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General

  • Family-run and friendly site within a mile of Lydd
  • Fishing lakes and nature trails on site; watersports next door
  • Well maintained showers and toilets, washing-up hut and shop

What do you reckon about pitching up at an amiable and family-friendly place with fishing on site – and a watersports centre right next door? Land a stay at Romney Marsh's Herons Park, a family-run and friendly site welcoming guests (and dogs) for Kent-based stays.

Juniors are most welcome too – and if your small sort isn't enamoured with fishing or watersports, you'll likely catch their interest with a mention of the go-karting circuit also next door; the beach at Camber Sands within five miles or the critters of Port Lympne Wild Animal Park within ten or so miles… The Herons Park team can supply info on bike hire and local hikes too.

The park has fairly level, marked out grass pitches, a toilet and shower block updated in 2016, a chemical waste point and waste disposal bins within the camping field, and a small shop stocking camping staples such as firewood, disposable barbecues, some boozy drinks and the essential marshmallows. Firepits are on site for guests' use, but please note these are allocated on a first come, first serve basis. Barbecues are allowed on all pitches.

If you're here for the angling, you can add a fishing pass to your stay as an extra. (You'll need a current fishing licence if you want to fish two rods; pick one up at the post office.)

The town of Lydd and the nearest offsite shop are within a mile.


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8.5

Overall rating based on 39 reviews

 

87% would recommend this site to a friend.

82% would stay here again.

 

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very friendly quite clean 18/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom paul g. Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
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    very friendly quite clean

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Great value for money, not easy to find one that allows camp fires 07/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Simon A. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch (large)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Camp fires
    Communal fridge
    Staff
    Area
    Segregated pitches
    Good value for money

    Disliked: 

    Only two sinks in kitchen, two showers and two toilets but didn't cause us any troubles, and that's being picky. Go kart track next door but didn't notice it much

From the manager...

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! We're pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay, Kind regards Liam & Hannah

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The staff was helpful and friendly and facilities was clean 05/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Sharda N. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch (large)
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    Not bad for my son and I. Was very windy for us. The washing area was clean and easy access. It was good it is what it is.

    Disliked: 

    Not having any thing on site to do for children. For example a little play area.

From the manager...

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review- we are definitely looking to add a play area in the future. Kind regards Hannah & Liam

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friendly helpful staff tidy pitch space free fire pit was great 04/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Victoria H. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Beautiful lake

    Disliked: 

    No toilet paper toilets and washing area not clean

From the manager...

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I'm pleased to hear you found our staff friendly and helpful and enjoyed use of the free fire pit. I do apologise though that you didn't find the washing up hut clean- we have an ongoing battle with spiders and leaves as the hut is open, however- we have now given it a very thorough clean up. Regarding running out of toilet paper- we do top up before leaving for the day and first thing in the morning to alleviate this happening, so I am sorry this occurred during your stay. I am pleased to see though, that you would indeed stay again.
Kind Regards Hannah & Liam

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The pitch was good and level, plenty of space. The ... 31/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom ONDINE d. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    The pitch was good and level, plenty of space. The toilet was clean.

    Disliked: 

    Don't know why there had to be code to get in the toilet and could do with more toilets & definitely more showers

From the manager...

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review- the code needs to be on the showers/toilet door to ensure that customers of the neighbouring businesses do not use the showers/toilets as they have in the past- as you rightly say we could do with some more showers during busy times, if they also used them we would have long queues! It's something we will look to expand in coming years, however only really poses a problem on a few weekends a year that we are full. Kind regards Hannah & Liam

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great little campsite 29/08/2017

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    Size of pitches- very generous
    Close to karting( it was great fun)
    Clean facility's
    Free wi-fi( for older child)
    Friendly and helpful staff
    Camp fires allowed ( even supply fire pits...1st come basis)
    Close location to the beach

    Disliked: 

    Showers...clean but a bit on the small side and only 2 showers.
    Spiders!

From the manager...

Fantastic! Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review- we will evict the spiders again! Kind regards Hannah & Liam

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Great site with clean facilities, friendly staff and level pitches 29/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom natalie_g335323 Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
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    Very helpful staff and lovely campsite. Facilities were clean.

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Fantastic! Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review!

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Excellent site with clean facilities, friendly staff and level pitches 23/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Gareth S. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    Everything

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Fantastic! Thank you for leaving us a review

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Good basic site, could be cleaner. Perfect for a short stay. 20/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Charlotte E. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Good sized pitches, many with fences between them to separate you from other tents/camper vans, quiet location, toilets and washing up hut near to all tents, flat ground. Good sized fridge freezer to use.

    Disliked: 

    Toilet floors were always wet due to the showers, during our stay there was a hot water problem so could only use the disabled shower which caused queues and this shower would only adjust to boiling hot or freezing cold, so many spiders (over 20) in cobwebs in washing up hut - only needs a dust! Website said charging facilities - there is one plug socket for all campers to share if you don't pay for electrical hook up. Campsite didn't have jump leads for when car battery goes flat - during our stay two cars had flat batteries in one day!

