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Far Peak Camping
Gloucestershire, England
25 acres
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.
Activities
Biking
Hiking
Climbing
Not currently accepting bookings on Hipcamp
Location
Gloucestershire, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Tom W.Joined in December 2016
From the host
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.
Nearby attractions
There's no need to travel far for activities, with the onsite Far Peak Camping 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 and 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. 
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