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- Pick-your-own pitches at a spacious farm site half a mile from Elham
- Canterbury, Hythe beach and two animal parks within a half-hour drive
- Simple facilities; tours available of World War I trenches on site
When it comes to rural bases in south-east England, Hawthorne Trench Campsite is a prime pick. Plenty of space and Kent Down views pair up nicely with a handy location half a mile from the village of Elham, where there's a café, playground, village store and a total of three pubs.
This is a peaceful site where you can pick your own pitch from the heaps of space around the 20-acre grass field, and with simple facilities stretching just to toilets, showers and a washing-up area. Families and groups of friends are welcome, but dogs aren’t allowed because of the resident sheep and horses. You may well be able to spot wild bats, badgers and owls popping by as well…
Intrigued by the site name? That's a reference to the 250-metre World War I trench system, with a British section and a German section separated by a no man’s land in between. Guests can book tours on arrival to take a closer look at this little patch of history.
There are plenty of opportunities to get out and about in the countryside here, as public footpaths run right from the site out to local woods and forest. After some quiet time, it's also easy to get out to various day trips and attractions like Leeds Castle, Howletts Wild Animal Park and Canterbury. Some of these are accessible by buses that stop in the village centre.
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Lovely location and very quiet apart from the occasional wildlife …
We loved it will definitely go again! In a few weeks 🙂
Tranquility and scenery
Beautiful uncrowded site with clean facilities and very friendly staff
Space and peacefulness
Excellent site, with great walking routes.
Activities/entertainment run in smaller groups
Capacity reduced to increase social distancing
Check-in: self check-in (unattended)
Hand sanitizing stations
More frequent emptying of bins
Shared spaces: daily deep cleaning
Shared spaces: more frequent cleaning
Leisure on park
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on park
Car parking by site/unit
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Barbecue grills allowed
Commercial vehicles allowed
No dogs allowed
Electric car charging point(s)
Propane/gas cylinders available
Convenience store nearby
Dog walk nearby
Nearby farmers' market
Public transportation nearby
Small (11-25 sites)
- Coach stations
— 8.6 kilometres
8.6 kilometres Swan Lane — 8.6 kilometres
8.6 kilometres Holiday Extras — 8.7 kilometres
- Train stations
Sandling Rail Station
— 7.3 kilometres
7.3 kilometres Westenhanger Rail Station — 7.7 kilometres
7.7 kilometres Folkestone West Rail Station — 8.5 kilometres
- Ferry ports
Folkestone Eurotunnel Terminal
— 6.4 kilometres
6.4 kilometres Dover Western Docks Ferry Terminal — 15.6 kilometres
15.6 kilometres Dover Eastern Docks Ferry Terminal — 16.2 kilometres
Lydd London Ashford Airport
— 24.9 kilometres
24.9 kilometres Kent International Airport — 28.1 kilometres
You're never too far from sand or shingle days here: Hythe beach (20 minutes' drive) and Folkestone's harbour (20 minutes) are popular spots for pottering about by the coast, plus there's easy access to Dover (25 minutes) with its cross-channel ferries and impressive castle. If you're interested in some of modern history that took place around the area's well-known White Cliffs, the Battle of Britain Museum (10 minutes) is also worth a stop.
Animal action is available here too, with family-friendly attractions like Howletts Wild Animal Park (20 minutes) and Port Lympne Safari Park (20 minutes) for younger ones who are keen on exotic creatures. The excellent Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Light Railway (35 minutes) is another kid-pleasing option that you might want to keep up your sleeve to ensure extra-good behaviour.
If grand architecture's your thing, then Canterbury (25 minutes) is pretty sure to satisfy – the gorgeous cathedral is the focal point of the town, but there's also a museum showcasing its Roman heritage and all medieval jollity of the Canterbury Tales exhibit.
- Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway (9.2 kilometres)
- Port Lympne Wild Animal Park (10.8 kilometres)
- Howletts Wild Animal Park (13.2 kilometres)
- The White Cliffs of Dover (16.9 kilometres)
- South Foreland Lighthouse (19.0 kilometres)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and caravan|
|Arrive:||2 p.m. –||8 p.m.|
Hawthorne Trench Campsite cancellation policy
No refunds within 1 week of arrival date.
Changes cannot be made once you have booked.
The campground/park is not liable for any refund in the event of force majeure.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
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.
A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Hawthorne Trench Campsite 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.
Refunds within the indicated cancellation period are only possible if the campground/park is able to relet your unit/site.
You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking, or at any point before the due date.
Payment methods accepted on the parkCash
Terms and conditionsSite booking terms and conditions
- Does Hawthorne Trench Campsite have a swimming pool? No View all features
- Is Hawthorne Trench Campsite dog friendly? No View all features
- What attractions are near Hawthorne Trench Campsite? You're never too far from sand or shingle days here: Hythe beach (20 minutes' drive) and Folkestone's harbour (20 minutes) are popular spots for pottering about by the coast, plus there's easy … Read more
- When can I check in and check out of Hawthorne Trench Campsite?
Camping and caravan Arrive: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. Depart by: noon