Wardley Hill Campsite
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, while buzzards can be spotted overhead, circling in the thermals. Three small ponds are fed by a stream, trickling almost dry in the height of summer, while 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 traditional bell tent plus the smaller 'Lotus Belle' – 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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The Owner Says
Wardley Hill Campsite is an ecological campsite in the Waveney Valley. Wild flowers and grass are left to grow to encourage butterflies and bees. The long grass surrounds lush mown unregimented camping spots for you to choose, some secluded and others big enough to fit several families.
ur six-acre site has some woodland, a small stream and three seasonal ponds which can be safely explored during the summer. Our car free camping field is exclusively for tents while small campervans are also welcome to stay with us in their own area. For those of you looking for a Norfolk glamping experience we have a stunning Lotus Bell Stargazer tent, a huge Family Emperor Bell Tent, a locally crafted Shepherds hut, Hammock Hut and even a Tentsile Connect tent suspended in the trees.
Our favourite spotCouples, families, tents, dogs (on leads) and small camper vans – yes. Caravans and single sex groups – no.
The local area
The quiet lanes offer peaceful cycling or horse riding and there are miles of footpaths to discover on foot. The river Waveney passes one mile away, providing the gateway into the Norfolk Broadswith boats and canoes available to hire locally. On the river banks, Bungay and Beccles (the latter with particularly good access to the river, a slipway and many boat rental companies) are both market towns with plenty to offer, including supermarkets, art galleries, great pubs, restaurants, tourist information and lots of independant shops. The coast is also near at hand with the stretching sandy beaches of Lowestoftand Great Yarmouth to the east for a smattering of ‘kiss me quick’ seaside. Follow the line south, however, for argueabley the best of the Suffolk Coast with Walberswick (the place to go for crabbing at the watersedge), Thorpeness and Aldeburgh all worth a visit.
Best local places to eat and drink
In the village there is a wonderful Italian restaurant, The Olive Tree (01508 518147) and a small convenience store with post office. To the west in Broome you’ll find the Artichoke (01986 893325), a traditional country pub serving good food, real ales and a huge selection of whiskies. Both of these are within walking distance of the campsite. Looking further afield, Wardley Hill sits between Bungay and Beccles. Both market towns have plenty to of excellent food to offer along with supermarkets for a quicker grocery shop.
Why stay with us?
Huts made from reclaimed timber house 3 composting loos and there is a waterless urinal. There is a shower and 3 drinking water points (1 with a stand up sink). Recycling bins. Campfires permitted but must be raised off the grass (limited number of fire-pits available to borrow). Lotus Belle Tents come with their own fire-pit, BBQ, gas cooker, bed linen, glasses, tea & coffee. The shepherd's hut contains a pair of double beds (one of which slides away to save space), a cast iron wood burning stove and kettle, electricity, lighting and exclusive use of a separate composting toilet with a stable door and view of the neighbouring field. Around the site itself there are 3 ponds which turn into pits at the end of summer surrounded by trees which can be explored. A wooded area is accessed over a small stream where you’ll find a pétanque pitch and a communal fire area. The campsite can also accommodate up to 2 horses with their own paddocks. Very slight road noise from the A143.
15 grass camping pitches, 4 campervan pitches, bell tents (sleep 2–4), a hammock hut (sleeps 2), a suspended tree tent (sleeps 2) and a shepherd's hut (sleeps 2–4).
Lotus Belle Stargazer Tent
Camping and campervan pitches cost £7 per adult, £3 per child (under-4s free). 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; Shepherd's Hut £75 a night (£360 for one week); Hammock Hut is £55 per night; Tree Tent is £40 per night.
Open all year.
Family FriendlyHunting for bugs in the streams and den building in the woods entertain little tots on site, while there's a play park within walking distance and safe sea swimming a short drive away.
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.
The nearest train station is Beccles (0845 748 4950) or Diss (0845 748 4950) where you can catch an Anglian bus to Kirby Cane. The campsite is perfectly situated on national cycle route 1 and the north sea cycle route for those of you on two wheels.
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