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Orchard Wild Camping

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General

  • Back-to-basics wild camping in scenic Suffolk countryside
  • A 20-minute drive from Southwold and 35 minutes from Ipswich
  • Africa Alive, Oasis Camel Park and Sutton Hoo within a 25-minute drive

Looking for a back-to-basics getaway without all the unnecessary extras? Keep it simple at Orchard Wild Camping, a particularly well-named family-friendly site five minutes’ drive from the small Suffolk town of Saxmundham and around 15 minutes from Aldeburgh and Southwold.

The clue's in the name here: this is proudly wild camping where pretty much everything's as nature intended on a site described by the owners as 'a gentle site for gentle people'. There’s a bowser full of water for cooking and washing (drinking water must be bought, but the first bottle will be provided), and a firepit is at each pitch for warm chatty evenings. A little nod to luxury comes in the form of access to a hot shower (off grid and solar-heated, of course, to fit with the eco-conscious vibe…) and a flushing compost toilet.

Nature-filled hols can extend beyond the limits of the site if so desired: it's about five minutes from here to the edge of the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), placing it in a prime location for lengthy coastal walks, quiet cycles down country lanes and wildlife spotting.

The site is also 20 minutes from RSPB Minsmere if an afternoon of birdwatching appeals; for more animal encounters, the Africa-themed zoo Africa Alive is 25 minutes from base and the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary is about half an hour away.

And when you're ready to roam elsewhere? Orchard Wild Camping is just off the A12 for easy access to more local attractions.

Please note

This site has no on-site shower facilities.

Minimum spacing of 15 metres between pitches.


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9.6

Overall rating based on 68 reviews

 

96% would recommend this site to a friend.

94% would stay here again.

  96% described as Wild camping ?

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The campsite was beautiful, secluded and perfectly taken care of. …09/23/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomCatherine C.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch (wild)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The campsite was beautiful, secluded and perfectly taken care of.

    Simon was the most wonderful, relaxed and friendly host.

    Could not have wished for a better late September camping experience!!!

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Ideal for self supported camping09/20/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomStuart J.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch (wild)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Communication and guidance on the site

    Disliked: 

    Signage on entering not clear

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Quiet and peaceful orchard setting09/13/2020

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

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch (wild)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Availability of charcoal/kindling;
    Helpfulness of Simon, he's a great bloke;
    Wild setting within a lovely orchard

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    Concealed entrance off the highway is easy to miss

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Wonderful hidden gem of a campsite highly recommended!09/13/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomWilliam V.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch (wild)
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    A Beautiful location in a peaceful orchard with clear sky’s at night and a lovely pub within easy walking distance. Highly recommended and will definitely return soon! Thanks also to Simon the owner for being so friendly and welcoming

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An excellent experience09/07/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch (wild)
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    Fabulous stay in this small nature reserve, Simon's passion for living in harmony with the land was inspiring. Highlights; breakfasting on blackberries & apples, cooking on the firepit, watching two owls, a buzzard, listening to badgers.

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A perfect site for wild camping with a great owner09/07/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMichael V.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch (wild)
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    The campsite owner was first rate - nothing was too much trouble and he was both friendly and accommodating. A lovely site with all necessities provided. Can’t recommend highly enough.

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Fantastic site overall!09/07/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomFed B.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch (wild)
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    Everything about Orchard Wild Camping was awesome!
    Simon, the owner, was friendly and helpful.
    The camp was clean and well maintained.
    Simon runs a tight ship. Everything is sustainable and environmentally friendly.
    The other campers were clean and respectful.
    We will definitely be going again!

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Off the grid but right next to the main road09/08/2020

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

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch (wild)
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  • Liked: 

    Owner was very welcoming, site layout was good and pitches pretty generous, some much better than others though

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    No running water whatsoever, chemical toilet, freezing cold shower, road noise from a12.

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Excellent site, toilet and shower were clean, site manager was helpful08/29/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomClaire E.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch (wild)
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    Great campsite, site manager was friendly and helpful. Toilet and eco shower were clean.

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Wonderful wild camping experience, the site was efficiently run with …08/27/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomPauline A.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch (wild)
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    Wonderful wild camping experience, the site was efficiently run with supplies of wood and fire lighters for the fire pit, which was excellent and doubled as a barbecue. The composting toilets were clean and and the solar shower was great for a freshen up.
    We had access to the East coastline and local attractions such as Dunwich Heath and Southwold for great days out.
    We would recommend this campsite and would definitely return.

