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Campsite facilities

Biblins facilities

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Access and security

Access to the site is via one mile of forestry track. For security, vehicular access is controlled by two barriers and you are requested to keep these closed at all times.  A coded padlock may be introduced at the Warden’s discretion, the code being forwarded to you before your visit. The lower barrier is locked between 22.00 and 08.00.

The site manager lives on site and is available from 08.00 - 09.00 and 18.00 to 22.30, most of the day at weekends and when the site is busy. There is a land line telephone in the manager’s accommodation which is available for EMERGENCIES ONLY.

Please be aware that the site location at the bottom of the valley means that reception for mobile phones is very poor. There is no electricity supply to the site. The manager’s house and toilet blocks operate on solar power only, and the bunkhouse on a generator.


There are two toilet/shower blocks. The original block in the middle of the site has no public facilities and all doors have security coded locks. It is gas powered for a reliable warm shower. Lighting is provided by solar power and is unreliable. 

The Western block is solar powered and has no lighting.  It has 3 unisex cubicles, toilet, urinal, wash basin, with coded locks for the use of the young people and leaders on site only. There are 2 unisex shower cubicles, again with coded locks for site users only. Young people will need to be made aware of their constraints, i.e. as they are solar powered, even in the best of weather it is unlikely that they will be very warm first thing in the morning! However the evening should be a good time for showers as long as the users are not too profligate. All cubicles have disabled access.

Campers need to bring their own toilet roll and soap for their stay.

The toilet cubicle facing the river is dedicated for public use, and does not have a coded lock. Campsite users asked by members of the public about access to either of the campsite toilet blocks should direct them to this cubicle.


Drinking water is available from points throughout the site.


We have a recycling system in place.  Please supervise children.  Dry recyclable waste must not be black bagged and must be in the appropriate bin.  Other, landfill waste, must be black bagged (not supplied) and tied securely.

Open Fires

There is a hearth on each field. Open fires are permitted if the fire is contained within the specified diameter of the hearth. Firewood is provided at £10 per fire, in lengths that require cutting. There is a sawing and cutting area on site, but groups need to provide their own saw and axe and supervise young people.

Groups may cook on open fires, but if they need more than one hearth per field they will need to use altar fires. Prices for cooking fires are available on booking.

Disabled Access

Biblins is improving it's facilities all the time and we do have some easy access toilets and showers, but we are all about providing a wilderness experience. Graeme and Sue do have considerable experience in delivering outdoor activities to those with special needs, be they physical or learning difficulties, and are very sympathetic to your needs and very keen to "make it happen", if you are.  From sound advice to professional support and activities for users please discuss your needs with them, confidentially of course.

Last updated: 13th January 2018
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