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- On the banks of the River Stour in Dedham Vale
- Ideal for boaters and canoeists
- Very quiet site with friendly family atmosphere
Sssh – you'll want to sit quietly and drink in the serenity of this site and its surroundings on the river in Dedham Vale.
Rushbanks Farm Campsite is a peaceful little site in the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and since opening in 1962 has been a firm favourite with campers in all seasons who like to combine pitching up with mucking around in boats. (Owner Gareth Bates is a member of the River Stour Trust and reckons this is the quietest and most scenic part of the river.)
Watery options from Rushbanks include launching your own craft from one of the stages nearby; paddling upstream to the local, the Anchor pub at Nayland; paddling downstream to Bures, or sailing among the swans on a guided River Stour boat trip. All before settling down to a riverside view and sizzling up dinner over the campfire...
The area is also part of Constable country, the Suffolk paths and fields trodden by painter John Constable, and the whole of Dedham Vale is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A footpath crosses the farm and acres of artistically scenic walks are nearby.
The well-kept facilities on site include warm showers, ladies' and gents' toilets, a water tap, chemical disposal and a washing-up area. A track and play area was added for the 2016 season.
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Commercial vehicles allowed
No dogs allowed
Lake and/or mountain
Horse riding nearby
Mountain biking nearby
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Public transport nearby
Medium (26-50 pitches)
- Coach stations
Colchester Bus Station
— 6.1 miles
6.1 miles Marks Tey: Rail Station Coach Stop — 6.5 miles
6.5 miles Colchester: University of Essex Bus Stop — 7.6 miles
- Train stations
Bures Rail Station
— 3.0 miles
3.0 miles Chappel & Wakes Colne Rail Station — 4.5 miles
4.5 miles Colchester Rail Station — 5.2 miles
- Ferry ports
Brightlingsea Ferry Landing
— 13.7 miles
13.7 miles Point Clear Ferry Landing — 13.8 miles
13.8 miles Harwich International Ferry Terminal — 17.8 miles
London Stansted Airport
— 25.3 miles
25.3 miles London Southend Airport — 28.2 miles
The farm is on the Suffolk side of the River Stour, between Bures and Nayland on Bures Road.
Take the A134 to Nayland. At Nayland turn left, signposted Bures and follow the road for about 2km, past a left hand lane signposted Wissington Church. There is a group of cottages on the left and shortly after a sign to the campsite. Turn left through a gate adhering to the 10mph speed limit and follow the farm track down to the waterside.
Take the B1508 to Bures. In the village centre, turn right by the church into Nayland Road and continue for approximately 3km. Rushbanks Farm is on the left. After approximately 100m turn right through a gate adhering to the 10mph speed limit and follow the farm track down to the waterside.
Water, land, town, countryside and even coast (the Essex shoreline is less than 20 miles away) are all eminently suitable options for activities and days out from Rushbanks Farm Campsite – and if you should get bored with all that, Colchester is just six miles away for trips to its castle and zoo.
Stay local at first with an afternoon or evening at nearby Nayland and a meal in its acclaimed Anchor Inn, followed by a roam around the lauded 15th-century buildings of its Tudor and Stuart streets.
There are a couple of old churches worth wandering to in the area: the Norman church at neighbouring village Wissington/Wiston, and the village church of Nayland where a Constable painting hangs.
If you've come to the area to follow Constable's trail, you'll also probably want to get to Flatford Mill and the hamlet of Flatford, depicted by Constable in his painting The Hay Wain (which was painted in London – naughty).
The mill's now managed by the National Trust which has added a Constable exhibition in Bridge Cottage nearby, and exhibitions of paintings by contemporary artists in the Boat House Gallery.
More history can be discovered at Lavenham, the medieval village that also styles itself 'the food capital of Suffolk', and at Kentwell Hall in Long Melford, where those interested in Tudor times can take themselves along to the acclaimed re-enactments held for three weeks a year in June and July.
- East Anglian Railway Museum (4.6 miles)
- Colchester Castle Museum (6.0 miles)
- firstsite (6.1 miles)
- Thorington Hall (4.0 miles)
- Bourne Mill (7.0 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.