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General

  • Large open field behind a pub in the Kent countryside
  • Beaches, castles, wildlife and walks within 40 minutes' drive
  • Dogs and barbecues welcome; playground; Canterbury 20 minutes by car

Anyone for the pub? There’s one right next to this site in the Kent countryside, and all around it the stuff this county’s famous for: castles, coasts, cliffs and cracking country views.

It's all at The Hop Pocket, a friendly hostelry in Bossingham in the Kent Downs, in front of a large open field for guests to pitch up in. Outside the pub there’s a pretty garden to sup ales in and a playground for the kids to clamber on; the Hop Pocket's pair of resident dogs love visitors (human and canine) and the latter are welcome to wander about without leads.

The pub serves drinks from Tuesdays to Sundays and another pub serves food throughout the week in Stelling Minnis, half an hour's stroll away across the common. For self catering, barbecues are allowed on site and supermarkets for supplies are 15 minutes' drive away in Chilham (anglers can have a whale of a time there on the fishing lakes too).

For an intro to the Downs and their wildlife, just wander the village: the area is crisscrossed with footpaths and bridleways. For a compact tour, head half an hour to the Blean Woods National Nature Reserve; trails of all lengths are around this protected wilderness, but even a whistlestop visit gives you the chance to see wildflowers and rare butterflies, while listening out for woodpeckers and the call of the nightingales.


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Features

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

Peaceful

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

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

Shop nearby

Type

Pub campsite

Tiny (1-10 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Cycling nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Restaurant nearby

Location

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  • Bossingham, Canterbury, Kent, England, CT4 6DY
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 51.2006°N 1.0769°E

Nearest transport

Coach stations
New Dover Road Park and Ride Terminal — 4.4 miles
Bus Station — 5.2 miles
Swan Lane — 7.4 miles
Train stations
Chartham Rail Station — 4.7 miles
Bekesbourne Rail Station — 4.9 miles
Canterbury East Rail Station — 5.1 miles
Ferry ports
Folkestone Eurotunnel Terminal — 7.4 miles
Dover Western Docks Ferry Terminal — 11.9 miles
Dover Eastern Docks Ferry Terminal — 12.0 miles
Airports
Kent International Airport — 15.8 miles
Lydd London Ashford Airport — 18.1 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

For history stretching from Roman times to World War II, Canterbury 20 minutes’ drive away is famed for its castle, cathedral, city walls and winding medieval old town. With an equally impressive timespan, Leeds Castle is 40 minutes away, combining falconry and jousting with grand gardens and a house with nine centuries of stories to tell.

Castle buffs are in for endless treats around here, as the once heavily fortified coast is 40 minutes’ drive away, and many of its ancient strongholds, like Deal, Dover and Walmer are still intact and worth a wander. For more recent history, the South Foreland Lighthouse explains the game-changing radio transmissions Marconi made from here, and you can top it off with a cuppa in the lighthouse's 1950s tearoom and a tour of the World War II tunnel networks. For seaside towns where the buildings are as big a draw as the beaches, you can't beat Broadstairs and Rye (50 minutes).

As well as bucket and spade stuff, the coast between Whitstable and Sandwich Bay serves up a fine spread of paths on dunes and cliffs, taking you through a changing landscape of wetlands and heaths. Pack your picnic and make for the Sandwich and Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve for the contrast of wildflower meadows up high, wading birds on the estuary below and sea trips out to the seal colonies.

Must see

  • St Augustine's Abbey (5.3 miles)
  • Canterbury Tales (5.3 miles)
  • Canterbury Roman Museum (5.4 miles)

National Trust

  • The White Cliffs of Dover (12.3 miles)
  • South Foreland Lighthouse (13.4 miles)

Cycle routes

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Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

  • How much is payable upfront? A 15% transferable deposit is payable when you book, with the balance payable on arrival. Read more
  • Does The Hop Pocket have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is The Hop Pocket dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near The Hop Pocket? For history stretching from Roman times to World War II, Canterbury 20 minutes’ drive away is famed for its castle, cathedral, city walls and winding medieval old town. With an equally impressive … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of The Hop Pocket?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  11 a.m. –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  10 a.m. –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.

    The pub is closed on Mondays (except Bank Holidays), if you are arriving on Monday please call us so we can provide information about your pitch.

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Terms and conditions

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

Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.
Unsupervised minors must have a letter of authorisation from their parents or legal guardian.

General
The restaurant is open between 01/01 and 31/12.
This site has no on-site toilet and shower facilities.

Additional terms

The pub is closed on Mondays (except Bank Holidays); if you are arriving on Monday please call the site so they can provide information about your pitch.

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