Things to do in The Local Area

As if hundreds of square miles of rolling hills and country side were not enough, the Chilterns has lots of surprises in store.

Traditional village pubs and other places to eat:

There are some fantastic walks through the Hambleden Valley and surrounding villages which include Frieth, Turville, Fingest, Skirmett and Hambleden itself. Each village has a brilliant pub and they are all renowned for great food and ales! ☺ There have been many films/series made in our area such as “The Vicar of Dibley”, “Midsomer Murders”, “Nanny McPhee”, “Goodnight Mr Tom” and the list goes on. . . . . It is extremely picturesque and “olde worlde”.

We have included in minutes after each pub listed below, the time it would take on foot from the woodland camping area should you wish to walk to these village pubs:

Here is a link to lots of other cafes and restaurants in our area:

Walking and Cycling Routes:

There are tonnes of walking and cycling routes in the Hambleden Valley and these three websites will give you some ideas:

One of the best picnic spots with a view that we would recommend is on the top of the “Windmill Hill” in Turville adjacent to the “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” Windmill and the view at the top is breath-taking!

Ideas For Activities

Bush craft:

Bush craft sessions for children and adults in our woodland may be something you would like to give a go. David Edworthy is fully trained, insured and CRB checked to hold group sessions. His contact details are: Email:

Boating Down The River Thames / Water Sports:

You could hire boats or canoes and take a trip out on the River Thames in either Henley or Marlow. Two companies we would recommend would be:   

Hambleden Lock

Hambleden Lock has lovely walks along the river banks. There are many shallow coves running alongside the towpath, allowing you to partake in a bit of paddling, wild swimming or just picnic in the field by the river for those not wanting to brave the cold water.

The Flower Pot pub has a huge garden and they have BBQ's throughout the summer, in addition to the pub menu. This is located on the towpath from Hambleden Lock should you wish to stop for a refreshment or bite to eat

If there are any keen water sports enthusiasts or novices wishing to try something new, then we would highly recommend Westhorpe Lake just outside of Marlow. They offer a range of activities you can book. Please see their website for details:

Westhorpe Water Sports – Marlow   

We also really recommend Longridge riverside activity centre in Marlow which are fantastic for family groups wanting some outdoor fun. Please visit their website:


Here is a link for ‘The 15 Best Things To Do In Marlow’ which may also help give you some ideas for activities in the surrounding area:   

Clay Shooting:

We offer clay pigeon shooting on the farm on the first Sunday of every month. It is organised externally by Nick Clarke (07889 542498) and Paul Avery (07831 308400). If you call either of them, they would be happy to discuss your or your group’s requirements.

The shooting takes place behind the camping fields at Lower Court Farm in Lane End village. It is a 5 min car drive from the Frieth village campsite (Woodland/Broadfield or The Park Field).

It is hosted from 10am on the first Sunday of every month. They will be able to advise you on what you will need to bring

How To Book

To book, or simply discuss your requirements simply email us.

As we are a working farm and not in the office all the time it may be easier to fill out a booking enquiry form via this link so we can get back to you when we have the diary with us.

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