We have just stayed at this site again with a big group. We go here every year and I can say that it is one of my favourite campsites by far. The changes that have been made are outstanding, especially the new showers by the top field. This feels like a back to basic campsite with a few better than home comforts thrown in. I would highly recommend this site to anyone who is looking for a laid back, friendly atmosphere. We have never had a bad experience. The guys who run it are really accommodating if you want to go in a particular area and there are lots of out of the way pitches for that feeling of being away from it all. Oh, and the added bonus of being 3 miles away from home obviously helps! Good job guys!
Scorching weekend over the summer solstice, arriving Thursday-Sunday with group of 8 adults. First 'Camping Unplugged' site visit - so impressed!
Me and a girlfriend arrived in a taxi, to a warm and entertaining welcome by Nick (owner). He wasn't sure how to retrieve the booking/his laptop wasn't paying-ball, so he just said 'come back later and we'll sort it out'! Love it! Relaxed vibe, trust, community, fun. He drove our kit to the big field, in his old golden Merc, as we trekked behind.
Being car-free (living in central London), the Ocado driver arrived and dumped our goods off at reception - just as we were wondering 'where is 'Dave' in our 'red-cabbage van'?' a couple of handsome young men arrived on the field - 'Did you order Ocado?' - popping their boot to find they'd driven it up to us! What super stars.
Gradually the other six members of our group arrived over Thursday evening through to Friday late evening. Lots of fun and sun and sky and camp fires and hikes to the local pub. Site did not feel busy at all, even though there must've been at least 20-25 other pitches occupied on the big field (and more in the woods) - perfect sense of having company, but no one disturbed anyone else.
Facilities were VERY good. They advertise 'long-drop loos', so this gives you an idea of what level to expect before you get there - but they also have porta-cabin loos and showers, hot washing up station, gorgeous HOT outdoor showers, loo roll, recycling, and a little shop.
Site staff and owner Nick were all so friendly and cool. Other campers were the same.
DOWNSIDE - Location of the Porta-loos, rubbish and washing up station is a million miles (10 min walk) away from the big field. (Long drops and outdoor showers are on the big field; 30 sec walk). Slight hum of the M3 motorway can be heard from the big field.
UPSIDES - Chilled out, friendly, trusting atmosphere; HOT OUTDOOR SHOWERS; loo roll; camp fires; the view from the big field; few rules; great first experience of Camping Unplugged.
Just returned from a blissful bank holiday getaway at Inwood. I booked at the last minute as soon as I was sure the forecast was good and chose Inwood as it's only 35 mins from home, so no BH traffic woes. Friends had been before and recommended it, and we weren't disappointed.
The 'reception' area down the track on arrival looked a bit of a mess - owner's caravan and piles of wood, generator shed, portacabins etc but I was welcomed warmly, and soon understood the nature of the place - and had no more reservations. (I spoke to the chap at the end of our stay who was just putting finishing touches to a new log cabin reception which will be much nicer than the shed, and he is planning to screen off some of the other unsightly stuff too)
We picked up a bag of wood and packs of marshmallows and headed through the woods to the Big Field. We chose to camping the field rather than woods as weather was good but not warm so wanted to make best of sun and it was obviously shady & cool in the woods. The pitches in the woods looked amazing though so we'll try that next time. You could be on your own completely without even seeing neighbours there's so much space) The view from the Big Field took us by surprise, far reaching over the hills. There were only 3 other families on the whole field. Loads of space and relatively level at the top of the field, with fire pits spaced out so no-one would pitch too close. 2 taps & 2 perfectly usable (not smelly) composting loos (though my girls, 8 & 12 found them scary in the dark!) 10 min walk (or 2 mins in car) back to lovely clean poratloos and showers by reception not a problem. Could have heated water and washed up at tent but chose to drive down to reception - not an issue - and lovely hot water on tap. ) Only downside of field was a bit of motorway noise (you can't see roads or anything else!) - but you couldn't hear it in the woods, and I got used to it. )
We spent 3 days exploring the whole site, admiring bluebells and wild flowers, finding swings and picking spots to picnic and there were still tracks we didn't go down!
Took us a while to get camp fire going as logs were a bit damp but a quick nip to nearby Sainsbury's garage for firelighters and kindling sorted that for 2nd night. (Apparently you're not allowed to collect kindling in woods, but he didn't actually tell us that)
We can't wait to go back and walked round identifying spots we'd like to try next time! Can't recommend the site enough, though would like to keep it a secret! So close to home but it felt like being a million miles from anywhere! It'll be a 10/10 when they've improved the arrival area.
Took the grandsons back to basic camping for the week-end. They thoroughly enjoyed it. Fantastic views from the top meadow. Lovely to see people camping among the trees. Well run site. Excellent toilet and shower facilities by the reception area. Others are compost toilets, surprised how clean and un smelly they were. Brought back happy memories from our own childhood. Well done to the team over the week -end. Will certainly be back next year, especially for the bush craft sessions.
I visited Inwood as a party of 3 and we had the most fantastic time. Some people have made negative comments about the reception but we found it perfect. The guy was informative and very welcoming and gave us some good recommended pictures.
As it was only three of us we decided to steer clear of the family areas and go camping under the woods. We collected the fire wood (bargain for a fiver) and within 10 minutes found the perfect spot.
The campsite is really back to basics but the toilets were impeccably clean, the grounds well kept and even the compost toilets were clean.
We visited the pub on the Saturday night at 6 and found that all the tables were booked but the garden is perfect and the food was very good. The walk is a good 40 minutes but was a perfect evening so we loved the fresh air.
I cannot recommend this place enough, we are not seasoned campers but the back to basics approach was nothing to worry about.
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