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Lee Valley Almost Wild Campsite

8.2

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General

  • Peaceful woodland site on the border between Hertfordshire and Essex
  • On the outskirts of Broxbourne; 20 minutes' drive from Hertford
  • Waterside views and great public transport links

Forget about 'getting back to nature' – when you rock up at Lee Valley Almost Wild Campsite you'll feel like you never left it in the first place.

This peaceful back to basics campsite sits close to the Hertfordshire–Essex border and has gorgeous views over mature woodland and a grassy glade. Water surrounds the site on three sides too, which makes this spot promising indeed for relaxing breaks – a riverside pub, watersports centre and boat hire shop are all within comfortable walking distance.

Facilities at Lee Valley Almost Wild Campsite have been stripped down to the bare necessities so you can spend as much time as possible soaking up the site's all-natural vibes (think compost toilets and no on-site showers). Brought a hammock? Here you'll be welcome to sling it between a couple of trees and bivouac under the stars.

Such lightweight sleeping arrangements are particularly likely to suit those arriving here without a car. It’s extra easy to avoid spending long hours on the road at this well-connected spot, as Lee Valley Almost Wild Campsite is just over a quarter of a mile from Broxbourne station.

Stick around in Broxbourne to make use of its handy range of shops, pubs and takeaways. Not that you'll have to eat out here if you don't want to – this site welcomes barbecues and bonfires.


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8.2

Overall rating based on 11 reviews

 

82% would recommend this site to a friend.

82% would stay here again.

 

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Location, setting , quietness , helpful staff ( Carla)07/11/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomSimon P.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch (riverside)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Location, setting , quietness , helpful staff ( Carla)

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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So close to the river nice big open pitch’s With …07/08/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomTom R.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch (riverside)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    So close to the river nice big open pitch’s
    With your own fire pit and wooden benches.
    Good clean toilets with paper but does run out so always bring some emergency.

    We swam in the Lea up from the campsite and you can Kayak straight from the site

    Carla the Ranger looking after was Really friendly and helpful even when I had an access code mix up.

    Thank you guys we will be back soon

    Disliked: 

    Nothing was really Lovly

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Fantastic site would reconmend.07/05/2021

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

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch (riverside)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Great site. Well organised and lovely lady on site to show you around and even delivered our logs. Pitches are massive and well kept. Riverside pitches are lovely. Compost loos great, clean and stocked. Well positioned to walk up the Lee Valley by the canal. All in all a great weekend.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing really. Being picky a shower would be good

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Easy to book with good facilities. We loved our pitch …07/04/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch (woodland)
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    Easy to book with good facilities. We loved our pitch which was located in a charming forest area. Other campers were respectful and quiet.

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Quiet place, friendly helpful staff06/21/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMaksims S.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch (woodland)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Quiet place, friendly helpful staff

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Lovely quiet campsite by the river. Super green and super …06/13/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomSandy H.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch (riverside)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Lovely quiet campsite by the river. Super green and super spacious. As I travel on my own, safety is important and the campsite is well managed in that regard. The staff is super friendly and helpful. It is very practical for people on foot as it is within 15/20mn walk from Broxbourne train station. There is a nice walk alongside the river on the other side of the bank that will take you to pubs. There are benches and a campfire at each pitch if you want to buy wood and do a barbecue as well.

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Great environment, poor planning10/19/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMatthew H.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch (woodland)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Was a great area which had some lovely secluded bays in order to pitch up, the ranger was very friendly and helpful, beautiful area, great recommendation for campers for a quick easy stay

    Disliked: 

    Upon arrival, we realised there was nobody at the front gate to allow us entry as it was pad locked shut, we waited for nearly an hour to gain access from another fellow camper, no numbers provided which we called for assistance answered so, if these people had not let us in and told us about the pad lock code we would not have known how to get in.
    Also, no pitch numbers or instructions of where we where stay was provided so also once in the complex we had no idea where we were supposed to go. Also fellow campers assisted us as the numbers provided did not answer.
    When it came to leaving, an additional pad lock had been placed on the gate preventing us from leaving, where we had to wait an hour for someone to assist us with leaving the complex.

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We had a sweet little forest area to ourselves so …09/06/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch (woodland)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    We had a sweet little forest area to ourselves so the privacy was lovely. It rained slightly but the trees sheltered us. And the fire pit with the little wooden stools around it was beautiful, loved it!

    Disliked: 

    Didn't meet any staff, but we managed to find our pitch eventually

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Lovely site with horrendous customer service09/02/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch (riverside)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    The area is absolutely lovely, super easy to get to by train and there are many easily accessible shops and beautiful nature walks nearby

    Disliked: 

    The customer service of this establishment is absolutely appalling. They double booked us, then didn't send the correct confirmation emails and then didn't tell us our pitch number (resulting in us showing up on the day with absolutely no idea of where to go) and had absolutely no interest in trying to help us sort any of it out. We made upwards of a dozen phone calls, most of which weren't even answered, the others answered by a lady with absolutely no inclination to want to help us even slightly. Only through incessant nagging did we even get the privilege to pay for another booking so that we had somewhere to stay for the night. There is no staff on site, and don't expect anyone at the office to assist, either. Truly unacceptable in every way, and a great shame that such a lovely site should be run by such incompetent people.

