• Looking for campsite ideas (or even quirky b&b/hostels).

    Criteria:

    1. 1-2 night trips
    2. Train from London. Bike > train > bike to get around or even just public transport.
    3. Walking distance to a great pub.
    4. Short distance to the sea (optional) or other great walks.
    5. Simple campsite, a field will do.
    6. A little off the beaten track.

    I'll start with the Square and Compass, Worth Matravers.
    South Western Train to Bournemouth, cycle along the sea front, cross on the chain ferry and cycle on to Worth Matravers.
    Camping at Weston dairy campsite (not been open since COVID) or one of the other open field campsites.
    Drinking local cider under the stars at the Square and Compass pub.
    The sea in nearly all directions. Winspit quarry, Dancing Ledge, Chapman's pool & loads more if you jump on the bike.

    Do love it, have been dropping in for nearly 15 years but want to find other places with similar characteristics for a little variety.

  • Clicked the thread to recommend the Square and Compass! Went there a couple of weeks ago on the bikepacking.com Purbeck Bimble route (v good!). Extra tip though: if you don't want to take a tent, Tom's Field campsite has a "walkers' barn" which is £14 a night, and I had the place to myself on a Friday night.

  • Different tip though is the Environment Agency's lock island campsites along the Thames. Closest one is at Cookham, just past Maidenhead, and faces onto the grounds of Cliveden House. The Bounty along the river from there is a weird but cool pub, and there are a few good food spots in Cookham.

    Not sure if the campsites are open again - they were closed most of last year.

  • Clicked the thread to recommend the Square and Compass!

    It is so good, it is almost a curse :)

    I'd always been put off Tom's Field by the set pitches but had no idea about the "walkers' barn", that's a great tip!

  • Just back from Alde Garden, Sweffling, Suffolk. Pub is attached to very small friendly eco-campsite. Train to Ipswich, ride to Sweffling, then close to Dunwich Beach or ride up coast/through Suffolk


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  • Just back from Alde Garden, Sweffling, Suffolk. Pub is attached to very small friendly eco-campsite. Train to Ipswich, ride to Sweffling, then close to Dunwich Beach or ride up coast/through Suffolk

    Thanks, this nails the criteria. May have to pencil in as an idea for next year, it's a popular place!

  • Maybe a little too close to home this one - but for my gf who just bought her first roadbike, and hadn't 'bikepacked' before, it was perfect.

    Friday night after work - 35km or grav' North on the canal from Hackney to the Almost Wild - Lee Valley Campsite. Quiet enough space and really close to Broxbourne for picnic supplies and or pubs.

    Next morning it's 10km to Ware for breakfast, and then 4k West along the river to Hartham Common for a wild swim.

    Leaving you either a 50ishkm ride home down the canal, or an hour on the train from Ware.


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London mini trip ideas, your favourite pub for the weekend?

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