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Fleets Paddock Glamping & Camping

· Canterbury, Kent, England
5 acres hosted by Alexandra W.
5 glamping pitches · 15 tent pitches
Creature comforts
Enjoy the comforts of home at some sites—including flush toilets, showers, and a kitchen.
Pitches, bell tents and a gypsy caravan on the outskirts of Canterbury

Between the historic city of Canterbury and the seaside town of Whitstable are seven miles of countryside and woodland. Amongst it you’ll find Fleets Paddock Glamping & Camping. It’s an idyllic but fairly simple place to stay in the Kent countryside, not far off the Crab and Winkle Way, a handy walking and cycling route which joins the city and the sea. It offers campers and glampers a way to get to either without getting in the car. And once you’re done exploring your choice of city sights, countryside, or coast, this welcoming little campsite is the perfect spot for kicking back by the campfire.

Campers are offered free rein in the field, allowed to camp pretty much wherever they please. Pitches are flat, grassy, and off grid. There’s no electricity but the basics are covered: There's drinking water taps, somewhere to wash up, compost loo cubicles, and a couple of curtained hot showers. It’s all very outdoorsy. And in the middle of it all is the communal campfire pit; a sociable place to toast marshmallows, cook, and share stories of your adventures. If you like the sound of all that, but aren't quite self-sufficient, then book a bell tent or the bow top gypsy caravan. The site’s four glamping options offer an easier way to stay—think beds made, towels ready, and cooking kit included.

Off site, the Crab and Winkle Way is the best option for active types. You can join it less than a mile away from the campsite, then cycle five miles to the sea or two into the city where the World Heritage-listed Canterbury Cathedral is the obvious draw. At its other end, Whitstable is famous for its oysters and there are plenty of places to try them. It’s a cool town with great independent shops and a lovely shingley shore. And don’t forget that in between there’s all that countryside and woodland to explore.

