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Wardley Hill Campsite

99%
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129 reviews
· Bungay, England
6 acres
23 units
5 Glamping
4 Motorhome
14 Tent
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 straps 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. Holly and Joe have stand-up paddleboards you can hire. You can collect them at the campsite or get dropped off on the riverside behind the ruined medieval castle in Bungay. Two more riverside market towns, Diss and Beccles, offer inland attractions if you’re not heading directly to the coast (it’s a 20-minute drive to Lowestoft). 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 the crackling sparks of a campfire.

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Bungay, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Joe & Holly P.Joined in May 2015
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83 Ratings · 129 reviews
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Kristina L.recommends
October 5, 2022
Small Camper Van Pitch
Loved our camping trip. Land was awesome lots of places to explore. Easy to find following GPS instructions. Friendly people. Cool animals. Good amenities. Would visit again!
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Luke A.recommends
August 31, 2022
Hammock Hut
We spent two nights in the Hammock Hut and would highly recommend it. Joe was very friendly and helpful when we arrived, giving tips on the best ways to make our stay as comfortable as possible. The hut had everything you could need and was set in a beautiful quiet corner of the site. Very relaxing stay
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Lilja K.recommends
August 16, 2022
Hammock Hut
Hammock glamping
It was just what I needed- unfortunately I could only stay for one night and wasn't prepared for camping but my me and my dog had a lush peaceful night with a fire under the clear skies and stars. Joe was very helpful. I loved sleeping in the hammock but definitely would recommend a sleeping bag not a duvet ha ha!! I'd definitely stay again and recommend to others :)
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Sue N.recommends
August 13, 2022
Grass Tent Pitch
Beautiful site. Well spaced out. The showers and toilets were clean. Very friendly warden
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Gareth F.recommends
August 10, 2022
Traditional 5m Bell Tent
Idyllic and peaceful camping
My partner and I had an amazing time at Wardley Hill. The campsite is idyllic, quiet and full of character. Our bell tent was really comfortable, spacious, with loads of the bits you need (and I forgot) for a camping trip. Also there is plenty of space between us and the neighbouring campers. The team (Joe, Gary, Holly) were always there to help and give tips for things to do or places to visit in the area. I will be back.
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Nicola L.recommends
August 9, 2022
Touareg Bell Tent
Well designed and cared for campsit
We found the campsite very peaceful and relaxed and our 'too posh to pitch' tent was really comfortable - the owners had thought of everything we would need for our stay. We loved the rustic nature of the campsite - the compost toilets were clean and well looked after and there were hot showers that were cleaned every day. Gary, the warden, was always on hand to help. Each pitch felt very private, surrounded by wild flowers and trees. We had our own fire pit and camping stove provided (with spare gas canister enough for our stay) and logs were easily available to purchase from the site - just scan QR code and pay. We enjoyed sitting and watching the stars and bats in to the evening and even had a visit from some hedgehogs! It was well-located for visits to the seaside or to Waveney River. We are already planning our next visit to the site!
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Danya H.recommends
August 8, 2022
2 Person Suspended Tree Tent
This was my third time at Wardley Hill, I absolutely love this campsite and staying in a tent suspended in the trees is so much fun!
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Michelle L.recommends
August 7, 2022
2 Person Suspended Tree Tent
A beautiful escape!
We had an amazing weekend staying in the tree tent. It was so much fun and really comfortable. The campsite is honestly one of the best we have stayed at. Joe, Holly and the other staff were so friendly and welcoming from the moment we arrived. The campsite has such a relaxed and natural feel about it. And has a great variety of accommodation/ pitches/ different landscapes. We stayed in the woodland part of the site, but right next to us was a beautiful meadow. The site seems secluded, but you can easily walk, bike or drive to local towns and villages. That’s the beauty of it. There is also lots of wildlife to see. We woke up to woodpeckers and spent the day watching shrews in the undergrowth. We can’t wait to return!
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Matt B.recommends
August 4, 2022
Touareg Bell Tent
Fantastic
Absolute pleasure camping at Wardley Hill. Facilities and pitch/tent were spotless and very comfortable. Staff were very welcoming and couldn’t be more helpful. Our two children (6 and 10) loved every moment too. They were made to feel just as welcome.
