Far Peak Camping

UK England South West England Gloucestershire Bourton-on-the-Water

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Children’s playground
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
Camping and glamping in the heart of the Cotswolds with an incredible onsite climbing and activities centre

Sometimes with camping, you have to make your own fun. Not so at Far Peak. Set in 25 stunning acres just off the Fosse Way, this is a true outdoor adventurist's retreat thanks to its onsite climbing and activities centre. As if the multitude of stunning walks provided by the surrounding Cotswolds wasn't enough, Far Peak offers a whole host of high-up activities including a range of indoor and outdoor climbs for all ages and abilities, all centred around the 15-metre woodland tower (the view from the top really hammers home why this region is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). There is a playground and low rope courses for little ones (five years and up), and if you don't have a head for heights, archery, bushcraft, nature trails and orienteering can all be enjoyed strictly on the old terra firma.

With such a wealth of onsite fun, you could be forgiven for thinking the camping at Far Peak was an afterthought. Wrong. Over 100 un-regimented grass camping pitches are spread across two vast fields, with ample space for family-sized tents and plenty of room for games. Flat ground and a scattering of electric hook-ups mean its campervan-friendly and, because the site sits atop a chalky wold, drainage is excellent. An car-free adjacent field, known as The Glade, is ideal for families – wheelbarrows are kindly provided so you can trundle your gear to camp from the car park. It's this tranquil, refreshingly understated spot that also hosts the trio of luxury glamping domes. Each geo-dome comes complete with king-sized bed, wood-fired stove, outdoor dining set and BBQ on a spacious sundeck.

Facilities-wise, the twin amenities blocks in either field offer more than adequate ablutions with hot showers provided, while the domes have their own private en-suite eco washrooms. Best of all, the onsite Hayloft Café opens daily, providing campers not just with a varied menu of hearty homecooked grub and sweet treats (including the most gloriously glutinous milkshakes this side of Graceland), but also a welcoming setting to chill and rest those weary fingers after a day's clambering. 

The best of the Cotswolds is eminently reachable from this prime location just outside the quiet market town of Northleach. Bike hire is provided on site so just pick a direction and get pedalling – there's innumerable lovely trails to enjoy. Quintessential chocolate box towns like Cirencester ('the capital of the Cotswolds') and Bourton on the Water ('the Venice of the Cotswolds') are all within reach, not to mention that most important of ingredients, a cracking pub within walking distance. All in all, as much of a bonus as the activities are at Far Peak, it really doesn't matter if you don't partake in anything more strenuous than a trip to that pub. Simply put, this is a stunning destination in itself, slap bang in the heart of the Cotswolds.

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Facilities

Flat, un-regimented, well-drained grass pitches across 2 fields, with 40 electric hook-ups (16amp). The Glade field is vehicle-free – wheelbarrows are supplied for transporting camping gear. 2 amenities blocks with hot showers, washbasins and toilets. The onsite Far Peak Climbing & Outdoor Centre provides indoor and outdoor climbing activities, archery, bushcraft and more. Cycle hire available. 

Suitable For

Tent campers, caravans, motorhomes, couples, families, groups – yes. 

Nearby

There's no need to travel far for activities, with the onsite Far Peak Climbing & Outdoor Centre featuring archery, bushcraft and plenty of indoor and outdoor climbing courses for all ages. The site sits right in the middle of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty meaning a wealth of stunning walks and cycle routes to enjoy from the doorstep. Cycle hire and tours (01285 700370) can be arranged onsite, with an array of modern bikes, e-bikes and trailers available throughout the summer months. The National Trust-run Chedworth Roman Villa (01242 890256) is 3 miles' walk away, while Lodge Park and the Sherbourne Estate (01451 844130) are not much further. The picturesque market town of Northleach is a short (1 mile) stroll across the fields and features a host of cafés, museums and pubs. Bourton on the Water ('the Venice of the Cotswolds'), Bibury, Burford and Cirencester ('the capital of the Cotswolds') are all quintessential chocolate box settings with a rich heritage and quaint places to stop for a cream tea. For keeping the kids entertained, Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm Park (01451 850307), Cotswold Wildlife Park (01993 823006) and Birdland (01451 820480) are all within easy reach.

Food & Drink

The onsite Hayloft Café (01285 700370) serves a range of home cooked dishes, breakfasts, sweet treats, smoothies and milkshakes. Beer and cider can be bought from the shop and they also host regular wood-fired pizza evenings and fish and chip nights. The Wheatsheaf Inn (01451 860244) in Northleach is a sophisticated gastro pub serving a rustic yet refined menu of locally-sourced dishes. The Sherbourne Arms(01451 844346) in Aldsworth and The Inn and Fossebridge (01285 720721) are both within 10 miles of the campsite and come highly recommended. 

Opening Times

March–November. 

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The Owner Says

Camping with us in the heart of the beautiful Cotswolds is a wonderful experience. We have everything from simple grass pitches and electric hook-ups, to shepherds huts, bell tents and glamping domes, all on 25 acres of woodland and parkland.  Our main camping area has an amenities block with hot showers, toilets and washrooms and plenty of space to spread out.  We have a mix of electric hook up pitches and standard pitches.

Accommodation

Over 100 grass pitches, with over 40 electric hook-up points for campervans, caravans and motorhomes, plus 3 luxury glamping domes.

Grass Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 90 Available
A simple grass pitch on our main camping fields, each pitch price includes 2 people. Our main camping field is slightly undulating but plenty of space to pitch where you want. There are several good sized toilet blocks with hot showers and washing facilities nearby. For onsite activities check out our climbing and outdoor centre.

Electric Grass Pitch

Grass pitch with electricity Sleeps 6 58 Available
Book our grass pitch with electrical hookup on the main field. With good sized toilet blocks, hot showers and washing facilities nearby. There is plenty of space to play and all the on site activities are close by. Check out our climbing and outdoor centre which boasts indoor climbing and bouldering facilities!

Glade Grass Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 12 45 Available
The Glade is completely surrounded by woodland and hedgerow, and set in a slight dip away from the main camping area at Far Peak. With its own shower and toilet facilities and no access for vehicles, it is a great retreat from the main hussle and bussle of the campsite. The Glade is suitable for tent pitches only (no Caravan or Motorhomes).

Group Camping Area

Super-pitch Sleeps 16 3 Available
A space with EHU access for up to 8 units

Glamping Dome

Dome Sleeps 4 3 Available
3 Unique Domes, set away from main site, overlooking the Cotswolds hills.

Shepherd Hut

Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 4 3 Available
Our cosy Shepherds Huts are beautifully finished, settled in the quiet of the Glade and the woodland, overlooking the surrounding Cotswolds countryside.

Simple Tipi Tent

Tipi Sleeps 6 3 Available
Unique Tipi style tent with plenty of modern innovative features to keep you warm and comfortable whatever the weather.

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Location

Contact Far Peak Camping, Far Peak, Northleach, Gloucestershire, GL54 3JL

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Getting There

Far Peak is situated close to Northleach (approx. 1 mile) which provides most day to day requirements. More comprehensive facilities are available in Cirencester (approximately 9 miles). There is easy access to the Fosse Way, which links with the A40 Oxford and Cheltenham road (approximately 2 miles to the north). This links with the M40 at Oxford putting London within easy motoring distance. In addition, the Fosse Way provides access to the A419/417 at Cirencester with links to M4 (J15) at Swindon. Main line services to London are available from Charlbury (approximately 18 miles).

Car or bike are the only practical ways to get out to the campsite. There are many lovely walks across the countryside, including a short 1 mile hike from the nearest town Northleach, which has a bus stop.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 18 reviews

★★★★★

A superb Tipi experience

In this fun, friendly & family run campsite we had a blast! My family of 6 stayed in one of the pre-pitched tipis and over the weekend we explored the wild woods; sampled the simply silky smoothies at the climbing centre café and collapsed happy under the stars next to our own fire pit. The showers, loos, washing up facilities and freezer for freezer blocks were all up to scratch even though it was a busy, busy bank holiday weekend. See you again soon!
Sep 15, 2019 by Siobhan Loydall
★★★★★

Amazing September break

Stayed at far Peak fri-mon at the start of September. Very lucky with the weather. Lovely addition to be able to use fire pits.. which was great fun in the evenings. Well kept site, helpful staff. Clean well maintained washing, shower and toilet facilities. Location perfect for exploring the Cotswold countryside and nearby towns. Would definately go back!
Sep 10, 2019 by Louisa Hudson
★★★★★

Fabulous!

Very well set up, plenty of space for our group! We enjoyed having the Hayloft for a couple of drinks and the park area was great for the kids. We used the cycle hire which was also good quality and very helpful staff. Freezer for ice packs which was super useful on the beautiful August bank holiday weather! The shower/toilet block was nice and clean as was the washing up area but very busy and could do with a few more but certainly not a game changer! Would stay again 😃
Aug 27, 2019 by Clare
★★★★★

Excellent

I have stayed at this campsite twice this year and I love it. I went with children in tow and without children in tow and it caters for everyone. It has stunning surroundings and makes you feel you could be anywhere. Great facilities. Will be going back again.
Aug 27, 2019 by Charlotte McLaughlin
★★★★★

Lovely!

