Camping in River Thames

See both picture-postcard countryside and city sights while camping on England’s most iconic river.

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12 top campsites in River Thames

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Penn Meadow Farm

100 units · Motorhomes, Tents145 acres · Beaconsfield, England
Penn Meadow Farm is a beautiful 145 acre, family owned farm, nestled perfectly into the chiltern hills area of outstanding natural beauty. We’re just a 5 minute walk across our grassy fields to the oldest free-house pub in England (The Royal Standard of England) Say hello to our resident alpacas, sheep, pigs, pigmy goats, flock of 250 sheep and of course our lovely boarder collies. We aim to be a very relaxed spot to be able to rest for a few nights and maybe enjoying a nice camp fire in the evening.
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Chalky Downs

36 units · Motorhomes, Tents12 acres · Brighton, East Sussex, South East England
Traditional tent camping in a stunningly-located South Downs farm, just down the road from buzzing Brighton
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Hook Farm Campsite

18 units · Tents10 acres · West Sussex, South East England
Blissfully back-to-basics camping in the heart of the West Sussex High Weald
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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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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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Primrose Fields Campsite

30 units · Motorhomes, Tents11 acres · Wareham, England
Back-to-basics camping in a Dorset hay meadow
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Abbey Home Farm

21 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents1600 acres · Cirencester, Gloucestershire, South West England
Eco-camping for real. Cooking on an open fire. Unspoilt natural beauty.
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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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Tomkins Farm

42 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents15 acres · North Chailey, England
Relaxed camping beside a lake on an East Sussex farm, with alpacas, llamas, and camels
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The Barn KT9

21 units · Glamping, Tents3 acres · Greater London, South East England
A unique rural campsite in Surrey, a stone's throw from London's Zone 6
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Cattlestone Farm

36 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents60 acres · West Sussex, South East England
Friendly camping and glamping on a Sussex farm, with animals to meet, a pond to swim in, and the South Downs nearby.
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Wookey Farm

45 units · Motorhomes, Tents1 acre · Somerset, South West England
Eco-friendly, campfire-friendly, family-friendly camping on the farm – plus Somerset's famous Wookey Hole caves on the doorstep
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Camping in River Thames guide

Overview

Britain’s second-longest river acts like a billboard for archetypal English landscapes: it starts in the Cotswolds, then proceeds through university city Oxford and winds around the wooded chalk-and-grass escarpment of the Chiltern Hills. The Thames enters London via Windsor Castle, Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, and Richmond with its ancient deer park. Within the UK capital, the waterway passes some of the world’s most iconic sights before emptying  into the North Sea, passing bird-rich marshes. Walk the whole river on the 185-mile Thames Path, or choose a well-situated campsite on its edge.

Where to go

Cotswolds AONB

The Thames rises within the UK’s biggest AONB: the Cotswolds. These low hills—interspersed with honey-hued historic stone villages, quiet churches, and country pubs—typifies the quintessential English rural landscape. The river begins near Kemble, then flows through the huge lake system of the Cotswolds Water Park, known for its water sports, where there are several waterside campsites. The area’s walking is excellent, and the 625-mile Monarch’s Way numbers among the lesser-known long-distance paths.

Oxford Surrounds

Oxford is a must-visit city and a great base for discovering the Thames’ middle section. Visit world-class museums, wander around magnificent colleges, or take a traditional punt ride along the river—then hightail it out of town into the surrounding countryside. There is a riverside campsite in nearby Donnington, while the lavish country estate Blenheim Palace and ancient Wytham Woods are both also worth a visit. From Oxford, pick up the long-distance Shakespeare’s Way to see sights connected with the bard.

Chilterns AONB

The Thames brushes the edge of the Chiltern Hills, the last sizable green space before the river flows into London suburbia. Deviate from the river around Goring to roam into these grassy, chalky, wood-dotted hills. Aside from walking one of many trails such as the Ridgeway, one of Britain’s most ancient roads, you could bird-watch for red kites or visit historic properties like Nuffield Place. Park the motorhome or pitch your tent close to the river outside Wallingford, a spot well-placed for Chilterns explorations.

Richmond-on-Thames & Around

There is much beauty in the transition between countryside and city, never better evidenced than at smart, leafy Richmond-upon-Thames, where a medieval deer park and the Royal Botanic Gardens of Kew provide a selection of fauna and flora many far-more rural locations would be envious of. Pitching around London is scarce, but there is camping at Walton-on-Thames, six miles southwest of Richmond Park, near Hampton Court Palace.

Hoo Peninsula

The mouth of the river is perhaps its most mysterious part. The ethereal spreads of bird-rich marshland on the Thames’ south side along the Kent coast were only connected via riverside path to central London in 2022, turning the Thames’ banks into a true source-to-sea walking route out to the Hoo Peninsula’s Isle of Grain. As the new official start/finish of any complete Thames exploration, the Hoo is now a compelling walking destination. Camp at Allhallows to begin the adventure.

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