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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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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
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    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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We will definitely be back. 19/06/2017

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

  • Non-electric mixed tent pitch (woodland)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The woodland area was lovely with pitches separated so that you feel you are camping on your own.
    The view and walks in the area are lovely.
    The fire pits are provided for you.

    Disliked: 

    Not really much to dislike - the walk from the car park is a little long ( I didn't really mind ) but maybe the wheel barrows (as there are a lot of them ) should be assigned to a pitch so you don't have to walk them back or go get them again. Alternatively you could also store them at the toilet block rather then retuning them so there were always some at the campsite.

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Wonderful site in beautiful, peaceful surroundings. Basic but perfect. 14/06/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom HAYLEY M. Confirmed

  • Non-electric mixed tent pitch (woodland)
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  • Liked: 

    We stayed for one night as a trial run before booking for a longer stay. We were made to feel very welcome on arrival and were shown to our pitch, which was up a long track away from the farmhouse, past the cattle. We used wheelbarrows to transport our gear from our car which proved to be quite a workout!

    We were the only campers there so had the whole place to ourselves which was wonderful. The pitches were well spaced and some were quite secluded. We opted for the biggest pitch in the centre under the oak tree.

    The camp was spotlessly clean but some campers from the night before had left colourful chalk drawings all over logs and tree trunks which spoiled the look a little.
    The toilet and washing up area were clean and smelled fresh.

    We were very impressed with the information hut and the small supply of communal equipment like blankets and footballs etc. We also liked that there were bbq's and trivets to borrow free of charge. The shop in a box was very useful, with matches and fire lights for sale.

    We really liked the small shop which was very reasonably priced. We treated ourselves to marshmallows and crisps and also had a go at making the campfire bread. We bought some of the homemade plum jam to dip our bread in. It was very nice.

    We went on the circular walk around the farm. It was a nice walk but our 4 year old struggled with some parts as we had to climb over cattle gates. We also found it a bit confusing to know which fields we were allowed to cross.

    The highlight of our stay according to the children was when the dog came to visit in the morning. We think he must have smelled the bacon cooking! He was very friendly and enjoyed the children fussing him. He didn't overstay his welcome and was not a nuisance at all.

    Overall we were very impressed and we would not hesitate to return for a longer visit. We only wished that we had bought more supplies so we could have extended our stay.

    Thank you Little Ropers for a great experience.

    Disliked: 

    I have only a very minor criticism of the site. The sign at the entrance instructing us where to park and how to check in could do with being bigger. We missed it completely and drove further down than we should have.

    Also, we found ourselves wandering trying to find someone to ask for firewood and change for the shop. It was not made clear where or how we could make enquiries during our stay. Not wanting to intrude, as it is a busy working farm, we lingered and just waited for someone to pass by. It would have been useful to be told to call a number or to ring a bell maybe.

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Location was amazing. Owner friendly and helpful. Like wild camping ... 12/06/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Christian W. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric mixed tent pitch (woodland)
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  • Liked: 

    Location was amazing. Owner friendly and helpful. Like wild camping without the possibility of being shot by a farmer

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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A small, friendly site with a beautiful setting. 06/06/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Holly A. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    We really enjoyed our stay at Little Ropers, especially the beautiful setting and the fact it has only 9 pitches. Staff were pretty friendly and helpful and we were more than happy with the facilities - I guess the lack of a 'real' shower might trouble some people but only really relevant for stays longer than ours anyhow (and adds to the more wild camping feel). The shop was a lovely touch with great produce and I enjoyed how much info there was about the farm's history, local area etc. Raisin the dog was a particular highlight for us! He joined us on our picnic blanket whilst we cooked dinner and was friendly and no trouble. He trotted off home when the time was right.

    Loved seeing the llamas running around their paddock and seeing and hearing the cows on site. The surrounding countryside is really very scenic and there are some lovely things to see in the area, such as St Stephen's Chapel and the Bures dragon and the old towns like Lavenham.

    We stayed in the meadow and would stay there again or would also try the woodland.

    Disliked: 

    The pitches are fairly close together and the majority of others staying had children with them. We are a couple in our late 20s and don't mind children at all but we were woken up by them pretty early in the morning, would've been nice to snooze a bit more on a Sunday. As Raisin the dog chose to sit with us in the evening, it did also mean that children from the neighbouring pitch decided to come over for quite a while to stroke him etc.

    Obviously the site owners can't be held accountable for the noise levels of visiting children or what they get up to, but I think it's worth noting that there were a lot of children in case couples are looking for something a bit more peaceful or romantic. On the other hand, it is definitely a super spot for families.

From the manager...

Glad you enjoyed your stay: it was a particularly busy half term Saturday night. For peace and quiet come on a weekday or out of season. Sorry that Raisin took up residence with you! You must have been cooking something tasty.

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Basic campsite, perfect for getting back to nature. Quiet, friendly. 05/06/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Rachel P. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Availability of wood for campfire plus other things (freezer packs, marshmallows, eggs, tarpaulin...) available to borrow/buy. Pretty location.

    Disliked: 

    A second toilet/washroom would have been nice but never had to wait more than a couple of minutes so not really a problem.

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the site is great for getting away from it all 04/06/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom kenneth p. Confirmed

  • Non-electric mixed tent pitch (woodland)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    A lovely quite camp site that is great for getting away from it all , great for kids who like the outdoors, climbing trees, walking , playing in the woods, no internet, i never saw my little girl as she was off playing with all the other kids , climbing trees, playing hide and seek , the camp site is basic with just a washing up area and a toilet. I would go back there tomorrow if i had the time off

    Disliked: 

    the only dislike i had was the planes going over

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Exactly what we were looking for, an wild camping experience ... 23/05/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom stuart_s182948 Confirmed

  • Non-electric mixed tent pitch (woodland)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Exactly what we were looking for, an wild camping experience but with the comforts of a decent clean toilet, fresh water and a little shop selling local produce as well as Marshmallows for the campfire! The owner was very welcoming and showed us to our pitch, then gave us a tour of the facilities which also included a supply of blankets if it got cold during the night.

    Will be booking to go back soon.

    Thanks

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Excellent quiet and basic site with camp fires 19/05/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom mark_b606020 Confirmed

  • Non-electric mixed tent pitch (woodland)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Quiet and basic.... Lovely.... Just what I needed with the added bonus of a real camp fire....
    Site staff very helpful and friendly.

    Disliked: 

    none

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Beautiful site, warm and friendly and knowledgable staff, clean 16/05/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom ally_s243636 Confirmed

  • Non-electric mixed tent pitch (woodland)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    We were greeted quickly and warmly and shown to our pitch and shown around the facilities. Beautiful scenery, a clean and spacious pitch which felt private and a great view of the fields and cows, the bathroom and washing up facilities were spotless and smelled lovely, we had a lovely fire pit and great opportunities for long walks through the peaceful scenery and guides on the local area available.

    Disliked: 

    Didn't dislike anything at all

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Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

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Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

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

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Shop nearby

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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