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On-Site Safety & Campsite Codes

Parents please note:

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    • Northmoor Lock Paddocks and Long Meadow are riverside locations.
    • Northmoor lock and weir are NOT part of the campsite.
    • Children must not cross the weir footbridge without appropriate adult supervision.

    • Northmoor Lock House is the private residence of the lock keeper and his family. Please respect their privacy, especially in the evenings, and, beautiful as they may be, please do not pick flowers from the flower borders and garden.

 

      • Supervision of your children is, at all times, your responsibility. Please ensure that you keep them safe and that they behave appropriately.

 

    • All our camping locations are rural sites in which there are the expected hazards of nature.
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General Campsite Code

We want everyone, including other campers, those who are passing in boats on the river, fishing on the riverbank or walking the Thames Path to enjoy the peace and rural tranquility of our sites. Our Campsite Code is designed to reflect this aim and is a condition of staying on our campsites. We reserve the right to ask those who cause a disturbance to others to leave: Campsite Fees will not be refunded.

            • Please pitch your tent carefully to ensure that it is a safe distance from your campfire area (min 3m) and adjacent tents (6m between groups and 3m between tents within one group)
            • We do not have a curfew as such but we do ask you to keep noise at a level which will not disturb other campers, the lock keeper, or boats moored overnight at the lock, especially between 9.30pm and 8.00am
            • Sorry, no amplified music or drums – but you are welcome to play other acoustic instruments until a reasonable hour.  Please check with your camping neighbours.
            • Please don’t ride bikes in the camping fields.
            • No drunken or boisterous behaviour – we want you all to enjoy the peace here.  If you’re looking for a noisy weekend or venue for a Stag or Hen party – sorry, this is not the campsite for you!
            • No remote controlled or petrol powered toys. You may think they’re fun but some find them as annoying as mosquitos!
            • Sorry, generators are not permitted.
            • If you plan to enjoy a campfire and/or BBQ (and we hope you do), please refer to our Campfire and BBQ Code
            • If you plan to swim in the river, please refer to our Wild Swimming Code
            • Swimming and shower towels etc have to dry somewhere but washing lines can be dangerous at night and can look very unsightly.  Please keep the amount of ‘laundry’ to a minimum, using your tent guy ropes in preference to separate washing lines. Under no circumstances should washing lines or any other item be attached to the cricket bat willow trees.
            • If you plan to bring your own canoe or paddle board, please refer to our Canoe Code
            • If you’d like to bring your dog, please refer to our Doggy Do’s & Dont’s Code
            • We make every effort to keep our sites free of rubbish for the enjoyment of everyone. Please assist us by using the bins provided.
            • We also ask you to do your bit to protect the environment by using the recycling facilities. We provide individual recycling, food waste and rubbish caddies for use during your stay.  Please only place items that cannot be recycled in the general rubbish bins.

and finally,

            • Please check your site carefully for rubbish and tent pegs and leave your camping area as you would wish to find it.

Thank you for your cooperation – enjoy your stay!

Campfire & BBQ Code

Campfires and BBQs are often at the heart of camping, but need to be treated with common sense

              • Light campfires only in existing fire pit areas.
              • DSCN7074If you plan to have a campfire, consider where you pitch your tent: Don’t pitch too close to your fire-pit (minimum distance 3m) and try to avoid pitching your tent downwind of your campfire or you tent may fill with smoke.
              • Kept your campfire to a manageable size and under control at all times and ensure that any smoke does not annoy other site users.
              • Under no circumstances should you use an accelerant on your campfire such as BBQ fuel, petrol or diesel Kindling and firelighters are available for purchase on the campsite.
              • You may collect small dry twigs from the ground if you can find any to use as kindling but please do not collect large pieces of wood. Apart from unseasoned or damp wood generating too much smoke, wood left to decay naturally plays an important part in the lifecycle of insects. Willow has a tendency to spark which may leave pin holes in your tent!
              • Never leave your campfire unattended and make sure it is fully extinguished before you go to bed or leave site.
              • Helpful advice on campfire safety, lighting, maintaining and extinguishing your campfire can be found at: www.campfiresburning.org
              • If you want to cook over your campfire, we have a limited number of fire bowls available for hire and new (reusable) grills available for purchase. Please enquire.
              • In very dry conditions the building of campfires may be restricted.

BBQ Code:

              • BBQs are encouraged, but please make sure they are raised sufficiently to prevent the grass burning.  Please note: The small stands provided with instant BBQs are NOT adequate to prevent the BBQ burning the grass.
              • Please DO NOT place BBQs on the wooden picnic tables.
              • We recommend you light your BBQ in your firepit area.