Spacious field, hot showers and clean bathrooms. What more do you want!?
Aug 26, 2019 by Jodi Darwood
★★★★☆

Plenty of space

Spacious camping field. Nice showers, toilets and wash area - we didn't have to queue during our stay. The water for washing up always seemed to be tepid which was a shame. We were quite bothered by wasps on one of the days. It was great to be close to the climbing centre and their handy café.
Aug 10, 2019 by Katherine
★★★★★

Nice camp site - toddler friendly

First time staying at this site and selected based on the locality to some of the areas we wished to see so was pleasantly surprised by the amenities on site, which include a small shop, café, play area, and rope course. Our son had a great time running around the ample space and saying hello to the cat and horse each morning. Washing facilities ideal, including toilets, showers and sink area. Plenty of space to play in, will recommend.
Aug 6, 2019 by Richykay
★★★★★

Perfect Campground for our Family

We spent a week end in the Cotswolds, and Far Peak was the perfect campground for us - a family with two young children aged 6YO and 19MO. We enjoyed the natural setting of the Glade, and loved that there are a café/restaurant, playground, and climbing centre on-site. The facilities were clean and well-maintained, despite being a very busy summer time. We will camp there again for sure next time we visit the Cotswolds.
★★★★☆

Great family campsite

Our first family camping trip at Far Peak was lovely. Well run, tidy site, ideal for families. We stayed in the main area which had lots of space and good shower and toilet facilities. We paid a little extra for a fire pit which was brought to our plot with firewood and kindling. The site has a well catered cafe and shop for nibbles and drinks, as well as a rooftop bar. There’s also a great climbing centre. Northleach village is a 5 min drive away if you want to pick up some provisions from the convenience store or a 30-45 minute walk. Bourton-on-the-water and Stow-on-the-wold are also a short drive away. Big shout out to the campsite crew, especially Darren, the friendly steward (thanks for the tip to check out Bidbury). Hope to visit again.
Aug 4, 2019 by jalawo
★★★★★

Beautiful well equipped park

Great facilities here, friendly staff, good location. The atmosphere at the park was really nice and I felt very free to explore and enjoy the park with my friends and young son. Fire pits make an excellent end to a busy day.
Jul 15, 2019 by Martin Fox
★★★★★

Great place for camping with a group of friends

We've been coming to Far Peak for the last 4 years or so with our kids and various other groups of friends so I thought it was about time to leave a review! We were there last weekend and will be back again this weekend and one other in early July so we are definite fans of this site. We love the space on the main fields, even when busy it never feels jam packed and there's always space for the kids to run around. As mentioned we generally visit in largish groups with children ranging in ages from 1 to 18 and all ages in between. The site always feels safe enough for us to let even the younger ones off the leash a little bit. There have been a few reviews I noted that mark down the toilet and shower facilities, I would say that they are indeed basic but they are clean and well lit. I have to admit I've never used the showers (they allow fire pits so the smell of woodsmoke covers up most bad odours!) but the hot water can run out in the washing up area when everyone uses the sinks at the same time - the management does point out that hot water tanks do not have an endless supply though and again, never really bothered me or the people we've camped with. The wooded area, low ropes and new play area are a hit with the kids and the climbing centre is great too. Its definitely NOT a caravan club style site with hard standing pitches. mowed fields and loads of other caravanners, head elsewhere if this is you bag! If you want a chilled out site with lots of room for children to play in safety then this is the place for you.
Jun 11, 2019 by Richard Drew
★★★★☆

Nice spot...shame about the neighbours!

Nice place to camp....climbing wall was excellent and Darren is a great host. Could do with a small shop or even better collaboration with one of the local farms for produce??!! Only reason it wasn't 5stars is because we were adjacent to a bunch of absolutely tools!.....noisy & obnoxious with terrible kids....not the sites fault,but just venting!!
May 28, 2019 by topher_fegan
★☆☆☆☆

