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Best campsites for the Kent Downs AONB

Here is our pick of the Alan Rogers Assessors, expert-recommended campsites for the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a landscape running from the coast and the white cliffs of Dover up to Surrey and the edge of London. This is a stunning region, from the chalky cliffs, chalk grasslands of international importance, and traditional ragstone villages to ancient broadleaf woodlands carpeted with bluebells.

Much of the distinctive habitats and their wildlife is shaped by the chalky ground – the chalky grassland allows orchids, in particular, to thrive. Other terrain includes traditional orchards, marshy pastures, ponds and open heathland, each attractive to different forms of flora and fauna. Some of this is under threat: around 75% of ponds have been lost in the last century due to land intensification.

The River Darent is a chalk stream flowing from Westerham whose benefits were recognised by the Romans. Over 20% of the AONB is wooded, and coppicing of sweet chestnut is still practised for agricultural fencing use. There are 38 Sites of Special Scientific Interest in this AONB.

Top Kent Downs AONB Camping Options

Elegantly sloping towards open farmland, Bearsted Caravan and Motorhome Club site offers the tranquillity of these open fields, one of which is a horse paddock...

Round Oak Farm is a smaller, CL-style campsite on a working farm that focuses mainly on rare breed sheep and cows. Located in the heart...

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Whether you are coming, going or staying, you should try this neat, tidy and attractive six-acre park, owned by The Caravan and Motorhome Club. It...

Kings Oak Farm is an adults-only 'Certified Site' campsite set in the heart of the Kentish countryside, near the busy Wealden village of Headcorn. This...

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Capel-le-Ferne is a relatively little known seaside town midway between Dover and Folkestone. Little Satmar is a quiet site a short walk from the delightful...

Thriftwood Holiday Park is a well located base for exploring Kent and has good access to a major motorway network. London can be reached in...

This sheltered park has been created in a former quarry where all the pitches are on well drained grass. A spacious paved entrance with an...

Folkestone Camping & Caravanning Club site is ideally located whether you are holidaying in Kent or taking a day trip to France by Channel Tunnel...

Oldbury Hill Camping & Caravanning Club Site is in an idyllic spot within Styants Wood, opposite the Iron Age fort of the same name in...

Walton on Thames Camping & Caravanning Club site is within the M25 motorway and is ideal for those wishing to experience the hustle and bustle...