Wild Swimming Codeopening times Barefoot Camping, Appleford

River swimming can be very enjoyable but there are some dangers you should be aware of

                      • Remember, DO NOT SWIM in the weir pool or near the entrances to the lock.
                      • In the Upper Lock Paddock, swim only upstream of the swimming steps (away from the lock). On no account swim towards the lock or the steps on the lock lay by.
                      • Keep a safe distance away from other river users, in particular larger, motorised vessels. This is especially important near the campsite as they will be concentrating on entering or leaving the lock
                      • Keep cuts and wounds covered with waterproof plasters.
                      • Avoid contact with blue–green algae or getting tangled in the reeds at the side of the river.
                      • Never swim alone and keep a constant watch on weak swimmers.
                      • Never jump into water you have not thoroughly checked for depth and obstructions.
                      • Always make sure you know how you will get out before you get in.
                      • Don’t get too cold – warm up with exercise and warm clothes before and after a swim.
                      • Wear footwear if you can.

Before you visit, we recommend you read the safety recommendations for river swimming found on the Wild Swimming Website.

 

Weil’s Disease:

The risk of contracting Weil’s disease is slight but it is a serious condition and we want you to be fully informed.

As you may know, rats pee as they run. Rat urine is a source of Weil’s disease. Weil’s disease causes kidney damage and is potentially fatal. It is primarily a disease of river banks and farmyards, not river water or river mud as many believe – rats live on land!

How to protect yourself:

* Always wash your hands thoroughly before you eat or drink.
* Immediately clean and cover grazes and cuts, even small ones.
* Keep your head (eyes, nose and throat) out of the water as much as possible.

If you or a member of your group develop flu like symptoms within about three weeks of the event (the incubation period can be a lot shorter), they should be taken to the doctor immediately for diagnosis. Inform the doctor that you have been involved in river activity. Symptoms include high fever, chills, joint pain, muscle pain (esp in the calves, oddly), headaches (sometimes with light-aversion), nausea, cough, loss of appetite. It’s very unlikely but needs to be watched for.

If you follow sensible hygiene as outlined above then the risk is low.
See more at: ‘Wild Swimming Safety (Freshwater)’

Private Canoe Code:

(includes paddle boards and inflatable dinghies)

              • IMG_7620If you want to take your own canoe, paddle board or inflatable dinghy on the river you will need to register it with the Environment Agency. Visitor permits can be obtained from the lock-keeper at Northmoor Lock during lock-keeper’s duty hours
              • Use your river craft upstream of Barefoot Canoes launch point, or downstream of the ‘sheep dip’ in the Lower Lock Paddock, unless you are going through the lock
              • Northmoor Lock is not part of the campsite. Do not use the Lock lay-by to get in or out of your canoe. This is specifically for the use of large river craft waiting to enter the lock.
              • Stay well away from the weir and do not use it as a white water play spot.
              • Do not paddle in the weir pool
              • You should keep on the right hand side of the river whilst paddling
              • Keep a safe distance away from other river users, in particular larger, motorised vessels. This is especially important near the campsite as they will be concentrating on entering or leaving the lock
              • If advised campsite staff, lock keeper or any other river official that it is unsafe/unsuitable to continue paddling, leave the river at once
              • You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of your party at all times
              • We strongly recommend that you bring appropriate buoyancy aids/life jackets for yourself and all your party to wear when on the river
              • Barefoot Campsites has absolutely no responsibility for the safety of you or your party
              • Be aware that water sports are considered a high risk activity and ensure that you and your party act in a responsible manner at all times

 

Weil’s Disease:

The risk of contracting Weil’s disease is slight but it is a serious condition and we want you to be fully informed.

As you may know, rats pee as they run. Rat urine is a source of Weil’s disease. Weil’s disease causes kidney damage and is potentially fatal. It is primarily a disease of river banks and farmyards, not river water or river mud as many believe – rats live on land!

How to protect yourself:

* Always wash your hands thoroughly before you eat or drink.
* Immediately clean and cover grazes and cuts, even small ones.
* Keep your head (eyes, nose and throat) out of the water as much as possible.

If you or a member of your group develop flu like symptoms within about three weeks of the event (the incubation period can be a lot shorter), they should be taken to the doctor immediately for diagnosis. Inform the doctor that you have been involved in river activity. Symptoms include high fever, chills, joint pain, muscle pain (esp in the calves, oddly), headaches (sometimes with light-aversion), nausea, cough, loss of appetite. It’s very unlikely but needs to be watched for.

If you follow sensible hygiene as outlined above then the risk is low.

