Karma Farm Eco Campsite

UK England East Anglia Cambridgeshire Ely

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
A small, sustainable campsite in the Fens that will bring eco-conscious campers good karma

Will Taylor bought the land here a generation ago and built his farmhouse from scratch: a carbon-neutral, turf-roofed dwelling that must have seemed quite revolutionary at the time. The low-impact eco-house sets the tone for the rest of Karma Farm, which straddles the Suffolk-Cambridgeshire border. The campsite occupies a pretty spot by the side of the river Lark, with 40 unmarked tent pitches – visitors can simply stroll around and choose the nook they most fancy. There are also a couple of yurts, furnished inside with king-sized beds made from the farm’s own wood, and a three-berth wooden clad cabin, with its own en-suite facilities. 

In keeping with the rustic vibe, campfires are permitted, with wood available at the farmhouse. There’s a games field and covered shed for rainy days, plus a brand new block of washroom facilities, including a large shower room into which you could fit your whole family (or a very friendly group). 

But perhaps the best thing about Karma Farm is its location right by the river. A track follows the river for seven miles to Prickwillow, while in the other direction a path takes you to the Jude’s Ferry Inn about two miles away – choices to be considered over a breakfast of Will’s free-range sausages and bacon.

Details

Facilities

Campfires allowed. Facilities include 2 toilets, 2 hot showers, 1 solar shower and 1 propane-powered shower pod, plus a portacabin with extra toilets and washbasins. Bikes available, for a donation.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, caravans, groups, dogs – yes.

Nearby

As well as the walks and cycle rides along the river, and birdwatching on site, both Wicken Fen and RSPB Lakenheath are a short drive away.

Food & Drink

The village of Isleham is a 20-minute walk and has shops and 2 pubs, The Griffin (01638 780447) and The Rising Sun (01638 780741), both of which do reasonable food. There’s also a relatively upmarket restaurant, the Merry Monk (01638 780900), which Will says is good. You can also walk to the Jude’s Ferry pub (01638 712277), a lovely 2-mile walk along the river.

Opening Times

April – October.

Family Friendly

Walk on the riverside, cycle to Ely cathedral or follow the children's trails at the local nature reserve. The famously flat fenlands have a surprising amount to offer and eco-friendly Karma Farm is the perfect base to begin.

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Location

Contact Karma Farm Eco Campsite, Karma Farm, 8 Fen Bank, Isleham, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 5SL

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Getting There

Take the A14/A11 and, roughly halfway between Newmarket and Barton Mills, take the B1085 north (signposted Freckenham) to Isleham. Drive through the village, bearing left down Sun Street past the post office, and make a left down Waterside; the site is a mile down the track.

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