Tuesday 27 April 2010

Britchcombe Farm campsite, Uffington, Vale of the White Horse, Oxfordshire

Several sloping fields in this picturesque patch of English countryside make up Britchcombe Farm's very rustic campsite. From your tent, you'll have wide views of the very green, rolling countryside and the flocks of sheep stretching away into the distance, while a nearby footpath makes the steep climb up to the scenic and ancient Ridgeway path, which overlooks the famous white horse etched into the chalk downs. In a wet April, each field might only house a couple of tents, so the campsite can be peaceful and the portaloos clean and well-equipped with bog roll. But it is still a bit of a hike from the fields to the charming, but shabby, farm buildings to make use of the decent showers and washing up sinks. Campfires are allowed in designated circles, but you are supposed to buy wood from the farmer, rather than bring your own. The farm charges £6 per person per night, but toddlers and babies are free of charge, while kids aged 5 to 14 are half-rate. 8/10