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General

  • Wild site by the River Ash, 15 minutes' drive from Bishop's Stortford
  • Forage on site for elderberries, rosehips and edible Himalayan blossom
  • Within 40 minutes' drive of Audley End and Knebworth House

Tired of the rat race? Badgered by modern life? Take yourself off to Toad Abode and rediscover the English countryside. This wild site by the River Ash in Hertfordshire is 15 minutes’ drive from Bishop’s Stortford and surrounded by trees, hedgerows and fields. There’s a toilet block and somewhere to park your vehicles... and the rest is up to you.

When all that fresh air makes you famished, forget the shops and connect with your inner cave dweller: edible Himalayan blossom grows around the site, along with elderberries, rosehips, nettles and fungi… all just there for the foraging. Take it a level further and cook your collected victuals on a campfire (or a barbecue, if you’re not yet a fully-qualified wilderness type).

There is, of course, no shame in nipping over to the pub instead, or supplementing your roots and berries with some sausages from the shops, all a short drive away in Bishop’s Stortford.

While you’re touring away from Toad Abode, make time to see Pishiobury Park (20 minutes), originally a landscaped garden designed by Capability Brown in the 18th century and now a designated County Wildlife Site. With grazing pastures occupied by a friendly herd of longhorn cattle, wet woodlands and flood meadows, it's a fine example of nature improving on the works of humans.


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Features

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Public transportation nearby

Leisure on park

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Playground

Recreation room/arcade

Takeout

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on park

Bath available

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundromat

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Restrooms

Shower available

Tents for hire

Washing-up area

Wheelchair access

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Dump station

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Rules

Barbecue grills allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Peaceful

Wild camping

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Type

Small (11-25 sites)

Location

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  • Pegs Lane, Widford, Ware, Hertfordshire, England, SG12 8SX
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 51.8293°N 0.0580°E

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Standon (Herts): South Rd Coach Stop — 6.6 kilometres
Harlow Bus Station — 7.1 kilometres
Bishops Stortford: Holy Trinity Coach Stop — 8.4 kilometres
Train stations
Harlow Town Rail Station — 5.9 kilometres
St Margarets (Herts) Rail Station — 6.1 kilometres
Roydon Rail Station — 6.2 kilometres
Ferry ports
East India Pier — 36.1 kilometres
Canary Wharf Pier — 36.5 kilometres
North Greenwich Pier — 36.6 kilometres
Airports
London Stansted Airport — 15.5 kilometres
London Luton Airport — 30.5 kilometres
London City Airport — 36.2 kilometres

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Local attractions

​To see more of that human-nature fusion at work, take a 10-minute trip to the Henry Moore Studios & Gardens, where the renowned sculptor lived for 40 years. Indoors, tours of Moore’s home and book collection give an insight into the artist’s private life while his studio and the gardens outside show how sketches became models and finally monumental works.

There are a great many more homes to poke round in this part of Hertfordshire, from opulent Audley End to the downright fanciful Knebworth House, whose oriental domes and spires are now home to a dinosaur trail and adventure playground (both 40 minutes). Smaller members of the party may also appreciate a trip to Mountfitchet Castle, its restored Norman village, nearby toy museum and most especially its tales of ghosts and torture chambers (20 minutes).

You might get want get back to the safety of the wild after all that, in which case, ancient Hatfield Forest (30 minutes) should oblige, with a lake for fishing and boating, trails for walking and cycling and a café with tea and cake. Enroute, look out for fallow and muntjac deer, buzzards, green woodpeckers and cormorants.

Must see

  • Lee Valley Regional Park (16.3 kilometres)
  • Knebworth House (19.4 kilometres)
  • Hatfield House (19.9 kilometres)

National Trust

  • Shaw's Corner (22.4 kilometres)
  • Sutton House (32.2 kilometres)

Cycle routes

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

  • Does Toad Abode have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Toad Abode dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Toad Abode? ​To see more of that human-nature fusion at work, take a 10-minute trip to the Henry Moore Studios & Gardens, where the renowned sculptor lived for 40 years. Indoors, tours of Moore’s ... Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Toad Abode?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  10 a.m. –  7 p.m.
    Depart by:  10 a.m.
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Terms and conditions

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Admission
All guests spending the night at the park must present their ID at the reception desk and sign registration forms.

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

General
Bookings must not be for more than 28 consecutive nights.

Changes to your holiday
Changes cannot be made once you have booked.

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

General
Discount cards and gift vouchers cannot be applied to bookings made via Pitchup.com.

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

Occupancy
Group bookings of 2 or more units (e.g. tent, touring caravan, motorhome or accommodation hire) travelling together are not permitted via Pitchup.com.
Group bookings of 4 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).

General
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.

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

General
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.
This site has no on-site shower facilities.

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

Arrivals and departures
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Visitors
Visitors are not permitted on site.
Visitors’ cars are not permitted on site.

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

Additional terms

Owing to a narrow entrance, vehicles must be no longer than 2.75 metres and no wider than 1.9 metres

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