and you often have a whole field to yourself.

Map of Britchcombe farm

Website

Map of all Campsites

One thought on “CAMPSITE REVIEW: Britchcombe farm, Oxfordshire

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s