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Remember when you were young and you could run wild in the woods? Play on a rope swing, climb to the top of a tree or toast marshmellows on a campfire? We have secluded pitches in beautiful ancient woodland, bushcraft lessons, hot showers, our own laying hens, local farm shop and acres of woodland to explore. Bring your kids and relive your childhood...create some new memories.
We run off-grid and aim to make as little impact on the woods as possible. It’s wild camping but with hot showers, WC’s and recycling facilities – rustic but with everything you need for a few creature comforts in the woods.
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Horse riding nearby
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Medium (26-50 pitches)
- Coach stations
Rochester (Medway): Town Centre Bus Stop — 6.3 miles
6.3 miles Chatham (Medway): Town Centre Bus Stop — 6.9 miles
6.9 miles Gravesend: Windmill Street Coach Stop — 7.2 miles
- Train stations
Snodland Rail Station — 2.6 miles
2.6 miles Halling Rail Station — 2.8 miles
2.8 miles West Malling Rail Station — 3.2 miles
- Ferry ports
Gravesend Pier — 7.8 miles
7.8 miles Tilbury Ferry Terminal — 8.1 miles
8.1 miles Woolwich Arsenal Pier — 17.7 miles
Biggin Hill Airport — 15.4 miles
15.4 miles London City Airport — 18.8 miles
18.8 miles London Southend Airport — 21.2 miles
Badgells Wood is easily accessed from either the M20 (jcn 2 if heading south or jcn 2A on the M26 if heading North) or the M2/A2 (A227 turn-off to Wrotham & Gravesend).
We are just under 2.5 miles from the turning off the A227, between Meopham and Wrotham, near Vigo village. Turn onto Harvel Lane (signposed Vigo & Harvel – and with a brown sign for Trosley Country Park). If you are heading north the turning off the A227 is not long after the Vigo Pub on your right. If heading south & you get to the Vigo pub you have gone too far..!
Follow the road along for two miles and you will go past the turning on your left to Harvel (& Harvel House Farm Shop). You will then pass a couple of houses and Fairseat Fencing. Keep going for another 1/2 mile and you will see the entrance on your right (as the image above) and the reception compound in front of you. Come and check in, park up and go and find your pitch in the woods..!
FOOD AND DRINK
If you want to explore the local area food and drink – the nearest pub is the Amazon and Tiger in Harvel or The Green Man in HodsollStreet. Head down to the Nevill Bull Pub in Birling – Kate & Paul will give you a warm welcome and make sure you are well fed. Otherwise there is the The Duke of Wellington in Ryarsh, The George in Trottiscliffe or the Vigo Inn for some live music or comedy. Meopham has The Cricketers, The Kings Arms and The George Inn. If you want to travel a little further, West Malling has great range of restaurants.
Kent Brewery are a microbrewery located on Birling Estate, or visit Meopham Valley Vineyard and celebrate your stay with local wine. Harvel House Farm Shop is open on Friday and Saturday – serving up their home grown meat – great for your BBQ.
If open space and country parks are your thing – you can stroll across to our private parkland at the edge of the site – it has magnificent views from the top of the downs. Or walk a little further to Holly Hill open space or the cafe at Trosley Country Park
OTHER OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
We highly recommend Riverhill Himalayan Gardens for an experience your children will remember. Its about 1/2hr away near Sevenoaks. For the pony-mad The Whitehorse Equestrian Centre is just around the corner in Harvel. Alternatively for those budding F1 drivers who fancy some adrenaline, visit Buckmore Park – where Jenson Button & Lewis Hamilton cut their teeth.
- Rochester Castle (6.2 miles)
- Rochester Cathedral (6.3 miles)
- The Historic Dockyard Chatham (7.3 miles)
- Cobham Wood and Mausoleum (3.9 miles)
- Owletts (4.0 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.