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Puddledock Woods Camping

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Puddledock Woods Camping: Trees on site

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

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 95 reviews

 

98% would recommend this site to a friend.

97% would stay here again.

  81% described as Wild camping ?

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Friendly staff, very nice facilities, walking distance to Stodmarsh national …20/06/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch (wild, woodland)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Friendly staff, very nice facilities, walking distance to Stodmarsh national reserve

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Great wild family camping19/06/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomVarina D.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch (wild, woodland)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    This is a really lovely setting, wild and not overcrowded. The pitch was really large easily enough for 2 families. Composting toilet only a short walk was fine and the outdoor hot shower was lovely. Appreciated an indoor and outdoor washing up area, there is a fridge and plugs to recharge phones if needed.

    The nearby walk to the nature reserve and Ferry Inn pub was a big bonus.

    We'd love to visit again and hear the amazing nightly frog chorus. And we would defninitely pack LOTS of mozzie repellant!
    Thanks again for a great long weekend Matt, see you again!

    Disliked: 

    Only tiny downside was how instantly muddly and slippery our particular pitch got when it poured with rain, instantly improved by the barrowfuls of free woodchip we loaded onto it, but that one pitch was definitely the most exposed and therefore least grassy, and super lumpybumpy which made pitching our tents tricky.

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Tranquil pitch in shaded forest. Lots of space Owner is …19/06/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomKris K.Confirmed

  • Bell tent
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Tranquil pitch in shaded forest.
    Lots of space
    Owner is very accommodating
    Facilities include an area with indoor sink, fridge, microwave and plug point.
    Good location
    Fire pit

    Disliked: 

    Bell tent floor was a bit uneven.
    The area is prone to mosquitos
    The owner also runs a car refurbishment workshop which you have to go through.

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Really friendly, laidback site with great host. Cool vibe, definitely …15/06/2021

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

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch (wild, woodland)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Really friendly, laidback site with great host.
    Cool vibe, definitely will be going back!

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Great place too stay the owner and his family are …07/06/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

  • Bell tent
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  • Liked: 

    Great place too stay the owner and his family are all so welcoming and are so willing to help the whole time you are there. The bell tent was great situated under the tree canopy with a fire pit logs available on site. We will be returning.

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    None

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A very friendly host, helping us on our first night …13/05/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomThomas H.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch (wild, woodland)
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    A very friendly host, helping us on our first night that we arrived in the dark heavy rain , Matt was there to give us a hand offering one of his empty teepees for the night

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The site was wonderful, bit muddy after a week off …01/11/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch (wild, woodland)
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  • Liked: 

    The site was wonderful, bit muddy after a week off rain but Matt was superb in helping get the tent and kit to the pitch in his jeep. The trees are evenly spaced with plenty of space for tents. Even our 6 man family tent easily fitted. Exposed roots aren’t a problem either as can be the case with a wooded site. Toilets were clean and well stocked. The owners dogs are friendly and our daughter loved meeting them.

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lovely night sleeping in the trees.13/10/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJohn P.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch (wild, woodland)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Basic site but with everything I needed.

    Lovely secluded pitches in the trees and plenty of options for hanging my hammock.

    Arrived on a rather stormy night and friendly host was very helpful offering me the use of one of the bell tents if my set up didn't last the night.

    Thankfully my tarp held and I had a great nights sleep with only the soothing sounds of wind, rain and the odd wild animal.

    Disliked: 

    Someone else in the revives had mentioned the hosts dogs being loose around the washing up area.

    They are very well behaved but like most dogs they will bark and approach you when you if you enter their territory.

    For those unfamiliar with dogs this could be frightening although this didn't bother me.

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Great place to stay will definitely stay again!12/10/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomCharlene W.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch (wild, woodland)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Great place to stay, the family that own the site were very welcoming and accommodating.

    The site it’s self was lovely and was just what we were looking for, toilets were kept clean as were the grounds.

    The owner took our camping stuff in his 4x4 to our pitch as you have to park in a designated area but it isn’t too far away and the walk through gives you the chance to take in the lovely surroundings.

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    Nothing

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A great get-away!05/10/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch (wild, woodland)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    The campsite was fantastic - just what we were hoping for with camping amongst the trees. Fire pits were a very welcome addition as well. We were the only people staying there during our visit so had the forrest to ourselves.

    The hosts were incredibly friendly and helpful and we're certainly hoping to return again.

    Lovely walks out in the nearby fields, a couple of nice pubs and canoeing not too far away as well.

    Fantastic!

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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

Camping 2.0

Bell tents

Shepherd's huts

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Forest

Peaceful

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

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

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Tiny (1-10 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Horse riding nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Surf school nearby

Watersports nearby

Location

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  • Upstreet, Kent, England, CT3 4DP
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   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


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

Deposit transferable during COVID-19. 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.

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

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Terms and conditions

Site booking terms and conditions

  • Does Puddledock Woods Camping have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Puddledock Woods Camping dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Puddledock Woods Camping? 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 … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Puddledock Woods Camping?
    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.
    Read more
  • How much does it cost to stay at Puddledock Woods Camping? From £25 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability

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Extras
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.

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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