From the manager...

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. The problem with the hot water was an isolated incident that was out of our control as the boiler had a problem, which was remedied by the same afternoon. I do apologise for this but we were unable to get anything done any sooner as we did all we could. The power point in the washing up hut is an additional benefit for our customers that we obviously do not charge for so we feel one power point is adequate as we do have 14 pitches with hook-up if it's required. We do indeed have jump leads, so I apologise that you weren't offered to use them- i'll investigate what happened there, however- we do not have to provide them so seems a bit unfair to mention? I apologise again for the spiders, I will get the hoover out. Once again, I am disappointed yet another person has not raised the issues during their stay so that we have the opportunity to put things right. Your comments will be taken on board. Kind regards Hannah & Liam

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It was amazing campsite. 11/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Giedrius K. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    It was amazing campsite.

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Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! We're delighted you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you back, Kind regards Hannah

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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

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Lake and/or mountain

Remote location

Walkers' paradise

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Restaurant nearby

Surf school nearby

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Medium (26-50 pitches)

Location

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  • Dengemarsh Road Lydd, Kent, England, TN29 9JH
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 50.9352°N 0.9099°E

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Newingreen (Kent): Ashford Rd Coach Stop — 11.7 miles
Hythe (Kent) Coach Stop — 12.0 miles
Sellindge (Kent): Ashford Rd Coach Stop — 12.3 miles
Train stations
Appledore (Kent) Rail Station — 7.9 miles
Rye Rail Station — 7.9 miles
Winchelsea Rail Station — 9.1 miles
Ferry ports
Folkestone Eurotunnel Terminal — 14.4 miles
Dover Western Docks Ferry Terminal — 21.7 miles
Dover Eastern Docks Ferry Terminal — 22.5 miles
Airports
Lydd London Ashford Airport — 1.7 miles

Directions


From London take the M20 to Junction 10. At the J10 roundabout turn off towards Brenzett/Lydd A2070. Following the signs to Lydd Airport on the A2070 until you arrive at the roundabout, turn left on to the A259 follow brown signs for camping/racing leading to the B2075 to Lydd.

As you enter Lydd you come to a hump back bridge, take the slip road to the left, then go straight across at the next roundabout, eventually the road bears sharply right and a slip road goes straight ahead. Take the slip road ahead and after a mile or so you will see Herons Park entrance on your right.

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

A go-karting circuit and a watersports centre are right next door to Heron Park, each with a shop and with expert tuition and courses available for visitors.

The Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, an award-winning reserve set over 600 acres near Hythe, is also recommended if you're on hol with the offspring, as is the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway steaming along for 13 and a half miles from Hythe to the National Nature Reserve of Dungeness. Lathe Farm at New Romney and the Rare Breeds Farm at Ashford should also be popular picks.

For beaches, clamber the dunes or go kite buggying at Camber Sands, the only sand dune system in East Sussex, and tackle more fishing (for mackerel) at Dymchurch, like Camber Sands also a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its insect and plant life. Fish, chips and Kent coast views can all be had at the Dungeness headland.

Several bike routes are nearby, including the National Cycle Network 2 running through Lydd on its Romney Marsh route from Hythe to Rye; along the four or so miles of the Royal Military Canal, and circular routes around the marsh from New Romney or Snargate.

The cobbled streets and afternoon teas of ancient Rye are about ten miles from the site.

Must see

  • Camber Sands (5.1 miles)
  • Port Lympne Wild Animal Park (10.6 miles)
  • Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway (11.7 miles)

National Trust

  • Lamb House (7.8 miles)
  • Smallhythe Place (11.7 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.

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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.
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.

Extras
Motorbike(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

General
Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.
Bookings must not be for more than 14 consecutive nights.
Fireworks and air rifles are not permitted.
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.
Quiet hours must be respected between 10pm and 8am.
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.
You'll need an Environment Agency rod licence (you'll need to apply for this beforehand).

Occupancy
Group bookings of 8 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).
No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

Pitches
You must follow the management directives when pitching your tent/unit and related equipment.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.

Vehicles
Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.
No vehicle movement between 9pm and 8am.
Only one car is to be parked by the pitch. Extra vehicles must be parked in the designated area.
The car is only included in the rate if you are travelling with a touring caravan or a tent. If you wish to bring a car along with your motorhome/campervan please select the extra.

Visitors
Visitors must leave the premises by 10pm.
Visitors must register at reception and pay their fee.

Additional terms

Ball playing and throwing games are not permitted near to motorhomes, or vehicles.

The site's fishing areas are only available to users that hold a valid rod licence. Non-angling club members must purchase the appropriate ticket from the Herons Park office. No night fishing allowed by campers. The site issues a permit for two rods after seeing the rod license (can be purchased at the local Post Office). Fishing equipment is not provided.

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