Midshires Way Campsite & Alpaca Farm

UK England East Midlands Leicestershire Loughborough

  • Individual toilets for glamping accommodation
  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Laundry
  • Dogs welcome
  • Adults only
  • Adults Only
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Laundry
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
Luxury, en-suite glamping cabins on a quiet, child-free campsite in rural Leicestershire.

The Midshires Way long-distance footpath runs some 230 miles from the Chiltern Hills across the Midlands and the Peak District to Manchester. And somewhere, almost exactly in the middle of the route, there’s a campsite for weary walkers that offers more than just a place to pop a tent. Previously more popular with Camping & Caravanning Club members, this alpaca farm has recently built a handful of superbly crafted glamping cabins that have transformed it from a convenient caravan base to a more luxurious getaway for glampers. Walkers will find it a great stopping point but it’s a holiday destination in its own right too.

Set in 17 rural acres, 15 minutes north of the market town of Loughborough, Midshires Way Campsite has five wood cabins in total, with long, triangular roofs that offer an ode to the traditional tent. Inside, there’s a spacious living area with a kitchen space with an L-shaped worktop that also acts as a breakfast bar. There’s underfloor heating, an en-suite shower room and a separate master bedroom. Outside, meanwhile the real nod to camping is the impressive firepit with a heavy rotating grill pan that you can use to cook over the flames. It's the perfect place to sit out and enjoy a late evening BBQ as you make friends with the gregarious alpacas in the neighbouring field.

If you’re not just here to ramble the local Leicestershire footpaths there’s a decent stock of lesser-known attractions nearby. The John Taylor & Co bell foundry is a particularly intriguing museum, showcasing the old-fashioned production process of humongous church and town hall bells, while steam aficionados will love the Great Central Railway – both are within a 15 minute drive. It’s a little further to the National Trust’s Calke Abbey or Belvoir Castle too (the latter worthwhile as much for the views as the estate and building itself).



Glamping lodges sleep up to two people (towels and linen included), in separate bedrooms. Lodges are fully en-suite and feature a fitted kitchen, dining area and under-floor heating. Caravan and camping pitches are fully serviced and have access to an under-floor-heated washblock with two suites (basin, toilet, walk-in shower). WiFi across the site. Laundry facilities. Secure dog exercise area.

Suitable For

Glampers, campers, tents, campervans, caravans, adults (over 21 years). Children under 16 years old are not allowed on-site.


As the name suggests, the campsite is beside the Midshires Way long distance walking trail (some 230 miles in length) and forms a popular stopping point for ramblers along the route. Since it takes 10–15 minutes to walk into East Leake, walkers are well served for amenities too – there’s a CoOp supermarket, a range of cafés and eateries and takeaways that deliver to the campsite. There’s also a decent leisure centre (01509 852956) for rainy days, with a pool, badminton, tennis, a gym and more. Elsewhere, it’s a 15-minute drive into the market town of Loughborough (market days are Thursday and Saturday), where you can take tours of Taylor's Foundry (01509 212241), an impressive museum displaying bells dating back to 1785, or ride aboard steam trains on the Great Central Railway (01509 632323). It’s 25 minutes into the centre of Nottingham and 30 minutes or so into Leicester, where the National Space Centre (0116 261 0261) is a particularly time-consuming rainy day activity.

Food & Drink

There are four pubs within walking distance in East Leake, The Round Robin (0115 778 8168), which has its own micro brewery, being our pick of the bunch, as well as The Star Inn (01509 856480), a country pub in the opposite direction (25-minute walk). For better choices, however, it is worth the 15-minute drive into Loughborough.


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The Owner Says

Midshires Way Campsite & Alpaca Farm - The Perfect Place to Relax in Your Caravan, Motorhome, Tent or One of Our New Self Catering Luxury Glamping Lodges.

Set in delightful rolling Leicestershire countryside just a stone's throw from the famous Midshires Way Footpath and Bridleway, Midshires Way Campsite is a memorable place to stay in your Caravan, Motorhome, Tent or in one of our new, self catering, luxury Glamping Lodges.

Our Campsite is exclusively open to adult guests all year round and, being privately owned and run by ourselves, guests can be assured of an attentive and personal service from our small and dedicated team. As well as a beautiful and peaceful setting, the Campsite has exellent facilities, including fully serviced pitches, private luxury walk-in showers & toilet facilities, wi-fi across the site, laundry facilities, a secure dog exercise area and not forgetting our established Alpaca Farm, which is always a firm favourite with our guests. Our very stylish newly completed Glamping Lodges offer adult guests a luxurious 'camping' experience all year round.

Centrally located within the East Midlands and with excellent road networks, Midshires Way Campsite is the perfect destination for a well earned holiday or perhaps a weekend stop-over when visiting family or friends in nearby towns & villages, Loughborough, Nottingham or Sutton Bonnington Universities or the newly opened Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Stanford Hall.

Bordering both Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire, Midshires Way Campsite offers plenty to do and see both within walking distance and further afield.


Five luxury glamping lodge, plus fully-serviced touring pitches.

