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- Wild camping for over-16s, in 200 acres of ancient Kent woodland
- Nine miles from the train station at Ashford and 1.9 from Pluckley
- Forest floor pitches and wood available
This Kent site is well named, for Woodsman Kent Wild Camping is exactly how it sounds: wild camping pitches on a forest floor for you to indulge or hone your outdoor skills.
No cunning skill is required to get here if you're escaping from London for a couple of nights though, as it takes about 40 minutes to get to the site from St Pancras via the nearest Kent station at Ashford nine miles away; from there, take the train to Pluckley and it's about 40 minutes' hike to the site (or drive down from London in about an hour and a half). And it's all very simple on site too: this is proper wild camping with no facilities or amenities – just you, your tent (or tarp, or bivvy) and the forest floor.
Woodsman is on 200 acres of ancient oak, ash, birch, poplar, hazel, hawthorn and hornbeam forest, for wild camping for a maximum of two people and two nights per booking. Wood for small cooking fires is provided free of charge for each booking - but please use no more than you need and keep fires small (no large heating fires).
The site asks that all guests respect the countryside code during their stay, operating on the main principle of leaving no trace (for ecological reasons, no foraging from the woodland, please). Please also see the terms and conditions below regarding the site's location.
This site has no on-site toilet and shower facilities.
No cars/motorbikes by the pitch/unit. All cars must be parked in the designated area.
Bookings must not be for more than 2 consecutive nights.
Guests under the age of 16 are not allowed on site.
No cars are allowed on site. A public car park is 500 metres away.
When your booking is paid for the site will email you a map and full info on the camping area. The Pitchup pin points to the nearby car park so you will need the site map to find the site within the woodland. If you have not received the map by email (especially if booking the same day), please call the Woodsman team before your trip to make sure you have the info you need, using the number in your booking confirmation email.
This a wilderness site: the owners can accept no liability for any accidents.
To generate better results:
- Choose the 'Multiple units per pitch' filter in the search results.
- Break your booking down into smaller groups and book multiple pitches.
- Click the button ‘Make another booking like this’ on the confirmation page to easily rebook.
- Ask to be sited together in the ‘Special requests’ box on the booking form.
You can also try filtering your search by group type and by sites allowing multiple tents/caravans/motorhomes per pitch.
Non-electric forest floor tent pitch
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Very helpful staff (by email), Tidy site, good prices
From the manager...
Thanks for taking the time to leave a review - glad you enjoyed the beauty and peace of the forest! We are currently trying to organise a better arrangement for parking, sorry to hear you had trouble finding the camping area, we will look again at that - it has been working well so far for people arriving in daylight hours, but maybe we need to try and improve visibility in poor light :)
We used the forest to shoot a music video and …
From the manager...
Thanks for your very appreciative review! Look forward to seeing the video :)
A Must Visit
From the manager...
Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. Glad you enjoyed it and see you again sometime soon! :)
From the manager...
Thanks for taking time to leave your useful and informative review :) We're glad you enjoyed your stay!
From the manager...
Glad you enjoyed your stay! - thanks for your review and photos :)
Commercial vehicles allowed
No dogs allowed
Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Public transport nearby
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Tiny (1-10 pitches)
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
- Coach stations
Ashford (Kent): Town Centre Coach Stops
— 7.0 miles
7.0 miles Willesborough (Ashford Kt): Hythe Rd. Coach Stop — 9.0 miles
9.0 miles Maidstone: Chequers Centre Bus Station — 10.8 miles
- Train stations
Pluckley Rail Station
— 1.7 miles
1.7 miles Headcorn Rail Station — 3.9 miles
3.9 miles Charing (Kent) Rail Station — 4.1 miles
- Ferry ports
Folkestone Eurotunnel Terminal
— 18.2 miles
18.2 miles Gravesend Pier — 24.3 miles
24.3 miles Tilbury Ferry Terminal — 24.6 miles
Lydd London Ashford Airport
— 17.7 miles
17.7 miles London Southend Airport — 27.5 miles
As you're only here for two nights, you'll probably spend much of your time contentedly wandering through the woodland or finding a serene spot to sit and read... but if you're on a longer-haul trip and are moving on to other Kentish pastures after your stay, there's quite a bit to do close by.
Access the North Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty from the ancient village of Westwell 10 minutes' drive east at Westwell Downs (where locals of yore erected beacons to signal the approach of the Spanish Armada). From the Downs, you can also stride along some of the nearby 119-mile Pilgrims Way, the route taken by the devout from Winchester to Canterbury and the shrine of Thomas Becket at the city cathedral.
Heading towards the coast, it's a 40-minute drive from Woodsman to Whitstable, home of sandy and shingle beaches, an 18th-century castle, waters popular for yachting and waterskiing, and the tasty samples of the Whitstable Oyster Festival. Other Kent highlights are within easy day trip distance: try Leeds Castle (25 minutes), Port Lympne Reserve (30 minutes), Dover Castle (40 minutes) and more beaches at Folkestone and Rye (35 and 40 minutes).
- Leeds Castle (6.6 miles)
- Sissinghurst Castle Garden (7.0 miles)
- Kent & East Sussex Railway (7.1 miles)
- Sissinghurst Castle Garden (7.6 miles)
- Stoneacre (8.2 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||12 p.m. –||Anytime|
|Depart by:||12 p.m.|
Woodsman Kent Wild Camping cancellation policy
No refunds within 30 days of arrival date.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
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.
A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Woodsman Kent Wild Camping will debit the balance from your card 30 days before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 30 days then the balance will be taken immediately.Deposit transferable during COVID-19. During COVID-19 you can transfer your deposit to a future stay booked within 3 months of your arrival date. Read more.
You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.
Payment methods accepted on the parkCash
Terms and conditionsSite booking terms and conditions
- Does Woodsman Kent Wild Camping have a swimming pool? No View all features
- Is Woodsman Kent Wild Camping dog friendly? No View all features
- What attractions are near Woodsman Kent Wild Camping? As you're only here for two nights, you'll probably spend much of your time contentedly wandering through the woodland or finding a serene spot to sit and read... but if you're on … Read more
When can I check in and check out of Woodsman Kent Wild Camping?
Camping and touring Arrive: 12 p.m. – Anytime Depart by: 12 p.m.
- How much does it cost to stay at Woodsman Kent Wild Camping? From £30 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability