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- 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.
This site has no on-site shower facilities.
Minimum spacing of 15 metres between pitches.
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Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch (wild)
Max. persons: unlimited x
One Tent or Trailer tent allowed per pitch
Pitch size : Max 8.0m width x 6.0m depth (26.2ft width x 19.7ft depth) Calculated area: 48.0m² (516.7ft²)
Ground type: Grass
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The campsite was beautiful, secluded and perfectly taken care of. …
Ideal for self supported camping
Quiet and peaceful orchard setting
Wonderful hidden gem of a campsite highly recommended!
A perfect site for wild camping with a great owner
Fantastic site overall!
Wonderful wild camping experience, the site was efficiently run with …
Capacity reduced to increase social distancing
Shared spaces: more frequent cleaning
Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Car parking by pitch/unit
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Commercial vehicles allowed
No dogs allowed
Gas cylinders available
No hot water
No potable water point
No running water
Nearby farmers' market
Public transport nearby
Tiny (1-10 pitches)
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Leisure/theme park nearby
Mountain biking nearby
Outdoor pool nearby
- Coach stations
Harleston (Norfolk): Broad St Coach Stop
— 13.9 miles
13.9 miles Bungay: Earsham Street Coach Stop — 15.2 miles
15.2 miles Beccles: Old Market Coach Stop — 15.6 miles
- Train stations
Saxmundham Rail Station
— 1.6 miles
1.6 miles Darsham Rail Station — 2.8 miles
2.8 miles Wickham Market Rail Station — 7.1 miles
- Ferry ports
Walberswick Ferry Landing
— 9.3 miles
9.3 miles Southwold Ferry Landing — 9.4 miles
9.4 miles Bawdsey Ferry Landing — 17.6 miles
Norwich International Airport
— 31.1 miles
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.
- Framlingham Castle (6.1 miles)
- Orford Castle (10.2 miles)
- Orford Ness National Nature Reserve (10.3 miles)
- Orford Ness National Nature Reserve (10.4 miles)
- Sutton Hoo (11.9 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
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.
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. 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 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.Read more
- 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