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Features

Coronavirus

Capacity reduced to increase social distancing

Shared spaces: more frequent cleaning

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

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

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

No dogs allowed

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Communal fridge

Gas cylinders available

No hot water

No potable water point

No running water

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Tiny (1-10 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Tennis nearby

Location

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  • A12, Kelsale-cum-Carlton, Saxmundham, Suffolk, England, IP17 2QZ
  • Timezone Europe/London +0100 (GMT+01:00)   GPS 52.2385°N 1.4875°E

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Harleston (Norfolk): Broad St Coach Stop — 13.9 miles
Bungay: Earsham Street Coach Stop — 15.2 miles
Beccles: Old Market Coach Stop — 15.6 miles
Train stations
Saxmundham Rail Station — 1.6 miles
Darsham Rail Station — 2.8 miles
Wickham Market Rail Station — 7.1 miles
Ferry ports
Walberswick Ferry Landing — 9.3 miles
Southwold Ferry Landing — 9.4 miles
Bawdsey Ferry Landing — 17.6 miles
Airports
Norwich International Airport — 31.1 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

To make beach days part of your stay, it’s handily just 15 minutes' drive from the site to the seafront stretches of Aldeburgh, 20 minutes to Southwold and a little under 40 to Lowestoft.

Early birds and adrenaline junkies might want to flap along to the latter – Lowestoft is the first place in the UK to see the sun rise every morning, and it’s also home to the rides and games of Pleasurewood Hills. Meanwhile, fans of traditional British seaside towns with candy-coloured beachfronts and restored Victorian piers might wish to opt for Aldeburgh or Southwold instead.

There’s history hereabouts too: the spectacularly sprawling Somerleyton Hall is just outside Lowestoft (and 45 minutes from base), and jousts at Franlingham Castle, clambers around the tower keep of Orford Castle, seeing the unusual 'House in the Clouds' water tower and visits to the famed Anglo-Saxon royal burial site of Sutton Hoo are between 15 and 25 minutes away.

When rural rambles, seaside strolls and historical haunts are finally exhausted, there are museums, mansions and shops to explore 35 minutes from the site in Ipswich, and even busier city days within relatively easy reach an hour away in Norwich.

Must see

  • Framlingham Castle (6.1 miles)
  • Orford Castle (10.2 miles)
  • Orford Ness National Nature Reserve (10.3 miles)

National Trust

  • Orford Ness National Nature Reserve (10.4 miles)
  • Sutton Hoo (11.9 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:  2 p.m. –  9 p.m.
Depart by:  11 a.m.

Alternative arrival and departure times may be possible upon request.

Orchard Wild Camping cancellation policy

No refunds within 6 weeks of arrival date.

Modifications are subject to a £10.00 (€11.06) fee.

Bookings cannot be amended within 28 day(s) of arrival.

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

Deposit transferable during COVID-19. Orchard Wild Camping will debit the balance from your card 12 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 12 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.

Refunds within the indicated cancellation period are only possible if the site is able to relet your unit/pitch.

Deposit transferable during COVID-19.

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

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Terms and conditions

Site booking terms and conditions

  • Does Orchard Wild Camping have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Orchard Wild Camping dog friendly? No View all features
  • What attractions are near Orchard Wild Camping? To make beach days part of your stay, it’s handily just 15 minutes' drive from the site to the seafront stretches of Aldeburgh, 20 minutes to Southwold and a little under 40 … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Orchard Wild Camping?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  2 p.m. –  9 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.

    Alternative arrival and departure times may be possible upon request.

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  • How much does it cost to stay at Orchard Wild Camping? From €27.22 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability

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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.

Changes to your holiday
Bookings cannot be amended within 28 day(s) of arrival.

Safety
Firearms are not permitted.

General
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.

Coronavirus
Minimum spacing of 15 metres between pitches.

Changes to your holiday
Modifications are subject to a £10.00 (€11.06) fee.

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

Arrivals and departures
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

General
Quiet (afternoon) hours must be respected between midnight and 8 a.m..
Quiet hours must be respected between midnight and 8 a.m..
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.

Reception
Reception is unmanned after 9 p.m.. Please inform the site while on your way there should you expect to arrive after this time, so that the team can provide information about your unit/pitch.

General
Refunds within the indicated cancellation period are only possible if the site is able to relet your unit/pitch.
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.

Taxes
This area is not subject to city tax.

General
This site has no on-site shower facilities.

Arrivals and departures
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Admission
Unsupervised minors must have a letter of authorisation from their parents or legal guardian.

Pitches
You must follow the management directives when pitching your tent/unit and related equipment.

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