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Chris P.recommends
July 31, 2022
Hammock Hut
The hut
Excellent spot. Lovely camp site. Perhaps a storage box next to the hut would be handy. Watching the dragon flies feasting on the flying ants and scaring off the wasps was great fun and and a very entertaining Sat. evening.
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Kelly J.recommends
July 21, 2022
Small Camper Van Pitch
Beautiful place, very peaceful . Joe and Holly were very welcoming and extremely helpful. Loved how the pitches were set out. In the hot weather I took my hammock down to the bit of forest and read my book in the cool. Blissful
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Rory N.recommends
July 20, 2022
Grass Tent Pitch
Had a lovely time!
Great site with plenty of separation between pitches. Excellently looked after loos and showers and the recreation field was a great touch! Will be coming back!
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Duncan B.recommends
July 12, 2022
Small Camper Van Pitch
Really well thought out site, lots of natural screening, with carefull planting and mowing- perfect place to switch off. Great scenery as site surrounded by fields. Friendly helpful team
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Aliciabr ?.recommends
July 11, 2022
Grass Tent Pitch
Fantastic site
fantastic site with very friendly and accommodating owners. The pitches are varying sizes, some more open than others so you can chose one to suit you. Joe overheard one of our group mention a hook would be useful by the sink for if you go up with a bag, on our next visit to the loo a hook had been put up!! Couldn't fault the site, we will definitely be back.
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Marc D.recommends
July 11, 2022
Grass Tent Pitch
Wardley Hill camping as it should b
Very enjoyable camping experience. The campsite was really well maintained, directions were good and the wheelbarrows were a good size to transport my gear in one go. Staff when i met them were very friendly. No gripes here. Top marks for Wardley Hill.
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Frances A.recommends
July 9, 2022
Grass Tent Pitch
Back to basics
You could choose where you wanted to pitch your tent. The huge wheelbarrows for getting your gear from the car park to your chosen pitch are great fun. Joe came to check how we were enjoying our holiday every day and also gave suggestions of where we could go.
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Anthony B.recommends
June 20, 2022
Grass Tent Pitch
Plenty of space between pitches and nicely set out with the path way's, really enjoyed our stay
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Amy B.recommends
June 19, 2022
Grass Tent Pitch
Beautiful wild campsite. You book, you rock up, find a space and pitch. The wheelbarrows are enormous! It is really nicely spaced out and I really liked the added touch of an onsite library which has books AND board games. If anyone works out the rules to Lost The Boardgame, please let me know!
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Kate S.recommends
June 14, 2022
Grass Tent Pitch
Chilled site in wild flower fields
Fantastic site! Joe is really welcoming and everything is so well laid out and planned. We had a great time and will defo come back
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Sheila C.recommends
June 7, 2022
Small Camper Van Pitch
Very relaxed eco site with space
Loved the whole ethos that Joe and Holly have set up. It is very quirky and such a happy place. The meadows were looking great and will only get better as the summer approaches.
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Fraser W.recommends
June 3, 2022
Grass Tent Pitch
Lovely campsite. Perfect balance of comfort and nature. Joe was incredibly helpful. We will be returning soon.
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Simon W.recommends
May 28, 2022
Small Camper Van Pitch
A perfect campsite?
Super campsite, everything laid out beautifully. We were in our camper and the pitches were almost level (bring your levellers if you are fussy) and nicely mowed and laid out. Joe was there almost constantly cleaning the loos and showers, and asked some folk playing music to turn it down (great!). Showers were lovely and hot, composting loos were fun. Nice woodland walks and great fun for children to explore. In all, we loved this spot, and will definitely be back.
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Hannah K.recommends
May 15, 2022
Grass Tent Pitch
Perfect place to get some peace!
Absolutely beautiful location, peaceful and calm and remote but close enough to lots of things to do - perfect place to visit as a paddleboarder too!
