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A supremely relaxed back-to-basics glamping site with an eco-heart.

Wardley Hill Campsite

Wardley Hill Road Kirby Cane The Waveney Valley Norfolk NR35 2PQ 07733306543

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Deep amongst the birds and the bees, the bushes and the trees of the beautiful Waveney Valley, not far from the Broads, Wardley Hill Campsite is a simple rural meadow, a lush, six-acre space of long wild grass, ageing oaks and trickling streams. Joe and Holly started their campsite here in 2014 and it's a beautiful bucolic retreat on the outskirts of Bungay, with a mixture of car-free pitches for tents and camper vans and a handful of glamping alternatives, or, as they prefer to say, camping for those 'too posh to pitch'. It's an eco-friendly sort of place. The main field has been subtly sown with wild flower seeds, boosting the butterfly numbers; there are two composting loos, housed in a shelter made from reclaimed timber along with a gas-powered shower; and the site is as populated by wildlife as it is by people. Woodpeckers bounce along the tree line, tucked amongst the shade, while overhead buzzards can be spotted, circling in the thermals. Three small ponds onsite are fed by the stream, trickling almost dry in the height of summer and, jumping across, children can play hide and seek in the shady wooded copse. Mown areas provide practical pitches for tents and you can also pitch in the small wooded areas that surround the site, using your own tent or a ready-made 'tree-tent' strung between the boughs. Among other glamping options there is a large Bell Tent plus the Lotus Bell Tent, stylish pre-pitched abodes with all the comforts you require, along with Hilda the shepherd's hut, sleeping up to four people in sumptuous double beds. In all three the furnishings are added with an eye for detail and give a sense of warmth and comfort, and they have some purpose-built 'little houses' on the way. Wooden chairs are provided for evening hours around the firepit – actually ingeniously converted washing machine drums – and the site is also well placed to enjoy the Waveney River, drifting by canoe, kayak or sailing boat. Plus nearby Bungay and Beccles offer multiple small-town attractions.  You would be excused, however, for not being in a rush to go anywhere, kicking back instead to enjoy the pleasures close at hand: nature, seclusion and a crackling campfire.

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How much?

Camping and campervan pitches cost £6 per adult, £2 per child. Lotus Belle Tent is £60 for 1 night, £100 for 2 nights and then £40 for each additional night – £250 a week; Traditional Bell Tent is £130 for 2 nights; Shepherds Hut £75 a night (£360 for one week).

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Getting There

The campsite is at the top of Wardley Hill Road just off the A143 Bungay to Beccles Road which is easily accessed from the A14 at Bury St Edmunds or the A140 at Ipswich. Wardley Hill Road is opposite 'Crossways' the countryside supplies store in Ellingham.

When?

Open all year.

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