Ye Olde Swan

UK England South East England Oxfordshire

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
  • Short walk to the pub
  • Walking
A Thames’ island campsite in the Oxfordshire countryside – with a lovely pub just over the bridge

There’s water, water everywhere and quite a lot to drink at Ye Olde Swan campsite in Oxfordshire. That’s because the campsite is on an island surrounded by the River Thames and just a short stumble from a pub of the same name. If you’re lucky, you won’t even have to wander across the little bridge that connects the two to quench your thirst, as the pub’s mobile pizza oven and Prosecco bar will be making one of its regular visits to the site.

If you’re looking for quiet country camping with designated pitches, electric hook-up and a strictly-enforced noise policy; this may not be the campsite for you. But if you’re a happy-go-lucky kinda camper who will enjoy the craic of a lively pub as much as the countryside scenery, come along and check in at the bar. Or you could head straight over the bridge to make yourself known at the little on-site shop. Park up, pitch up and then go for a ploughmans in the pub garden or, perhaps, for a paddle using one of the kayaks available to hire from the jetty just outside.

Although not set in stone, there are technically 30 grassy pitches at Ye Olde Swan campsite. As it’s an island, they are virtually all on the water’s edge with the green fields of rural Oxfordshire just beyond the historic Radcot Bridge – said to be the oldest crossing on the Thames. Facilities are simple but adequate; a cold water tap at the lone washing-up sink with simple toilets and showers. You might call it classic camping (albeit with a glimpse of 10 tipis in a separate, neighbouring field). Dogs are welcome, ball games allowed and there’s generally a laid-back atmosphere. It’s an understandably popular spot which makes for sociable camping – especially at weekends. If you prefer peace and quiet, a weekday pitch here is more likely to please.

Whenever you visit, there’s plenty to do if you tire of watching narrowboats, cruisers and swans sailing by. You can fish from site or head straight out on a riverside walk as the Thames Path long-distance national trail passes right past. And, aside from messing around on the riverbank, there are plenty of well-to-do places to visit; market towns like Bampton, which doubled as TV’s Downton, Kelmscott Manor, once home to William Morris, and the enchanting gardens at Buscot Park to name a few.

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Facilities

A shower block with six showers, four toilets and a washing-up sink with cold water only. An on-site shop sells campsite basics. Campfires and BBQs are allowed but must be off-ground. Paddle board and kayak hire is available from the jetty by the pub.

Suitable For

Campers, camper vans, motorhomes, groups, dogs on leads – yes. Caravans – no.

Nearby

The Thames Path National Trail runs right past the campsite so getting out on foot is easy. Equally easy is taking to the river. You can bring your own vessel or paddle off on a hired kayak or stand-up paddle board. If you have a rod licence, you can fish from site too. There are plenty of classic Cotswolds towns to explore within 10 miles of site including Faringdon, Lechlade-on-Thames and Bampton (where scenes from Downton Abbey were filmed). The Cotswold Wildlife Park (01993 823006) is also within 10 miles of site. Kelmscott Manor (01637 252486), once owned by William Morris, is a 10-minute drive, Buscot Park (01367 240932), home of Lord Faringdon, is 15 minutes away and magnificent Blenheim Palace (01993 810530) is a drive of around 40 minutes away. Swindon, with plenty of attractions including rainy-day options from ice skating to trampolining, is a 30-minute drive.

Food & Drink

The obvious choice for food and drink is the pub, Ye Olde Swan (01367 810220)  just across the waterway. In the summer there’s often a BBQ in the pub garden and, if you’re lucky, the mobile pizza oven and Prosecco bar might cross the river to the campsite. There’s a little shop on site for basic campsite supplies but if you need more, there are plenty of shops and eateries in nearby Faringdon and Lechlade. For a meal out, try the recommended tapas restaurant, La Bobina (01367 240578), in Faringdon.

Opening Times

April–October.

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The Owner Says

Ye Olde Swan is situated in a stunning location aside the River Thames at Radcot Bridge, originally an old packhorse bridge on the main wool export route from Northampton to Southampton. The bridge, which claims to be the oldest crossing of the Thames was built around 1200. Ye Olde Swan has been a stopping off point for weary shepherds and travellers for hundreds of years to enjoy fine ales and good food. Nothing has changed, though the sheep have long since disappeared.

Accommodation

30 pitches for tents and campervans or motorhomes only.

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Location

Contact Ye Olde Swan, Radcot Road, Radcot, Oxfordshire OX18 2SX

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Getting There

From Oxford take the A420 to Faringdon, then the A4095 Radcot Road to Radcot. Soon after the village sign for Radcot, you will cross a bridge with traffic lights. The campsite car park will be on your right just after this. Ye Olde Swan pub is just beyond the next bridge

It’s not possible to reach Ye Olde Swan using public transport and the closest railway station is at Swindon some 15 miles (30 minutes’ drive) away... but arriving under your own steam by paddling the Thames or walking on the Thames Path is an attractive option.

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