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Rocks East Woodland

UK England South West England Wiltshire Chippenham

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Traditional camping with open fires. 35 acres of woodland to explore

Most campers return to Rocks East for two reasons: the chance to sit around an open fire and to have the run of 35 acres of ancient woodland. Rocks East has a very distinct culture. On one level it is very much a traditional, basic campsite. It accepts small caravans and campervans but canvas is king. All campers may walk through the forest and the illustrated information boards educating novices about flora and fauna are a good resource for adults and children alike. In the midst of this natural beauty, is a sculpture trail guarded over by a wonderful woodman and, bizarrely, two large Easter Island sculptures, all carved from cedar wood. For the chidren there's a teddy bear house

On the campsite, with the exception of busy weekends, you can pitch your tent pretty well where you like and this creates a chilled, informal vibe. Back in the forest, depending on bookings, you can be forgiven for thinking that you have checked into a full-on adventure weekend. Don’t panic, as the outdoor amphitheatre is sometimes used by outward bound- type groups, although if you wanted to stage your own version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream no one would mind at all.

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Facilities

Three separate sites at the edge of the forest, sheltered by trees.  Log cabin camp HQ sits in the middle providing basic but clean facilities.  This translates as one dish-washing sink;  one hot shower, two loos and two hand basins for ladies, with free hot water, the same for gents – so be prepared for a wait.  A twee shop provides basic provisions, such as soft drinks and sweets, watched over by a selection of woodland taxidermy from hares and rabbits to foxes and badgers.  There is firewood to sell, as well as a selection of hand-whittled wooden items from walking sticks to bird houses.

Chilling by an open camp fire, enjoying all the woodland has to offer on a nature walk, together with a roam through a little wooden sculpture trail.


Suitable For

Tents, camper vans, groups (i.e. scouts, guides etc)  - yes

Nearby

Cycling or wandering around the country lanes in this area of outstanding natural beauty. The nearby villages of Marshfield, Colerne and Ford are all good destinations for those not requiring Tour de France-esque distances.


Food & Drink

The Fox and Hounds at Colerne ( 01225 744847) is within cycling or walking distance and offers decent children’s meals (i.e. food from the adult menu but at smaller prices – we like!).  The White Hart at Ford (01249 782213) has the bonus of a riverside setting.  For lovely local shops selling local produce for local people (oh, and tourists) pop into Marshfield about five minutes’ drive away.  The Marshfield Central Stores (01225 891260) has a divine deli selling fresh bread and cakes from the Marshfield bakery, and Marshfield ice cream – all made in, yep, you’ve guessed it………..  But if supermarkets are more your bag, there is a Sainsbury’s in Chippenham, about six miles away, and a Morrison’s on the way into Bath. 

Open

The campsite is open from 1 April to 31 October.

Family Friendly

Being very much a family campsite, it is popular during the summer months and visitors need to book in advance.

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Location

Contact Rocks East Woodland, Rocks East Woodland, Ashwicke, Nr. Chippenham, Wiltshire SN14 8AP

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Getting There

Leave the M4 at junction 18 and head towards Bath on the A46. At Pennsylvania roundabout, turn left towards Chippenham on the A420. From the A420 take a right turn into Marshfield and then right again along St Martin’s Lane. Follow signs for Ashwicke and Colerne. Continue out of Marshfield, for about 3 miles. The entrance is on the right, clearly marked ‘Rocks East Woodland’.
From Batheastern take the road to Colerne/Bannerdown, up the hill and along the Fosseway.  Turn left at the signpost marked Marshfield and Ashwicke.  The entrance is 300 metres on the left.
Either take the train to Chippenham, then a taxi to the site, or the train to Bath Spa, then the Faresaver bus number 228 from Bath to Hunters Hall (alighting at the Ashwicke turn). From there it is a 300-metre walk to the site. Call 0845 606 4446 for a timetable. There is no Sunday service.

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Rated ★★★★☆ over 11 reviews

★☆☆☆☆

Not child friendly

Visited with my 3 young nieces in 2014. It was very expensive for a short visit and although friendly when taking our money, the owners were extremely rude and grumpy when we started to laugh and play a little in the early hours of the evening. We were not being rowdy. I do not plan to visit again, it was an upsetting experience to be treated in this way.

May 15, 2015 by Isabel
★★★★★

Brilliant escape from city life

Perfect escape for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle for a few days - lovely staff who go out of their way to help, and a very laid back atmosphere. Plus you get acres of private woodland to explore at your own free will! Brilliant for families with kids – 5*

Apr 17, 2015 by WillCR
★★★★★

A Magical place

We stayed for a weekend, in a hot tent yert. The place is amazing, back to basics camping. 

Light fires to cook on near your tent. Right on the edge of private woodland, which is a great place to explore. The staff are very helpful and friendly.

We will be back again for sure, the atmosphere is relaxed, fun for family campers.

