Wardley Hill Campsite

UK England East Anglia Norfolk Beccles

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
A relaxed, back-to-basics campsite on the Norfolk Suffolk border

The meandering Waveney River carves the border between Norfolk and Suffolk, its glistening waters drifting eastward into The Broads. The wide green flood plains, dotted with pockets of woodland, are home not only to the handsome market towns that have stood for centuries, but also a plethora of wildlife with a far longer reaching history. It is here, amongst the birds and the bees, the bushes and the trees, that Wardley Hill Campsite can be found. A simple rural meadow in the beautiful Waveney valley.

Though we proclaim the rich history of the Norfolk countryside, Wardley Hill is actually a relatively new site, opened back in 2014 by owners Joe and Holly Putman. The lush, six-acre space is a seemingly unmanaged mix of long wild grass, ageing oaks and trickling streams, though in fact the field has been carefully well kept in subtle, ecologically friendly ways. Amongst the meadows, wild flower seeds have been generously scattered, boosting the butterfly numbers, while wider areas of mown grass still provide practical camping space for large tents and a family game of French cricket.

The facilities here are in keeping with the campsite's pared-back, partially wild approach. Wonderfully crafted wooden huts contain three composting loos, and you can borrow solar-powered shower bags if you want to forgo the regular shower facilities on site. The result is a simple, traditional camping experience in a site 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. A small stream also runs past the meadow – trickling almost dry in the height of summer – and, jumping across, children can play hide and seek in the shady wooded copse.

Those who appreciate such bucolic surroundings, yet look for more comforts than the wild camping on offer, can take advantage of one of the site's glamping options. These range from the sturdy shepherd’s hut and a cluster of bell tents to more quirky and innovative options. There is, for example, a tree tent, suspended by taught cords among the trees in one corner of the campsite, while the well-named ‘Hammock Hut’ is a warm, wooden Wendy-house-style structure that, inside, has two hammock hanging across its length. Each comes with a fire-pit area for evening campfires, while regular campers can borrow fire-pits too, to get in on the marshmallow action.

When daylight returns, Wardley Hill is poised to enjoy the best of Norfolk and Suffolk. The Waveney River (one mile away) acts as a waterway into The Broads, drifting by canoe, kayak or sailing boat, while on its banks the pleasant market towns of Diss, Bungay and Beccles offer inland attractions if you’re not heading directly to the coast. Many here, however, are rarely in a rush to go anywhere. The new, relaxed pace of life amongst the green pastures is enough to slow down any touristy intentions, kicking back instead to enjoy the pleasures close at hand: nature, seclusion and a crackling campfire.

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Facilities

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.

Suitable For

Couples, families, tents, dogs (on leads) and small camper vans – yes. Caravans and single sex groups – no.

Nearby

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.

Food & 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.

Opening Times

All year (bell tents from June–September only).

Family Friendly

Hunting 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.

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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.

Accommodation

15 grass camping pitches, 4 campervan pitches, Lotus tents and bell tents, a Hammock hut (sleeps 2), a suspended tree tent (sleeps 2) and a shepherd's hut (sleeps 2–4).

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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.

If following sat nav use the postcode listed and when you ‘arrive at your destination’ ignore it and continue up the hill another 100m.  Do not go down the road marked private. The sites OS grid reference is TG 05400 44000 WGS84 location is 52.484899, 1.477563

Printable Directions

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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