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Woodsman Kent Wild Camping: Wood anenomes

General

  • 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.

Please note

No cars/motorbikes by the pitch/unit. All cars must be parked in the designated area.

Guests under the age of 16 are not allowed on site.

This site has no on-site toilet and shower facilities.

Bookings must not be for more than 2 consecutive nights.


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9.8

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Great location with plenty of historical significance. Great places to …21/12/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomKirk L.Confirmed

  • Non-electric forest floor tent or campervan pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Great location with plenty of historical significance. Great places to pitch in a secure area which has gated access from the main road which prohibits any unwanted vehicles onto the area. You'll be allocated a firepit and presented with a large bag of logs of wood which have been processed onsite. Private parking available within a few yards from your pitch which is great if you'd like to bring a few extra items of camping gear which you wouldn't usually want to hike in with. This was my second visit and will not be my last. Highly recommended

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Lovely wood , the pitch was fantastic and a free bag of wood .21/12/2020

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

  • Non-electric forest floor tent or campervan pitch
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    A proper wild camping experience.

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    Nothing

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Great place to wild camp05/12/2020

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

  • Non-electric forest floor tent or campervan pitch
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    Had a great time wild camping with my brother, Great communication from michael the owner. The woods are very secluded and peaceful but easy to get to by car. Great place for wildlife watching and to get back to nature. A true wild camping experience. Would 100% recommend

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Excellent site, friendly staff, easy pitching among the trees02/11/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric forest floor tent or campervan pitch
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    Brilliant location, gorgeous pitch and helpful woodsman available to assist on arrival on site

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Excellent woods, back to basics just the way we like it01/11/2020

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

  • Non-electric forest floor tent or campervan pitch
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    Beautiful ancient wood with some amazing medieval history. Leave no trace when you come here. Michael the host is very friendly and happy to chat about the woods.

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A lovely natural place to pitch in beautiful countryside. The …27/10/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

  • Non-electric forest floor tent or campervan pitch
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    A lovely natural place to pitch in beautiful countryside. The woods were a joy, full of autumn colour. This is definitely a suitable spot for anyone who likes to use a tarp or bivvy bag.
    Many thanks to Michael for selecting a good location for our camp and for giving us information about the woods and the area.

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    There is only one negative - there is a country road nearby and the noise of the traffic can be quite intrusive at times. However, this is quiet at night and if you are out walking once you are over a brow of a hill all noise disappears.

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Everything about it19/10/2020

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

  • Non-electric forest floor tent or campervan pitch
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    Everything about it

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Great location close to london, the pitch size was more …19/10/2020

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

  • Non-electric forest floor tent or campervan pitch
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    Great location close to london, the pitch size was more than enough for two plenty of space and quiet.

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Everifing was perfect. Thanks for good time to the owner.12/10/2020

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

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    Everifing was perfect. Thanks for good time to the owner.

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Lovey and well managed woodland and we very much liked …29/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomWyn H.Confirmed

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    Lovey and well managed woodland and we very much liked the isolation. We were provided with plenty on firewood and enjoyed the walks. Worth every penny as it is evident in the effort to maintain the ecology of the surroundings.
    Definitely will return often.

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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

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Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

TV room

Take away

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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

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Adults only

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

No dogs allowed

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Forest

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Wild camping

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Communal fridge

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Public transport nearby

Type

Tiny (1-10 pitches)

Location

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  • Pluckley, Egerton, Ashford, Kent, England, TN27
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 51.1722°N 0.7214°E

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Ashford (Kent): Town Centre Coach Stops — 6.9 miles
Willesborough (Ashford Kt): Hythe Rd. Coach Stop — 8.8 miles
Maidstone: Chequers Centre Bus Station — 10.9 miles
Train stations
Pluckley Rail Station — 1.6 miles
Charing (Kent) Rail Station — 3.9 miles
Headcorn Rail Station — 4.1 miles
Ferry ports
Folkestone Eurotunnel Terminal — 18.0 miles
Gravesend Pier — 24.3 miles
Tilbury Ferry Terminal — 24.6 miles
Airports
Lydd London Ashford Airport — 17.7 miles
London Southend Airport — 27.4 miles

Directions


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

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).

Must see

  • Leeds Castle (6.6 miles)
  • Ashford Designer Outlet (7.0 miles)
  • Sissinghurst Castle Garden (7.2 miles)

National Trust

  • Sissinghurst Castle Garden (7.8 miles)
  • Stoneacre (8.3 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. –  Anytime
Depart by:  12 p.m.

Please reconfirm your estimated time of arrival with the site, the day before or the day of your arrival.

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.

Payment

Deposit transferable during COVID-19. 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.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.

Payment methods accepted on the park

Cash

Terms and conditions

Site 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.

    Please reconfirm your estimated time of arrival with the site, the day before or the day of your arrival.

    Read more
  • How much does it cost to stay at Woodsman Kent Wild Camping? From £40 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability

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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Admission
Guests under the age of 16 are not allowed on site.

Arrivals and departures
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

General
Bookings must not be for more than 2 consecutive nights.
This site has no on-site toilet and shower facilities.

Vehicles
No cars/motorbikes by the pitch/unit. All cars must be parked in the designated area.

Additional terms

This a wilderness site: the owners can accept no liability for any accidents.

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