Sep 22, 2014 by WILD camper
★☆☆☆☆

Disappointed

This is a very small campsite.  They let far too many campers in for the space they have.  Woodlands was lovely and kids had so much fun but on the fields where the tent was pitched up, there is not much room to play and kids were being told off by other campers for going too near their area.  Had to keep watching kids in case their football or frisbee went near other peoples tents. There is only one shower for ladies and one shower for mens, meaning queues for the shower.  When it rained, there was nothing nearby to take kids to do.  Pitching the tents was a nightmare as the pins would keep hitting what seemed like concrete under the grass.  Would definitely not go back.

Responce from the campsite owner:

We are of course upset to receive any adverse comments such as luckyman8 has posted. Generally speaking, we ensure that our 3-acre campsite is not overcrowded, but during the summer holidays there are times when there is not quite so much room. That is why our 35-acre woodland is so popular, because it is there for families to explore in and play. Sometimes, too, there is a queue for showers, but there are plenty of times during the day when the toilet and shower block is empty. We do not have activities as such on the campsite, but people who book with us know this, and there are many places and facilities in the area for families on both sunny and rainy days. Details of these are given to campers on arrival. Our site is a little rocky in places (hence the name) but in the 20-odd years we have been here all our visitors have managed to pitch their tents without too much problem and our little shop sells heavy-duty tent pegs for those who need them.  We are always on hand to help people, and the relaxed atmosphere of the campsite and the fact that we allow camp fires brings regular visitors back year after year.

Sep 2, 2014 by luckyman8
★★★★☆

Lovely woodlands

Nice camp site close to Bath. We stayed there last summer with a group of families from our school. Overall lovely atmosphere and you can have barbecues and camp fires. Facilities are basic and I felt it would have been nice if there had been a few more toilets. A small shop sells ice cream and sweets. The woods were lovely, awash with bluebells and wild garlic in early summer. The kids were happy and we could always let them run around unsupervised, although they were a bit too small (5-6) to venture into the woods alone. This is a place to come to with friends; there is not overly much to do in the immediate area, so it could be a bit boring. Prices seem to have gone up a bit since last year - we paid £19 per family last year and this year it would have worked out at £25. 

Apr 5, 2014 by dannyandnana
★★★★★

Lovely place

Stayed there with my daughter in May 2013. We really loved the location, open fires and the surrounding woods. Will definitely come back again.

Dec 20, 2013 by McMaggers
★★★☆☆

Rocks East Woodland

We suffered pretty bad weather here, which always clouds your judgement!  Plus points: lovely woodland with nice walks, you can pitch where you want, very close to Bath, the owners are friendly and you can have a fire.  Minus points: Very basic toilets, one sink only for washing up, and there wasn't much else to do. I had envisioned that my kids would be able to run wild in the woods, but it's not the case - I felt I needed to supervise my 6 and 9 year old at all times.

Probably won't go back.

Jun 3, 2013 by sophiemum
★☆☆☆☆

Rocks East Woodland

Went to visit the campsite prior to holding my birthday weekend party in June.  Fabulous location, was really excited.  Kevin was lovely, showed me round and made me very welcome.  Unfortunatley his wife, Marylyn, was very difficult to deal with about the money side of things, tried to charge me £750 for two nights for 15 pitches (the bottom field), working out at £50 per tent.  When pushed she changed it to £19 per pitch per night, much more reasonable, so decided to go with it.  I've just received the paperwork for the booking with a compliment slip saying "since speaking to you the other day the Lower Site has been booked."  Didn't have the decency to let me know by phone - not a great way to run a busines....  A real shame as it's a lovely location and I'm sure we'd have had a wonderful weekend :-(

Apr 13, 2013 by Hannah
★★★☆☆

Rocks East Woodland

Our first camping trip! Just 20 minutes from Bath, Rocks East Woodland has all you need for 1 or 2 nights and is great for kids. With acres of woodland with sculpture trails and rope swings, our children had a ball and made lots of friends. The fire pits made the evenings very special -and cosy too. Considering the price though, the facilities were disappointing-there simply weren’t enough toilets or showers. It was ok roughing it for 2 nights but would stop us returning again which is a shame.
May 26, 2011 by girlundercanvas
★★★★★

Rocks East Woodland

Wonderful. Open fires, relaxed atmosphere, helpful staff and all in a lovely woodland setting. Instant relaxation for parents and lots of exploring potential for big and little kids ! Facilities basic but functional (they got muddy quickly - wet weather during our visit) but were cleaned daily. Highly recommended - as long as you leave space for us to return !
Aug 26, 2010 by ccowley
★★★★☆

Rocks East Woodland

Lovely campsite, nice relaxed pitching and the children loved the woods. Only downside was the poor facilities, loos and showers not very clean or child friendly.

Aug 6, 2010 by kerimichael

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