Woodland Glade (13) (Hammock/Tarp and Bivi bag camping only NO TENTS)

UK England South East England Hertfordshire Broxbourne Lee Valley Almost Wild Campsite

  • Sleeps 3 (max 4 adults, 3 children)
Nestled in maturing woodland these woodland glades provide camping areas for wild campers who wish to camp without the comforts of a tent. You can either stretch a hammock and tarp between two trees or camp on the woodland floor in a bivi bag. Composting toilets and drinking water supply is only a short walk away. Each pitch has a permanent campfire area so you can make the most of your almost wild camping experience.

The Owner Says

Nestled in maturing woodland these woodland glades provide camping areas for wild campers who wish to camp without the comforts of a tent. You can either stretch a hammock and tarp between two trees or camp on the woodland floor in a bivi bag. Composting toilets and drinking water supply is only a short walk away. Each pitch has a permanent campfire area so you can make the most of your almost wild camping experience.
Lee Valley Almost Wild Campsite, on the borders of Hertfordshire and Essex, is your chance for a wilderness adventure with an all-new wild camping, back to nature experience. Embrace Mother Nature in this rugged, natural setting nestled among mature woodland and a grassy glade which is surrounded by water on three sides. With none of the trappings of more commercial campsites you’ll be able camp out under the stars, hang a hammock from the trees and light an open fire in one of the fire pits provided.
What we mean by almost wild camping...
  • Solar powered, motion sensor lights around the toilets limit light pollution
  • Composting toilets
  • Cold water tap
These facilities complete this unadorned campsite of just 17 pitches and ensure that you get that truly wild camping experience.

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Suitable For

Tents, hammocks, groups, dogs (max 2 per pitch) – yes. Campervans, caravans, motorhomes, children under 12 – no.


There's plenty to do in the Lee Valley, particularly after the 2012 Olympics injected extra funding to the area as they developed the Lee Valley White Water Centre (0300 003 0616) for the London games. You can get your adrenaline fix today by taking on the Olympic white water course in rafts, kayaks and more. For water sports at a slower pace, though, there is also sailing on the local reservoirs and canoeing on the river, plus canal boat tours nearby. There's a boat launch area at the campsite, too, if you have your own canoe. The entire canal has an adjacent tow path, which leads all the way to the Thames and runs directly past the famous 2012 stadium and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (0800 072 2110), as well as linking up with Regent's Canal and Victoria Park. Closer to home, though, the whole network of pathways weaves throughout the Lee Valley Park (0300 003 0610) with ample wildlife to discover. In short, be sure to bring a bike or boat if you have one!

Food & Drink

There are three pubs within easy walking distance – The Crown (01992 462244) on the riverside, the characterful, wood-panelled Bull (01992 462639) in town and The White Bear (01992 441389) also in town. The main parade of shops in Broxbourne also has a number of takeaways, as well as local shops and a small supermarket – all within walking distance. There's a large main supermarket on the far side of town, too, if you're willing to hop in the car.
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Rated ★★★★★ over 32 reviews


Fantastic spot, well spaced pitches and managing to keep that wild vibe but still having good basic amenities (water/loos).

Excellent hidden campsite with plenty of space in a great setting, was very impressed that despite being fully booked we barely saw anyone. Nice to be able to have a fire too! I really love that the cars stay in the car park, makes a big difference in camp ambiance! Yes the amenities are basic, but they are functional and it is supposed to be wild-ish! All in all very good! Doug
Nov 2, 2020 by Doug

Wild and free

Lee Valley offers you the perfect mix of wild and comfort. The surrounding woodland area is very secluded and we even saw wild Muntjac roaming around. We stayed next to the river which was very calm, the woodland area offers more of a forest camping experience. I definitely recommend getting the logs for the campfire. It is very easy to get to via train, only 10 minute walk from Broxbourne station. There are beautiful canal side walks and a couple of nice riverside pubs as well as a boat hire shop if you wish to take out a row boat for the day. Highly recommend!
Sep 28, 2020 by Billie

Camping in comfort...

My friend and I had a break here for the weekend and really enjoyed it. There is nature all around and yet we didn't feel cut off or isolated, so the best of both worlds. Each pitch had plenty of room for two tents and a whole lot more, with two wooden benches and a fire pit. The car park is nearby and you can use the wheelbarrows provided to take your things to your pitch. You will also find the office/reception at the car park. So, if you need to get away from it all without going to the ends of the earth, this must be the place!

Great site, simple but all you need

The site is in a great location with good sized pitches and not over crowded. Nice wooded forests and next to water. Simple amenities, but all you need for a couple of nights. Recommend ordering wood and a grill for the fire beforehand. We went through about 2 and a half bags per night.
Sep 14, 2020 by Tim Bergman Verified Review

Kayaking weekend

This is the second time we’ve visited, both times on a riverside pitch (3). This is a great site to spend a weekend away from London, particularly with a kayak! On our first visit in June 2019, we took the train and walked to the campsite which is doable. We spent the weekend walking to pubs along the way to Rye House. The ranger went out of his way to provide water as the tap had broken and brought fire wood to our tent (no pre-order necessary). It was relaxing and I would rate 5 stars for this weekend, hence the rebook. This year (August 2020), we drove up so we could bring the kayak. It is a great spot for kayaking and we did a similar route to last year, stopping at the Fish and Eels, Rye House and then the Crown on the way back. Unfortunately we didn’t have the same amazing experience but it was passable. We chose the site, knowing from the year prior, that it’s quiet and marketed as a back to nature retreat. Unfortunately, in the evening, large groups (over 6 - up to 10) were on pitches and playing loud music. We’re early 30s so we get it but didn’t think this was the place. Woke up the next morning to find toilet paper over the site (and yet none in the loo). Felt very dirty and lots of litter in pitches (their prerogative but took away from the idyllic almost wild feel for sure). In the current climate, we would have expected better monitoring of numbers on each pitch and better cleanliness. More toilets would have better suited the numbers and both locks had broken on the only two. The ranger, too, said he would let us pick up wood but he closed earlier than he said and left for the night. A disappointing experience compared to the first. We were hoping this would be an annual weekend escape - three stars tops. Hoping this experience was a one off. Four star average, based on the first fantastic experience.
Aug 31, 2020 by Sian
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Lee Valley Almost Wild Campsite is located at Nazeing New Road, Broxbourne, Hertfordshire EN10 6TD

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Getting There

From the A10 take the Broxbourne exit. At the roundabout take the first exit sign posted Broxbourne. Follow this road over all the mini roundabouts until you reach the T junction traffic lights in Broxbourne. At these lights turn right (following signs to the train station). Follow this road, passing the train station on the left, over the bridge and passing Broxbourne Riverside on your right. Just past the entrance to Broxbourne Riverside you’ll find the entrance to the campsite in the wooded treeline on the left. When arriving at the site with your car please park in the car park that is a short walk away from the main camping area.

It's an easy 15-minute walk to Broxbourne railway station (0845 748 4950), with frequent and regular services running on the main London Liverpool Street Line. From the station, walk towards the main road, turn left and follow the pavement until you see the sign for the campsite – on the left hand side in the wooded treeline. Buses also run along Nazeing New Road. There are bus stops at the junction with Old Nazeing Road which is closest to the site.