May 032024

Camping in the North Wessex Downs

Camping in the North Wessex Downs

I’m back with another camping adventure post! In April, we went camping in the North Wessex Downs near Hungerford in Wiltshire. It was the first time we tried two nights in a tent, and it went fairly well. We were also extremely lucky with the weather! The previous weekend was a named storm and then the day after we got back in poured rain. Fortunately, we were able to camp in sunshine and mild temperatures, though it was windy!

Where did we stay?

We stayed at Wild Camping Wiltshire, which is a member of the Greener Camping Club for eco-friendly camping. Obviously, a big reason we picked this site is because it is dog-friendly; indeed, Wilbur had a fabulous time! We also loved the conscientiousness of the owners in their commitment to sustainability and biodiversity conservation.

What did we do?

The first evening, after setting up our campsite, we went for a short walk along a path that would eventually lead to Wulfhall 17thC manor house (though we didn’t go nearly that far!). We had some beautiful views of the Rapeseed fields, and in the distance an historic windmill.

Me camping

The following day we went to Savernake Forest, which has some of the oldest Oak trees in the country. We enjoyed a beautiful, sunny walk through the forest, admiring several ancient trees before having a picnic lunch. Not bad for an April weekend!

On the way back to the campsite, we stopped by the Crofton Beam Engine. This pumping station is an important historic site of the industrial revolution, and it was used to supply water to the adjacent canal.

Final Thoughts

After camping for two nights, I have come to the conclusion that I need a better sleeping pad because my body can’t cope with sleeping on the ground any more. We are camping again in May and this time I’ve invested in comfort! The only downside to this camping experience was some inconsiderate neighbours who played music and football until 1am, but the owners were equally annoyed about this situation.

My favourite part of the trip was simply enjoying nature and the views – it was so peaceful!

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