Awful!!! Not the family holiday we planned

I will start with the campsite review, rather than the horrific night we had to accommodate with 300 bikers!! As other reviews, there is not a shop on site for simple grocery requirements, you are lucky if there is some milk left. Toilet block is very basic, cleaning could be improved as when you look up, all i could see was cobwebs. the shower cubicles got further damaged following the bikers brining in the bikes for repair 50% of the time we struggled to get hot water to shower in. 100% there was never hot water at the sinks or to wash dishes in, had to resort to boiling kettle. location, next to A road, so don't go if you want a nice quiet setting, the road noise is constant through the night. we were very unlucky the week we went, the manager/owners had decided to accept a party of bikers from Holland, approx 300 in the same field we were staying in. They had managed to clear most campers out apart from 4 family tents. The bikers gathered over a long period, so there was constant engine noise and the fumes where terrible, you could not eat outside. we were unable to use the toilet block, as it had bikes parked inside for the light. we, and the other families, would not let our children out of our sight. we were directed to another toilet block, however it didn't take long before the bikers found this one too. the manager was not apologetic and said 'well they are just campers, just 300 single tents, whats the problem'. some bikers, were riding around the field at 11pm, potentially under the influence of alcohol as the camp site operated a 'pop up beer bar', this was extremely dangerous as they could have drove into family tents. at 6am the following morning, the engines started again as they departed the site, the noise was horrific, for 3 hours we had to endure this noise as the last one left the site, my hearing still has not recovered. i can't believe that the Management thought this was okay, they never informed us that this was going to happen and give us a choice not to come or leave early. it was handled extremely badly, the other families i spoke to were also upset by the experience. there are plenty of other campsites in the area, so advise to look at them. if you want to go for the climbing wall or low ropes, then visit for the day... at least then you can retreat back to a quiet, clean campsite on the evening
Sep 3, 2018 by Martin
★★★★☆

Relaxed, spacious site with ability to have firepit

Camped with family for two nights on a basic no electric pitch. The main field is sloped but with a good area that is level enough. Pitches with electricity are by the hedges and the top hedge shelters from wind, which was surprisingly strong for August. Plenty of space for kids to run round and climbing centre gives a great no travel activity though you should book in advance. The café makes things easy for a morning sausage bap/batch and was well priced. Pizza available in a yurt on weekend evenings looks good but adds up quickly for a family of four. Had a great time camping and would go again. Only downside is toilet/shower block is a little basic with showers onto a concrete floor and door straight out onto field. Water hot in shower but lukewarm in the mixed sex basin area. Not enough to put us off but this is always going to be a two night pitch for us, not anything longer.
Aug 20, 2018 by Sean
★★★★★

First Time Success

This was our first camping trip as family of five (plus dog). Far Peak was an ideal choice with the climbing centre, cycle hire and cafe on the site. The site has a very relaxed feel and we liked the fact that you could choose where you pitch your tent when you arrive as this allowed us the space we needed to figure out our setup. We also enjoyed our nightly campfires (all the necessary equipment is on sale at the site) which made for a lovely end to the day. The communal facilities were always clean and in good working order and the staff are very helpful (including jump starting our car one morning!). The children enjoyed their visits to the climbing centre including for one of the organised sessions. With some of The Cotswold's finest attractions nearby you won't be stuck for a day out either. For us, we couldn't have chosen better for our first time.
Aug 17, 2018 by Tim
★★★★☆

Great outdoor freedom and fun facilities

Staff were very helpful and relaxed straight away from our arrival. They leant us an extension as ours wasn’t long enough for the electric hook up. They also came and did regular checks on the quad to check everyone was ok! Very good in the extreme heat! The climbing centre on site were also very good had very helpful staff all 3 children loved the bouldering and the climbing walls this was well priced and the free low ropes were great! The showers and toilets were good and clean a few may benefit from newer locks but this may be a problem only due to the extreme heat making a few difficult to lock?? although hot water to washing up was often lacking the area was good and even a freezer for ice packs was very useful! Massive bonus and can’t believe we haven’t seen anything about this in any brochure! Was that they set off hot air ballon flights from the field our tent was pitched in!!! It was an amazing sight! The kids got so closed and could watch the whole process! Lots of local attractions in easy reach also The Roman villla - bourton on the water- Cotswolds farm park- and the water park Sherborne ...... we also drove home via oxford a beautiful city!
Jul 29, 2018 by Kelly
★★★★★

Fantastic Experience - perfect bank holiday weekend

My partner and I booked a basic grass pitch at Far Peak Camping for the bank holiday weekend. We are a young couple who were looking to explore the surrounding Cotswolds countryside, and so used Far Peak as our base for the 3 days. Fantastic quality pitches, lots of space, good quality/clean showers and toilet facilities. Lovely atmosphere in camp; mix of young families, friends and couples. Fire pit was great although the wood was a little damp so difficult to get the fire going! I loved the little café for coffee/breakfast in the morning. Overall, good experience.
May 8, 2018 by Amy Ackerley
★★★★★

Nice and tranquil site with excellent facilities

Huge site with good facilites. Nice and peaceful too. Great shop and the climbing wall looked fun. Well positioned for lots of local activities:- Good local walking, couple of National Trust places nearby (Roman Villa and Lodge Park & Sherbourne Estate) and close to Bourton on the Water and Stow on the Wold. Would recommend and will return
Apr 30, 2018 by Adam81

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