WILD RIVERSIDE CAMPING
How many campsites can boast so many of Britain’s best natural assets in one place? The sea, the river and the countryside all roll into one at Ramsholt on the Suffolk coast. It’s no surprise, then, that the farming family here create an abundance of produce; Asparagus and root vegetables, and also fresh fish landed from the North Sea on their own boats. There are few more wholesome camping experiences than buying smoked fish, eggs and a veg box straight from the site before settling down at your tent to enjoy dinner as the sun sets over the River Deben.
Wild Riverside Camping does pretty much everything it says on the tin.
Down a long lane and through some blackberry bushes (where a new, narrow gateway has been freshly strimmed in), this campsite is totally off the grid and light on facilities. There are portable toilets, bins and some big plastic bowzers to provide a fresh water supply but there is little else besides. For campers who want a back-to-basics experience and a stunning riverside setting, though, it’s just the ticket. It takes all of two minutes to walk from your tent to the estuary beach, where you can relax and have a splash in the River Deben or stroll the riverside footpath to the nearby Ramsholt Arms pub, about 30 minutes away.
Given the wild nature of the Farm, a big part of the attraction here is just getting out and exploring. It’s a great location for launching boats, kayaks and canoes into the Deben and venturing upstream towards the riverside town of Woodbridge (seven miles), while, in late summer, it’s a good spot for foraging, be that salt-water plants further along the estuary or bulging blackberries in the bushes that lead to the campsite. Beautiful quiet walks and cycling routes. A total haven for bird and wildlife so bring the binoculars or your paint brushes.
For those that were fans of the recent Netflix film The Dig about the Sutton Hoo burial, several scenes were shot at the farm because of its beautiful timeless rural location and its proximity to the National Trust Sutton Hoo burial site which is 10 minutes away from the farm.
It takes less than half an hour to drive to popular spots like Orford, Aldeburgh and Snape Malting's, where civilisation comes in the form of cute coastal cafés and independent artsy shops but, at the end of the day, you still get to retreat back to your little patch of peaceful wilderness at the campsite. If you don’t mind forgoing a shower for the weekend and prefer to bathe in a river instead then you’ve come to the right place.
Open for 56 days a year mainly weekends and Bank Holidays starting Easter weekend and finishing August 31st. For bookings and availability visit our booking agents by clicking on the logos below.