Developed by the park’s Ranger Team, Lee Valley Almost Wild Campsite will cater for the growing number of outdoor enthusiasts and weekend explorers seeking authentic experiences and new challenges across the UK’s green spaces.
Lee Valley Almost Wild Campsite will offer a total of 17 pitches across its riverside and woodland setting – the largest of these accommodating up to three, two-person tents. Campers can even choose their preferred location at time of booking, with pitches being allocated on a first come, first served basis.
For £12 per person per night, campers aged 12 and above can sleep under the stars and fuel their camp fire with a complimentary a bag of firewood. The campsite’s ‘back to basics’ facilities include composting toilets and cold water taps whilst after hours lighting will be provided by solar energy lamps – and not much else.
During their stay, guests wishing to learn basic bushcraft skills can participate in Ranger-led courses such as traditional fire-making, i.e. without the use of lighters or matches, foraging and preparing food sourced in the wild, open fire cooking and the art of wood whittling.
With the River Lea running beside Lee Valley Almost Wild Campsite, campers can hire nearby canoes and explore the waterway for themselves directly from the campsite’s own banks. Visitors can also take advantage of the many walking and cycling routes that run through the park, in addition to the watersports available at Lee Valley White Water Centre.
Lee Valley Regional Park’s Senior North Ranger, Gareth Winn, said: “After months of planning and preparation, it’s really exciting to launch the new Lee Valley Almost Wild Campsite and share our enthusiasm for the beautiful park and all things bushcraft.
“The campsite will provide a great, countryside escape for visitors looking to learn the basics in the art of bushcraft, as well as those keen to test their knowledge and survival skills in the comfort of a space solely dedicated to wild camping.
“Lee Valley Almost Wild Campsite will also offer city-based professionals – many of whom are often short of time – a complete change of scenery as they can travel from desk to camp, all within 40 minutes of leaving the office.”
The result of a year-long transformation following the clearance of overgrown woodland, the newly restored site is to be launched as part of the Regional Park Authority’s 50th anniversary programme, a series of events and initiatives encouraging visitors to discover new areas of the 10,000 acre park and participate in a wide range of activities.
Located a 20-minute walk from Broxbourne train station, which connects travellers with London’s Liverpool Street in the south and Cambridge and Hertford to the north, the campsite also has a car park.
Booking is now open – to reserve a pitch, or for more information about Lee Valley Almost Wild Campsite and the Bushcraft skills programme, campers should head to visitleevalley.org.uk/almostwild.