Glamping Lodge Buzzard

Pod Sleeps 2 5 Available
Our Lodges have everything you require for a short or long break away whatever the time of year, removing all the hassles of packing up the car for a camping trip - self catering accommodation at its very best!

Grass Pitch 1

Grass pitch with electricity Sleeps 4 2 Available
Grass Pitch Including Electric Hook-Up, Waste Water Drain, Drinking Water Tap and Service Light.

Hard Standing Pitch 2

All-weather with electricity Sleeps 4 8 Available
Hard Standing Pitch Including Electric Hook-Up, Waste Water Drain, Drinking Water Tap and Service Light.

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Contact Midshires Way Campsite & Alpaca Farm, West Leake Road, East Leake, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE12 6LJ

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Getting There

Leave the M1 at Junction 24, taking the A453 towards Nottingham. Exit the A453 just after the power station (signed West Leake) and follow the road to a T junction in West Leake. Turn left towards East Leake. The campsite is on right after one mile.

From Loughborough: Take the A6 north towards Kegworth. Turn right onto the A6006 (signed to Melton). Follow for two miles, then turn left at the signpost for West Leake (Trowell Lane). After a mile, turn right (signed for West Leake) just before The Star pub.The campsite is a mile and a half down the road on the right.

From the A6006 Rempstone Cross Roads: Follow the A6006 west, past the Defence National Rehabilitation Centre, taking the next right onto Loughborough Road towards East Leake. At the cross roads, turn left onto Rempstone Road. Half a mile later, take the first right onto Kirk Ley Road. Go straight over the roundabout on to Main Street. Turn left onto Station Road/West Leake Road opposite The Three Horse Shoes Pub. The campsite is on the left just as you leave the village.

It's a 15-minute walk to the bus stop in East Leake, where buses run to Loughborough and Nottingham every 30min. The nearest train stations are in Loughborough (five miles) or East Midlands Parkway (six miles).


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Rated ★★★★★ over 8 reviews


Lovely Rural Spot, Alpacas, WIFI and 15 Minutes Walk from the Local Pub! :D

Lovely camping location. Greeted on arrival by the lovely lady in reception. We booked the grass pitch for two nights and it was ideal for camping. Each pitch has electricity, water and waste disposal (if required) so makes the stay much more comfortable, the site even has WIFI! For tent campers like ourselves, there is a very nice toilet, shower and (paid for) laundry facilities available in a hut on site. There are friendly horses and alpacas in the surrounding fields, which are happy to say hello to you. The site is rural and quiet, except for a few planes overhead from EMA, which didn't bother us. Great local for walks and dedicated field available for dog owners. The centre of East Leake is a 10-minute walk down the road, via pavement with street lamps. The closest pub 'The Three Horseshoes' is very pleasant, similar to a Whetherspoons and serves food until 8pm; ideal for dinner! Buses to Loughbouorugh, Nottingham and other areas are available from East Leake, making it easy to explore the local area. Would recommend staying here :)
Oct 4, 2021 by CampingK Verified Review

Wonderful Site

This was my first visit to the site. It's a site of quality, with a beautiful hut for the showers (better than mine at home!), clean and well kept, with a dog exercise field. With about 10 large pitches you're not too close to any of the 'neighbours' although all were very friendly and respected my space. Finding the site wasn't easy as the Sat Nav takes you to the wrong destination down the road. I suggest you Google Earth it before arriving if you're towing. Lovely stay on a working clean farm.
Sep 23, 2021 by Jude

Top of the range site

Been here few times over the years, always a brilliant stay, pitches are massive, and serviced as well. Saw the development of the lodges over time, and they are just the icing on the cake to what is a five star site.... Will be coming here for many years yet....

Fantastic Stay & Accommodation.

We stayed in one of the glamping lodges and had a breakfast hamper and wood for the fire. The lodge itself was beautiful & had everything you could possibly need. The surroundings were so peaceful & it was very special having the Alpacas right behind your cabin. The atmosphere was very relaxing and we enjoyed a restful stay with enjoying a bbq/fire pit during the evening. There is all of the amenities you need and it was a fantastic stay. Whilst you can hear planes going overhead, it is nothing you wouldn't hear elsewhere and we didn't find it was disturbing at all. The host was very welcoming and we really enjoyed our stay. We will definitely be back again.
Sep 8, 2021 by Eileen Verified Review

Great location and facilities, shame about the planes

Great location for exploring the countryside, only downside is the planes but we got used to this with the help of some earplugs. Facilities are amazing

Relaxed, clean and friendly

Lovely location for walking, well spaced and generous pitches. Great exercise field for the dog and some friendly alpacas to boot! Local amenities are a short walk away, very relaxing site to spend a weekend.
Jun 14, 2021 by Richie Verified Review

Amazing stay

Wow, what a beautiful place. Myself and partner had a brilliant 3 night stay. We stayed in one of the glamping pods. It was well equipped with everything we needed and beautifully decorated. Seeing the alpacas and horses in the fields everyday was a highlight for us. There were lovely pubs within walking distance and a bus stop to enable us to take a trip into Nottingham. We cannot fault anything with this place and enjoyed every moment spent there. We will definitely be back!!


Simply excellent. Exceptionally clean and everything you may need is provided. Perfect get away from it all.

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