The Simple Things


Broxbourne, Hertfordsh­ire


What’s special about it? When you find this campsite on the map – half a mile from a train station, five miles from the

M25 and less than 20 miles from central London – you’d be right to question, how wild can it really be? But with just 15 pitches and many people arriving by bike or canoe from London, this parcel of partially wooded land, where the River Lee intercepts the Lee Canal, is as wild as you’re ever likely to find this close to the capital. Only open at weekends, it’s also only for over 12s.

Things to do Spend the day messing about on the river. Fishing is permitted, with a licence, or you can hire canoes from Lee Valley Canoe Cycle just over the road. For a refreshing pint after a day of outdoor activity, it’s a 10-minute walk to The Crown, a pub popular with boaters that has picnic benches along the waterside.

Do we need to pack a trowel? Toilets are provided but no showers, although dogs and campfires are welcome here.

In the know Most pitches are in a communal meadow, so if you’re looking for even more tranquilli­ty, book one of the five woodland pitches for a genuine feel of isolation, with bats and owls as potential company and your campfire filling the leafy surroundin­gs with its glow. visitleeva­

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