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Fantastic08/31/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomKinga K.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch (woodland)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Lovely place. Friendly people. Easy way

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Features

Leisure on park

Bar or club house

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Outdoor swimming pool

Playground

Recreation room/arcade

TV room

Takeout

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on park

Bath available

Car parking by site/unit

Composting toilet

Dog park

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundromat

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Pub toilets

Restrooms

Shower available

Tents for hire

Washing-up area

Wheelchair access

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue grills allowed

Barbecue provided

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Wild camping

Utilities

Charging facilities

Communal fridge

Dump station

Electric car charging point(s)

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Type

Pop-up campsite

Small (11-25 sites)

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Location

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  • Nazeing New Road, Broxburne, Hertfordshire, England, EN10 6TD
  • Timezone Europe/London +0100 (GMT+01:00)   GPS 51.7435°N 0.0084°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Bus Station — 7.8 kilometres
Bus Station — 15.0 kilometres
Gracemead House — 15.3 kilometres
Train stations
Broxbourne Rail Station — 0.4 kilometres
Rye House Rail Station — 3.0 kilometres
Cheshunt Rail Station — 4.6 kilometres
Ferry ports
Camden Lock Waterbus — 24.5 kilometres
London Zoo Waterbus Stop — 25.5 kilometres
East India Pier — 26.3 kilometres
Airports
London Stansted Airport — 24.7 kilometres
London City Airport — 26.9 kilometres
London Luton Airport — 29.6 kilometres

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

This site has particularly advantageous access to sporting jaunts in the surrounding area. For starters, there's the fact that you're a 25-minute walk from ESSA Water Activities Centre where taster sessions, crash courses and in-depth lessons can be arranged for activities as varied as windsurfing, powerboating, rafting and sailing. If you'd rather practice your teeing instead, there's also nearby Nazeing Golf Course (10 minutes' drive).

If the peace and quiet of golf has you hooked, you may well appreciate similarly serene local activities like birdwatching at RSPB Rye Meads (10 minutes) or touring the many quiet corners of the National Trust's Morven Park (20 minutes). Younger travellers who like to be a bit more boisterous, meanwhile, have plenty of hands-on rural activities on hand at Lee Valley Park Farms (10 minutes).

When it's time to spend a spell in town, you'll find ample options in Hertford (20 minutes), where a theatre, castle and interesting museum will tide you over nicely if you're at a loose end. For a car-free day trip somewhere new, let the train drop you off in the centre of historic Cambridge (45 minutes by train or an hour by car).

Must see

  • Lee Valley Regional Park (6.4 kilometres)
  • Hatfield House (13.9 kilometres)
  • Willows Farm Village (19.9 kilometres)

National Trust

  • Shaw's Corner (20.6 kilometres)
  • Sutton House (22.0 kilometres)

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:  2 p.m. –  9 p.m.
Depart by:  11 a.m.

Lee Valley Almost Wild Campsite cancellation policy

No refunds within 30 days of arrival date.

The park is not liable for any refund in the event of force majeure.

Bookings cannot be amended within 4 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. Lee Valley Almost Wild Campsite 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.

Refunds within the indicated cancellation period are only possible if the site is able to relet your unit/pitch.

Deposit transferable during COVID-19.

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

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Terms and conditions

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  • Does Lee Valley Almost Wild Campsite have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Lee Valley Almost Wild Campsite dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Lee Valley Almost Wild Campsite? This site has particularly advantageous access to sporting jaunts in the surrounding area. For starters, there's the fact that you're a 25-minute walk from ESSA Water Activities Centre where taster sessions, crash … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Lee Valley Almost Wild Campsite?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  2 p.m. –  9 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
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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.

General
Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.

Changes to your holiday
Bookings cannot be amended within 4 day(s) of arrival.

General
Bookings must not be for more than 5 consecutive nights.

Vehicles
Continental touring caravans (caravans built with the door on the right-hand side) are not permitted.

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

Safety
Firearms are not permitted.

Admission
Guests under the age of 12 are not allowed on site.

Dogs
Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.

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

Vehicles
No cars/motorcycles at the site. All cars must be parked in the designated area.

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

Vehicles
No vehicle movement between 9 p.m. and 8 a.m..

General
Quiet hours must be respected between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m..
Refunds within the indicated cancellation period are only possible if the site is able to relet your unit/pitch.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behavior is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.
The park is not liable for any refund in the event of force majeure.

Dogs
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act (i.e. Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro) and/or any of the following: Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler, any Mastiff or Tosa.

Arrivals and departures
The site will send you further check-in information 5 day(s) before your arrival.

Taxes
This area is not subject to city tax.

General
This site has no on-site shower facilities.

Admission
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Vehicles
Units heavier than 1100 kg are not allowed.
Units longer than 5 metres are not allowed.

Visitors
Visitors are not permitted on site.

Sites
You must follow management instructions when setting up your tent/rig and related equipment.

Dogs
Your dog must be tattooed or microchipped.

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