The town of Watlington is situated at the foot of the Chiltern hills just 3 miles from Junction 6 on the M40 motorway. Watlington has the title of Smallest Town in England and was first recorded in 880AD. There are many buildings still surviving, being inhabited and used for business from the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries.
The famous 'White Mark', (after which the campsite is named) is a triangular shape carved into the chalky hillside above Watlington in 1764, it is supposed to resemble an extension to the church tower (making it into a steeple) when viewed from the Oxford Road.
Red Kites were introduced to this part of the Chiltern hills in 1989 and have successfully bred so that there are now approximately 1000 breeding pairs. The birds can be seen soaring above the hills and campsite. Keep an eye on your BBQ!!, the birds will swoop down for any unguarded food. Please do not intentionally feed the birds. The Conservation Group want them to spread as there are too many in a concentrated space.
Watlington today is a thriving town with several small shops including Co-op supermarket, butchers, cafe/deli, Post Office, library, gift shops etc. and a fruit and veg market 3 days a week. For dining we have fish & chips, Indian restaurant/takeaway and 3 pubs all serving food to different standards, sample menus are available in Reception.
On the edge of the town is an outdoor green gym, children's play park and playing fields.
The Ridgeway Trail/Icknield Way runs alongside the campsite and makes a great start for a gentle walk or if you want something more energetic you can head off up into the hills. Walk maps are available in Reception.
Within 30 miles: We are central to several National Trust Properties: Greys Court (9 miles), Nuffield (6 miles),
Hughenden (17 miles), Cliveden (20 Miles), Waddesden (24 miles). In addition we are only 10 miles from Henley where the famous Regatta is held, Marlow 15 miles, Reading 15 miles, Oxford 18 miles to the Park & Ride and Windsor at 30 miles. A local bus runs to and from Oxford.
Bekonscott Model Village and railway at Beaconsfield is 21 miles and Odds Farm Rare Breeds at Wooburn Common 23 miles.
A little further afield is Legoland, 31 miles, Thorpe Park 41 miles and Chessington World of Adventures at 52 miles. Cotswold Wildlife Park and Whipsnade Zoo offer great days out.
London can be reached by train from stations at High Wycombe, Princes Risborough, Henley and Reading or by catching the
Oxford Tube bus from its motorway stop at Lewknor (3 miles) which terminates at Victoria Bus Station.
The nearest indoor swimming pools are at High Wycombe and Princes Risborough. Outdoor heated pool May-September at Wallingford.
Bowling alley, 2 cinema complexes, sports centre and Swan Theatre at High Wycombe and cinema also at Henley.