Britchcombe Farm

UK England South East England Oxfordshire Wantage

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Fantastic views across Wiltshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire beneath the ancient chalk hill of the Ridgeway; lighting a fire is an added bonus
Historians still debate the significance of the wonderful white horses that are to be seen galloping across the south downs of England – you’ll see them cut into the soft chalk. Were they religious sites? Fertility symbols? Hunting grounds? Or was making them just Neolithic man’s idea of passing the time on a Sunday afternoon? No one knows. But what we do know is that Britchcombe Farm is a magical place to camp, and its proximity to the White Horse must have something to do with it. The site is owned by the impressive Marcella Seymour, who teaches the uninitiated how to light the perfect campfire (yes, these are allowed here!) and is often up at the crack of dawn taking her sheep to market. When she’s not doing that, she’s busy either making cream teas or very kindly drying out campers’ wet kit in her kitchen. It has to be said, she’s nothing less than a national treasure. If you choose to visit the site on a May morning you’re more than likely to bump into a bunch of Maypole-dancing druids. Whatever our ancient cousins were up to here, you won’t find much better mystical credentials than that.

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Facilities

Five camping fields of about 20 acres dotted on either side of the road, with 2 family fields. There are a few hook-ups in the caravan field. The 5 showers, 3 toilets and washing-up sinks are beside the farmhouse, but each field has its own portaloo. Although there are no clothes-washing facilities, Marcella has been known to dry out wet kit in her kitchen. There’s also a tipi that sleeps 4 people. It has a double mattress and 2 singles, plus blankets, sheepskins and cooking equipment. Bring your own bedding. Fires are allowed onsite, and Marcella delivers logs and paper (£5) at dusk.

Nearby

White Horse Hill is just above the site, and the Ridgeway is riddled with hill forts and long barrows. Nearby is Dragon Hill, where St George is supposed to have slain his dragon, and a half-hour walk away is Wayland’s Smithy, an impressively spooky Neolithic burial chamber. The little museum of Tom Brown’s School (01367 820259) in the village is open Saturday afternoons, and at other times for groups. The dreaming spires of Oxford are only 45 minutes away; the Pitt Rivers Museum (01865 270927) has totem poles, voodoo dolls and famously grizzly shrunken heads. Back near the site, Farmer Gow’s (01793 780555) is popular with younger children. In spring you can feed farm animals, including lambs and piglets.

Food & Drink

Marcella does cream teas on Sundays, spring–Oct. The White Horse at Woolstone (01367 820726) does very good food. If you find yourself hooked on ley lines and other mystical magic, try the Barge Inn at Alton Barnes. The standing stones at Avebury and Silbury Hill are very close, and the pub is a mine of knowledge on crop circles. If you’re in Oxford go to the fish stall in the covered market, with live lobsters and crabs in tanks, and sometimes a dead shark on display, too.

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Opening Times

All year.

Family Friendly

Watch the road between the farm and the family fields; it’s small but cars can speed along it.

Location

Contact Britchcombe Farm, Uffington, Faringdon, Oxfordshire SN7 7QJ

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Getting There

Come through Wantage on the B4507, following a signpost for ‘Wayland’s Smithy’. Stay on that road for nearly 6 miles and the farm is the first on the left-hand side on a bend.

Not really recommended, but you can take a train to Oxford or Didcot Parkway. Regular buses from both stations to Wantage, where you can take a taxi to the site or a bus to Uffington and the site is a mile’s walk from there.

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Back to basics with fab location

Welcomed and shown around, great pitch with portaloos and water nearby. Loved having a campfire with logs sold too. Shame the showers had no working lights- but they were free and unlimited. If you enjoy walks, the White Horse is a short walk away. Was great for a basic night away.
Apr 22, 2019 by Donna

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