Oldbury Hill: Is It The Right Campsite For You?
Wild camping is illegal in most parts of England therefore in order to get away from it all choosing the right campsite for your needs is vital. The first thing to establish is what you want from your break away. Is it peace and quiet? Is it important to have entertainment facilities? Do you want a large or a small site? Beach or countryside?
In the same way people utilise websites like TripAdvisor to review hotels there are now websites emerging that focus on camping (yes it has become that popular) – one such trusted website is www.ukcampsites.co.uk.
If you expect certain standards from your campsites it is also worthwhile considering a membership to a dedicated camping organisation e.g. The Caravan and Camping Club – as this highlights campsites under different gradings, catering for all needs.
When we look to go camping we want to feel like we are away from it all and enjoy the peace and tranquility that certain sites offer.
One such campsite is Oldbury Hill near Sevenoaks in Kent. Living in the South East we still want the rolling hills and views that the North of the country offer. Whilst hiking up mountains is not an option the rolling hills and countryside are hence why we picked this site.
Oldbury Hill is ideally placed in a forest setting with easy reach of local amenities, including a pub. The novelty of this particular site, and what makes us return, is the fact that the shower blocks are actually hidden in a wooded area so you truly do feel like you are spending a weekend away from it all. This is further highlighted when you realise you have no phone signal.
The campsite itself has a small shop where you can buy your morning eggs but should you want to do more shopping you are very close to a supermarket and local towns.
This is a small quiet site that allows for a relaxing weekend in the sun with a BBQ. When you arrive here you will be returning to the basics and therefore should expect to find very little to do which is the reason for going.
Now when I say basic one of the things that people always ask me is whether there are working toilets and as I have already mentioned these are a novelty in the woods. They are always clean and have plenty of toilet roll available…so no embarrassing moments, plus the showers are always lovely and hot. There is even a hair dryer!
Is there bugs? You are camping in the woods so I would question it if there wasn’t…however, that is part of the charm of this site. Along with the bats flying low at night, the squirrels and the birds that wake you in the morning who knows what other wildlife you may stumble across.
Camping doesn’t mean you need to slum it though and this site provides an opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Royalty and actresses with a visit to Leeds Castle or maybe a day at the races is more your style with Brands Hatch being very close by.
During on of our visits we attended the Aston Martin Centenary weekend at Brands Hatch; rubbing shoulders with Bruno Senna in the pit lanes and spending time admiring the most famous Aston Martins of all: those that belong to James Bond. Various events run throughout the year and may provide you with an opportunity to do something completely different.
This campsite is always on our list to revisit as it offers the best of both worlds: nature and reality!