Boys will be boys and we hope that’s how you’ll feel you want to be. Get carried away on the rope swing in our woodland playground; pick up a stick and become a knight or maybe robin hood for the afternoon; build a den or just sit back and take in the woodland air.
Campfires & cooking
Good food is such an important part of a camping trip that we want to help you make the best of what you have brought – or bought from the farm shop. We have both campfire grills and dutch ovens for hire. You can also cook on a swedish candle. At some point we’ll get some campfire cooking lessons underway.
Bushcraft and Survival Training
We are building up our bushcraft courses and now offer them every weekend. We can also offer longer survival courses over a few days for those of you who want to hone your skills. See our bushcraft page for more details.
As well as being ancient woodland, our site sits on an old WWII training ground, with old tracks and hut bases hiding amoungst the trees. Please take care when exploring & let us know if you find anything interesting – we are working with local archaeologists to try build up a plan of what was here before.
But best of all – run along the trench – its over 1km long.! or see if you can find the 400year old beech tree.
Feel free to explore all 250 acres of Whitehorse Wood – but please stick to the footpaths as it can be deceptive & easy to get lost if you don’t! If you fancy a longer walk, head off on one of the two major national footpaths that cross in the woods – the Weald Way (running from the Thames Estuary to the English Channel) or the North Downs way which is part of the Pilgrims Way, running from Winchester to Canterbury. Mike and Karina can provide you with a map.
A 20 minute walk will get you to Coldrum Stones, the least damaged megalithic longbarrow in kent. It is part of the Medway Megaliths; the oldest prehistoric monuments in Britain. It’s not quite Stonehenge…. but you can walk there & you get Morris men at dawn on the 1st May.!
Nature Trail, Woodland Games & Nature Spotting
Our nature trail is now up and running. Pop into reception to get a sheet with the details on & a pencil for taking rubbings – get a badge when you complete it (£1.50 per child to cover cost of materials). We also have lots of books in reception with ideas for camping & nature activities for children. Pop in and talk to Karina about it.
Alternatively the Woodland Trust Nature Detectives site has loads of camping activity packs that you can download.
If you do have any questions about trees or the woods, do ask Mike – he is also an experienced forester as well as our warden.