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Hawthorne Trench Campsite

9.6

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General

  • 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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9.6

Overall rating based on 182 reviews

 

97% would recommend this site to a friend.

97% would stay here again.

  90% described as Peaceful ?

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Lovely location and very quiet apart from the occasional wildlife …08/09/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMichael M.Confirmed

  • Unpowered grass and earth tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Lovely location and very quiet apart from the occasional wildlife It's a beautiful spot and convenient for local places of interest. Facilties are perfectly adequate with a good hot shower, but perhaps best suited to the experienced 'basic' camper. Very friendly and helpful hosts.

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Relaxing getaway05/09/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomLee M.Confirmed

  • Unpowered grass and earth tent site
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    We had a wonderful time at Hawthorne Trench Campsite over the weekend with our young boys. Richard our host was friendly and informative and was clearly concerned to ensure that everything was in order.

    We found a beautiful flat pitch in the valley and really felt like we were apart from the other campers while still feeling safe. The views of the stars at night were spectacular and we hired a fire pit for a small outlay which our boys really enjoyed toasting marshmallows.

    There was plenty to do in surrounding towns and, if we had of stayed longer, we would have explored the local area too as there appear to be a lot of walks around and about the farm.

    We enjoyed a tour of the trenches onsite which are really worth a visit and the boys also enjoyed an opportunity to explore and try on a number of army uniforms afterwards complete with gas masks and replica rifles.

    A peaceful getaway from the hustle and bustle. We will definitely be returning.

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Good big open field with basic clean facilities07/09/2022

Reviewer's country: GermanyAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Unpowered grass and earth tent site
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  • Liked: 

    Big empty field, loads of space.
    Basic but clean and functional facilities.
    Great location for the tunnel.
    Freindly host.

    Disliked: 

    If full I could imagine finding a flat space could be a challenge

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We loved it will definitely go again! In a few weeks 🙂04/09/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomHeather M.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Unpowered grass and earth tent site
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    We loved it, the view, the size of the pitches. There’s everything you could need there facility wise. The owner it’s lovely as well as his dogs. Had an amazing experience with some sheep which came up to the fence to great me. It was an amazing stay.

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    Nothing

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Tranquility and scenery03/09/2022

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

  • Unpowered grass and earth tent site
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  • Liked: 

    Amazing campsite for peace and quiet.
    Loads of space between pitches.
    Beautiful scenery of rolling hills.
    Amazing stargazing.
    Lovely hot shower.
    Fridge to use and a kettle with coffee & tea, milk.
    Lovely owner that came over twice a day.
    The WW1 trench tour was very good and interesting.

    Disliked: 

    That I had to go home

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Beautiful uncrowded site with clean facilities and very friendly staff30/08/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomDaniel S.Confirmed

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  • Liked: 

    Beautiful site, open and with only 12 pitches maximum, so much space for each pitch.
    Spotlessly clean facilities.
    Friendly and welcoming owner who provided helpful information and advice.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing, our stay was fabulous.

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Space and peacefulness30/08/2022

Reviewer's country: United Kingdomnicola G.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Unpowered grass and earth tent site
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  • Liked: 

    Space and peacefulness

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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We had a great time and wouldn’t change anything about the place30/08/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Unpowered grass and earth tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Nice & quiet, like that you pick your own pitch wherever you like in the field.
    Owner popped over daily to check everything was going well.
    Shower & toilets clean

    Disliked: 

    On pitchup it says no ice pack freezing facilities however they are present, not really a dislike but would’ve been handy to know in advance or food planning.

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Excellent site, with great walking routes.29/08/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJonathan G.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Unpowered grass and earth tent site
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  • Liked: 

    The campsite was great. Lots of space with lots of room between the pitches.

    Facilities were basic but clean and had no issues with them.

    The owner is very nice and welcoming and my son and I would love to come back again.

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Brilliant campsite28/08/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomLeah P.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Unpowered grass and earth tent site
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  • Liked: 

    Site owner made us feel very welcome, all facilities extremely clean and maintained to a very high standard. Pitches were large, and well spaced out. Alot of information supplied on nearest shops and amenities with opening times, and a few extras thrown in.

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    Nothing

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Features

Coronavirus

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

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Playground

Recreation room/arcade

TV room

Takeout

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on park

Bath available

Car parking by site/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundry

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Portable toilet

Pub toilets

Restrooms

Shower available

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Scouts welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue grills allowed

Barbecue provided

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

No dogs allowed

Themes

Hikers’ paradise

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Dump point

Electric car charging point(s)

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Dog walk nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transportation nearby

Type

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Small (11-25 sites)

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Cycling nearby

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Restaurant nearby

Location

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  • Roundhill Farm, Cullens Hill, Elham, Kent, England, CT4 6UJ
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 51.1525°N 1.0995°E

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Swan Lane — 8.6 kilometres
Swan Lane — 8.6 kilometres
Holiday Extras — 8.7 kilometres
Train stations
Sandling Rail Station — 7.3 kilometres
Westenhanger Rail Station — 7.7 kilometres
Folkestone West Rail Station — 8.5 kilometres
Ferry ports
Folkestone Eurotunnel Terminal — 6.4 kilometres
Dover Western Docks Ferry Terminal — 15.6 kilometres
Dover Eastern Docks Ferry Terminal — 16.2 kilometres
Airports
Lydd London Ashford Airport — 24.9 kilometres
Kent International Airport — 28.1 kilometres

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

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.

Must see

  • Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway (9.2 kilometres)
  • Port Lympne Wild Animal Park (10.8 kilometres)
  • Howletts Wild Animal Park (13.2 kilometres)

National Trust

  • The White Cliffs of Dover (16.9 kilometres)
  • South Foreland Lighthouse (19.0 kilometres)

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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Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and caravan
Arrive:  2 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart by:  noon

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.

Payment

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.

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  • 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
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