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Raven L.recommends
October 28, 2021
Grass Tent Pitch
An absolutely wonderful site and even better hosting! The choices of open under the stars camping, posting up a basha in the woods for some isolation, or even glamping if you're into your creature comforts are terrific. Plenty of space between the pitches and personal campfire facilities make you feel like you're away from the world. 5/5 would go again. (Also listen out for the owls, they'll spellbound you with their hooting.)
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Ruth H.recommends
September 26, 2021
Grass Tent Pitch
My stay started with a really warm welcome from Joe and some great advice on where to eat and drink for the evening - which definitely did not disappoint. Only stayed the one night but wished I was staying longer as it was such a wonderful relaxing atmosphere - I’m sure I will return for another weekend escape!
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Stacey A.recommends
September 20, 2021
Small Camper Van Pitch
Excellent, sustainable and eco-friendly campsite. Facilities were great and very clean with sanitising stations at every turn! Loved the location too, perfect to adventure out on the bikes and close to Ellington Mill, seemingly a hotspot for water lovers. Highly recommend the Olive Tree to, a short walk from the campsite to enjoy a delicious Italian meal.
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Jennifer B.recommends
September 20, 2021
2 Person Suspended Tree Tent
We were welcomed straight away by Joe and his son who showed us to our tree tent for the night. They were both incredibly helpful and friendly- as pretty amateur campers we had forgotten a fire lighter and mats to sleep on (!)- Joe quickly sorted this for us without a fuss. The tree tent itself was surprisingly comfortable and we had such an amazing experience of staying so close to nature- hearing the birds singing so close to us on a morning (such a contrast from our day-to-day lives in central London!). We had pre-hired some logs for the fire and had also ordered the cheese hamper which were both perfect! It really was an experience we won’t forget. Thanks so much to Joe and his son for making our stay so good and for being so welcoming. Highly recommend for a quirky but comfortable way of being close to nature.
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Martin P.recommends
September 20, 2021
The Tinkers Hut
We stayed in the Tinker's Hut, which is well appointed and nicely decorated, with a kind of boho charm. The eco credentials (solar panels, wind turbine, composting toilet, and so on) appealed to us too. We were lucky with the weather, of course, but sitting out around the firepit in the evening felt just about perfect. We also liked the way the campsite left areas of long grass unmown, to divide up the campsite without fences or hedges - we felt like we had privacy without isolation, which is pretty much exactly what you want. Any negatives? Not really. The Tinker's Hut sleeps five on paper, but that would be very cosy. And it's not the cheapest, but it is lovely. We'd go again, no question.
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Hilary C.recommends
September 18, 2021
Small Camper Van Pitch
Although we arrived a day and a half late after experiencing problems with our camper van, we were very glad to finally make it to Wardley Hill. A chilled out, well equipped campsite with an eco-friendly approach, we appreciated the attentiveness of the warden, the regular cleaning of shared facilities and hot showers. The recreation field was a bonus for our dog to run around in. A shame to be able to hear traffic noise from a busy road despite being in what felt like a rural location, but for novice campers, this is a site we would recommend.
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Kay C.recommends
September 5, 2021
Small Camper Van Pitch
Loved our stay, the design of the long grasses gave us a nice private area with a our camper van next to the facilities. Very peaceful, our pup enjoyed the recreation field and lovely Italian takeaway just a walk away. We will be back, thanks!
From the host
Wardley Hill Campsite is a family operated off grid 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. Our 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 locally crafted Shepherds hut, Tinkers Hut, Hammock Hut and even a Tentsile Tree tent suspended in the trees. High Season (until September 5th '22) camping stays must start and finish on a Friday or Monday.
Nearby attractions
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 Broads with 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, pubs, restaurants, tourist information and lots of independent shops. Just beyond Bungay, the Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum (01986 896644) has an impressive collection of aircraft outside and a wealth of indoor displays, with East Anglia playing a particularly important role over the years given it's relative proximity to Europe. Beyond the Broads, the coast is also near at hand, with the stretching sandy beaches of Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth to the east for a smattering of ‘kiss me quick’ seaside. Follow the line south, however, for arguably the best of the Suffolk Coast with Walberswick (the place to go for crabbing at the waters edge), Thorpeness and Aldeburgh all worth a visit.
Food 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.
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