Little Ropers Woodland Camping

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  • Working farm with llamas and cattle, 15 minutes from Sudbury
  • Wild camping among spectacular scenery
  • Five minutes' walk from a nature reserve
If you go down to the woods today… you might just stumble upon Little Ropers Woodland Camping, a peaceful back-to-basics site on two acres of Suffolk woodland, 15 minutes’ drive from Sudbury. If you’re after a whole heap of fancy facilities you’ll need to search elsewhere, for this is proper wild camping; a place where tiddlers can gleefully build dens in the woods or swing from the trees, and you can breathe deep lungfuls of fresh air while hanging out with the working farm’s cows and llamas or watching the local badgers scrabble in the undergrowth. Traditional camping doesn’t involve gadgets and phones, of course, so there’s no electricity on site, but there are a few facilities to make life a little more comfy: a flush toilet, undercover washing-up area, an outside tap and lots of handy local maps and info. Cars must be left at the farmyard to help the site retain its quiet rural vibe; wheelbarrows are available to help cart your gubbins down to your pitch. Barbecues and campfires are, of course, practically an essential part of the experience (although please note that in tinder-dry periods fires cannot be allowed for safety reasons). Bundles of firewood can be bought on site, and foodie supplies picked up at the farm shop five minutes’ drive away or the supermarkets in Sudbury.

Site type

Tent pitches 9

Languages spoken



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Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

TV room

Take away



Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portable toilet

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area


Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome


Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

No dogs allowed




Remote location

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven


Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Shop nearby



Small (11-25 pitches)

Tiny (1-10 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby


Little Ropers Woodland Camping

Little Ropers Farm

Assington Road

Bures St Mary







Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)



Route 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.

Nearest transport

8.3 mi Stanwell Street
9.9 mi Valley Road
10 mi Valley Road
1.7 mi Bures Rail Station
4.3 mi Sudbury (Suffolk) Rail Station
4.7 mi Chappel & Wakes Colne Rail Station
15.9 mi Brightlingsea Ferry Landing
16 mi Point Clear Ferry Landing
19.7 mi Harwich International Ferry Terminal
24 mi London Stansted Airport
29.3 mi London Southend Airport

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

After you’ve roamed the woods on site, keep your comfy shoes on and head out to explore a bit more widely – the site’s well placed for walks through the Stour Valley. A local fave is through the Tiger Hill Local Nature Reserve, five minutes’ stroll away, where a footpath follows the Assington Brook through the woods and water meadows. Still got some walking left in your boots? Try Arger Fen Nature Reserve (10 minutes’ drive), or head to Bures (10 minutes) to see a huge hill carving of the dragon that terrified the villagers back in the Middle Ages. If your feet need a little respite, get your arms going instead on a canoe or kayak trip from Sudbury (15 minutes). Stick around in Sudbury to stroll around artist Thomas Gainsborough’s house; for more historic bits and bobs, head to Hedingham Castle (25 minutes’ drive) or truffle out bargains at the Halstead Antiques Centre (25 minutes). Need a glass of wine after all this activity? Dedham Vale Vineyard is 20 minutes away for tours and tastings.

Water quality at nearby bathing waters

Name Distance Type 2020 2019 2018 2017
Brightlingsea 15.5 mi Estuary N/A Excellent Excellent Excellent
West Mersea 16.1 mi Sea N/A Good N/A N/A
Jaywick 20.1 mi Sea N/A Good Good Good
Clacton Beach Martello Tower 20.5 mi Sea N/A Good Good Good
Dovercourt 20.7 mi Sea N/A Excellent Excellent Excellent

Data source: European Environment Agency

Must see

East Anglian Railway Museum 4.8 mi

Colchester Castle Museum 8.1 mi

firstsite 8.2 mi

Colchester Zoo 8.8 mi

Christchurch Mansion 16.2 mi

National Trust

Thorington Hall 5.6 mi

Melford Hall 7.2 mi

Lavenham Guildhall 8.3 mi

Bourne Mill 9.1 mi

Paycocke's 9.6 mi

Cycle routes

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


Bures Hamlet - Stour Valley Way - Wiston - Bures Hamlet 1.5 mi

Manningtree - Nayland - Wormingford - Bures: Part 2 3.4 mi

Stoke by Nayland - Withermarsh Green - Polstead - Stoke by Nayland 3.9 mi

Stoke-by-Nayland - Thorington Street and Hall - Tendring Hall Park and Farm - Temple - Stoke-by-Nayland 3.9 mi

Sudbury - Valley Path - Borley - Sudbury 4.3 mi

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.


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