We are looking forward to welcoming our campers back to Waterclose Meadows. When we re-open business might not quite be back to normal. It’s unlikely that not all of our usual services and activities will be available. Please read this page carefully before you visit and we’ll keep you regularly updated on any changes.


As always, our friendly team will be on site or nearby ready to welcome you while our reception remains closed. We’ll have your arrival details ready for you outside the campsite reception.

It’s important that you arrive between 1pm and 8pm only, and that you pitch in the marked area on your welcome map to make sure we can safely space out campers across the site. If you are staying in a camping pod, please take a look at separate check-in times below.

You’ll find a rear-view mirror hanger in your welcome pack. This will clearly show us that you’re staying on the campsite and make it easy for you to get in and out of the site during your stay with us.

Late arrivals after 5pm

If you haven’t already, please let us know if you’ll be arriving after 5pm and before 8 pm so we can make sure that you have the correct entrance code to enter the property gate and have your pitching information prepared ready for you to collect outside our reception. If you find your going to arrive late unexpectedly, please contact us on the out of hours mobile 07483 300944 after 5pm.

Pod bookings

Arrival from 3pm
Departure by 10am

You will find all the information in your welcome folder on arrival.

Our facilities

There will be limited access in some areas to help us carry out our enhanced cleaning regime, for the safety of our guests, staff and volunteers:

While additional cleaning is carried out throughout the day, we kindly ask that guests are supportive and patient.

To support social distancing we continually review our overall occupancy and review our availability and have suggested that all our touring pitch bookings support their stay with their own facilities to further support social distancing as peak times.

We ask that face coverings are worn whenever possible while using the shared indoor facilities.

The main toilets and showers will be closed for cleaning, from 10.30am – 12pm. We ask that no showers are taken in the family and accessible room while the main toilets are closed. You’ll find our family room toilet is open and cafe toilets will be open when cleaning is in progress.

There will also be restricted shower use from 5.30pm – 7.30am.

Please note, baby changing is now only available in the family and accessible room, located at the front of the block.

Our hair dryers will also not be available at this time and ask that you don’t use your own in the shared areas to support social distancing.

Chemical waste facilities

You can find our chemical waste facility for tourers, caravans and campervans at the back of the toilet block.

Motorhome disposal point

There is a drive-in area for motorhomes to deposit waste water in front of the main water point to the right of the facilities block.

Laundry and drying facilities

You can find our washing and drying areas behind the facility block and a small freezer for freezer blocks. 

Washing-up areas

To help keep your pots and pans sparkling we have a semi-enclosed pot washing area in the facility block.

The Mill

Government guidance allowing, we hope to open the Mill and see the water wheel turning once more. You’ll need to book these now as visits are  pre-bookable tours only. You’ll be able to find out more about the Mill and book through the Houghton Mill website.

Please note tours will only run from 2 days a week in low season and five days a week in the peak season. No make sure you are aware of the days its closed so not to Mill out.

If you are unable to book ask one of the team and they will be able to find out if there are cancellation or spaces available for you during your stay. Booking are released on the Friday for the following week.

Too find out more about the Mill and its opening times and learn more about the area visit the Houghton Mill website

Please note opening times have changes and tours of the Mill are now pre-bookable only. The Mill is open at weekends only during mid and low season and closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.


Government guidance allowing, our cafe will be open daily between 10am - 4pm and will be offering a simple takeaway service. 

The riverside area

We have limited access to the riverside. As a result, this usually busy area has become very tranquil. It is still possible to launch kayaks, canoes and paddleboards from a small access area. And you’ll now find there is more green open space for you to enjoy next to the campsite and you can get to the river at different access spots nearby if needed.

Day visitors

Unfortunately, we are unable to allow day guests on site at this time.

Outstanding payments

While our reception remains closed, we’re unable to take incoming calls. If you have any outstanding payments, one of the team will call before arrival or during your stay to settle this payment.
If you would like to make changes to your booking or have any questions at all, please email us at houghtonmillcampsite@nationaltrust.org.uk and we’ll get in touch with you as soon as possible.

Our friendly team will be out and about on the site, if you need any help at all during your stay.

Additional overnight parking.

Bookings include one car per pitch.

Our overflow car park remains closed, therefore we’re unable to allow additional overnight parking. If you require additional overnight parking please contact us via email before your arrival date.

Our friendly team will be out and about on the site, if you need any help at all during your stay

We look forward to welcoming you.

Guests at Waterclose Meadow, Houghton Mill

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