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- Rural stays for over-16s in 200 acres of ancient Kent woodland
- Nine miles from the train station at Ashford and 1.9 from Pluckley
- Campfires welcome, with wood sold on site
This Kent site is well named, for Woodsman Kent Wild Camping is indeed wild and surrounded by woods… 200 acres of ancient woodland in fact.
This is a good place to head for if you're escaping from London, 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-style camping with only minimal amenities – essentially it's just you, your tent (or tarp, or bivvy) and the forest floor (although there is a compost loo available). Water can be bought for an extra charge.
Woodsman is on 200 acres of ancient oak, ash, birch, poplar, hazel, hawthorn and hornbeam forest. Wood for small cooking fires is sold on site – but please do keep fires small (no large heating fires) and please do not forage for wood from the forest floor, as this disturbs the ecosystem.
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).
Guests under the age of 16 are not allowed on site.
This site has no on-site shower facilities.
No naked flames are allowed inside the hired accommodation units.
There are no bins onsite: all rubbish will need to be taken home with you.
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Beautiful and peaceful woodland! Friendly host.
Owner friendly, basic site but very well kept and level pitch.
Amazing forest, peaceful, far from anyone else, great service from …
Quietness, far away from other pitches, little stream and ponds, …
Amazing place to stay, the woods are truly magical
From the manager...
This is a forest site so there are forest tracks, I have never had any complaints regarding this before, even from people without specialist tyres.
As far as texting, the carpark is closed after 6 for the safety of peoples cars. In this instance, at your request I left the gate open late, and I believe we resolved this issue at the time. I was on site the whole time, but locking up is a precaution I deem necessary to take at night.
This is wild camping, if you want an average camping experience there are a lot of options where you can drive in and park directly at your tent at any hour. The service we offer is really for people who want to park up, walk into, and experience the forest. It is designed to be as close to wilderness as possible whilst maintaining the comfort of our guests.
I don't think the leave no trace ethos of the site was respected, as you climbed over my fences and those of my neighbours, and crushed many wild flowers without a thought. It says very clearly to stick to established paths in the leaflet I gave you and on the website.
Had a fantastic time, exactly what I was looking for
Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Car parking by pitch/unit
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Commercial vehicles allowed
No dogs allowed
Electric car charging point(s)
Gas cylinders available
No drinkable water point
No hot water
No running water
Dog walk nearby
Public transport nearby
Tiny (1-10 pitches)
- Coach stations
— 6.9 miles
6.9 miles Tesco Crooksfoot — 8.8 miles
8.8 miles Tesco Crooksfoot — 8.8 miles
- Train stations
Pluckley Rail Station
— 1.6 miles
1.6 miles Charing (Kent) Rail Station — 3.9 miles
3.9 miles Headcorn Rail Station — 4.1 miles
- Ferry ports
Folkestone Eurotunnel Terminal
— 18.0 miles
18.0 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 — 27.4 miles
You may well wish to spend much of your time contentedly wandering through the woodland or finding a serene spot to sit and read… but if you're up for exploring a bit more, 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)
- Ashford Designer Outlet (7.0 miles)
- Sissinghurst Castle Garden (7.2 miles)
- Sissinghurst Castle Garden (7.8 miles)
- Stoneacre (8.3 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. –||6 p.m.|
|Depart by:||12 p.m.|
|Arrive:||2 p.m. –||6 p.m.|
|Depart by:||12 p.m.|
Woodsman Kent Wild Camping and Glamping 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.
Deposit transferable during COVID-19. Woodsman Kent Wild Camping and Glamping 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 and Glamping have a swimming pool? No View all features
- Is Woodsman Kent Wild Camping and Glamping dog friendly? No View all features
- What attractions are near Woodsman Kent Wild Camping and Glamping? You may well wish to spend much of your time contentedly wandering through the woodland or finding a serene spot to sit and read… but if you're up for exploring a bit … Read more
- When can I check in and check out of Woodsman Kent Wild Camping and Glamping?
Camping and touring Arrive: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. Depart by: 12 p.m. On-site accommodation Arrive: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Depart by: 12 p.m.
- How much does it cost to stay at Woodsman Kent Wild Camping and Glamping? From £40 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability