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Puddledock Woods Camping

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General

  • 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).

Please note

No cars/motorcycles at the site. All cars must be parked in the designated area.

This site has no on-site shower facilities.


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9.5

Overall rating based on 56 reviews

 

96% would recommend this site to a friend.

95% would stay here again.

  85% described as Wild camping ?

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Excellent, clean, friendly, plenty of space, freedom, walks, woods.08/11/2020

Reviewer's country: United Kingdomryan s.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch (woodland, wild)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Everything, friendly staff willing to help and inform you about anything you need.
    Was able to drop all our stuff off at our site using their car and pick it all up saving us walking back and forth multiple times.
    Will very much be coming back in the future.

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We felt at home from the moment we arrived. An peaceful oasis!08/11/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAdam H.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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    Friendly hosts, peaceful surroundings, good location

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We had a wonderful two nights stay at Puddledock woods! …08/10/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomNathalie M.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch (woodland, wild)
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    We had a wonderful two nights stay at Puddledock woods! Matt & his family were so so accommodating, helpful and made sure we had everything we needed for a great camping weekend. The woods are so special and peaceful with plenty of walking routes and close by beaches. We would definitely re-book for our next camping trip!

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We stayed there for 4 nights everything was perfect Matt …08/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomChristopher C.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch (woodland, wild)
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    We stayed there for 4 nights everything was perfect Matt and his family where very friendly and helpful we will be coming back

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Nice quiet site and Matt and his family are very friendly and helpful08/04/2020

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

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch (woodland, wild)
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    It was lovely to be amongst the trees and in the shade on a hot day. You are able to pitch where you like and there are fire pits with no charge.

    Disliked: 

    It would be nice if you could take your car to the pitch.

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Secluded woodland in a lovely location with good facilities and …08/12/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch (woodland, wild)
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    Secluded woodland in a lovely location with good facilities and for a very cheap price

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    Owners loose dogs near the only water tap were intimidating

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Woodland site, shady, friendly.08/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch (woodland, wild)
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    Beautiful woodland, no set pitches, lovely owners, friendly and spacious areas. Plenty of walks nearby, very dog friendly.

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    Facilities were okay, needed a clean!

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Site was everything we had hoped for. One night of …08/06/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomConnie K.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch (woodland, wild)
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    Site was everything we had hoped for. One night of bliss around an open fire with friends.
    Campsite owner and family...all friendly and helpful.

    A great place to "get away from it all".

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Nice wooded site, not too many people around, very helpful …08/05/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

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    Nice wooded site, not too many people around, very helpful and friendly owners! Kids loved the Teepee!

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Lovely location within the woodlands, much better calming atmosphere than …08/02/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAndrew B.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch (woodland, wild)
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    Lovely location within the woodlands, much better calming atmosphere than the busier, enclosed campsite next door.
    Matt and his team were very accommodating, helping us with our luggage from car park to our pitch. Fire pit and park bench provided, also fire wood available to buy if you couldn't find enough within the site.
    Very reasonably priced. Short driving to Canterbury, Margate and Botany Bay which were the locations we visited. Would book again.

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    Very busy A-Road nearby, only really heard the noise late at night.

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Features

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Indoor swimming pool

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Playground

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Watersports

Amenities on park

Bath available

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Composting toilet

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Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundromat

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Restrooms

Shower available

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Wheelchair access

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Scouts welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue grills allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Camping 2.0

Tipis, yurts, or wigwams

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Bush

Hikers’ paradise

Peaceful

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Dump station

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Public transportation nearby

Type

Tiny (1-10 sites)

Location

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  • Upstreet, Kent, England, CT3 4DP
  • Timezone Europe/London +0100 (GMT+01:00)   GPS 51.3275°N 1.1976°E

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Herne Bay: Town Centre Coach Stop — 7.0 kilometres
Birchington: The Square Coach Stop — 9.2 kilometres
Canterbury: Kent Uni. Keynes Coll. Coach Stop — 9.8 kilometres
Train stations
Sturry Rail Station — 6.0 kilometres
Herne Bay Rail Station — 6.9 kilometres
Minster Rail Station — 8.3 kilometres
Ferry ports
Ramsgate Ferry Terminal — 15.1 kilometres
Dover Eastern Docks Ferry Terminal — 24.2 kilometres
Dover Western Docks Ferry Terminal — 24.8 kilometres
Airports
Kent International Airport — 11.4 kilometres
London Southend Airport — 43.6 kilometres
Lydd London Ashford Airport — 45.4 kilometres

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

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.

Must see

  • Howletts Wild Animal Park (7.6 kilometres)
  • St Augustine's Abbey (9.4 kilometres)
  • Canterbury Cathedral (9.6 kilometres)

National Trust

  • The White Cliffs of Dover (23.9 kilometres)
  • South Foreland Lighthouse (24.1 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.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

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.

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.

Payment

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.

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

Payment methods accepted on the park

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Terms and conditions

Site 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.
    Read more
  • How much does it cost to stay at Puddledock Woods Camping? From R544,26 (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.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.
Firearms are not permitted.

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

Vehicles
No cars/motorcycles at the site. All cars must be parked in the designated area.

General
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.
This site has no on-site shower facilities.

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