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Bringing your own tent?

We have some great pitches

Sitting alongside the River Thames, adjacent to the Thames Path and 11 miles upstream of Oxford, the Upper and Lower Lock Paddocks at Northmoor Lock are amongst the most beautiful riverside camping locations in Oxfordshire.

Bring your own tent, Barefoot Campsites, Appleton

      • Beautiful riverside location
      • Great views of the River Thames
      • Spacious, uncrowded pitches
      • Car-free campsite
      • Campfires and BBQs permitted
      • Wild swimming
      • Fishing permits available
      • Easy access to the Thames Path
      • Bring your canoe – or come by canoe or skiff!
      • Vehicle access via private road
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tents, Barefoot Campsites, Appleford

2018 Campsite Camping Fees (per night)

      Minimum 2 night booking at weekends


      Minimum 3 night booking over Bank Holiday weekends

              • Adults (age 18+) : £12.50 per night
              • Teenagers (age 11-17) : £5 per night
              • Children (age 5-10) : £4 per night
              • Pre-school (age 4 & under) : FOC
              • A supplement may be charged for large tents with low occupancy

Check-in after 2pm, please vacate your pitch by 1pm on departure day

Optional extras (per visit)

      Free Parking for 1 vehicle per tent

              • Additional Vehicle : £10
              • Hire of Picnic Table : £10
tents, Barefoot Campsites, Appleford

Tent, Campervan or Log Pod

To book a log pod, campervan or tent pitch at Northmoor Lock Paddocks, please visit our ‘Availability Overview’ page via the link below.  From there you will be able to ‘Request a Pitch’. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible to confirm availability. Camping fees must then be submitted in full to secure your booking.

Northmoor Lock Paddocks is a small campsite:  We take great care not to overcrowd the site so when completing your booking request you will need to include the following information as appropriate:

              • the size (stated capacity) of your tent: 2-man, 4-man etc
              • the make and model of 5-man and larger tents
              • the make and model of your campervan
              • whether you would like to add an extension or awning to your tent or campervan

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Want to come with friends?

Many campsites no longer allow groups but as long as the groups who do come don’t cause a problem for other campers we’re happy to welcome them. Having said that, we have found in the past that, inevitably, the larger the group, the more noise they make: This can easily overwhelm individuals, couples, families, and those who have come to relax and unwind and is partly why we now only allow small groups.

It therefore probably goes without saying that if you’re looking for a location for a noisy birthday, stag or hen party, then this is not the site for you!

Even with a small group, noise levels can rise easily, particularly when gathered around a campfire in the evenings, so we ask you to be aware of this and mindful of others on the campsite, especially after 9pm and before 8am in the morning.

Each family will need to submit their own booking request, agree to the campsite code and pay their pitch fees etc, however, before they do that you’ll want to know if we can accommodate your group as a whole so, here’s how to enquire:

                  • (1a) Start by completing a booking request for yourself, that way we’ll have all the details for booking your own pitch.
                  • (1b) When you have completed your own pitch details, you’ll find an option to provisionally reserve/’pencil in’ additional pitches for your friends whether that be a log pod, campervan or tent pitch.
                  • (1c) When you’ve completed this, submit your form.
                  • (2) We’ll look at the details for your pitch and the additional pitches you’ve asked us to ‘pencil in’ and confirm with you whether we can accommodate your group.
                  • (3) If we are able to say ‘yes’ to your group, you then need to ask your friends to visit our website to submit their own booking request. We’ll tie up their requests with the pitches provisionally reserved/’pencilled in’ for them by you so that you can camp close together.
Tent pitches – please note

In order for us to check availability for your group as a whole you’ll need to include the size of each tent (2-man, 3-man, 4-man etc), so please check this with each ‘family’ when you’re discussing your holiday plans. Please also note that we only accept small campervans, such as the old VW’s, not motorhomes.
It’s important that the information you provide at this stage is correct: If you reserve a pitch for your friends and they subsequently submit details for a larger tent or campervan, chances are we won’t be able to accommodate them and that would be a shame.

Northmoor Lock – Lower Lock Paddock

Tents and Logpods

Northmoor Locks, Upper Lock Paddock at Barefoot Campsites, Appleton.

Northmoor Locks, Upper Lock Paddock at Barefoot Campsites, Appleton.

The Lower Lock Paddock is the larger of the 2 paddocks with great views of Northmoor Lock and weir. In this open, sunny site, pitches and fire pits are located around the perimeter of the site leaving the centre open for games.

Our 2 Log Pods are usually located in the Lower Lock Paddock.

Northmoor Lock – Upper Lock Paddock

Tents and Campervans

Northmoor Locks, Upper Lock Paddock at Barefoot Campsites, Appleton.

Northmoor Locks, Upper Lock Paddock at Barefoot Campsites, Appleton.

Cross over the lock road to The Upper Lock Paddock.

This site is on two levels. Pitches on this site are located on the lower level amongst the 

cricket bat willow trees


With full sunshine on the site from early morning, the trees give some relief from the sun on hot days while the upper level remains in full sunshine. When they reach the right size the trees are harvested to be made into cricket bats. The first trees were cut in October 2013 and a second batch in October 2015. The site was replanted with younger trees in the spring of 2014 and November 2015. The new trees will take 10-15 years to mature before they will be ready for harvesting.

This is the best place to launch canoes or go for a swim.

The upper level of this site is reserved for a few small campervans.

Bringing your own Tent?

Frequently asked questions:

What facilities do you have?
Can we chose our own pitch?
Can we park next to our tent?
Can we drive to our pitch to unload (and reload)?
Do you have electric hook-up?
Can we play music?
We have a campervan and a tent, can we pitch together?
What about log pods, can we pitch our tent next to them?
Can we bring our dog?


Northmoor Lock Paddocks

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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