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General

  • Deep in the Nottinghamshire countryside near Sherwood Forest
  • Surrounded by fields and a wild garden
  • Fresh produce, chutneys and jams for sale

Liza and Andy have set all up very much oak-ay at Little Oak Campsite deep in the Nottinghamshire countryside near Robin Hood land and Sherwood Forest – campsites run by campers are always very much an oak-ay thing. It's a small and back to basics site, that feels peaceful and secluded despite not being far from civilization.

Little Oak is near the north Nottinghamshire market town of Retford and is surrounded by fields and a handsome wild garden – just the place for a bit of hide and seek, football or general running around...? This is a cosy place for couples too on quieter weekends, and is a good stopover spot for journeys north or south or vice versa as it's only three miles from the A1.

Other most welcome little touches are the seasonal produce on sale from the Little Oak vegetable patch as well as homemade chutneys and jams from the site fruit trees; free wifi throughout and the park pond (please take care to monitor small campers around the pond).

Little Oak has a shower and toilet block for guests' use, newly added in 2017. Campfires and barbecues are allowed and a gastropub serving food at reasonable prices is a short walk away. No electricity is on the field but there's a socket in the loo block for guests' use.

Please note

Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.

Twin axle vehicles are not permitted on site.

The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act.


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9.3

Overall rating based on 16 reviews

 

88% would recommend this site to a friend.

81% would stay here again.

 

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Brilliant site, clean facilities, nice level well maintained grounds 29/05/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom james_l149518 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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    Absolute beautiful camp site!!

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Friendly welcome. Lovely flat grounds amongst the trees. Very clean ... 13/05/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Rhys W. Confirmed

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    Friendly welcome. Lovely flat grounds amongst the trees. Very clean facilities. I would recommend this quiet secluded site.

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Clean place and Friendly and keep well and loved and looked after 06/05/2018

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    Went on a weekend away with my other half and a dog. We had a lovely time the owners of the site are lovely and welcoming and provide you with clean great facilities and lovely peaceful place to campsite

    Lovely Place and close to shops and not to far from places to go walking/ mountain biking and canal walks

    Will be coming back as it was amazing and loved the location.

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Man running site was really helpful and friendly and the ... 10/04/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom beth_r172843 Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Man running site was really helpful and friendly and the gypsy van was stunning. Toilets were kept clean even though it was wet and muddy when we was there

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Freedom of the site and the fire pits were a ... 06/10/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Sam A. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Freedom of the site and the fire pits were a big help coming up to the colder evenings.

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Very nice quiet site.pleasant owners that leave you alone and ... 17/09/2017

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    Very nice quiet site.pleasant owners that leave you alone and let you get on with it. The showers and toilets are clean. The brick campfires are an excellent idea overall , a very good site . We will be back

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Excellent site spotless facilities friendly staff and level pitches 31/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Dawn H. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    This little campsite was like home from home we really enjoyed our stay. The owners was really friendly showed us round, we could pitch anywhere. We ended up on a secluded patch. Nice touch that you have fire pits around the site. You get a full wheel barrow of fire wood for a fiver. There's no rush to pack and leave the site either we stayed till 6oclock. There's a field at the back of the site where we ran our dog.

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    Noise of the trains and airplanes. We still enjoyed it tho didn't cause to much noise but enough.

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Exceptional..probably the best site we've visited..a hidden little gem 27/08/2017

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    Wonderful little campsite..no rules at all..great firepit and our little chiuaua loved the freedom to explore..lovely setting and walks..toilets clean as with the showers..Marie and myself sat while the fire cooked our jacket spuds with bats circling above..took me back to my hippy days..very highly recommended if you just want peace and quiet in a gorgeous setting..we will be back very soon...

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    Nothing I can think of..maybe a little ship selling essentials for people who don't want to drive anywhere..and why would you in this gorgeous setting

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Quiet site with choice of pitch 24/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom kerry_m163820 Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    We really liked it. It's ideal for a practice run like ours. A bit of traffic noise but you soon forget about it and it was barely noticable at night. It's small, rural, clean, friendly and you're pretty much left to get on with it. Just what we needed! We a massive downpour on the day we left but the ground didn't flood at all! Recommend the log fire. Many thanks

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    Nothing to dislike really. Unless you like all the mod cons which we don't.

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Great spot to explore the area. Fire pit and space excellent. 13/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Vickie N. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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    Campsite only had a few other visitors so my children enjoyed the space especially the tree swing. The shower and toilet area was new and worked well. Had lots of space to pitch. Fire pit was fantastic. Children learnt to build and light the fire themselves.

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    Paying £5 for wood and getting a bit of DIY waste thrown in. All logs would be preferable. Noise from local traffic in evening - motorcycles on the main road (wouldn't bother many as it is a good distance away from site). Site could have done with a bit of litter picking.

