A peaceful, small scale glamping site in West Lancashire with woods, meadows and endless space to explore
This pastoral slice of West Lancashire is one of the oldest agricultural areas in the UK. You only have to look to the local town of Ormskirk – home to a farmer’s market since medieval times – to see it’s bounteous produce. Vegetables, jams and homegrown goodies spill from the varied stalls, with traders capitalising on the area's convenient and accessible location.
A few miles out of town, 120-acre Watkinsons Farm has been working the land for almost as long and has been in the hands of its current owners since the 1930s. Stretches of woodland and a patchwork of ponds dot the surroundings while vegetables are still grown in the more fertile areas. It’s a perfectly picturesque scene.
And it is here, backed against the woods, that Watkinsons Farm have started their newest venture – a petite bell tent glamping site, with four pre-pitched, pre-furnished beauties ideal for those looking for a quiet escape. Each tent is pitched on a flat, wooden platform, with outdoor seating and a campfire pit, while inside there are proper double beds, lanterns, bean bags and a box of cooking utensils with everything you could possibly need.
The all-you-need comforts go hand in hand with a traditional camping set-up. The site is completely off-grid and has a genuine camping atmosphere – think compost toilets, gas-powered showers, late night campfires and starry nights – but for those in need of a good pillow and a sound night's sleep, the farm is ideal. Small-scale and low key, this is a place where you can chat to the owners rather than members of campsite staff and get first hand recommendations on the local area.
Whether it’s heading east into the hills, west to the beach or out to one of the surrounding cities, there’s certainly plenty to do. A walk along the Leeds to Liverpool canal is a fantastic place to start. There are several good pubs on the waterside and the tow path has loads of space if you want to bring a bike along for a family cycle. Pedal back towards Ormskirk, meanwhile, and you can reward yourself with a cool drink and some freshly baked gingerbread. The town is, apparently, the birth place of the quintessential English biscuit and there are plenty of bakeries where you can find the tasty treat. More than one are also home to the ‘very first original recipe’. You'll need your detective skills to work out who's telling the truth. And a good appetite.
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Hosted by Abi H.Joined in August 2016
From the host
Set on a 120 acre working arable farm, at Watkinsons Farm Glamping you can relax in one of only 4 luxurious bell tents, listen to the woodpeckers in the trees and enjoy amazing views of the Lancashire countryside at its best. Situated only 5 minutes from the Leeds to Liverpool canal, Watkinsons Farm offers fantastic canal side walks, ambling countryside, many local pubs and an award winning farm shop all within walking distance. For further information please visit our website or let us know of any queries. For full details of all the offers available please visit our website.
Nearby Cedar Farm Galleries is home to an excellent coffee shop, art galleries and unique shops selling an array of contemporary crafts, clothing and home furnishings. It's less than a mile to the Leeds to Liverpool Canal, great for walking or cycling along the tow path or joining a boat cruise. Haigh Hall and Country Park (10 miles) has 250 acres of park and woodland you can explore, while children will love Windmill Animal Farm and Farmer Teds, both excellent family farm parks. The nearest good beaches – Southport and Formby are within a ½hr drive. As is Crosby beach, home to Anthony Gormley’s ‘Another Place’ – a hundred sculptures spread across the sand, made from casts of the artist's own body.
Food and drink
There is a cooking box inside each tent with all the cooking utensils, crockery and things you need for a successful BBQ, 3 different sized pots and pans, wine and water glasses, mugs for tea/coffee, a cafetiere and an ice box with ice packs. D.C Scott & Sons in Ormskirk is our local, family butchers par excellence, the campsite can arrange BBQ packs for breakfast, lunch or dinner to be delivered. You can also take home a freshly harvested veg box from the farm. For other local produce Taylors Farm Shop is located just a few hundred metres down the road. There is an array of great places to eat within a 5 minute drive, most notably The Hop Vine in Burscough (booking definitely recommended). Closer and right on the canal is The Ship and a firm favourite amongst the locals as is The Plough Inn, just 1 mile up the road.