Cuckoo Fen Campsite

UK England East Anglia Cambridgeshire Cambridge

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
Classic camping in Cambridgeshire fenland with simple facilities and natural surroundings

Pitch a tent at Cuckoo Fen Campsite and you’ve a good chance of spotting marsh harriers soaring high overhead. It’s a lovely sight but imagine for a moment what they can see. They’ll see beyond the hedgerows that shelter this three-acre site to miles of farmland and fens. They’ll spy the reeds and waterways of the neighbouring nature reserve and, not much further away, kayaks and canoes on the Great Ouse River. The village of Over with its lively pub garden is just down the lane and, in the distance, there’s an outline of Cambridge rooftops.

This is a rural site but there’s a surprising amount within walking distance and even more within cycling distance. Situated on the very outskirts of Over, it’s a new pop-up site (opened in 2020) with a classic feel. It’s tents and campervans only; all off grid with no designated pitches. It follows in the footsteps of a traditional farm campsite; set up with simple facilities in a field that’s usually grazed by cows but it has infinitely more charm than that suggests. There’s a butler sink to wash-up in and handcrafted timber cabins for immaculately clean compost loos and hot water showers.

It’s all been put together by Tim and Emma, who live on site for the duration of their summer holiday season. As committed campers themselves, they know what makes a good campsite and have got this one just right for the kind of campers who like to pitch their own tents, light their own campfires and make their own entertainment. There’s no playground for the kids but there is a stack of hay bales; no music allowed but the sound of the wind in the trees of the small on-site woodland.

You’ll want to bring bikes if you’ve got them and, if you’re inclined, a kayak, canoe or paddleboard for a day on the river. There’s a public slipway into the Ouse less than a mile away. If that sounds too much like hard work, head in to Cambridge and let someone else do the punting. An evening walk as the sun goes down over the reedbeds of RSPB Ouse Fen is as much of a must as a pint in the sunny beer garden of The Admiral Vernon; the simple summer pleasures of a simple summer campsite.

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Facilities

There are three composting toilets and two simple urinals, two showers and an open-air washing-up sink. Campfires are allowed in off-ground fire pits which are available to borrow and logs are for sale.

Suitable For

Campers, small campervans and well-behaved dogs – yes. Caravans, motorhomes, single-sex groups – no.

Nearby

Cuckoo Fen is less than a mile from a slipway into the Great Ouse river where you can paddleboard, canoe or kayak. It’s also less than a mile (about a 10-minute walk) into the village of Over and just a five-minute walk from RSPB Ouse Fen. There’s another RSPB Reserve four miles away too, RSPB Fen Drayton Lakes. Cambridge is about 14 miles away, a drive of around 25 minutes. An alternative way to get there is to travel on the unusual Cambridge Busway; a re-purposed railway track that's now used only by buses or alongside it on a leafy and traffic-free cycle route that, like everywhere around here, is extremely flat and makes for pleasant pedalling.

Food & Drink

The closest pub is the lively village local, The Admiral Vernon (01954 232357) a ten-minute walk from the campsite. There’s also a shop in the village for supplies but, for meat, buy direct from the farm, by pre-ordering (01954 232796). For a longer walk (or a short drive), head for Willingham, two miles from Cuckoo Fen Campsite, where you can try one of the famous pies on the menu at the Duke of Wellington (01954 261622), the pizzas at The Porterhouse (01954 488080) or the craft beers on offer at micro-brewery, The Bank. A similar distance in the other direction takes you to Swavesey and its White Horse pub (01954 231665). The Three Tuns (01954 230242) at Fen Drayton (four miles away), is also recommended.

Open

July and August only.

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The Owner Says

Our three-acre campsite, newly opened in 2020, is a serene spot for lazing away while watching and hearing the fledglings in the surrounding hedgerows. Many more birds are in the vicinity too, as the site’s a 5 minute walk from the nesting bitterns, marsh harriers, bearded tits and more of the RSPB Ouse Fen nature reserve, the UK's largest reedbed creation project.

With a back-to-basics ethos, our eco-friendly site is proud of having low-impact facilities. At Cuckoo Fen, though, we don't use the 'eco' as an excuse to cut corners on comfort. Our "surprisingly excellent" facilities are kept spotlessly clean with piping hot water always on tap in our showers and washing up sinks, and our low-impact compost toilets are as clean and fresh as any of their contemporary water-guzzling cousins.

A short walk (15 minutes) leads to the village of Over with its local pub, well-stocked shop and other amenities, and the park is also half a mile from a public slipway on the River Great Ouse for launching canoes if you fancy wending your way around the local waterways.

Pitches

20 grassy camping pitches.

Grass pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 20 Available
Standard grass pitch - no electric, parking at pitch

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Location

Contact Cuckoo Fen Campsite, Long Lane, Over, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB24 5NE

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Getting There

From the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon, take the junction 25 slip road signposted to Longstanton. Continue through the village and on towards Over. As you enter Over, turn right on to Glover Street. When you reach a crossroads, go straight over on to Fen End. Follow this to the outskirts of the village where the road becomes Long Lane. Cuckoo Fen campsites is at the end of the lane on the right.

The closest railway stations are at Huntingdon (12 miles) and Cambridge (14 miles). From either you can take a bus on the Cambridge Busway to get within a couple of miles of site at Longstanton or Swavesey.

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