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Puddledock Woods Camping

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General

  • Quiet and rural park in the middle of a two-acre woodland
  • A 20-minute drive from Canterbury and 25 minutes from Margate
  • Barbecues, campfires and dogs allowed; walks straight from the site

Wander the waterways and woodlands of England’s south east from Puddledock Woods Camping, a peaceful wild camping site in two acres of woodland, behind a smallholding and workshop in lush countryside 20 minutes’ drive from Canterbury.

Public walks aplenty are around this no-frills site, whether you’d rather amble on pathways through the surrounding trees or towards a particular destination like a Georgian-era inn a 20-minute walk away with its gorgeous setting on the River Stour. The square mile of reed beds, fens, ditches and wet grassland at Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve is also reachable within 20 minutes on foot (or a five-minute drive) for yet more rambling, and the coast is a 15-minute drive away.

Whatever you opt for, dogs are welcome to join you at Puddledock Woods; barbecues and small campfires are permitted as well if you’re planning on appeasing the appetite alfresco. The site has no electricity or night-time lighting, and showers aren’t provided but a water tap and composting toilet are set in the woods.

As cars have their own special area slightly away from the site to keep the place as peaceful as possible, the staff at Puddledock Woods Camping can help transport your gear by quad and trailer from the parking area (just ask for help in advance, using the details in your booking confirmation email).

Please note

This site has no on-site shower facilities.

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


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9.5

Overall rating based on 24 reviews

 

96% would recommend this site to a friend.

96% would stay here again.

  89% described as Wild camping ?

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Had a great stay. Loved that we could have a campfire. Will return.12/01/2020

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  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch (wild, woodland)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Solitude, natural setting and quiet

    Disliked: 

    Distance from car to pitch if you have a lot of stuff!

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There was plenty of space to roam around. A nice ...06/01/2020

Reviewer's country: United Kingdomjoe b.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch (wild, woodland)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    There was plenty of space to roam around. A nice Marsh a 1 minute walk from the site which the dogs loved. Very friendly staff. Would definitely go again, had a lovely stay.

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Warm, friendly welcome from Matt. Teepee. Authentic campfire, collecting wood ...17/09/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAdele S.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Tipi (woodland)
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    Warm, friendly welcome from Matt. Teepee. Authentic campfire, collecting wood from the surrounding area. Driving the quad bike 😂

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Excellent site, clean facilities with hot water and friendly host!16/09/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomM. I.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch (wild, woodland)
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    Cloest thing to "wild camping" we've found in the UK so far. Wonderfully quiet space to get away for awhile. The host, Matt, was welcoming and helped haul our gear. We luckes out and had the whole site to oursleves but could have easily had just as good of an experience if there was 1 or 2 other groups. We had a great time of sitting by the campfire and stargazing. We will be back!

    Disliked: 

    Camp ground across the water was noisy at times but nothing to be done about that! Nice thing was that we got to site next to our campfire and talk about how much better we had it then they did.

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Very peaceful- tipi in a nice spot with a Fire ...06/09/2019

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    Very peaceful- tipi in a nice spot with a Fire pit, in pretty countryside. Matt was super helpful and friendly and nice

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Great site. Really friendly and helpful owner03/09/2019

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  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch (wild, woodland)
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    A real rural, back-to-basics wild camping experience. Fantastic! Please keep it this way!

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Real wild camping. Great to have a proper campfire. Spacious ...02/09/2019

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  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch (wild, woodland)
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    Real wild camping. Great to have a proper campfire. Spacious pitches under beautiful tall trees and a clear starry night sky.

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Found the site Great for hammock pitching, basic site but ...01/09/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomLex D.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch (wild, woodland)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Found the site Great for hammock pitching, basic site but that’s what I wanted, only a couple of other pitches being used so it was very spacious. Owner gave me a guided walk of site and was very friendly.

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    The neighbouring camping site was a little noisy after dark

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The owner is very nice and helpful. Would definitely recommend here01/09/2019

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  • Tipi (woodland)
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    Excellent stay in the tip. Nice and peaceful, can have a fire, great basic amenities and there is a flushing toilet cubicle with hot water if you want. Close to nearby sites (20mins to margate or ramsgate).

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    Nothing

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Would recommend to anyone. Secluded and quiet. Very clean tipi31/08/2019

Reviewer's country: United Kingdomdanielle b.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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    Brilliant stay. Host family were very helpful and friendly.

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Features

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Bar nearby

Public transport nearby

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Themes

Budget/backpacker

Forest

Peaceful

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

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Bar or club house

Cycle hire

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Fishing

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TV room

Watersports

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

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

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Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Type

Tiny (1-10 pitches)

Camping 2.0

Tipis, yurts, or wigwams

Location

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  • Upstreet, Kent, England, CT3 4DP
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 51.3275°N 1.1976°E

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Herne Bay: Town Centre Coach Stop — 4.4 miles
Birchington: The Square Coach Stop — 5.7 miles
Canterbury: Kent Uni. Keynes Coll. Coach Stop — 6.1 miles
Train stations
Sturry Rail Station — 3.7 miles
Herne Bay Rail Station — 4.3 miles
Minster Rail Station — 5.2 miles
Ferry ports
Ramsgate Ferry Terminal — 9.4 miles
Dover Eastern Docks Ferry Terminal — 15.0 miles
Dover Western Docks Ferry Terminal — 15.4 miles
Airports
Kent International Airport — 7.1 miles
London Southend Airport — 27.1 miles
Lydd London Ashford Airport — 28.2 miles

Directions


The site is accessed by a track running alongside neighbouring Nethergong Camping which splits three ways at the end. To enter the park, bear right and follow the track past the Airstream caravan and pond to the end.

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 well as being pretty, the area around the site is dotted with towns and cities worth perusing – from historic Canterbury to coastal Margate. Try the former to punt down the Stour, roam the Roman walls and take Chaucer-themed tours towards the cathedral; the latter, meanwhile, is home to a sandy beach, the seafront Turner Contemporary gallery and a vintage fairground (25 minutes’ drive away).

Even closer than Margate is Herne Bay (15 minutes): head here for salty walks beside the Reculver Towers and Roman Fort on Herne Bay, an old Anglo-Saxon monastery that nods to the region’s history as a dock for ships in the Roman era. Or follow the coast around to Botany Bay (half an hour from Puddledock Woods Camping) to hunt for fossils below the chalk-white cliffs.

For very famed white cliffs, Dover (and its ferry ports for France) is a 40-minute drive, while Whitstable and its oysters are 25 minutes away in the other direction.

If the kids are needing some solid entertainment, the creatures at Howletts Wild Animal Park and Wingham Wildlife Park are 20 and 15 minutes’ drive away respectively.

Must see

  • Howletts Wild Animal Park (4.7 miles)
  • St Augustine's Abbey (5.9 miles)
  • Canterbury Cathedral (6.0 miles)

National Trust

  • The White Cliffs of Dover (14.9 miles)
  • South Foreland Lighthouse (15.0 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:  1 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart by:  11:30 a.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  1 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart by:  11:30 a.m.

Puddledock Woods Camping cancellation policy

No refunds within 1 day of arrival date.

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

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Puddledock Woods Camping will debit the balance from your card 1 week before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 1 week then the balance will be taken immediately.

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

Payment methods accepted on the park

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

General
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.
This site has no on-site shower facilities.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.
Firearms are not permitted.

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

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