Aldersroot

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  • Wild camping on private Essex parkland 10 minutes’ drive from Ongar
  • Epping Forest District Museum and Gibberd Garden half an hour’s drive
  • Adults-only off-grid pitches, communal firepit and watersports lake
Fancy a wild camping adventure on the very fringes of London? Then it’s time to discover tree-shrouded Aldersroot, set on five acres of leafy land between Ongar and Brentwood, half an hour by car and 40 minutes by public transport from the centre of the city. The campsite is completely off grid and its eco-credentials are pretty high; it’s solar powered for a low impact on the planet, and careful permaculture design techniques have been used to create the pond and young forest gardens. All profit from the campsite is lovingly ploughed (almost literally) back into the land. This wild corner of suburbia offers a space to relax and simply exist, or you can get together with fellow campers around the communal fire, try kayaking and paddleboarding (bring your own board) or go wild swimming. The number of tents on site is strictly limited and you can pick your preferred spot. Pitch right next to pals or find a secluded spot and disappear among the trees. There are a few rules to aid the smooth running of the place: while it’s a resounding yes to music and fun on site, Aldersroot is drug and alcohol free. And as it’s a functioning farm with livestock, kids and dogs are not allowed to stay.

Campground type

Lodges, cabins, pods or huts 1
Tent sites 10
Caravan sites 5
RV & Motorhome sites 5
Open all year
Please note
  • Guests under the age of 18 are not allowed on site.
  • No cars/motorbikes by the pitch/unit. All cars must be parked in the designated area.
  • Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.
  • Please note that the toilet facilities are unisex.

Languages spoken

English

Pitch types & availability

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Only showing reviews for the last 30 months.

Really easy to get to from London via public transport but don’t…

Overall 8/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 8
Customer service 10
Child friendliness No rating
Cleanliness 10
Wifi No rating
Anonymous The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Unpowered grass tent or trailer tent site

Liked: Really easy to get to from London via public transport but don’t follow Google maps as it suggested a bus that didn’t exist! The owner can advise on this. Really beautiful space with lots of secluded spots and some very friendly lambs. The staff were really welcoming and I’d go back again!

Disliked: The road nearby meant it wasn’t completely silent but this didn’t bother me.

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A lovely site. Pretty much just nature, a tap, and some logs!

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 8
Customer service 10
Child friendliness No rating
Cleanliness 10
Wifi No rating
Anonymous The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Unpowered grass tent or trailer tent site

Liked: Mark the host was great, he's done loads of camping himself and he made sure I was set up as soon as I got there then just left me to it. The location is great, just outside the M25 in ancient farming and woodland. There is a nice pub and shop in the village which you can walk to easily though the fields. Kelvedon Hatch bunker is just a few steps away, I didn't go to it this time but it really couldn't be nearer if you plan on seeing it. I had an espresso pot which I left behind, Mark contacted me and he arranged for me to easily pick it up (I live pretty nearby) so that was great. Plenty of space to set up a tent and a tarp. The bus stops right at the properties entrance (the stop sign is smashed up but you can see it, and they stopped for me - buses every hour into Brentwood) so a great stop over when backpacking! The alpacas and sheep are cute! The giant radio tower in the village is creepy! Lots of nature and a very quiet site!

Disliked: more an FYI - I got lost walking for a bit and got to the village shop just after six pm and it looked long shut, so make sure you have all you need before then. Also, if you look at maps of public rights of way there is supposed to be a footpath adjacent to the copse to the north, leading to a public bridleway into the village. It seems this all got fenced off to control deer. This deer proof fencing sounds like it restricts access but I didnt double check. However the footpath Mark pointed out, through the fields along the road was a very simple, pleasant walk, and doesn't sound like it has any issues with right of way / is well worn & doesn't intrude into crops etc (all but the roadside edge of these fields has the deer proof fencing on its eastern boundaries so its the only viable walk to the village afaik) Oh, there is no signage on the road for the farm - there really should be something to identify it from the road outside, so you know you've arrived?

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Lovely camping space up on a hill overlooking the lake. Surrounded by…

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 8
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 10
Marnie W. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Unpowered grass tent or trailer tent site

Liked: Lovely camping space up on a hill overlooking the lake. Surrounded by nature with a visit from some particularly cute lambs and the friendly farm dog ‘Digger’. Perfect location just outside of London super convenient for a weekend away without having to drive very far! Took us 35 mins to drive from east London! Would also recommend the additional fire pit! No signal on the campsite but not an issue as you don’t tend to go camping to be on your phone!

