To ensure everyone who stays at Waterclose Meadows campsite has a great holiday, we have a few simple site rules.

Where is the nearest village?

The campsite is situated in the village of Houghton, Cambridgeshire. Larger towns St. Ives and Huntingdon are both only a few miles away.

Where is the nearest food shop? 

The village shop is under ½ mile away. There are several supermarkets all within 2 miles of the campsite including; Waitrose, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Co-op.

Where is the nearest pub/restaurant? 

There are several pubs all under one mile away, staff on-site can provide further details.

Where is the nearest bank? 

There are banks in the local towns of St. Ives and Huntingdon. There is a post office available in Houghton.

Do you take bookings? 

Advance bookings can be made online booking system. Please note the minimum night stay restrictions: 

  • Tents/caravans/Motorhomes - 1 night – weekdays, 2 nights – weekends, 3 nights – bank holiday weekends.
  • Please note that pitches are allocated by the site on arrival day - we are unable to offer a pitch reservation service.
  • Pods: 2 nights and 3 nights Bank Holiday weekends.

Do you accept dogs? 

Well-behaved dogs are welcome at Waterclose Meadows Campsite. We ask all dogs must be kept on leads at all times while on the property and campsite. Dogs should be exercised away from other campers and any mess cleared up immediately. 

Do you hire freeze packs? 

No, but we provide a small freezer for guest use in the facilities block.

Do you exchange gas cylinders? 


Where are some good walks/cycle trails for families? 

Houghton Mill to Houghton Meadows – an easy walking route (1.8 miles). Download the trail:
For a longer easy route, Houghton Mill to St. Ives and the Hemingfords route (5 miles). Download the trail:

Can we go fishing nearby? 

There is coarse fishing on the River Ouse which flows close to the site. A National Rod license is essential.

Where is the nearest bus stop? 

There is a bus service (under 5 minute) walk away along the route from Huntingdon to St. Ives.

Do you accept trailer tents/caravans/campervans? 

Tents, campervans, caravan, motorhomes and trailer tents are all accepted (max length 8 meters, no hard standing).

Do you have laundry facilities? 

Yes – Washing machine £3.50 per use, tumble drier £1.00 per 15 min cycle.

What places are there to visit nearby? 

National Trust Houghton Mill is on your doorstep (free entry to NT members); there are walking and family trails from the property. Local attractions also include, Wicken Fen National nature reserve, Oliver Cromwell's House and Wimpole Hall and Anglesey Abbey.

Do you take credit card payments? 

Book online in advance with debit and credit cards, payment can also be taken on-site via credit/debit card.

Are you open all year round? 

We are open from mid-March until the end of October. 

I am staying in a pod, what do I need to bring? 

The pods are fully equipped, all you will need is your bedding including pillows and don’t forget a tea towel if you’re planning to wash up.

Can I have a fire or barbecue? 

We don't allow fires, but you are welcome to use a barbecue as long as it is raised off the ground. 

Can under 18s stay at the site? 

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult. 

Do I have to pay for the showers? 

No they are included in the pitch price.

Can I park my car by my tent? 

Guests are able to park one car by their pitch; any additional cars can park at the local National Trust car park at £2.50 per day (free for members). Please note if the ground it wet you may be asked to use the main car park, but will be able to unload your car near to your pitch.

A view of the campsite at Waterclose Meadow, Houghton Mill

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