Riverside camping in Charnwood Forest

Easily reached from major Midlands towns, Charnwood’s walks, narrowboating, and camping attract.

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12 top river, stream, or creek campsites in Charnwood Forest

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Brook Meadow

103 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents15 acres · Northamptonshire, East Midlands
A secluded lakeside campsite to fall in love with
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Radcot Leisure on Thames

46 units · Glamping, Tents1 acre · Oxfordshire, South East England
A Thames’ island campsite in the Oxfordshire countryside – with a lovely pub just over the bridge
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The White Lodge

5 units · Motorhomes, Tents10 acres · Cannock Chase, Staffordshire, West Midlands
A traditional campsite close to Staffordshire’s canals, river, and stately homes.
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Great Haywood Canalside Campsite

8 units · Tents4 acres · Staffordshire, West Midlands
The simplest of canalside campsites with narrowboats chugging past and an award-winning farm shop over the road
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Panpwnton Campsite

10 units · Motorhomes, Tents10 acres · Knighton, England
Located on the edge of Knighton (right on the England-Wales border) Panpwnton Campsite has been open to visitors since 1963. Providing travellers with a peaceful place to stop on some of England and Wales’ most famous walking and cycling routes. Now managed by Will, Roxy and family, we would love to welcome you to Panpwnton Campsite and show you why we are proud to call this beautiful place our home. The campsite is on our working farm, where we keep a flock of 300 texel cross breeding ewes. We are very passionate about farming. Our aim is to produce lamb in a green and environmentally friendly way, striving to reduce our carbon footprint whilst working alongside nature. A family run farm campsite situated on the Offa’s Dyke footpath. Located in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, we are ideally located for those who like to walk, cycle or just take in the peaceful countryside. With magical nights under the stars listening to the owls hooting in the oak woods. It’s the perfect place for your rural camping holiday! A ten minute walk into the market town of Knighton, with its iconic clock tower, friendly pubs and cafes, and the Offa’s Dyke Centre. The River Teme runs through the farm where you can dip your feet after a long day exploring, or freshen up in our modern facilities. The heart of wales train line also runs through the farm with the Station only half a mile walk away.
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Daisy May’s Farm

10 units · Motorhomes, Tents20 acres · Bishop's Stortford, England
Our pop up campsite is set in 20 acres on a not for profit community farm. Come and join us in the great outdoors! Help collect the eggs, feed the chickens and milk the goat! There is always lots going on at Daisy May’s Farm! Children’s play areas, paddle stream, woodland walks and lots more! PITCH FEE INCLUDES ENTRY TO THE FARM & ALL ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS! Open 7 days a week. Coffee Cabin and Ollie’s Food Hut also serving hot food (Weekends & school holiday 10-3pm) Local pub - 5 mins walk Golf Course (crazy golf, top golf, 9 hole course, bar and food) - 5 mins walk Shop/post office/chip shop - 10 mins walk Toilets & shower ; hot gas shower available but we are a basic wild, mostly off grid site. No concrete heated toilet blocks I’m afraid! (Showers unavailable in Winter months) There will be mud. Bring your wellies! Drinking water and bins available. Bring a torch for walking around the site at night. The site is off grid and the toilet lights are solar operated! CARAVANS - ONLY BOOKABLE MAY - SEPTEMBERTENTS - CAMPER VANS - MOTORHOMES WELCOME ALL YEAR (all pitches are the same. No need to specify which type of unit you are booking) We look forwards to welcoming you soon!
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Cuckoo Farm Campsite

12 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents130 acres · Rutland, East Midlands
Family camping with campfires on an organic farm, set alongside the beautiful River Chater
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Four Winds Camping and Canoeing

13 units · Motorhomes, Tents5 acres · Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, East Anglia
A small, friendly riverside campsite in Cambridgeshire – with campfires allowed
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Cotswolds Camping at Holycombe

11 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents5 acres · Warwickshire, England
Think Countryfile meets Time Team. Camping in six-acres of unspoiled Cotswold countryside, built in the grounds of a Norman castle.
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Heygates Lodging

2 units · Glamping3 acres · Market Harborough, Leicestershire, East Midlands
A place to unwind in the heart of the countryside. Canalside walks are on your doorstep and nature is never far away - birds of prey such as red kites and buzzards are plentiful, and you may be lucky enough to see otters in the canal. There's a variety of pubs and restaurants within a short drive, and the market towns of Rugby and Market Harborough area about 20 minutes away. Unwind in the hot tub, enjoy local beers and ciders or pick from our expertly curated wine list. Our Lodges have their own fire pits and BBQs, and all fuel is provided. Each lodge has its own hammock, and a designated private fishing peg at a turning point in the canal, meaning that you'll be largely undisturbed by passing boats.
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Podtastic @ Nelsons Wharf

3 units · Glamping40 acres · Warwickshire, West Midlands
Pod glamping and tent camping while watching boats go by on the banks of the Grand Union Canal
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Buzzard Holt Hosting

4 units · Glamping11 acres · Buckingham, England
Glamping with a mini outdoor spa on the edge of Stowe Park in Buckinghamshire
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Riverside camping in Charnwood Forest guide

Overview

This surprisingly wild, craggy, and forested area of countryside sits roughly between Leicester, Loughborough, and Coalville. It encompasses several popular outdoor spaces including Bradgate Park and parts of Middle England’s major reforestation project, the National Forest. Take a walk in Bradgate Park, try your hand at narrowboating, or relax at a waterside country pub on the Grand Union Canal, then visit historic spots like the Battle of Bosworth Field battle site. The region’s best camping is around the parish of Quorn, where pitching places include Broome Island—only accessible by boat.

Where to go

Bradgate Park & Swithland Wood

The big go-to outdoor playground for citizens of Leicester, Bradgate Park is a delightful old deer park and a montage of moors, crags, and woods seeming more similar to the Peak District than to the suburb-adjacent country park it is. Come to walk, explore wildlife-reclaimed industrial land, bird-watch in Swithland Woods, and visit the former home of Lady Jane Grey, Britain’s shortest-reigning monarch.

Moira & The National Forest

The area around Moira was heavily scarred by its former coal mining industry, which was why it was chosen as the location for the National Forest. This major reforestation project straddles parts of Leicestershire, Derbyshire, and Staffordshire, combining existing old-growth forest with newer plantations, and has rejuvenated the area as an outdoor destination for walkers, cyclists, and horse-riders. Ex-mining village Moira now hosts the National Forest Discovery Centre, some restored mining attractions, and camping options nearby.

Ashby Canal

The Ashby-de-la-Zouch Canal links Leicestershire’s Moira and Warwickshire’s Bedworth, with the section between Bedworth and Snarestone navigable. Interesting sights along its course include the Battlefield Line heritage railway between Shackerstone and Shenton, plus the Bosworth Field battle site. The canal winds close to several campsites catering to tent campers, caravanners, and glampers.

Grand Union Canal

The UK’s longest canal brushes the northeast of Charnwood Forest at villages like Mountsorrel and nearby Sileby, with its convenient railway station. The 137-mile waterway, connecting Birmingham and London, is full of surprises, showing off a greener, quieter side to the big towns it passes through and crossing some pretty countryside too. Narrowboat, walk, or cycle the towpath, visit idyllic canal-side pubs and camp at unique waterside sites like Broome Island near Quorn—accessible only by boat.

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