With the late May bank holiday fast approaching CLB and I decided that we wanted to spend it in the countryside, and what better way than camping in Kent! I’ve never camped in this part of the country before but it didn’t take long for a Google search to bring up Badgells Wood, a camp site very much off-grid and back to nature.
Being a bank holiday meant a three night booking minimum and an extra long bank holiday weekend for us. Friday came and we packed up the car, stocked up on necessities at the local supermarket and hit the road. 45mins later we had arrived, hitting the midday check in spot on.
The Buzzards pitch was to be our home away from home for the weekend, and we quickly got about setting up camp…within the hour the tent was up, the bed made and we were well and truly settling in nicely.
Lunchtime had come and gone before our eyes so before we did anything else we decided to walk over to Harvel House Farm Shop (approx. 1hr round trip) for a bite to eat and to stock up on fresh meat for that evenings BBQ.
Post lunch and it was time to explore the site, albeit with my map reading skills we ended up outside the site in the middle of the North Downs, oops. Never mind, we made it back eventually and felt all the more at one with nature for it!
Being the pyromaniac I am, making a fire in the pit was great fun, followed by a BBQ dinner and marshmallows before bed.
Saturday was scheduled to be dry so we chose this day to head over to Leeds Castle where they were putting on a Grand Medieval Joust. The grounds had been turned into a medieval village complete with a range of characters from ironmongers to knights.
The pièce de résistance was the joust at the end of the day, England vs. Visitors, needless to say we lost but it was great to see in the flesh…and nothing like the movies!
Saturday evening called for a pub visit; some grub at The George Inn and before we knew it we were back in front of the fire under the stars. Those stars didn’t last long as a huge thunderstorm woke us up at 1am and scared the life out of me!
Thankfully by Sunday morning the clouds (and storm) had cleared again and we opted to explore some Kent towns, namely Rochester for a bite to eat at The Cheese Room and the village of Eynsford for a quick refreshment at the Riverside Tea Room in the afternoon sun.
Sunday evening was our final night at the site, and you guessed it, consisted of food and fires!
I can for sure recommend staying at Badgell’s, it might be off grid but it has hot showers and (non-smelly) compost loos, plus each pitch has its own parking space, fire pit and picnic bench. The owners Mike and Karina are around for any questions you may have and the shop on site sells the necessities. Firewood is available for purchase at just £10 for a huge bag (FYI we went through two bags in three nights) and they stock kindling too. Just a note if you don’t have children and prefer a quieter space they do have an adult only area however as we booked late it was full.
All in all a blooming lovely weekend, and surprisingly (considering we work up every night during the night) we both came away thinking we’d had even longer off work than four days and were refreshed and recharged.