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Little Ropers Woodland Camping

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General

  • Working farm with llamas and cattle
  • Wild camping among spectacular scenery
  • Five minutes' walk from a nature reserve

We offer a 'wild camping' experience just for tents. Camping is either in the wood itself or in a field next to the wood: wherever you pitch, our setting is a tranquil alternative to more commercial sites. Our small, two-acre parcel of woodland is surrounded by stunning views and walks through the Stour Valley. Being only a small area, numbers are limited.

Our site is for individuals and small groups who enjoy the countryside and who want to camp in a natural and peaceful space. We have no electricity but we do provide the following facilities: flush toilet, undercover washing-up area and additional outside tap. Wood for your campfire may be purchased from the farm. (Please note that in tinder dry periods fires cannot be allowed for safety reasons.)

Vehicles are left at the farmyard and campers walk to the site; wheelbarrows are available if required. Unfortunately we must ask you not to bring dogs: the site is on a mixed working farm with cattle, llamas and a dog. Children are welcome as long as they are accompanied by responsible adults and respect is shown for the surroundings and any other campers.

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Group bookings of 15 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).


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9.7

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Great camp site and perfect location. Friendly. Highly recommend. 18/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Jay C. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    I decided to take my 13 year old brother camping for his birthday mid September. I found the Little Ropers camp site through Pitchup.com and it turned out to be one of the best camping trips. The location of the farm was perfect for getting around other places including Dedham Vale, Flatford Colchester and Ipswich. We were greeted by the friendly owners of the farm too. There was a choice of grassland or woodland.. My brother liked being on the meadow pitch where we had a huge amount of space and a wood stove to cook on. There is a toilet block which was clean and comfortable to use. Also there is about an 8-10 min walk to the pitches from the car, wheelbarrows are there to borrow but I recommend booking the atv trailer pick up £3 each way... we had a fun ride in the trailer!

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A small woodland camp full of wildlife and a wilderness feel. 14/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Jade L. Confirmed

  • Non-electric mixed tent pitch (woodland)
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    I love the Wild Camping feel of this farm. The hostess is a phonecall away and very helpful and friendly but if you just want to be left to your own devices at your camp, you will be.
    I do, however, also like the fact that there is a well-built but unobtrusive hut at the edge of the woodland containing a clean flushing toilet and some basics such as a first aid kit (which I did need) a small selection of games/books etc, and a map of the local area.
    There is a choice of either Woodland or Field pitches. All come with a fire pit and firewood is sold at the property.

    Disliked: 

    The venue is not to be faulted at all but I was pushed out by the weather. I had the misfortune to be camping on a night gale force winds and torrential rain struck. The Bracken pitch felt it the most, being the most exposed of the woodland pitches (It does, however, have the best view of the stars)

    Aside from the fact the farm cannot control the weather, the only slight reservation I might have about the venue in the more popular seasons are the fact the pitches are a little closer to each other than I would ideally like. This again is possibly an unreasonable acknowledgement from me, because all the time I can see or hear people even a little bit, I consider them to be too close.

    Some of the pitches are set on a slope. So long as you set your tent so that your sleeping bag is pointing up the slope and your head is at the high end, you genuinely don't feel it.

From the manager...

What a night to camp, especially for someone new to camping. You did amazingly well.

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We very much enjoyed our stay in Little Ropers Woodland ... 11/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Julija D. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    We very much enjoyed our stay in Little Ropers Woodland Camping. We were looking for tranquil peaceful location with minimum noise, so that we can enjoy the nature around us. And Little Ropers was exactly what we were looking for! Excellent location and value for money, fantastic views, excellent walking routes, we have enjoyed walking near farm and forest with beautiful wildlife. Owners were very friendly and helpful with everything. Thank you very much. We would definitely stay there again and recommend to others.

    Julia & Artiom :)

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We liked the fact that it is only a small ... 23/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom sue h. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    We liked the fact that it is only a small site with a limited number of pitches. The pitch sizes are good, and are well spaced. The owners are very friendly and welcoming, and full of useful information about the local area. The 'shop in a box' was great and it was useful to have free access to things like extra blankets should you need them. Lovely place. Would go again.

    Disliked: 

    Not a lot to dislike. Our only suggestion would be that it would be useful to have wheelbarrows at both ends.

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Amazing views, fantastic staff and a great place to relax 23/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Sharon T. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Andrew & Ellie are two of the nicest people I have met in a long time, both work incredibly hard and are genuinely happy to hear you are enjoying your stay. We stayed in the meadow and the pitches are a good size and well looked after. The woodland area is great for tree climbing and the kids love it so much they didn't want to leave the site. The toilet and washing up area is kept very clean with lots of great information etc in the washing up shed. I would not hesitate to recommend Little Ropers to my family and friends and we will definitely be returning again and again.

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Great site outside of holidays if you want peace and quiet 23/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Tanja H. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric mixed tent pitch (woodland)
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    The site is cute and remote and the facilities are good. The owners have put a lot of effort into providing information (eg walks) and making the site nice (eg flowers in toilet). The owners are very friendly and helpful and there is also a small shop with essentials at the farm. There us also help available to get to the woodland camping area.

