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Get your head down.

Enjoy a peaceful nights sleep…
(… no actual bells involved!)

Located in a meadow adjacent to Northmoor Lock Paddocks, we now offer luxury breaks in one of our 4, fully furnished, 5 metre bell tents.
Bell tents have been around since the 19th Century when they were used extensively by prospectors in the Old West and troops in the British military. Fire retardant and fully weather proof for all seasons, our Bell tents are a modern take on a classic design, changing the camping landscape and encouraging even the most discerning to go camping.
Each bell tent is pitched and fully equipped – ready and waiting for you to begin your break the moment you arrive.


Bell Tents at Barefoot Campsites

What’s inside a Bell Tent?

  • Double bed, memory foam mattress, fitted bottom sheet
  • * Duvet, pillows and bed-linen available for hire (13.5tog double feather duvet, duvet cover, pillows, pillow protectors and pillow cases)
  • 2 Bedside tables/storage boxes
  • Nightlight candle chandelier
  • Crockery, cutlery, mugs, tumblers and wine glasses
  • Cooking utensils: chopping board, knives, colander, cheese grater, measuring jug, salad bowl, BBQ tools, ladle and large spoons, cork screw & bottle opener, lighter, cork pan stands
  • Gas stove & kettle for early morning cups of tea or coffee
  • 10L Water carrier
  • 70 Litre coolbox (2kg bags of ice available for purchase from the campsite office)
  • Fire extinguisher and carbon monoxide alarm
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  • Windy Smithy wood burner


  • Children’s melamine crockery with melamine or stainless steel cutlery for little hands

Bell Tents at Barefoot Campsites

What’s outside a Bell Tent?

Cooking Lunch

  • Sturdy 6-seat wooden picnic table
  • Bon-Fire fireplate, tripod and grill, camp kettle, 6 litre stew pot, 4.5 litre billy can, paella pan
  • Washing up bowl, draining rack, washing up liquid, dishcloth, washing up brush, T-towels
  • Recycling, food waste and rubbish caddys
  • 2 Padded Sunloungers (please bring a towel to lie on to protect the cover from suncream), can also be used as camp-beds


Pitch Fees, Check availability & Book a Bell TentCleaning & Damages DepositLittle Clays Meadow


Bell Tents in Little Clays Meadow

2018 Bell Tent Fees

  • Weekends: 1pm Friday to 5pm Sunday : £275
    (Check-in after 1pm on Friday, check-out by 5pm on Sunday)
  • Bank Holiday Weekend: 1pm Friday to 5pm Monday : £400
    (Check-in after 1pm on Friday, check-out by 5pm on Monday)
    Arrive Friday 25th – Checkout Monday 28th May 2018
    Arrive Friday 24th – Checkout Monday 27th August 2018
  • Mid-week: arrive Monday, depart Thursday (3 nights): £350
    (Check-in after 1pm on Monday, check-out by midday on Thursday)
  • Mid-week: arrive Monday, depart Wednesday (2 nights): £250
    (Check-in after 1pm on Monday, check-out by midday on Wednesday)
  • Mid-week: arrive Tuesday, depart Thursday (2 nights): £250
    (Check-in after 1pm on Tuesday, check-out by midday on Thursday)
  • Other combinations – please enquire

Prices are based on 2 occupants. Additional glampers (up to a maximum of 4 adults or 2 adults and 3 children per Bell Tent) are charged as follows:

  • Adults (age 18+) : £20 per night
  • Teenagers (age 11-17) : £10 per night
  • Children (age 5-10) : £8 per night
  • Pre-school (age 4 & under) : FOC

Optional Extras

    Free parking for 1 vehicle per bell tent

  • Additional Vehicle : £10
  • Duvet, pillows and bed-linen hire for double bed (as detailed above) beds made up ready for your arrival : £20

Check availability & Book a Bell Tent

Book now

Bell Tents at Barefoot Campsites

Cleaning and damages deposit

We have taken care when furnishing and equipping the bell tents to cover all your needs. Please let us know if we have forgotten something or if you have any ‘wish-list’ suggestions.
We expect a certain amount of wear and tear and replace/upgrade items as required.
As with holiday homes, we request that each bell tent is left appropriately clean and tidy ready for the next guests: Ensuring all crockery, cutlery, cooking equipment is washed, dried and packed away, rubbish taken to the bins etc. A deposit of £100 is included in your pitch fees which will be refunded within 7 days of departure, assuming there is no loss or damage to the Bell Tent, equipment or furnishings, and no additional cleaning, rearranging or sorting of furnishings, equipment and storage boxes is required before the Bell Tent can be re-let.


Little Clays Meadow

Located adjacent to Northmoor Lock Paddocks, the field margins of Little Clays Meadow has been managed for ground-nesting birds for the past 10 years.  A small area of this meadow has now been cut to accommodate the Bell Tents.  There is a real praarie-feel to this site.

It’s only a short walk through to Upper Lock Paddock  for access to the river for swimming or launching a canoe.

Bell Tent bits ‘n’ bobs

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Can our friends camp beside us?
Can we play music?
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Northmoor Lock Paddocks and Little Clays Meadow

Badswell Lane, Appleton, OX13 5JN
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: using a sat nav

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

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.


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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