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9.9

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General

  • Secluded 'nearly wild' woodland camping on a Suffolk working farm
  • A 10-minute drive to Clare; 20 to Lavenham or Bury St Edmunds
  • Campfires permitted; walk to local pub in 45 minutes

Woodland Weekends is, in fact, not just for weekends – any day would be a good time to escape to this lovely corner of Suffolk for a ‘nearly wild’ camping break on a working farm three miles from the pretty market town of Clare.

Nearly wild? What that means in practice is a quiet, secluded spot in ancient woodland, with only a couple of small groups of guests on site at any one time (co-ordinate well and you can have the whole place to yourselves…) Your surroundings are supremely natural and peaceful and you'll need to come along well prepared with kit, but it’s not entirely wild as an experience, as you’ll have the luxury of a portaloo and a washing-up area to make life a little more comfortable.

To keep things peaceful and safe, cars can't drive into the woods, so be aware that you'll need to walk the final couple of hundred metres (wheelbarrows are on hand to help haul kit if needed).

Those woods and the surrounding countryside are the big draw here, whether you choose to sit quietly and just listen to the birds chattering in the trees or head out for walks or bike rides. If you choose the latter, have a chat with the owner for tips, ideas and maps to guide you along the best paths. A particularly fine route leads to the local pub (a classic country inn with good food and great beers) in about 45 minutes on foot.

For more food options, it’s a 10-minute drive to Clare for cafés, shops and takeaways, or you could head to Sudbury, Lavenham or Bury St Edmunds with a drive of 20 minutes or so.


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9.9

Overall rating based on 15 reviews

 

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100% would stay here again.

  92% described as Wild camping ?

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Amazing place to stay. Beautiful scenery and well enough room …20/09/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJoe B.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Woodland non-electric forest floor tent pitch
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    Amazing place to stay. Beautiful scenery and well enough room to put up a few tents if you want to.
    Facilities are obviously limited but that's part of the reason we wanted to go, as wild a camping site as you'll get in Suffolk.
    Would definitely go again.

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nice weekend07/09/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomCarl R.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Woodland non-electric forest floor tent pitch
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    the remoteness and pitches far apart

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The secluded location and scenery tranquility28/08/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomEmma B.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Woodland non-electric forest floor tent pitch
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    The secluded location and scenery tranquility

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Quiet site, easy to navigate and friendly owners23/08/2021

Reviewer's country: United Kingdomkai M.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Woodland non-electric forest floor tent pitch
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    Quiet site, easy to navigate and friendly owners

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Level pitch, clean portaloo, on site wheel barrows22/08/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Meadow non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Quiet, idyllic nearly wild camping. Pitched in the meadow pitch surrounded by wild flowers. Lovely walks with the dog.Nearby villages with lovely pubs.

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    Nothing.

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brilliant semi-wild camping site - we loved it20/08/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMartyn R.Confirmed

  • Woodland non-electric forest floor tent pitch
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    The pitch was perfect - booked one of the two woodland pitches for a night after spending the day riding at Thetford Forest - nice and easy 40 mi drive to the site.
    Once there we found that an other visitor had chosen the pitch deeper into the woods which wasn't a problem as the first pitch has plenty of space/light and privacy. Had a super evening around the fire pit (which is also great). For those wanting a night back to basics ( i.e. no shower ) in a lovely quiet spot would wholeheartedly recommend and will be back.

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    Nothing whatsoever

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We loved it so much we booked again for 3 weeks later.15/08/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomBeris C.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Meadow non-electric grass tent pitch
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    It is perfect off grid camping, there is no better place for it.

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Very happy, a very peaceful night spent in a beautiful location.15/08/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAndrew B.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Woodland non-electric forest floor tent pitch
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    Very peaceful location, host was very responsive and helpful when I had questions. We found out pitch easily, very happy with its location and with the provided water supply and portaloo.

    Facilities are very clearly explained in the listing, so no surprises. The wheelbarrow was a very welcome and pleasant piece of equipment.

    Had my best night’s sleep while camping, woke up around 2am and listened to the beautiful sound of birds for a few minutes before falling asleep again.

    The fire pit was also very useful.

    I was very happy with everything, it was exactly what I was looking for and exactly as described. Nice and simple, beautiful location.

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Very clean the site we pitched on was lovely and even!05/08/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Woodland non-electric forest floor tent pitch
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    It was a lovely site with plenty of privacy the pitches were a decent space away from each other! And lots of places to explore

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This was my second stay in this beautiful campsite. Shadowbush …26/07/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomDouglas S.Confirmed

  • Woodland non-electric forest floor tent pitch
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    This was my second stay in this beautiful campsite. Shadowbush first time and Twixt the second. I love how basic it is - just you and nature but with the convenience of a portaloo and water supply. And the fire pits are ace. Can't recommend it enough.

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Features

Coronavirus

Capacity reduced to increase social distancing

Check-in: contactless (in person)

Check-in: self check-in (unattended)

Disinfectant sprays and wipes provided

Hand sanitising stations

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

TV room

Take away

Tennis

Watersports

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

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Peaceful

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

No hot water

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Type

Farm

Pop-up campsite

Tiny (1-10 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Cycling nearby

Location

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  • Stansfield, Suffolk, England, CO10 8RE
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 52.1201°N 0.6003°E

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Bus Station — 10.0 miles
Horse Racing Museum — 11.9 miles
Horse Racing Museum — 11.9 miles
Train stations
Sudbury (Suffolk) Rail Station — 8.2 miles
Bury St Edmunds Rail Station — 10.4 miles
Dullingham Rail Station — 11.4 miles
Ferry ports
Brightlingsea Ferry Landing — 28.3 miles
Point Clear Ferry Landing — 28.4 miles
Airports
Cambridge Airport — 19.2 miles
London Stansted Airport — 21.5 miles

Directions


As this is a rural location the postcode is not exact.
- If travelling south, about a mile after leaving Stansfield you will pass a sign for Poslingford. The turning is the next gateway on the left.

- If travelling north, pass through Poslingford (the village covers a large area so keep going through the main part of the village), heading towards Stansfield. You will see a new timber-clad house on the left. The turning is opposite that house down a farm track.

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

Attractions and activities nearby include:

- Clare Castle Country Park: 10 minutes’ drive

- Melford Hall (National Trust): 20 minutes

- Kentwell Hall: 20 minutes

- Ickworth House (National Trust): 20 minutes

- English Spirit Distillery: 20 minutes

- Hedingham Castle: 25 minutes

- Newmarket Racecourse: half an hour

- Linton Zoo: half an hour

- Cambridge: 50 minutes.

Must see

  • Ickworth House, Park and Gardens (7.4 miles)
  • Newmarket Racecourses (12.0 miles)
  • The National Stud (13.1 miles)

National Trust

  • Melford Hall (5.8 miles)
  • Ickworth House, Park and Gardens (7.4 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.

  • Does Woodland Weekends have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Woodland Weekends dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Woodland Weekends? Attractions and activities nearby include: - Clare Castle Country Park: 10 minutes’ drive - Melford Hall (National Trust): 20 minutes - Kentwell Hall: 20 minutes - Ickworth House (National Trust): 20 minutes … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Woodland Weekends?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  12 p.m. –  5 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
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