Hidden away in the beautiful surrounds of the Oxfordshire countryside, yet only 6 miles from the bustling city of Oxford, back-to-basics Barefoot Campsites are perfect for real campers – whether you’re looking for a family adventure or a relaxing weekend away.

This is rustic camping 70’s style: No electricity, no artificial light, no concrete shower or toilet blocks. No need to bring your camping toilet though as we do have composting toilets and even a camp shower to rinse off after a swim…

… ultimate camping experiences … barefoot,

in Northmoor Lock Paddocks, Little Clays, & Long Meadow,

We’ve been camping at Northmoor Lock Paddocks since it was first opened, and it has gone from strength to strength whilst completely maintaining it’s integrity as a small, beautiful eco-friendly campsite. I love the showers – it’s the closest most of us will get to an outdoor shower experience and the convenience of the recycling bins for each pitch. If you can tear yourself away from the campsite, the river and the lock there is lots to explore nearby. The Plough pub is a nice walking distance (downhill on the way back!) and there’s The Greyhound a short drive away for very good food. Many congratulations to Cathie for creating the perfect campsite. Cool Camping  review  ‘my favourite campsite’  August 2014

Explore the Upper Thames …

Canoes & Boat Activities, Barefoot Campsites, Appleton.

… in a Barefoot Canoe!

“We’ve just had a great weekend at Northmoor Lock. The site was wonderful, and although there seemed to be lots of cars in the car park, it didn’t feel busy. It was great knowing that the kids could play without having to worry about cars. We thoroughly enjoyed swimming in the river, and finishing off the evening with dinner cooked over a real fire, then sitting round our campfire late into the night relaxing and enjoying time with family and friends. My 5 year old son summed it up by saying “I will never forget this day!”. Kind Regards, Janice,  July 2014

“We headed to Northmoor Lock on the basis of a lot of the other reviews and I have to say that we had a perfect time. It was a very simple week, mainly eating, drinking, swimming in the river, sleeping, intermingled with the odd walk or two to the pub or the local shop. Pure escapism from the working craziness of London. We were massively impressed with the spaciousness of the plot we settled in, and at no point felt at all crowded. Cathie, the owner, was incredibly welcoming – and it was obvious that she runs this campsite because she loves and understands what campers want. The compost loos and showers were spotless, and the whole sight was adoreable. We made a fire every night (everything is still smelling of smokey flames!) and enjoyed the fantastic weather. Would wholeheartedly recommend this site. We will definitely be back.” Cool Camping  review  ‘a simply magical weekend’  August 2013

“We spent a lazy August bank holiday at the site and we loved every minute. We wanted a quiet spot and even though there were lots of families this site has enough space for everyone…” Cool Camping  review  ‘bank holiday haven’ August 2013

Barefoot Bell Tents

Not long back from a Fri-Sun glamping weekend in one of Barefoot Camping’s bell tents. We are seasoned campers, and have visited the Northmoor Lock site before with our own kit, but we wanted something a bit more luxurious to celebrate a ‘special’ birthday! The bell tent was fantastic – lovely warm and dry with loads of room. The internal furnishings were brilliant and really well thought out. I’d highlight the comfy bed and the gorgeous tea-light chandelier, but also little touches like providing a candle lighter helped make it such a great experience and outside the bench and fire-tripod completed the luxury … We’d absolutely recommend the bell-tent experience and hope to go back soon. a BIG thanks to Cathie and team for making us feel so welcome.” Cool Camping  review  ‘bell tent was outstanding’ Derek June 2015

New to camping or want something a bit different? Why not stay in one of our ‘Log Pods’ – bring your own camping equipment, just leave your tent behind – or go the whole hog and ‘Book a Bell Tent’ – for a great new camping experience.

Bell Tent Facilities, Barefoot Campsites, Appleton

This website and the Glamping Bell Tents have been part-funded through the South Oxfordshire LEADER Programme. The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) is funded by DEFRA and the EU. The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (ERFRD): Europe investing in Rural areas.

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Bunting illustration by ‘KnitNell’ Eleanor Thomas – thanks Eleanor!


Sunday 18th September: Barefoot Campsites is now closed for the 2016 season

Bookings for 2017 begin in January – we’ll post on our facebook page when bookings open