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Visitor Reviews - Badgells Wood

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Badgells Wood
Whitehorse Road
Harvel
Meopham
Kent   (Browse area)
DA13 0UF   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 07528 609324

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Open: April - October

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 34 Reviews
              9/10 from 34 Reviews


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Date of Visit: June 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Plaidler 1 review from this member

Simply wonderful. Despite awful weather, we had a great time. Total privacy with our own clearing, fire and plenty of wood to fuel it Real camping but with some basic facilities. Best of both worlds.

Very welcoming and helpful. We were there on the opening weekend and some of the facilities will no doubt be more permanent over time. Not a problem, as relatively under capacity. I hope that it keeps it's charm and unspoilt feel over summer.

Lots to visit. Would recommend the pub in rahley. Harley Farm shop very good, especially sausages for cooking on the fire.

Date of Visit: June 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: HelsF 1 review from this member

What a great camping trip - Badgells Woods is set in beautiful natural woodland and is a completely back to nature experience, complete with open fires and starry skies.

This is the deal - you turn up in your car, drive into the forest (along a concrete drive, so our little Fiesta was able to cope!) leave the car in a parking spot, then head out into the woodland to pitch your tent. We camped relatively close to the communal areas and footpath, so inevitably there were a few other tents behind us. Luckily there were no tents in front, so we had a gorgeous and unimpeded view of the oak trees, silver birches and sweet chestnuts. If you wanted a more solitary experience, simply pack light and head deeper into the woods.

We arrived on the very first weekend the campsite opened. Despite this, the heavy rain and the large number of bookings, it all went very smoothly. The managers were always on hand to help people. The portable loos were basic but regularly cleaned, always stacked with loo roll, and there never seemed to be a queue. The washing up area had two huge sinks stacked with plenty of Fairy liquid and lots of scrubbing brushes, although the water could get a little cold when the outdoor temperature dropped.

The owner, Guy, made us feel very welcome. Before we left, he was eager to get our feedback - such a refreshing change to meet someone who really cares about the quality of his work and wants to continually improve the experience.

We definitely recommend taking mosquito repellent, or covering your limbs with one thick layer/ two thinner layers in the evenings. We found a broom very useful to sweep all the fallen leaves from the woodland off our tent before packing it away. However, the star of our trip was our foot pump, which doubled up as an amazing air bellows to get the fire roaring even in damp conditions!

In terms of things to do, we thoroughly recommend the Meopham Valley Vineyard tour. The vineyard is set on one slope of a picturesque valley, and for just 7. 50 per adult you get to sample a selection of sparkling and still wines as you slowly wind your way through the vineyard. Instead of driving, we decided to take the scenic walk along a mixture of country roads and countryside footpaths. It's about 3. 5 miles, quite hilly in parts and took about 1. 5 hours, but well worth the effort for the spectacular views. (To ensure you don't get lost, take a good map or a phone with sat nav!)

Before we arrived, we picked up a keg of Spring Wheat beer from the nearby local Kent Brewery. This was delicious and saved us the hassle of carting cans/bottles. We also bought a variety of succulent sausages and mouthwatering steak from the local Harvel House farm shop, open Fridays and Saturdays.

We originally thought it would be nice to visit some of the local attractions, but we had so much fun foraging for wood and building our open fire, and we felt so at peace in the beautiful surroundings of Badgells Wood that we hardly left the campsite at all.

All in all it was a completely relaxing and energising experience and we can't wait to return.

Date of Visit: June 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Smepps 1 review from this member

A fantastic bank holiday weekend spent camping at Badgells Wood. The site is set in a beautiful woodland with plenty of walks and countryside to enjoy. The facilities are basic yet perfect for a true camping experience, back to nature with a warm glowing fire to lift our spirits! Despite the terrible weather, we really enjoyed our stay and will definitely return.

It would be great if there was a play / recreational area to entertain our young son and provide the opportunity for him to meet up with other children however, this is only a minor point as the woods provided endless opportunities for fun and exploration.

Lots of friendly people and the owner and warden were really welcoming and helpful too.

Date of Visit: June 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Olibelson 1 review from this member

While this site is clearly in its infancy it was a wonderful experience. This is camping at its best with unspoilt ancient woodland. The facilities, whilst basic, were perfectly adequate and there was an abundance of excellent camping opportunities without disturbance from other users, we literally felt like there was no one else in the whole woodland.

The warden was extremely helpful and very chatty and there was a lot to interest in the area, a very attractive woodland not far from many local towns so some thing for everyone I would say.

This is Real Camping at its best; clear your own spot (to a point!, build a fire, tend your fire, leave in the morning and hardly anyone will know you've been there.

Plenty of history on site with WWII trenches and bunkers, ancient trees and the remnants of this years bluebell understorey; kids running round playing games, plenty to do for everyone!

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