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    Beware that during the holidays there can/will be many children on the small site and for this reason it was very noisy when we stayed.

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would like visit again 21/08/2017

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    # that place where we stayed can have place for 4 tents but that time when we came we were the only ones on the field
    #you can buy cheap home grown vegetables,eggs and jams
    #polite and helpful owners

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We liked the atmosphere and the very welcoming owners. The ... 14/08/2017

Reviewer's country: Austria Florentine H. Confirmed

  • Non-electric mixed tent pitch (woodland)
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    We liked the atmosphere and the very welcoming owners. The owners tell exactly on Pitchup what they offer and that is what you get. So we knew that there will be no showers and no electrictiy, but instead we got a perfect get away from all the hectic of the city. We really loved the little farmshop and the wood for campfires and you can feel that this place is full of love. For us it was the perfect start of our honeymoon.

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    The cows we really noisy and in love, but thats what you get if you want to experience nature ;-)

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go now. 27/07/2017

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    everything! site was easy to find to begin with but still rural enough to get that "I'm in the country" feel. staff were very welcoming, friendly and helpful. small shop-in-a-box by the tents and main shop by the main house had almost everything you needed. raisin the dog and gary the goose were always around which my little girl loved even though gary seemed a bit like a bully to poor raisin. I would highly recommend it and will definitely going back not just because it was a wonderful place but also because it has become "our place" since we got engaged there.

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Excellent natural site with very friendly staff in lovely countryside. 20/06/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom helen c. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Loved the friendly, helpful welcome. The fact that the pitches were well spaced out and limited in number was great and the facility to have a campfire made a big difference to our decision to go there in the first place. The scenery was lovely and we were impressed by the info available on local walks to help us get the most out of our stay. Great to be camping in a natural environment. We loved the camp site so much we just had to stay an extra day. We will be back.

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Bath available

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Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

No dogs allowed

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Peaceful

Remote location

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

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Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

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Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

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Bar nearby

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Type

Farm

Tiny (1-10 pitches)

Location

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  • Little Ropers Farm, Assington Road, Bures St Mary Sudbury, Suffolk, England, CO8 5JX
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 51.9907°N 0.7987°E

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Marks Tey: Rail Station Coach Stop — 7.7 miles
Colchester Bus Station — 8.3 miles
Colchester: University of Essex Bus Stop — 9.9 miles
Train stations
Bures Rail Station — 1.8 miles
Sudbury (Suffolk) Rail Station — 4.2 miles
Chappel & Wakes Colne Rail Station — 4.8 miles
Ferry ports
Brightlingsea Ferry Landing — 16.0 miles
Point Clear Ferry Landing — 16.1 miles
Harwich International Ferry Terminal — 19.7 miles
Airports
London Stansted Airport — 24.0 miles
London Southend Airport — 29.5 miles

Directions


From the A134 from Colchester to Sudbury, take a left-hand turn at Assington and drive through Assington village, heading out on the road towards Bures. After you have passed a thatched cottage on the left (opposite a turning on your right) keep on the same road for a short distance and you will find Little Ropers signpost on your left. The farm is down a track under an oak tree.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

The farm is adjacent to Tiger Hill Local Nature Reserve which is a short (five-minute) walk from the campsite. The footpath follows the Assington Brook through Tiger Hill wood and water meadows - a lovely spot - celebrated by the author Ronald Blythe in his many books. We are also a short distance from Arger Fen Nature Reserve. Both these places are at their best at bluebell time.

We are halfway between the villages of Assington and Bures. In the latter you may catch a glimpse of the Bures Dragon on the hillside if you visit the ancient chapel where King Edmund is said to have been crowned. Both villages have pubs serving hearty meals and Assington has a farm shop with a tearoom, gift shop and health spa. The market town of Sudbury is a 15-minute drive away and was home to the artist Thomas Gainsborough. The historic towns of Lavenham and Long Melford are also close by.

Cycling is popular in the area or kayaks and canoes can be hired for a trip down the River Stour.

Information about local walks and places of interest are on display. There are beautiful views across the farm and the surrounding countryside. The wood is full of wildlife - spend your evening watching the badgers or maybe just enjoying the sunset.

Must see

  • East Anglian Railway Museum (4.9 miles)
  • Colchester Castle Museum (8.2 miles)
  • firstsite (8.3 miles)

National Trust

  • Thorington Hall (5.6 miles)
  • Melford Hall (7.1 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  12 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart:  12 p.m.

Little Ropers Woodland Camping cancellation policy

No refunds within 2 weeks of arrival date.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

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Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Occupancy
Group bookings of 15 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).

Vehicles
No cars/motorbikes by the pitch/unit. All cars must be parked in the designated area.

Additional terms

We ask that you keep noise to a minimum after 9pm.

There are potential hazards on site: these include electric wire cattle fencing around fields, uneven ground, rabbit holes and open campfires.

Smoking is not permitted in the site toilet or washroom. We ask you to pick up and dispose of any cigarette ends.

Unfortunately we do not welcome dogs.

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