Finding a suitable campsite for a one-night stopover can be difficult, especially if you’re looking for something just a little different. The trend towards posh camping (glamping) has seen an increase in the number of boutique campsites catering for those of us who want more than a patch of bare earth in the corner of a muddy field.
Ling’s Meadow is a fine example of this new breed. Nestled in the Suffolk countryside between Diss and Bury St Edmunds, this small campsite boasts half-a-dozen good-sized tent pitches, several bell tents, a shepherd’s hut and a living van (think larger shepherd’s hut). The pitches are surrounded by long meadow grass, which not only looks beautiful but also provides some privacy. Prices are reasonable and there’s even a discount for ‘eco-travellers’ arriving on foot or by bike.
The site facilities are housed in a small cluster of buildings made from recycled materials. They look fashionably rustic on the outside, but inside they’re neat, clean and spacious. In keeping with the site’s environmentally friendly ethos, the toilets are composting and the hot water for the shower is provided by solar panels with a daily boost from a wood-fueled rocket stove.
For cooking there are fire pits with grills and a wood-fired pizza oven. We opted for the latter and spent a relaxing couple of hours in the canvas-covered camp kitchen munching slices of smoked quatro fromaggi. Afterwards, we trekked across the fields to the Mill Inn. Forty minutes for one pint, but it was worth it. The next day we struck camp and had a delicious cooked breakfast at Hillcrest Nurseries (just down the road) before pedalling home.
Ling’s Meadow is in a lovely area of Suffolk that is often neglected by tourists and it’s one of the most pleasant campsites we’ve ever stayed at. Thanks Kath and Neel, I’m sure we’ll be back.
For more information about Ling’s Meadow and nearby attractions visit http://lingsmeadow.co.uk/