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Aldenham Country Park

8.3

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General

  • Large peaceful parkland 12 miles from central London
  • Café, farm shop, barbecue rental and free wifi
  • Lots of activities for kids including pony rides and animal feeding

City slickers! If you yearn for the bright lights of the UK capital but feel slightly faint at London hotel prices, you'll find the setting of Elmstree's Aldenham Country Park magic.

This wild camping and peaceful park is less than a mile from the M1 motorway and 12 miles from central London – and three from Muggle-based antics at The Making of Harry Potter as well as seven from Wembley Stadium. (And another topping aspect of Aldenham's location? It's a tiptop option for Londoners seeking a nearby bolthole too.)

Although it's so close to the city, Aldenham is spellbindingly rural, set on a 175-acre parkland site next to a large lake and maintaining a quiet countryside atmosphere with nature walks, pony rides, egg collecting and animal feeding among the activities for guests.

Kids can join an expert-led survival workshop, learn about life on the farm or search for Winnie in the Pooh in the park's 100 Aker Wood area. Other activities include fishing and cycle rides on woodland trails.

The site's facilities include a café, playgrounds, free wifi, barbecue rental and a shop selling farm produce. The amenities block has toilets, showers and disabled access.


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8.3

Overall rating based on 144 reviews

 

81% would recommend this site to a friend.

81% would stay here again.

  67% described as Wild camping ?

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Anonymous user

Playground, Farm09/28/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent, trailer tent or campervan pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Playground, Farm

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From the manager...

Thank you for your comments, look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Bethan

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Anonymous user

Beautiful place, could do with better showers, ehu and more bins09/24/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent, trailer tent or campervan pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The scenery was lovely, there were plenty of toilets, staff were very helpful and friendly and reasonably priced.

    Disliked: 

    There were not designated camping spaces, it was just a pitch up wherever you like basis, there were not many places you could wash your hands, I was put off using the shower facilities as it looked like they were tiny sheds, washing up stations were not sheltered so if it rains you either can’t wash up or you get wet, there were not many level spaces, no ehu and the only bins were as you exit the site.

From the manager...

Hello,

Thank you for your comments, we are a wild camping site that has a pitchless rule this enables are campers to camp where ever they like and we have found many benefits for this.

Your comments on the shelter for the sinks has been noted, and we will look into this!

We hope we can welcome you back soon,

Thanks

Bethan

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If you catch it on the right weekend when it’s quiet.09/21/2020

Reviewer's country: United Kingdomneil d.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent, trailer tent or campervan pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The site and that you can have a fire.

    Disliked: 

    Too busy

From the manager...

Hello Neil,

Thank you for your comments, we are limited to numbers here due to Covid and we didn't hit these numbers so apologise if you find this too busy.

We hope to welcome you back soon,

Thanks

Bethan

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Grounds and animals really fun for the kids. Great adventure …09/14/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomTj T.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent, trailer tent or campervan pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Grounds and animals really fun for the kids. Great adventure playground. Super nice staff. Overall great camp trip

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From the manager...

Hello,

Thank you for your lovely comments!

We all hope to see you again soon,

Bethan

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To be able to have fires on the ground . …09/13/2020

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  • Non-electric grass tent, trailer tent or campervan pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    To be able to have fires on the ground . Although we did dig a fire pit . And covered it over before leaving

    Disliked: 

From the manager...

Hello,

Thank you for your comments, we look forward to welcoming you again soon!

Thanks

Bethan

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Location09/08/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent, trailer tent or campervan pitch
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    Location

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From the manager...

Thank you for your comments, we look forward to welcoming you again soon.

Thanks

Bethan

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The site is in a lovely environment, and convenient to visit London09/05/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomGraham W.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent, trailer tent or campervan pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Overall I was pleased with our stay, the site was a litter free field in a lovely avenue of chestnut trees. We was 3 miles Stanmore Tube Station by using the park and ride facility at the station it took around 30 min to reach the centre of London.

    Disliked: 

    The staff are friendly and helpful but carried out the their duty's to the bare minimum, the toilets were never properly cleaned and hand sanitizers were not refilled. The shower went from cold to warm for no reason and was never hot and the shower holder was broken. There was no supervision of where people could set up their pitch and a few times when arrived back from day out we found a neighbour had pitched uncomfortably close to us.

From the manager...

Hello Graham,

Thank you for your comments we are glad you enjoyed your trip overall.

We will pick up with our staff in regards to their cleaning duties these should always be done to a top standard. In regards to our showers we had the issue reported and have no fixed this. Our site is a pitch free campsite.

We hope we can welcome you back soon,

Thanks

Bethan

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Anonymous user

Excellent site for London. Facilities very, very basic.09/02/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent, trailer tent or campervan pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The proximity to London. Being able to just walk in the immediate area. The young staff were friendly and helped as much as they could.

    Disliked: 

    The fact that we were not allowed to use the wooded area even though I had chosen the site because of this fact and explained that I had had a lot of skin cancer and needed shade. The ground either side of the gates was an actual quagmire and we were glad we had experience of driving on mud roads in Africa!! This was rectified in one area but the other area was awaiting hardcore to come after we left. Surely this was not the first time this problem had occurred?

From the manager...

Hello,

Thank you for comments, i'm sorry about our wooded area being closed this never escalated to me otherwise we would of been flexible considering your circumstances.

Our ground is based on top of clay and we do try our best to keep this in a good enough condition, as soon as our ground see's sun it dries up immediately so there is pro's and con's to this sadly.

We hope we can welcome you back again soon, and please feel free to contact me direct with any problems in future.