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Gas cylinders available

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Renewable energy

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

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Cycling nearby

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Groups welcome

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Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

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Type

Small (11-25 pitches)

Camping 2.0

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Location

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  • Grove Coach Road, Retford, Nottinghamshire, England, DN22 0PW
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 53.3092°N 0.9210°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Retford Bus Station — 1.1 miles
Worksop: Hardy Street Coach Stop — 8.5 miles
Warsop (Notts): Coach Stop — 12.0 miles
Train stations
Retford Low Level Rail Station — 1.0 miles
Retford Rail Station — 1.2 miles
Gainsborough Lea Road Rail Station — 8.2 miles
Ferry ports
Hull Ferry Terminal — 40.2 miles
Airports
Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport — 12.4 miles
Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport — 12.7 miles
Sheffield City Airport — 20.0 miles

Directions


From the south: take the A638 off the A1 to Retford and after 3 miles as you come into town go towards the centre of town over the first and second roundabouts then over the railway bridge. Take the first turn on the right, where there is a letterbox on the corner; this is Grove Coach Road. The major road turns right becoming Cavendish Road but you continue straight on, on the very minor road marked "restricted byway" until you get to a T-junction where you turn right. We are the first place you can see, on the right-hand side.

From the north: take the A1 to Blyth then take the A634 to Retford and after about 5 miles you come into the town. Turn left at the major roundabout (just after the hospital on your right) onto the ring-road. Following signs to the A1 you will pass Morrison's, where you need to turn right, cross a few sets of traffic lights and then turn left onto the London Road heading south out of town. Grove Coach Road is half a mile along the London Road, after a pedestrian crossing and has a letter box on the corner. The major road turns right becoming Cavendish Road but you continue straight on, on the very minor road marked "restricted byway" until you get to a T-junction where you turn right. We are the first place you can see, on the right-hand side.

By train: Retford has excellent train links due to it being on the East Coast Main Line. Lincoln and York are both 35 minutes away while London, Durham and Hull are all about 90 minutes away. Newcastle is 105 minutes away, Edinburgh 195 minutes away, Sheffield 45 minutes away, and Doncaster 15 minutes away. We will usually be able to pick people up from the station if you arrange this in advance. It is a 20 minute walk at Andy's pace (or 30 minutes at Liza's) from the station to the campsite.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

Several walks start straight from the site, or you could see the forest from high up with a swing in the trees at Go Ape. Adventurous/energetic walkers can tramp the Peak District just over an hour away or critique Ice Age rock art at Creswell Crags.

Elsewhere, history fans have three castles (Lincoln, Bolsover and Conisbrough) to visit and grand stately homes and parks to roam such as Rufford Abbey, Harwick Hall and Lord Byron's ancestral home Newstead Abbey. Chatsworth, setting for the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and the film The Duchess, is just over an hour away.

City slickers at Little Oak Campsite can take their pick from trains to Lincoln, York and Sheffield and Doncaster. All these could be waxed lyrical about at great length, but quick recommendations include Lincoln's castle and cathedral (which has a copy of the Magna Carta, democracy fans); York for the Jorvik Viking Centre, York Dungeons, the Railway Museum and the Chocolate Story, and Sheffield for its gardens and art gallery. Nottingham is about an hour's drive away.

Kids have Captain Jack's soft play and the Sundown theme park (for under 10s) to trot along to, or the Wetlands' animal park to feed animals like llamas, deer and wallabies. Or have wheely good fun at the Wheelgate all-weather adventure park which has a new waterpark among its many things to do. Looking for something a bit more old-fashioned? Pick your own fruit just down the road from the campsite.

Feeling sporty? Try Doncaster Race Course, Trent Bridge cricket ground and, right next door, the Nottingham Forest and Notts County football grounds.

Finally, the active and energetic will find loads to do in the area too: ask Andy and Liza about the local fishing, clay pigeon shooting, golf, quad bikes, rock climbing, abseiling, canyoning, caving, go-karting, pony trekking, paintball...

Unless otherwise mentioned, all the above can be reached within 40 minutes.

Must see

  • Sherwood Forest Country Park (9.4 miles)
  • Mansfield Museum (16.3 miles)
  • Bolsover Castle (16.4 miles)

National Trust

  • Clumber Park (6.6 miles)
  • Mr Straw's House (8.0 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

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Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  Anytime –  Anytime
Depart:  Anytime
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  12 p.m. –  Anytime
Depart:  10 a.m.

Little Oak Campsite cancellation policy

No refunds within 30 days of arrival date.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Little Oak Campsite will debit the balance from your card 30 days before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 30 days then the balance will be taken immediately.

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Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Admission
Unsupervised minors must have a letter of authorisation from their parents or legal guardian.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Dogs
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act.

General
Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Pitches
You must follow the management directives when pitching your tent/unit and related equipment.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.

Vehicles
Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.
Twin axle vehicles are not permitted on site.

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