All Champing Churches
Aldwincle, Northamptonshire – All Saints
This mellow medieval church was the original inspiration for the concept of Champing™ and has become a firm favourite with champers ever since, due to its beautiful village setting, lofty proportions and warmly welcoming atmosphere.
Berden, Essex – St Nicholas Church
A well loved medieval church in the peaceful village of Berden. Comes complete with a kitchenette, so perfect for a longer stay. Lots to explore locally and close to Cambridge, Saffron Walden and in walking distance of Stansted Mountfitchet Champing™ church.
Booton, Norfolk – St Michael & All Angels
Sitting in a quiet spot amongst patchwork green fields and the wide blue yonder, the church is huge yet somehow cosy. Close to Norwich and the Norfolk coast, it is in prime outdoorsy countryside, with plenty of ways to enjoy fresh air and excitement
Chiselhampton, Oxfordshire – St Katherine
Sitting pretty in hedge-lined seclusion, just six miles south-east of the dreaming spires of Oxford, it’s easy to see how the elegant charms of this simple Georgian church made it a favourite with John Betjeman and John Piper.
Cooling, Kent – St James’ Church
For anyone with a love of Dickens, this church is an unmissable experience. The churchyard of St James was the inspiration for the atmospheric opening chapter of Great Expectations, where our hero Pip meets Magwitch amongst the marsh-misted tombstones.
Edlesborough, Buckinghamshire – St Mary’s Church
Perched on a chalk hillock, above the village, St Mary’s is a prominent landmark and affords fine views across the vale of Aylesbury. Impressive from outside, inside it hides a treasure house of ancient delights to explore.
Emborough, Somerset – Church of The Blessed Virgin Mary
This striking church, with its prominent central tower stands on a ridge of the Mendips, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty close to Glastonbury and within easy reach of the rich history of Bath.
Fordwich, Kent – St Mary the Virgin
This small and welcoming church teeters behind the town square on the River Stour in the quaint and charming town of Fordwich, just three miles from Canterbury. Sitting On the Way of St Augustine, it’s a mellow medley of colour and texture that has been offering rest to weary pilgrims for centuries.
Friarmere, Lancashire – St Thomas
This Georgian preaching church sits dramatically on the horizon high above the town of Delph on the edge of Saddleworth Moor. Its brooding appearance belies a vibrant interior and breathtaking views.
Holme Lacy, Herefordshire – St Cuthbert’s Church
In a pretty and peaceful setting on a bend in the River Wye, looking across to the Herefordshire hills, this delightful church enjoys a rich collection of monuments and beautiful stained glass windows. Proximity to Hereford makes it a great location for exploring the area.
Langport, Somerset – All Saints
An impressively large church, with a stonking great tower on top of a very steep hill, All Saints looks out over the pretty Somerset village of Langport and its thriving independent High Street.
Longsleddale, Cumbria – St Mary’s
Perched in the middle of this green and pleasant valley and surrounded by towering mountains is the church of St Mary in Longsleddale, a non-CCT church offered by the Churches Trust for Cumbria.
Old Langho, Lancashire – St Leonard’s Church
This cosy Marian church is set in a small village in the heart of the Ribble valley. Inside the church you’ll find beautiful carved stone and woodwork, there’s a pub next door, gorgeous scenery nearby and a Michelin starred restaurant in the next village….
Orkney – St Peter
This simple and lime washed kirk sits on a rugged and exposed position overlooking the bay of Skaill on the west coast of mainland Orkney. Its calm, light interior contrasts with the dramatic views to Neolithic Skara Brae.
Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex – St Mary the Virgin
This medieval church, with parts dating back to the Norman conquest, and exceptional tomb figures stands on the edge of a peaceful Essex village, belying the convenience of the nearby motorway and airport.
Swaffham Prior, Cambridgeshire – St Cyriac & St Julitta
Perched on a hill in a quiet and leafy churchyard next to the meandering High Street, the quirky open space of St Cyriac and St Julitta is an elegant Georgian interior with slim columns, beautiful clear glass windows and great acoustics
Walkhampton, Plymouth – St Mary the Virgin
St Mary’s Walkhampton lies half a mile north of Walkhampton village on a lofty elevation bordering mysterious and romantic Dartmoor. Unusually it faces north-east, the point of sunrise on the longest day, and to Gipsy Rock, the meeting place of the Saxon Walkhampton Hundred….
Warminghurst, West Sussex – Church of The Holy Sepulchre
This gem of a church has splendid views across to the Iron Age fort of Chanctonbury ring on the South Downs. It’s in a lovely rural location and its beautiful box pews compliment a light elegant feel. William Penn lived next door before he set off to found the city of brotherly love.
Wolfhampcote, Warwickshire – St Peter’s Church
This beautiful and peaceful 14th Century church is the sole survivor of the lost village of Wolfhampcote, which lies buried to the North. A hardy exterior conceals an orderly and serene interior, with limewashed walls scattering light across the space.
Wroxeter, Shropshire – St Andrew’s
What did the Romans ever do for us? If you stay in St Andrew’s this summer, the answers are literally on your doorstep as it is next to Viroconium. An archaeologist’s delight, parts of the church are constructed from Roman remains, but the many additions over the centuries make it a fascinating stay.