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Northmoor Lock & Weir, Barefoot Campsites, Appleford

Directions

Northmoor Lock Paddocks

Badswell Lane, Appleton, OX13 5JN

and the adjacent

Little Clays Meadow

Badswell Lane, Appleton, OX13 5JN

are our main campsites for Tent, Campervan, Log Pod and Bell Tent bookings.
Please refer to the appropriate ‘Choose your Adventure’ selection for further details.

 

By CarBy BusBy Train

Directions by Car

IMG_1555.JPG DirectionsNorthmoor Lock Paddocks lies approximately 1 1/2 miles from the A420 Oxford to Swindon Road. From here, it’s only 4 miles to the A34.

The A34 links Oxford to the Midlands via the M40; to London via either the M40 or the M4; to Bath and Bristol via the M4; or on the A34 itself to Southampton and Bournemouth on the south cost, so getting to us is easy!

…from A420 Oxford – Swindon

Northmoor Lock from A420

Northmoor Lock: (from A420)

          • Follow the signs for Appleton, turning off A420 into ‘Oaksmere‘
          • Follow this road into Appleton village.
          • When you reach the war memorial, turn right.
          • Take the 2nd left turn into Badswell Lane (signposted to Appleton Tennis Courts)
          • Continue along Badswell Lane until you reach the last house on the right.
          • Immediately after this house, and before the tennis courts, turn right onto a gated tarmac road. (There is a small blue notice at the top of the road which reads: ‘Environment Agency – No Public Right of Way – Lock Access Only’  Don’t worry, it’s our road. The Environment Agency lease a right of access over it to reach the lock house and manage the lock and weir)
          • Follow this road for about 2/3 miles down onto the flood plain, towards the River Thames and the Northmoor Lock Paddocks.
          • Just before the 2nd cattle grid, turn off the lock road into the field on the left and park along the hedgerow (at right angles please). The Upper Lock Paddock and Lower Lock Paddock are just the other side of this hedge.

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Northmoor Lock: using a sat nav

Northmoor Lock: using a sat nav

          • For Sat Nav or Google search purposes, please use the postcode OX13 5JN. This will get you to Badswell Lane, Appleton. Then follow the directions below.
          • Continue along Badswell Lane until you reach the last house on the right.
          • Immediately after this house, and before the tennis courts, turn right onto a gated tarmac road. (There is a small blue notice at the top of the road which reads: ‘Environment Agency – No Public Right of Way – Lock Access Only’  Don’t worry, it’s our road. The Environment Agency lease a right of access over it to reach the lock house and manage the lock and weir)
          • Follow this road for about 2/3 miles down onto the flood plain, towards the River Thames and the Northmoor Lock Paddocks.
          • Just before the 2nd cattle grid, turn off the lock road into the field on the left and park along the hedgerow (at right angles please). The Upper Lock Paddock and Lower Lock Paddock are just the other side of this hedge.

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Directions by Bus

IMG_3349 Directions - Public TransportThere is a regular bus service which runs between Oxford and Swindon but it no longer passes through Appleton. It stops on A420 at the top of Oaksmere from where it is a walk of just under a mile into Appleton and a further half mile to the campsite.

Stagecoach route 66 timetable

Please note, the Oaksmere stop is not listed on the timetable. It’s the stop between Fyfield (A420) and Besselsleigh (Greyhound)

Other Bus Routes

Other Bus Routes

If you need to use public transport to get to one of the bus routes which serve Appleton and Eaton, or if you are walking the Thames Path and need to start or end your journey elsewhere using public transport, you may find the following websites helpful to plan your route:

OS map for West Oxfordshire Use this to view the route of the Thames Path. For Northmoor Lock Paddocks, key in the word ‘Appleton’, click ‘Go’ then select ‘Appleton, Oxfordshire’ from the ‘Select a Place’ list. Northmoor Lock Paddocks are located more or less in the centre of the map, north of Appleton, where the word ‘Weir’ appears.

Traveline South East Public Transport Route Planner Use this to determine your best access routes to and from the towns and villages close to the Thames Path.

Directions by train

The closest train station to Northmoor Lock Paddocks is the main Oxford station (approximately 6 miles) – not to be confused with the new Oxford Parkway!

From the railway station, if you’re planning on coming by taxi, be sure to ask for ‘Appleton’ (you don’t want him taking you to Northmoor as this is on the opposite side of the river and it’s a 15 mile drive to get back to the Appleton side!), then give the taxi driver the information provided for arriving by car.

If friends are going to pick you up you could help them avoid the Oxford traffic by catching a bus as far as Botley (4 Abingdon, 4a Cumnor, 4b Elms Rise, 4c Dean Court, S1 Witney, X30 Wantage), Cumnor (4 Abingdon, 4a Cumnor, X30 Wantage, S66 Swindon), or Oaksmere (for Appleton) on A420 (S66)
All these buses leave from Frideswide Square, just outside the railway station, opposite the Said Business School.

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There are 2 other possible stations: Didcot Parkway and the new Oxford Parkway station near Kidlington. There are no convenient busses from either of these stations so you’ll need to take a taxi or ask a friend to collect you.

 

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