Disliked: Not much!

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A large spacious site with beautiful views of the pond and trees.…

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 6
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 6
alexander l. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Unpowered grass tent or trailer tent site

Liked: A large spacious site with beautiful views of the pond and trees. Great hospitality and made to feel very welcome. The friendly alpacas are a bonus.

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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Sauna

TV room

Take away

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by site/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundry

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portable toilet

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Adults only

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

No dogs allowed

Themes

Walkers' paradise

Utilities

Charging facilities

Dump point

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Dog walk nearby

Type

Small (11-25 sites)

Nearby leisure

Fishing nearby

Location

Aldersroot

Priory Ponds Farm

Ongar Road

Kelvedon Hatch

Ongar

Essex

England

CM15 0LA

Directions

Timezone

Europe/London +0100 (GMT+01:00)

GPS

51.67386°N
0.26426°W

Route directions

Please follow the Google Maps directions (for Priory Ponds Farm), which will bring you directly to the gate. Please do not use the postcode for directions as it ends at a different address.

Nearest transport

Coach
6.5 km High Street
6.5 km High Street
11.8 km Romford Market
Rail
6.6 km Shenfield Rail Station
7.1 km Brentwood Rail Station
8.3 km Ingatestone Rail Station
Ferry
24 km Woolwich Arsenal Pier
24.1 km Woolwich Ferry North Pier
24.3 km Woolwich Ferry South Pier
Airport
24 km London City Airport
24.1 km London Stansted Airport
32.5 km London Southend Airport

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

There’s a fair amount of history to digest in this leafy corner of Essex. You can learn about all things industrial at The Museum of Power (40 minutes’ drive), housed in an up-cycled 18th-century water-pumping station, or witness life in Cold War bunkers at Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker (five minutes’ drive). Have a nose around the 17th-century pottery finds and Victorian landscape paintings at Epping Forest District Museum (half an hour), and check the haphazard opening hours at Valence House Museum (35 minutes) before visiting – it’s well worth the trip to see the moated manor house, period rooms and gardens full of wildflowers. Keeping up the cultural theme, visit The Gibberd Garden (half an hour), where avenues of trees lead to an eccentric sculpture trail featuring the best of British artists – and when it’s just a peaceful country walk you’re after, try the trails through Bobbingworth Nature Reserve (10 minutes), built on a former landfill site.

Water quality at nearby bathing waters

Name Distance Type 2020 2019 2018 2017
Leigh Bell Wharf 30.7 km Estuary Good N/A Poor N/A
Southend Chalkwell 32 km Estuary N/A Good N/A Good
Southend Westcliff Bay 33 km Estuary N/A Excellent Excellent Excellent
Southend Three Shells 34.7 km Estuary N/A Excellent Excellent Good
Southend Jubilee 35.6 km Estuary N/A Good Good Good

Data source: European Environment Agency

Must see

Lee Valley Regional Park 17.9 km

RHS Garden Hyde Hall 21.4 km

Discover 23.6 km

Greenwich Heritage Centre 23.9 km

Firepower - The Royal Artillery Museum 25.2 km

National Trust

Rainham Hall 18.2 km

Eastbury Manor House 19.3 km

Sutton House 25.9 km

Red House 26 km

St John's Jerusalem 29.6 km

Cycle routes

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

Other

WEALD PARK 5.3 km

BLAKE HALL 5.9 km

HILL HALL 7.7 km

WARLEY PLACE 8.9 km

COOPERSALE HOUSE 9.5 km

Local events

  • All Points East (Saturday 17 August 2024 – Saturday 17 August 2024)

    London, England 26.3 km

  • British Summer Time (Friday 5 July 2024 – Friday 5 July 2024)

    London, England 35.1 km

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.

Nearest campgrounds

Unfortunately, we have no nearby bookable sites.

Want to know more about camping in Essex?

  • Does Aldersroot have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Aldersroot dog friendly? No View all features
  • What attractions are near Aldersroot? There’s a fair amount of history to digest in this leafy corner of Essex. You can learn about all things industrial at The Museum of Power (40 minutes’ drive), housed in an … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Aldersroot?
    Camping and caravan
    Arrive:  1:30 p.m. –  8:30 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
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  • How much does it cost to stay at Aldersroot? From $48.29 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party.