Postern Hill Campsite Camping in the Forest
If for some reason you feel like getting lost, then Postern Hill is hard to beat for seclusion. Located in the peaceful Savernake Forest, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Postern Hill is a hidden woodland playground, surrounded by dry and wet valleys, ancient saplings (one of the oldest being the Big Bellied Oak) and rare wildlife including: Hawfinches, Redstarts, Nightjars and Red-tail Kites. There is something truly special about woodland camping, and just about every visitor that pitches at Postern Hill seems to fall under its magical spell.
The site's utterly basic, back-to-nature feel (there’s an onsite toilet block but no showers) may set it apart from some of its gaudy neighbours, however its worth mentioning that caravans are welcomed here, a fact that may send a shiver down the spine of some conventional campers. The majority of Postern Hill’s 170 spaces are flat, well maintained, and unmarked, with guests having the choice of pitching under beautiful oak trees or in the open meadow.
Geographically the location is a winner. Despite being found in the deepest depths of the forest, the nearest shops, pubs and supermarkets are surprisingly accessible. Whilst a mere 20 minute walk will take you into the picturesque town of Marlborough, which hosts a quaint market, selling everything from locally-grown produce to pashminas.
Thankfully some of Wiltshire’s finest attractions are close by too. For visitors who can’t resist that Stonehenge photo opportunity, you’re in luck, one of Britain’s most iconic tourist attractions can easily be reached. However, many pre-historic purists would say that Avebury (7 miles away) exceeds Stonehenge as England’s most fascinating pre-historic site. Spared from snap-happy tourists and over-commercialism, Avebury is arguably a more rewarding place to visit. It’s older (dating back to 3000 BC!), larger, and more peaceful than Stonehenge, with visitors allowed to walk freely around these mystifying stones.
If Postern Hill is magical by day, it really casts a spell at night. Sitting under the sparkling Wiltshire stars, cooking up some tasty local produce, whilst the shadows of your camping neighbours illuminate against white canvas is quintessentially what woodland camping is all about. And we think you should go and experience it for yourself.
170 spaces made up of standard and premium pitch types, on which to put your tent, caravan or motorhome and space for one car. There is a toilet block with hot and cold running water, however this is not available during the winter months so your own chemical toilet is essential. There are no showers at Postern Hill, but there is a nearby leisure centre (under 2 miles) that provides showers at a reasonable price for campers.
Tents, caravans, motorhomes, trailer tents and dogs – yes.
Bertie Maffoons Bicycles (01672 519119) is located right next door and is a great way to discover the local countryside. They rent a wide range of bikes (for all ages and abilities) and have an in-house coffee shop, serving drinks and homemade cakes. If you are looking to explore the region on two legs, look no further than Walking Treasure Trails. These fun treasure hunts will teach you fascinating facts about the area and show you some beautiful scenery. Enjoy a fun family walk in the fresh air and solve an intriguing mystery at the same time. The Kennet and Avon canals are nearby. Appreciate the beauty of the English countryside on a canal cruise with the Kennet Horse Boat Company (01488 658866). You can choose from a motor barge or a traditional horse drawn barge. Further afield, Longleat Safari & Adventure Park (01985 844400) is the first of its kind outside of Africa. Go on a drive-through safari adventure and get up close with the animals including: lions, tigers, and gorillas. Kids will love the adventure park where they can explore the Butterfly Garden, Old Joe's Mine, Pets Corner, Postman Pat Village, Adventure Castle and the Longleat Hedge Maze.
Food & Drink
Postern Hill is located within convenient driving distance of Marlborough which offers a fantastic range of eateries, including: The lunch menus at Coles Bar & Restaurant (01672 515004) are printed every day based on what produce has been purchased, or delivered, from the market that morning. The stylish and modern Godots (01672 514776) is located in a 16th century building, and is just one minute from Marlborough’s bustling high street. It’s a great place to enjoy a leisurely lunch or dinner, sampling fantastic local produce. Pagoda Peking (01672 512886) offers authentic Chinese cuisine, and an extensive menu that caters for all tastes. Other good choices include: The traditional Roebuck Inn (01672 700037), The Raj who serve culinary delights from Bangladesh and India and historical Sun Inn (01672 515011) who cook up delicious homemade sandwiches.
Open1st April – 31 December 2021
Prices per pitch (per night) including 2 adults start at £13.10 during low season. See website for more details.
The Owner Says
Please be aware that our Camping in the Forest sites are closed until further notice. Please refer to the Camping in the Forest website for more details.
Marlborough can be approached from a number of different directions, please contact the site directly if you require instructions.
Pewsey railway station (5 miles) is on the Berks & Hants line and is served by InterCity services operated by First Great Western. The average journey time to and from London Paddington is just over an hour. Services to Bedwyn (the next station up the line) are infrequent with most eastbound services next calling at Hungerford, Newbury or Reading instead.
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