Thanks

Bethan

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Anonymous user

lovely pitches, lovely site .lovely people09/02/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent, trailer tent or campervan pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Lovely spot, well organised and not overbearing at all. Facilities kept really clean and nice, staff super helpful, COVID rules do make logistics slightly more complicated but Aldenham crew do a good job of not letting it become too painful. Will definitely be back. If I had one small niggle. The £25 fire package doesn't provide very much wood for the price and the the check in area is not well sign posted, we had trouble figuring out where we had to do at first.

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From the manager...

Hello,

Thank you for your comments, we are glad you enjoyed your stay with some lovely pictures!!

In regards to our fire package, this also includes permission to have your fire (covers the cost for us to re-seed,dig and resurface our fields). Hope this makes a little more sense when it comes to the fire package cost.

We look forward to hopefully welcoming you back another time.

Thanks

Bethan

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Lovely location but very basic sanitation and showers.08/31/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomNicola M.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent, trailer tent or campervan pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The location

    Disliked: 

    Toilets and shower facilities are very very basic (a shed with a hole in the ground).

From the manager...

Hello,

Thank you for your comments, in regards to our toilets facilities we are an eco-friendly campsite. Therefore our toilets are compost toilets, we do understand not everyone likes this idea so we do have the trailer toilets available as well.

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Bethan

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Features

Coronavirus

24+ hour ventilation between accommodation guests

Capacity reduced to increase social distancing

Check-in: contactless (in person)

More frequent emptying of bins

One-way flow for entering/leaving buildings

Shared spaces: daily deep cleaning

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

TV room

Take away

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Tents for hire

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Camping 2.0

Bell tents

Camping pods

Jumbo tent pitches

Shepherd's huts

Tipis, yurts, or wigwams

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Forest

Lake and/or mountain

Leave the car at home

Luxury

Peaceful

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Communal fridge

Gas cylinders available

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Farm

Large (51-200 pitches)

Very large (over 200 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Tennis nearby

Watersports nearby

Touring and motorhomes

Seasonal pitches

Tourer storage facilities

Location

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  • Dagger Lane, Elstree, Hertfordshire, England, WD6 3BA
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 51.6490°N 0.3155°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Watford Junction: Rail Station Coach Stop — 3.6 miles
Wembley Stadium: Olympic Way coach stop — 6.5 miles
St Albans: St Peters Street Coach Stop — 7.3 miles
Train stations
Elstree & Borehamwood Rail Station — 1.5 miles
Radlett Rail Station — 2.5 miles
Bushey Rail Station — 3.0 miles
Ferry ports
Kew Pier — 11.3 miles
Savoy Pier — 12.8 miles
Embankment Pier — 12.9 miles
Airports
London Heathrow Airport — 13.4 miles
London Heathrow Airport Terminal 1 — 13.5 miles
London Heathrow Airport Terminal 2 — 13.7 miles

Directions


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

After thoroughly investigating the parkland strolling and cycling trails, drive along to the golf course and driving range within two miles, or test your spellwork among Harry et al with the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter three miles away.

Watford's award-winning country house and greenery is four miles away; within five, zip along to the Royal Air Force Museum London, for a day among five huge buildings and hangars including a Battle of Britain Hall, and dozens of retired aircraft including Hawkers and Lancasters.

A 60-acre lake and sandy beach are six miles away at Ruislip Lido, along with a woodland centre, fishing platforms, play areas, a water splash area and a miniature railway. Wembley Stadium and the SSE Arena are a seven-mile drive away.

And then there's London… its thousands of attractions for all budgets and tastes are a mere 12 miles away: take the train to St Pancras then the Tube to wherever in the city your heart desires.

Must see

  • Royal Air Force Museum Hendon (4.8 miles)
  • Willows Farm Village (5.2 miles)
  • Wembley Stadium Tours (6.6 miles)

National Trust

  • Fenton House (8.6 miles)
  • 2 Willow Road (8.9 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.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  10 a.m. –  7 p.m.
Depart by:  noon
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  10 a.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart by:  noon

Aldenham Country Park cancellation policy

No refunds within 10 weeks of arrival date.

Bookings cannot be amended within 30 day(s) of arrival.

No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

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

Deposit transferable during COVID-19. Aldenham Country Park will debit the balance from your card 12 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 12 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.

Deposit transferable during COVID-19.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.

Payment methods accepted on the park

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Terms and conditions

Site booking terms and conditions

  • Does Aldenham Country Park have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Aldenham Country Park dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Aldenham Country Park? After thoroughly investigating the parkland strolling and cycling trails, drive along to the golf course and driving range within two miles, or test your spellwork among Harry et al with the Warner … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Aldenham Country Park?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  10 a.m. –  7 p.m.
    Depart by:  noon
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  10 a.m. –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  noon
    Read more

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Terms and conditions

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

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

Changes to your holiday
Bookings cannot be amended within 30 day(s) of arrival.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.

Extras
Facilities/activities including access to the adventure playground and the farm are subject to extra charges payable on arrival.

Safety
Firearms are not permitted.

Dogs
Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.

Extras
Motorbike(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

Arrivals and departures
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

Vehicles
No vehicle movement between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m..

Coronavirus
Owing to government regulations, groups of 7 or more people are not permitted.

General
Quiet hours must be respected between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m..
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.

Reception
Reception is open from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. between 01/07 and 31/10 and between 01/11 and 30/06.
Reception is unmanned after 6 p.m.. Please inform the site while on your way there should you expect to arrive after this time, so that the team can provide information about your unit/pitch.

General
The grocery shop is open between 01/01 and 31/12.
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.

Visitors
Visitors must leave the premises by 6 p.m..
Visitors must register at reception and pay their fee.

Additional terms

Access the adventure playground is charged at £3 per person, and access to the farm is charged at £4.50 for children, and £5 for adults.

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