Wild Riverside Camping

UK England East Anglia Suffolk Woodbridge

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Contactless check in
  • Extra toilets/showers
  • Dogs welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
Back-to-basics camping beside the River Deben with fresh fish and farm produce available

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 Simper Farm 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 and oysters and mussels grown in the estuary. 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.

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, a few bins and some big plastic bowzers provide a fresh water supply but there is little else besides. For campers who want a back-to-basics experience and a spacious, 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 20 minutes away.

Given the wild nature of the place, 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 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. It takes less than half an hour to drive to popular spots like Orford, Aldeburgh and Snape Maltings, 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.

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Facilities

Facilities are very basic and there is no mains electricity. The campsite has regularly cleaned portable toilets and portable bowzers provide the freshwater supply. BBQs are permitted (no campfires).

Suitable For

Tents and well-behaved dogs – yes. Campervans, motorhomes and caravans – no.

Nearby

A big part of camping here is about forgetting the car and just enjoying the immediate locale. There’s great walking along the riverside footpath (particularly a short stroll to the pub a mile east of the campsite) and it’s also nice just to relax on the estuary beach, watching boats to and fro. It’s a 15-minute drive to the market town of Woodbridge, while some of the true highlights of the Suffolk coast are all within a half hour drive, including Orford, Snape Maltings and Aldeburgh (all part of the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB).

Food & Drink

It’s about a one-mile walk along the riverside to the dog-friendly Ramsholt Arms (01394 411209), an isolated waterside pub that’s popular with walkers, sailors and birders. Food is all locally sourced and, unsurprisingly, there’s a good deal of fish on the menu. Local artwork adorns the walls, along with photographs detailing a local air crew who crashed into the river during World War Two whilst making a flight from a nearby airfield. For another option, venture a couple of miles inland to the beautiful, thatched, 17th-century Sorrel Horse (01394 411617), which hosts folk nights on alternate Wednesdays and has popular quiz evenings. Community owned, it has a great atmosphere and a traditional feel, with bar billiards, cask ales and good, mostly homemade, food. You can also order fresh fish and local produce to cook on the campsite directly from the farm – the best way is to purchase on the campsite website and then let them know which pitch you're on.

Opening Times

August–September.

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The Owner Says

A no-frills wild riverside camping experience in a stunning location on a working farm situated on the beautiful river Deben in Suffolk. Ideal for those that want to be off-grid and enjoy wildlife, nature, cycling, birdwatching and walking. Stunning views and access to river walks and a beach. A mile from the nearest public road, our farm is set in Suffolk, Coasts and Heaths area of outstanding natural beauty. Grass pitches are 6m x 6m, with parking on the pitch with no mains running water but portaloos and a water bowser (eg: boxes). Eggs, and smoked fish are available from the farm.

Pitches

35 camping pitches in a spacious, riverside meadow.

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Location

Contact Wild Riverside Camping, Lodge Farm, Church Road, Ramsholt Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 3AD

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