Ye Olde Swan Campsite Review at Radcot, Oxfordshire

We visited this campsite on the hottest weekend of the year so far, Easter Bank Holiday. We got to the campsite early on the Friday morning so managed to get a river front pitch. As the day went on the field filled up, I would say to pretty much capacity.

The campsite is located in the village of Radcot in Oxfordshire. Radcot is famous for its bridge which claims to be the “oldest bridge on the Thames”, having been built around 1200. The bridge was severely damaged during the Wars of the Roses and was later rebuilt as it appears today, with a flattened centre arch.

The Thames Path National Trail runs right passed the campsite. This trail is 180 miles long and runs from the flood barrier in London to the source of the river near Kemble. The campsite is in the Tadpole Bridge to Lechlade Section of the trail.

So how would I review this campsite…

What is great about it?

  • The location, especially if you are into kayaking or paddleboarding with the River Thames running alongside the campsite. We were lucky enough to have a launch spot right in front of our pitch.
  • Pet friendly with off lead walking direct from the campsite. There is a great walk following the Thames Path (flat with plenty of dog swimming opportunities) to the village of Kelmscot. Refreshments are available at the Plough Inn at Kelmscott to fortify you for the walk back. You can also walk the opposite way on the Thames Path to The Trout Inn at Tadpole Bridge or do circular walks from the campsite
  • Walking distance of five minutes to the nearest pub, Ye Olde Swan which has a lovely beer garden for hot summer days but is also dog friendly should the weather not be so kind to you. We didn’t actually sample the food as we had great BBQ weather but the menu looked good and it was certainly busy all weekend.

What is not so great?

  • You do not come to this site for the sparkling facilities. There are only two portaloos for the whole site and a portacabin for showers. I used the facilities in the campervan while we stayed and I must admit I probably wouldn’t be so keen to return if I didn’t have my own facilities
  • No chemical disposal point, recycling or large general waste bins.
  • There are no hard standing pitches so this is a summer site in a Campervan, our van can get stuck in the slightest bit of mud!
  • The cost was £18.50 without electric for our pitch, 2 adults and a dog


  • Location
  • Facilities
  • Refreshments
  • Activities
  • Cost
  • Walking
  • Dog Friendliness
Contact details
Ye Olde Swan
Radcot Road
OX18 2SX
01367 810220

We booked the campsite through Pitchup

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