Rushbanks Farm

Bures Road, Wissington, Suffolk CO6 4NA
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Riverside camping in Constable's countryside

Flatford Mill, famously pictured in John Constable’s The Hay Wain, may be 15 miles away but you could well expect it to be a mere 15 yards away if you come to Rushbanks Farm Campsite. The place has all the hallmarks of a Constable oil painting. The River Stour edges the grassland of the camping meadow, almost stationary it’s so slow; fat lily pads pepper along its edges and tall native trees tower along the opposite bank. There are no horses or carts, of course, and the odd campervan slightly modernises the scene. But the beauty of this campsite is that really it’s left entirely untouched – a timeless slice of countryside where you can camp with minimal fuss.

Opened in the 1950’s and now run by the third generation of the Bates family, Rushbanks is the only campsite directly on the banks of the River Stour. Along with its painting-worthy aesthetics it also has some features that make it an easy choice for a Cool Camping recommendation. There’s a thoroughly laid-back atmosphere, campfires are permitted and the local pub is not only within walking distance but also within paddling distance, with canoes available to rent for gliding the scenic two mile route.

For urban amenities it’s a 20-minute drive into Colchester town centre, but naturally it’s the rural charm of Dedham Vale that’s most appealing. The 15th century buildings in nearby Nayland, the thatched roofs in medieval Lavenham or visits to Kentwell Hall, where actors recreate Tudor scenes, all play on the timeless appearance of the surrounding countryside. It’s difficult to find a more charming riverside campsite in the UK.


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Riverside camping in Constable's countryside, right in the heart of Suffolk's Dedham Vale.

Rushbanks Farm: Riverside camping in Constable's countryside, right in the heart of Suffolk's Dedham Vale.

Riverside camping in Constable's countryside, right in the heart of Suffolk's Dedham Vale.

Rushbanks Farm: Riverside camping in Constable's countryside, right in the heart of Suffolk's Dedham Vale.

Riverside camping in Constable's countryside, right in the heart of Suffolk's Dedham Vale.

Rushbanks Farm: Riverside camping in Constable's countryside, right in the heart of Suffolk's Dedham Vale.

Riverside camping in Constable's countryside, right in the heart of Suffolk's Dedham Vale.

Rushbanks Farm: Riverside camping in Constable's countryside, right in the heart of Suffolk's Dedham Vale.

Riverside camping in Constable's countryside, right in the heart of Suffolk's Dedham Vale.

Rushbanks Farm: Riverside camping in Constable's countryside, right in the heart of Suffolk's Dedham Vale.

Riverside camping in Constable's countryside, right in the heart of Suffolk's Dedham Vale.

Rushbanks Farm: Riverside camping in Constable's countryside, right in the heart of Suffolk's Dedham Vale.

Riverside camping in Constable's countryside, right in the heart of Suffolk's Dedham Vale.

Rushbanks Farm: Riverside camping in Constable's countryside, right in the heart of Suffolk's Dedham Vale.

Riverside camping in Constable's countryside, right in the heart of Suffolk's Dedham Vale.

Rushbanks Farm: Riverside camping in Constable's countryside, right in the heart of Suffolk's Dedham Vale.

Riverside camping in Constable's countryside, right in the heart of Suffolk's Dedham Vale.

Rushbanks Farm: Riverside camping in Constable's countryside, right in the heart of Suffolk's Dedham Vale.

Riverside camping in Constable's countryside, right in the heart of Suffolk's Dedham Vale.

Rushbanks Farm: Riverside camping in Constable's countryside, right in the heart of Suffolk's Dedham Vale.

Riverside camping in Constable's countryside, right in the heart of Suffolk's Dedham Vale.

Rushbanks Farm: Riverside camping in Constable's countryside, right in the heart of Suffolk's Dedham Vale.

Riverside camping in Constable's countryside, right in the heart of Suffolk's Dedham Vale.

Rushbanks Farm: Riverside camping in Constable's countryside, right in the heart of Suffolk's Dedham Vale.

Riverside camping in Constable's countryside, right in the heart of Suffolk's Dedham Vale.

Rushbanks Farm: Riverside camping in Constable's countryside, right in the heart of Suffolk's Dedham Vale.

Riverside camping in Constable's countryside, right in the heart of Suffolk's Dedham Vale.

Rushbanks Farm: Riverside camping in Constable's countryside, right in the heart of Suffolk's Dedham Vale.

Riverside camping in Constable's countryside, right in the heart of Suffolk's Dedham Vale.

Rushbanks Farm: Riverside camping in Constable's countryside, right in the heart of Suffolk's Dedham Vale.

Riverside camping in Constable's countryside, right in the heart of Suffolk's Dedham Vale.

Rushbanks Farm: Riverside camping in Constable's countryside, right in the heart of Suffolk's Dedham Vale.

Riverside camping in Constable's countryside, right in the heart of Suffolk's Dedham Vale.

Rushbanks Farm: Riverside camping in Constable's countryside, right in the heart of Suffolk's Dedham Vale.

Riverside camping in Constable's countryside, right in the heart of Suffolk's Dedham Vale.

Rushbanks Farm: Riverside camping in Constable's countryside, right in the heart of Suffolk's Dedham Vale.

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