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Top 5 Thames Camping Sites

Posted on 27th September 2018

What are the top 5 Thames Camping Sites? well here’s our list based on our customer’s experience and feedback.

A local Oxford Lock Keeper complained to me a few years back that, since a certain national newspaper had published an article on best kept secret campsites his quiet backwater had been anything but! I understand that things have gone back to normal again – to his relief.

Whether you arrive on foot, bike, skiff, canoe or even car; camping by the water feels truly adventurous and the Thames has some beautiful and unique camping sites. Here’s my Top 5 (apologies if I’ve missed any – just haven’t got around to them yet!

Please do check these facilities before arriving – they may have changed!

Rushey Lock

  • Tadpole Bridge, Buckland Marsh, Nr. Faringdon, SN7 8RF
  • Peaceful campsite about a short day rowing from Lechlade (9 miles)
  • Open April to October
  • Toilets, water, showers

Northmoor Lock

  • Northmoor Lock Paddocks, Badswell Lane, Appleton, OX13 5JN
  • Legendary Campsite with a great feel – fantastic for families, great facilities
  • About two days rowing from Lechlade (18 Miles)

Pinkhill Lock

  • Eynsham, Witney, Oxon, OX29 4JH
  • Lovely quiet campsite just a short distance from Northmoor Lock (4 miles)
  • Open1 April to 30 September
  • Toilets, water, showers

Days Lock

  • Little Wittenham, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 4RB
  • Off the beaten track! Really remote feel and close to historic Wittenham Clumps
  • Two days easy rowing from Oxford (17 Miles)
  • Open Good Friday to 30 September
  • Limited facilities


  • Mill Lane, Hurley, Maidenhead, Berks, SL6 5ND
  • Great facilities
  • Open 1 April to 30 September
  • Toilets, water, showers

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