We’re not going to pretend that we're entirely wild here at Fallow Fields camping. One look at our fully furnished bell tents should be enough to convince anyone that we love a bit of luxury. But everything we do is in aid of enhancing the true star of the show – that beautiful Kent countryside.
And it doesn’t just stop at camp. We’re lucky enough to be near all kinds of wonderful natural areas for you to experience – from the exquisite Camber Sands to Kent's largest animal sanctuary, Port Lympne. Believe us then that it’s no small statement that being a Kent Downs camping site is as important as any other nearby location for nature lovers. This page is simply about providing you with everything you could want to know to make the most of it.
Sometimes we only have one camp that’s within a reasonable driving distance of a place we recommend. The good news here is we have two campsites which Kent Downs visitors can utilise. Lathe Barn is the closest. It will take you around half an hour to get to Kent Downs from our Lathe Barn site, and the distance is around 12.5 miles.
Selson Farm is a little further away, with the shortest route being under 20 miles. Taking you around 40 minutes to get there, we’d still say it’s worth the journey. We can’t really recommend any other transport methods for either camp, unfortunately, as it can take hours. Keen cyclists could potentially get there from Lathe Barn in around an hour and 15 minutes but we’d recommend driving for most.
The reason it’s a great idea to stay at a campsite where you can travel to Kent Downs is simple: it’s an amazing location and a must-see for nature lovers. Truly deserving of its title as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this is a protected landscape which traverses epic greenland, rolling hills, picturesque valleys, chalk coasts, and spell-binding woodland. It’s captivating and diverse in both rare flora and fauna – a truly enchanting region of idyllic British countryside.
There are, of course, other elements which help make Kent Downs such an unforgettable experience, which we’ll get to in a moment. But there can be no doubt that for many of our visitors, it’s the majesty of nature which leaves the greatest impression.
The likes of the River Dour – which flows peacefully through Kent Down – and the iconic White Cliffs of Dover have been here for quite some time. Indeed, part of what makes this area so special is the way that nature and history intertwine in such a spell-binding fashion. And in terms of attractions more specifically known for their historical significance, well, there’s a rich tapestry available for those enjoying Kent Downs camping.
For starters, there’s the great Canterbury Cathedral. This is one of the best known religious buildings in the world. Its stained glass windows are both a glimpse into the region's past and evidence of its incredible architecture.
Then there’s the remarkable Dover Castle which dominates the White Cliffs of Dover, as it has for over 2,000 years. And it didn’t just stand there all that time either, holding key roles in everything from the Roman Conquest of Britain in 43 AD, all the way to WWII. It’s a true bucket list location for anyone interested in English history.
For a look into our naval history, what could be better than the Chatham Historic Dockyard? This is a maritime heritage site which boasts a collection of historic warships, allowing you to get up close and personal with some awe-inspiring pieces of history.
All that’s just a warm up. Campsites in Kent Downs are close to an immense collection of historical places to visit.
The importance and impression Kent Down leaves can be so great that it hides another vital fact – that it’s a ton of fun to go visit. An ideal day out for the whole family, there are tons of walks and cycle trails for all abilities, plus many beautiful pieces of art for you to check out. You could even take a tour if you fancy deep diving into history while getting some exercise – great for body and mind, after all.
There’s also more specialist options, like a photography walking experience, creative glass classes, and even mini survival adventures. And if it sounds like you need a little break to recharge from all that excitement, remember too that there’s also plenty of villages to explore nearby, from the medieval village of Chilham to the gorgeous greenery of Wye.
While we’re quite a lot smaller, we see a lot of ourselves in the Kent Downs. Here, and there, you can escape from the hustle and bustle of the modern world by indulging in the tranquility of nature.
In addition, our philosophy is always to allow you to enjoy your break however you want to. It’s why we offer so many different activities and accommodation options. That way, more people can discover exactly what they want. Similarly, Kent Downs allows you to choose from an awesome amount of locations, attractions, and activities. In a way, you can consider Kent Downs camping to be the ultimate extension of what we provide here at Fallow Fields.
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