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39 Ratings · 26 reviews
Sarah B.recommends
June 21, 2024
Cycling Back packer (1 tent 1 Pitch
Great little find
Great little, dry pitch in an alcove for my bike and I on our cycling trip down to whitstable. The showers were really rustic with a view over the Next door farmland, nice to have hot water too. The kitchenette was a great help thank you. Will definitely be back.
Samantha J.recommends
June 9, 2024
V. Grass non electric, 1 tent pitch
Wonderful communal site with everyt
Really lovely communal pitch. It's a closed off field with multiple communal spaces, glamping pitches and camping spots. There are ourdoor flushing toilets and gas powered showers. The pitch is well maintained and friendly. The host set up a badminton net (with rackets) in the centre of the pitch and every set of campers jumped on at some point. There's a communal tree house and fireplace but we brought our own too. Great pitch for family and friends. My daughter made a great weekend friend in our glamping neighbour. I accidentally locked out sleeping mats/bags/pillows in our roof box but our host saved the day and supplied us with some spare bedding. I'm glad she did as we had the best time and will be back again. Only negative I have is not the hosts thought... I got desteoy3d by mosquitos during the evening, so bring bug spray!
Sm R.recommends
May 31, 2024
V. Grass non electric, 1 tent pitch
Lovely relaxed campsite on edge of Canterbury. Very safe environment for children. Loved the very clean open air toilets. The little things eg kettle gas ring and pots were very welcome esp in wet weather. Only draw back was the showers weren’t warm. The two young children we had with us loved it.
Jess R.
May 30, 2024
Y.Non electric Grass 1 tent pitch .
Great facilities but a boggy field
Had a great stay and the facilities were so clean. The showers were lovely and hot. But… The field is very wet. We went after a few days of sun and no rain and the field was still boggy in places. We ended up having rain on our second night and had to move our tent the next day as the ground was so wet it was coming into our tent. We moved the tent after a day of sunshine to the driest part of the field, and it was still very wet. If you go mid summer when there has been no rain for a while then it will probably be okay but if you are expecting ANY rain before or during your visit be prepared for a boggy field.
Natasha F.recommends
May 8, 2024
T. Grass non electric 1 tent
Cute campsite, 10 minute walk to close to a nice pub. It was very wet the weekend we were there (May bank hol) , but I’ll definitely be visiting again later in the season. Toilets are nice & clean.
Sam C.recommends
May 5, 2024
V. Grass non electric, 1 tent pitch
Nice secluded campsite with good washing/toilet facilities and friendly host!
Canterbury, Kent, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Alexandra W.Joined in October 2022
From the host
Welcome to our idyllic back-to-basics Tent campsite, nestled on the outskirts of Canterbury city and surrounded by the natural beauty of Blean Woods. If you're looking for a peaceful retreat that combines the simplicity of camping with easy access to both the city and the coast, you've come to the right place. Our campsite offers a serene and rustic setting, where you can escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and reconnect with nature. Set up your tent in one of our spacious pitches, and immerse yourself in the tranquility of the surrounding countryside. Listen to the gentle rustling of leaves, breathe in the fresh air, and let the symphony of birdsong be your morning alarm. One of the highlights of our campsite is the fantastic cycle path at the Crab and winkle way that winds its way through the enchanting Blean Woods. Hop on your bike and follow this picturesque trail as it leads you through ancient trees, dappled sunlight, and the subtle scents of wildflowers. As you pedal your way along, you'll feel a sense of adventure and freedom, with the beauty of nature unfolding before your eyes. The cycle path eventually takes you all the way to the charming coastal town of Whitstable. Explore the sandy beaches, watch the waves gently roll onto the shore, and relish in the seaside ambiance. Whitstable is renowned for its traditional charm, with its colorful beach huts, picturesque harbor, and delectable seafood. Indulge in the local delicacy – the famous Whitstable oysters – and savor the taste of the ocean. Back at the campsite, we provide the essential amenities to make your stay comfortable. Our facilities include clean and well-maintained washrooms, hot showers, and fresh drinking water. We embrace the back-to-basics ethos, so you won't find electricity hookups here. Instead, immerse yourself in the simplicity of outdoor living, where our communal campfire and stargazing take centre stage. Whether you're a family seeking quality time together, a group of friends yearning for adventure, or a solo traveler seeking solitude, our campsite offers a sanctuary away from the demands of modern life. Disconnect from screens and reconnect with nature, create lasting memories around the campfire, and experience the joy of simple living. Come and join us at our back to basics campsite on the outskirts of Canterbury city. Cycle or stroll through the magical Blean Woods, soak up the coastal charm of Whitstable, and enjoy the serenity of camping amidst nature. We look forward to hosting you on your unforgettable outdoor adventure.
Nearby attractions

There’s plenty to do within 10 miles of Fleets Paddock Glamping and Camping starting with all the sights of Canterbury. Those include its World Heritage-listed cathedral, river boat tours on the Stour, its medieval city walls and St Augustine’s Abbey along with escape rooms set within the historic police station and jail, a climbing centre and museums. You can reach the city by using the Crab and Winkle Way to walk or cycle just over two miles. In the other direction, the route takes you into Blean Woods and, if you’re up for a five-mile walk or cycle, all the way to Whitstable, its harbour and beach. Other nearby attractions include Wildwood, a wildlife centre for British species and two wildlife parks for more exotic species: Wingham (10 miles) and Howletts (seven miles). There’s canoeing on the stour from Canoe Wild at Grove Ferry (eight miles) too.

Food and drink

The closest shop to site is Blean Village Store, just over a mile away, which is useful for picking up basics. The closest place for to eat out is The Tyler’s Kiln just down the road in Tyler’s Hill, where there’s a varied menu of pub grub. But there are also plenty of great options for buying supplies and for dining out in Canterbury, just over two miles away. If you’re coming from the train station, stop off in the neighbouring Good’s Shed for a great range of local produce or make a beeline there on a day out in Canterbury for lunch. The city has all the usual chains and plenty of good independents too and there are also plenty of supermarkets and shops for stocking up on supplies. In Whitstable, there are good pubs including The Old Neptune which is right on the beach and has a reputation for good music too and for the freshest oysters head for the harbour, Wheeler’s Oyster Bar or the Royal Native Oyster Stores.

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