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- 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).
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lovely night sleeping in the trees.
Great place to stay will definitely stay again!
Very peaceful and almost like wild camping
Fantastic site will be visiting again soon
This is a wonderful site with the nicest owners i've ever met!!
Enjoyed this place so much, We stayed an extra night. …
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
Dogs allowed all year
Tipis, yurts, or wigwams
Electric car charging point(s)
No drinkable water point
No hot water
No running water
Propane/gas cylinders available
Convenience store nearby
Dog walk nearby
Public transportation nearby
Tiny (1-10 sites)
- Coach stations
Herne Bay: Town Centre Coach Stop
— 7.0 kilometres
7.0 kilometres Birchington: The Square Coach Stop — 9.2 kilometres
9.2 kilometres Canterbury: Kent Uni. Keynes Coll. Coach Stop — 9.8 kilometres
- Train stations
Sturry Rail Station
— 6.0 kilometres
6.0 kilometres Herne Bay Rail Station — 6.9 kilometres
6.9 kilometres Minster Rail Station — 8.3 kilometres
- Ferry ports
Ramsgate Ferry Terminal
— 15.1 kilometres
15.1 kilometres Dover Eastern Docks Ferry Terminal — 24.2 kilometres
24.2 kilometres Dover Western Docks Ferry Terminal — 24.8 kilometres
Kent International Airport
— 11.4 kilometres
11.4 kilometres London Southend Airport — 43.6 kilometres
43.6 kilometres Lydd London Ashford Airport — 45.4 kilometres
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.
- Howletts Wild Animal Park (7.6 kilometres)
- St Augustine's Abbey (9.4 kilometres)
- Canterbury Cathedral (9.6 kilometres)
- The White Cliffs of Dover (23.9 kilometres)
- South Foreland Lighthouse (24.1 kilometres)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||1 p.m. –||8 p.m.|
|Depart by:||11:30 a.m.|
|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.
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. During COVID-19 you can transfer your deposit to a future stay booked within 3 months of your arrival date. Read more.
You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.
Payment methods accepted on the parkCash
Terms and conditionsSite 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.