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Rushbanks Farm Campsite

8.5

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General

  • On the banks of the River Stour in Dedham Vale
  • Excellent for boaters and canoeists: canoe hire and launching stations
  • Very quiet site with friendly family atmosphere

Sssh – you'll want to sit quietly and drink in the serenity of this site and its surroundings on the river in Dedham Vale.

Rushbanks Farm Campsite is a peaceful little site in the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and since opening in 1962 has been a firm favourite with guests in all seasons who like to combine pitching up with mucking around in boats. (Owner Gareth Bates is a member of the River Stour Trust and reckons this is the quietest and most scenic part of the river.)

Watery options from Rushbanks include hiring canoes or launching your own craft from one of the stages nearby; paddling upstream along the Stour to the Anchor pub at Nayland or downstream to Bures – all before settling down to a riverside view and sizzling up dinner over the campfire…

The area is also part of Constable country, the Suffolk paths and fields trodden by painter John Constable, and the whole of Dedham Vale is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A footpath crosses the farm and acres of artistically scenic walks are nearby.

The well-kept facilities on site include warm showers, ladies' and gents' toilets, a water tap, chemical disposal and a washing-up area, plus a track and play area for the tiddlers.


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8.5

Overall rating based on 29 reviews

 

86% would recommend this site to a friend.

86% would stay here again.

  61% described as Peaceful ?

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I liked everything about this campsite. Great location in beautiful …09/01/2020

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  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    I liked everything about this campsite. Great location in beautiful countryside, right on the river stour. Friendly, helpful owners and good facilities.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing to dislike

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Friendly staff. Flat pitches. Fire pits and logs available. Clean …08/16/2020

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  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    Friendly staff. Flat pitches. Fire pits and logs available. Clean facilities.

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Basic but a great family, fun and friendly atmosphere; We …09/17/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMatthew L.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    Basic but a great family, fun and friendly atmosphere; We were there for the Sudbury to the Coast kayaking event so for the 2 nights stay my caravan ran off battery and gas as there is no electric hook up, but it wasn't a problem.
    Doing it again next year. ☺👍

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Loved it will be going back next summer09/10/2019

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  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    Very clean and quiet, great place for kayaking

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No fixed pitches gives a different experience to many sites.09/04/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomGreg N.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    Friendly people, fire pits, location

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    Campers blocking up space with cars. Rubbish & recycling was a bit confusing

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Was very good staff were helpful09/03/2019

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  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    Everything

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Such a pleasant place to stay, toilets could of been little cleaner.09/02/2019

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

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    Location

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    Fabulous to go boating in the river but after capsizing the boat we couldn’t get out as there was no ladder fixings in the jetty to climb out, I was surprised especially as there are children around, if someone did accidentally fall in they wouldn’t be able to get out ! So ladders please rushbanks 🙂

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great weather lovely location.09/01/2019

Reviewer's country: United Kingdomjames s.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    Friendly relaxed staff

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Clean facilities. Tidy, level site.08/29/2019

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

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    Riverside location, Swimming in the river and the quiet family atmosphere.

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    One staff member flying around on a tractor with young children playing. The other guy was really nice, friendly and helpful.

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Canoeing, river08/29/2019

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  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    Canoeing, river

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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

Camping 2.0

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Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

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Charging facilities

Communal fridge

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No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

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

Farm

Large (51-200 sites)

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Outdoor pool nearby

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Location

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  • Bures Road, Wissington, Sudbury, Suffolk, England, CO6 4NA
  • Timezone Europe/London +0100 (GMT+01:00)   GPS 51.9678°N 0.8381°E

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Colchester Bus Station — 9.9 kilometres
Marks Tey: Rail Station Coach Stop — 10.5 kilometres
Colchester: University of Essex Bus Stop — 12.3 kilometres
Train stations
Bures Rail Station — 4.8 kilometres
Chappel & Wakes Colne Rail Station — 7.2 kilometres
Colchester Rail Station — 8.4 kilometres
Ferry ports
Brightlingsea Ferry Landing — 22.1 kilometres
Point Clear Ferry Landing — 22.3 kilometres
Harwich International Ferry Terminal — 28.7 kilometres
Airports
London Stansted Airport — 40.7 kilometres
London Southend Airport — 45.4 kilometres

Directions


The farm is on the Suffolk side of the River Stour, between Bures and Nayland on Bures Road.

From Colchester
Take the A134 to Nayland. At Nayland turn left, signposted Bures and follow the road for about 2km, past a left hand lane signposted Wissington Church. There is a group of cottages on the left and shortly after a sign to the site. Turn left through a gate, adhering to the 10mph speed limit, and follow the farm track down to the waterside.

From Bures
Take the B1508 to Bures. In the village centre, turn right by the church into Nayland Road and continue for approximately 3km. Rushbanks Farm is on the left. After approximately 100m turn right through a gate, adhering to the 10mph speed limit, and follow the farm track down to the waterside.

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

Water, land, town, countryside and even coast (the Essex shoreline is less than 20 miles away) are all eminently suitable options for activities and days out from Rushbanks Farm Campsite – and if you should tire of all that, Colchester is just six miles away for trips to its castle and zoo.

Stay local at first with an afternoon or evening at nearby Nayland and a meal in its acclaimed Anchor Inn, followed by a roam around the lauded 15th-century buildings of its Tudor and Stuart streets.

There are a couple of old churches worth wandering to in the area: the Norman church at neighbouring village Wissington/Wiston, and the village church of Nayland where a Constable painting hangs.

If you've come to the area to follow Constable's trail, you'll also probably want to get to Flatford Mill and the hamlet of Flatford, depicted by Constable in his painting The Hay Wain (which was painted in London – naughty).

The mill's now managed by the National Trust which has added a Constable exhibition in Bridge Cottage nearby, and exhibitions of paintings by contemporary artists in the Boat House Gallery.

More history can be discovered at Lavenham, the medieval village that also styles itself 'the food capital of Suffolk', and at Kentwell Hall in Long Melford, where those interested in Tudor times can take themselves along to the acclaimed re-enactments held for three weeks a year in June and July.

Must see

  • East Anglian Railway Museum (7.4 kilometres)
  • Colchester Castle Museum (9.6 kilometres)
  • firstsite (9.8 kilometres)

National Trust

  • Thorington Hall (6.4 kilometres)
  • Bourne Mill (11.3 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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Terms and conditions

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

General
A state-issued fishing license is required (you'll need to apply for this beforehand).

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.

General
Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.

Vehicles
Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.

Extras
Facilities/activities including canoe hire are subject to extra charges payable on arrival.

Vehicles
No vehicle movement between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m..
Only one car is to be parked at the site. Extra vehicles must be parked in the designated area.

General
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and trunks must be closed quietly.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behavior is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Admission
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Visitors
Visitors’ cars are not permitted on site.

Additional terms

Awnings are only allowed when attached to your vehicle.

Only fire pits provided by the site are allowed.

Fires must be extinguished by 11pm.

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