What better place to camp than Grange Farm Campsite #essexcamping
Don’t get too engrossed in your book on the train if you’re farming yourself and family out to this Essex coast campsite from London: you’ll be there in a jiffy. An hour and a quarter from Liverpool Street lands you at Thorpe-le-Soken, a miniscule quarter of a mile along a rural footpath to the acreage at Grange Farm Campsite. Arriving from elsewhere? The farm is at the end of the A133 from Colchester 20 minutes away by car, although personally we’d get someone else to drive so we could get on with our holiday reading…
Although it’s within ten minutes’ drive from the coast at Clacton, Frinton-on-Sea and Walton-on-the-Naze, the atmos at popular Grange Farm is all pretty peaceful, set deep in the Essex countryside with room galore for pitches. Horse-riding is a canterable mile away; and tennis courts, a golf course and a heated indoor pool four miles away – just in case you don’t fancy braving Essex sea waters before summer.
Walkies abound from Thorpe-le-Soken village through the rural surroundings: to the coast, to Landermere, to Beaumont Quay, to Holland Haven Country Park; for the uninitiated, to the village fish and chip shop… Speaking of fish and chips (always), a chippy, takeaways, three restaurants (Chinese, Indian, Italian), three pubs, a petrol station and a Tesco Express are at the village; all three pubs dish up nosh.
Facilities on site at Grange Farm Campsite – showers, loos, chemical disposal point – are basic but kept very clean; the loo and shower block was refurbished in 2014. There’s no laundry block on site, but a launderette is three miles away.
Barbecues are allowed on site and dogs are welcome.
Birdwatching and beaches, seaside towns, coastal constitutions and the city of Colchester are all close to hand from Grange Farm Campsite – if you should tire of these (tsk), Orford and the Suffolk Heritage Coast await you a little further north.
The sands of Holland-on-Sea are four miles from the farm and are quieter than the main Essex seaside towns of Clacton-on-Sea, Frinton-on-Sea and Southend-on-Sea: like most of the surrounding countryside, this is birdwatching land to have twitchers all of a-flutter. Holland Haven Country Park between Clacton and Frinton covers over 100 acres of coastal birdwatching landscape to spy migrant birds, sandpipers, warblers and the like; elsewhere, several nature reserves are around for nature ramblers including Great Holland Pits, Soken Woods, The Naze at Walton-on-the-Naze, Howlands Marsh at St Osyth and the RSPB Stour Estuary reserve at Wrabness.
The Tendring Peninsula’s biggest town is Clacton-on-Sea and hums with visitors in the summer months, who come to amuse themselves at the arcade, SeaQuarium and funfair on the pier. Boat trips depart from the pier for scenic sailings along the Thames, and many a day tripper settles down with fishing rod on Clacton Pier to hook whiting and bass – get a day fishing ticket from the office at the pier car park.