Doggy Do’s & Don’ts

If you want to bring your pet on holiday with you, you will need to agree to the following conditions:

                • Well behaved dogs are welcome but they must be booked in prior to your visit.
                • Whilst we are aware that the way a dog is raised has a considerable impact on whether a dog is dangerous, we are mindful of the number of children on site. After discussing the situation with the police and RSPCA we have taken the decision not to allow any of the dogs listed in the top 10 for killing or causing serious harm to children. Please do not ask us to make exceptions for your dog:
                  1. Staffordshire Bull Terriers
                  2. Rottweilers
                  3. Japanese Akitas
                  4. German Shepherds (Alsatians)
                  5. Pit Bull Terriers
                  6. Bullmastiffs
                  7. Huskies
                  8. English Bull Terriers
                  9. Dobermans (Doberman Pinschers)
                  10. American Bulldogs

 

              • All dogs must be kept under control at all times, and on a lead when not in the immediate vicinity of your pitch and do not allow them to roam around the campsite
              • Please be aware, the fields around the campsite and along the Thames Path either contain livestock or are managed for ground nesting birds. This means you will not be able to exercise your dog off the lead
              • Please bring ‘poo-bags’ to clean up any mess, even in the hedgerows as children like to explore there
              • Please refer to both the Countryside Code and the Dog Walking Code

 

In addition:

            • Dogs are not permitted inside the Log Pods or Bell Tents
            • Noise should be kept to a minimum. If your dog is likely to bark when someone walks past your tent, please advise us of this in advance so that we can try to allocate a pitch away from ‘traffic’ areas.
            • We reserve the right to ask you to leave if your dog has anti-social behaviour.  Campsite fees will not be refunded.

 

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Emergency Services

Please note, whilst we pay regular visits to all our sites, we do not have staff on site at all times. Should you have an emergency whilst on site, emergency details are posted at all water taps, in the Bell Tent handbooks, in the Log Pods and in all the toilets.

       

In an emergency dial 999 and ask for the emergency service you require

When asked, give them information about the incident, and the following details about your location:

Post code:
OX13 5JN (Badswell Lane)

Map Reference:
SP 4312 0201

Address:
Barefoot Campsites, Badswell Lane, Appleton, Abingdon, Oxfordshire

Private Tarmac Road, turn right off Badswell Lane, immediately after the last house on the right, and before the Tennis Courts

 
NOTE:
Vehicle access to Barefoot Campsites at Northmoor Lock Paddocks is via Appleton, not Northmoor.

 

 

Public Access Defibrillator

There’s a Public Access Defibrillator at Appleton Village Hall. It’s located in the Surgery Porch, off the carpark, NOT the main Village Hall entrance porch.
You will probably have passed the Village Hall as you came down Oaksmere from the A420. It’s at the junction, opposite the War Memorial and close to the Plough Inn.
The defibrillator is very simple to use and you’ll be given full instructions on how to use it.
 
Take a phone with you as you’ll need to call 999 for a code to unlock the case.

 


 
The defibrillator box is illuminated at night.

 

Hospitals

 

Accident and Emergency

John Radcliffe Hospital and A&E:
Headley Way, Oxford OX3 9DU
Phone: 01865 220208 / 01865 220209
7 days: 24 hours

 

Minor Injuries Units

 

Abingdon Community Hospital, Minor Injuries Unit:
Marcham Road, Abingdon, OX14 1AG
Phone: 01865 904346
7 days: 10am-10.30pm

 

Witney Community Hospital, Minor Injuries Unit:
Welch Way, Witney, OX28 6JJ
Phone: 01865 904222
7 days: 10am-10.30pm

 

Chemists

Wootton Pharmacy
7 Besselsleigh Road, Wootton, Abingdon, OX13 6DN
Tel. 01865 736136

Monday-Friday: various hours
Saturday: 9am-1pm
Sunday: Closed

 

Lloyds Pharmacy
4A The Square, Botley, Oxford, OX2 9LH
Tel. 01865 247023

Monday-Friday: 8.30am-6.30pm
Saturday: 9am-5.30pm
Sunday: Closed

 

Tesco Pharmacy
Marcham Road, Abingdon, OX14 1TU
Tel. 0345 6778 994

Monday-Saturday: 8am-8pm
Sunday: 10am-5pm

 

On-Site Emergencies

Please note, whilst we pay regular visits to all our sites, we do not have staff on site at all times. Should you have an emergency whilst on site, emergency details are posted at all water taps and in the Log Pods and toilets.

Our campsites are not sign-posted so we have provided directions for you to download and bring with you to help you find the campsite. We have included On-Site emergency information on the same sheet.

We recommend you download and familiarise yourselves with these before your visit and that you keep it with you on site, in a readily accessible place, for quick reference in the event of an emergency.

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