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Restricted Riverside Camping Dates

Tent pitches at Barefoot Campsites are now restricted to 28 days a year, effectively, 2 bank holiday 3-day weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights) and 11 other 2-day weekends (Friday and Saturday nights) The dates we have selected are those which we know are likely to be the most popular.

Please note, the whole campsite closes on Monday 27th August 2018 after the Bank Holiday weekend

Bookings for 2019 will commence in January 2019

Before placing your booking request, please check our availability overview (updated regularly) below, then select any of the ‘request a pitch’ buttons:

Check-in : from 2pm on Friday
Check-out : by 1pm on Sunday (Monday on Bank Holiday weekends)

May 2018

arr Friday 25th dep Monday 28th May

Bank Holiday weekend, minimum 3-night bookings (Sunset 9.08pm)

* Tent pitches – Fully Booked
* 6 Campervan pitches – Fully Booked
* 2 Log Pods – Cancellation – Fully Booked
* 4 Furnished Bell Tents – Fully Booked

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June 2018

arr Friday 1st dep Sunday 3rd June

* Campsite closed this weekend

arr Friday 8th dep Sunday 10th June

(Sunset 9.24pm)

* Tent pitches – Fully Booked
* 6 Campervan pitches – Fully Booked
* 2 Log Pods – Fully Booked
* 4 Furnished Bell Tents – Fully Booked

arr Friday 15th dep Sunday 17th June

(Sunset 9.26pm)

* Tent pitches – Fully Booked
* 6 Campervan pitches – Cancellation – 1 available
* 2 Log Pods – Fully Booked
* 4 Furnished Bell Tents – Fully Booked

arr Friday 22nd dep Sunday 24th June

(Sunset 9.28pm)

* Tent pitches – Fully Booked
* 6 Campervan pitches – Fully Booked
* 2 Log Pods – Fully Booked
* 4 Furnished Bell Tents – Fully Booked

arr Friday 29th June dep Sunday 1st July

(Sunset 9.28pm)

* Tent pitches – Fully Booked
* 6 Campervan pitches – Fully Booked
* 2 Log Pods – Fully Booked
* 4 Furnished Bell Tents – Fully Booked

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July 2018

arr Friday 6th dep Sunday 8th July

(Sunset 9.24pm)

* Tent pitches – Cancellation – 1 pitch available
* 6 Campervan pitches – Fully Booked
* 2 Log Pods – Fully Booked
* 4 Furnished Bell Tents – 3 booked, 1 available

arr Friday 13th dep Sunday 15th July

(Sunset 9.18pm)

* Tent pitches – Fully Booked
* 6 Campervan pitches – Fully Booked
* 2 Log Pods – Fully Booked
* 4 Furnished Bell Tents – Fully Booked

arr Friday 20th dep Sunday 22nd July

(Sunset 9.08pm)

* Tent pitches – Fully Booked
* 6 Campervan pitches – Fully Booked
* 2 Log Pods – Fully Booked
* 4 Furnished Bell Tents – Fully Booked

arr Friday 27th dep Sunday 29th July

(Sunset 8.57pm)

* Tent pitches – Fully Booked
* 6 Campervan pitches – Fully Booked
* 2 Log Pods – Fully Booked
* 4 Furnished Bell Tents – 1 booked, 3 available

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August 2018

arr Friday 3rd dep Sunday 5th August

(Sunset 8.49pm)

* Tent pitches – Cancellation – 1 pitch available
* 6 Campervan pitches – Fully Booked
* 2 Log Pods – Fully Booked
* 4 Furnished Bell Tents – Fully Booked

arr Friday 10th dep Sunday 12th August

(Sunset 8.36pm)

* Tent pitches – Fully Booked
* 6 Campervan pitches – Cancellation – 1 available
* 2 Log Pods – Fully Booked
* 4 Furnished Bell Tents – Fully Booked

arr Friday 17th dep Sunday 19th August

(Sunset 8.22pm)

* Tent pitches – Fully Booked
* 6 Campervan pitches – Cancellation – 1 pitch available
* 2 Log Pods – Fully Booked
* 4 Furnished Bell Tents – Fully Booked

arr Friday 24th dep Monday 27th August

(Sunset 8.07pm)
Bank Holiday weekend, minimum 3-night bookings

* Tent pitches – Fully Booked
* 6 Campervan pitches – 2 pitches available
* 2 Log Pods – Fully Booked
* 4 Furnished Bell Tents – Fully Booked

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Monday 27th August 2018 Campsite closes

Why we are only open at weekends:

In November 2016, we became aware that we had a problem with our planning permission. To cut a long story short, the Environment Agency considers the riverside fields at Northmoor carry too high a risk of flooding to allow camping, despite having included it on it’s list of riverside campsites for many years (probably in excess of 30 or 40 years going back to the days of the Thames Water Authority, but that was before personal computers and on-line access and I don’t have all the old paper copies). Yes, we know the tent pitches upstream of the lock flood in winter, but even in the worst flooding at Northmoor for 120 years, the larger campsite downstream of the lock didn’t flood. You may like to take a look at the youtube clip below – it’s a bit of a wow one! You can read about what happened in 2007 in the ‘Weir’ tab on the ‘Northmoor Lock and Weir’ page. You’ll find that under Barefoot Exploring.

Although the EA’s computer generated flood predictions don’t expect the main part of the campsite to flood in the future, they are required to overlay flood prediction mapping with historical flood mapping.

The two camping fields were originally one field: The whole field had an upper and lower level (as the upstream part of the field still has) and the lower half of the whole field was liable to flooding in the winter. In the 1960s, the Thames Conservancy asked if they could extend the farm track which ran down the hill and as far as the hedge by the first cattle grid, across the field known as ‘Clays’ (where the parking and bell tents are located) and across the riverside field to the lock. Prior to this, access to the lock and lock house was either by river or on foot along the Thames Path and they were concerned that if there was an incident on the river they had no access for emergency vehicles. Then in the late 70’s/early 80’s the Thames Conservancy dredged the river and asked if they could pile the dredgings on the downstream half of the riverside field (the main camping field). The upstream part of the field (where the campervans park up) remained unchanged and is still on 2 levels and yes, the bottom part does still occasionally flood in the winter, however, the dredgings piled on the downstream part of the field effectively lifted the lower part of this field out of the flood plain. This is why it’s now higher than the upstream part of the field and why it’s not expected to flood in the future.

Whilst the EA have approved the campervans pitches, bell tent pitches and log pod pitches which have always been out of the flood zone, they have refused permission for the tent pitches on the basis of historical flooding, even though the topography of the land has changed. The tent pitches at Barefoot Campsites are therefore now restricted to 28 days a year which we are able to do under the 28 day rule for which planning permission, and EA approval, is not required. 28 days effectively means (almost) 1 month or 2 bank holiday 3-day weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights) and 11 other 2-day weekends (Friday and Saturday nights) We are opting for weekends and the 28 days we have selected are those which we know are likely to be the most popular. Without being able to book out tents pitches, staffing during the week is not viable for just the campervans and log pods as, unlike many campsites, we don’t live on site. Sorry.

The 28 day rule is how ‘pop-up campsites’ are able to operate in the summer, and usually open for 28 days in August.

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