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- Family-run and friendly site within a mile of Lydd
- Fishing lakes and nature trails on site; watersports next door
- Well maintained showers and toilets, washing-up hut and shop
What do you reckon about pitching up at an amiable and family-friendly place with fishing on site – and a watersports centre right next door? Land a stay at Romney Marsh's Herons Park, a family-run and friendly site welcoming guests (and dogs) for Kent-based stays.
Juniors are most welcome too – and if your small sort isn't enamoured with fishing or watersports, you'll likely catch their interest with a mention of the go-karting circuit also next door; the beach at Camber Sands within five miles or the critters of Port Lympne Wild Animal Park within ten or so miles… The Herons Park team can supply info on bike hire and local hikes too.
The park has fairly level, marked out grass pitches, a toilet and shower block updated in 2016, a chemical waste point and waste disposal bins within the camping field, and a small shop stocking camping staples such as firewood, disposable barbecues, some boozy drinks and the essential marshmallows. Firepits are on site for guests' use, but please note these are allocated on a first come, first serve basis. Barbecues are allowed on all pitches.
If you're here for the angling, you can add a fishing pass to your stay as an extra. (You'll need a current fishing licence if you want to fish two rods; pick one up at the post office.)
The town of Lydd and the nearest offsite shop are within a mile.
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Leisure on park
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on park
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Propane/gas cylinders available
Barbecue grills allowed
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Lake and/or mountain
Surf school nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Convenience store nearby
Nearby farmers' market
Public transportation nearby
Medium (26-50 sites)
- Coach stations
Newingreen (Kent): Ashford Rd Coach Stop
— 18.9 kilometres
18.9 kilometres Hythe (Kent) Coach Stop — 19.2 kilometres
19.2 kilometres Sellindge (Kent): Ashford Rd Coach Stop — 19.7 kilometres
- Train stations
Appledore (Kent) Rail Station
— 12.7 kilometres
12.7 kilometres Rye Rail Station — 12.7 kilometres
12.7 kilometres Winchelsea Rail Station — 14.6 kilometres
- Ferry ports
Folkestone Eurotunnel Terminal
— 23.2 kilometres
23.2 kilometres Dover Western Docks Ferry Terminal — 34.9 kilometres
34.9 kilometres Dover Eastern Docks Ferry Terminal — 36.2 kilometres
Lydd London Ashford Airport
— 2.7 kilometres
From London take the M20 to Junction 10. At the J10 roundabout turn off towards Brenzett/Lydd A2070. Following the signs to Lydd Airport on the A2070 until you arrive at the roundabout, turn left on to the A259 follow brown signs for camping/racing leading to the B2075 to Lydd.
As you enter Lydd you come to a hump back bridge, take the slip road to the left, then go straight across at the next roundabout, eventually the road bears sharply right and a slip road goes straight ahead. Take the slip road ahead and after a mile or so you will see Herons Park entrance on your right.
A go-karting circuit and a watersports centre are right next door to Heron Park, each with a shop and with expert tuition and courses available for visitors.
The Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, an award-winning reserve set over 600 acres near Hythe, is also recommended if you're on hol with the offspring, as is the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway steaming along for 13 and a half miles from Hythe to the National Nature Reserve of Dungeness. Lathe Farm at New Romney and the Rare Breeds Farm at Ashford should also be popular picks.
For beaches, clamber the dunes or go kite buggying at Camber Sands, the only sand dune system in East Sussex, and tackle more fishing (for mackerel) at Dymchurch, like Camber Sands also a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its insect and plant life. Fish, chips and Kent coast views can all be had at the Dungeness headland.
Several bike routes are nearby, including the National Cycle Network 2 running through Lydd on its Romney Marsh route from Hythe to Rye; along the four or so miles of the Royal Military Canal, and circular routes around the marsh from New Romney or Snargate.
The cobbled streets and afternoon teas of ancient Rye are about ten miles from the site.
- Camber Sands (8.3 kilometres)
- Port Lympne Wild Animal Park (17.1 kilometres)
- Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway (18.9 kilometres)
- Lamb House (12.6 kilometres)
- Smallhythe Place (18.8 kilometres)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.