Park + what’s nearby
Tel: 01787 310422
This small but and well maintained site is a level grass area suitable for tents, caravans, motor-homes.
Touring & Camping
27 of the 35 pitches offer electric hook-up. The toilet block is well maintained and immaculate. There are large hot showers with toilet facilities. The website doesn’t detail all the facilities but from memory there is a fridge available, drinking water and dishwashing area. As we were in a tent, we didn’t take note of the chemical waste facilities for motorhomes.
The campsite is situated on the B1508, Sudbury to Bures road.
Approximately 2.3 miles from the center of Sudbury.
Coming from the north, as we did, it’s best to head to Bury St Edmunds and then take the A134 then A131 to Sudbury.
From the south, head to Braintree and then pick up the A131 north to Sudbury.
Willowmere is in attractive surroundings with neighbouring lakes and farmland, offering local walks. The villages of Little Cornard and Great Cornard are within a short walk. We walked to Great Cornard as it offered more amenities but be careful as there is no pavement for most of the walk. Great Cornard offers a couple of village pubs and shops to buy provisions.
Sunbury is a larger town and is worth a visit for St Peter’s Sudbury, a magnificent medieval church with stunning interior. Sudbury Water Meadows is perfect for a tranquil walk.
Further afield to the south, Colchester is full of potential attractions. Colchester Castle, Colchester Zoo, West Mersea Beach, Marks Hall Estate and High Woods Country Park to get you started but we decided to head North to Lavenham.
Lavenham is a short 9 miles drive from the campsite and we would highly recommend a visit. A medieval village containing a wonderful collection of colourful buildings that appear to defy gravity. Leaning against each other at grotesque angles. We spend most of our day wandering around and trying to imagine their interior. Was this also sloping? Were you going to roll out of bed during the night?
Our brief stay at Willowmere was memorable and we made the most of it. With so much to see, it’s an area that we will have to return to.
Willowmere was our first ever campsite and as a result, holds a special place in our heart. It was a great site for newbies like us. Not too big or overcrowded. Very clean with all the amenities we would need. It was nice and quiet and was within walking distance to the nearest pub. There were also some good local walks to explore and Lavenham, with all its history and unusual slanting buildings, was a short drive away.
That said, there was no getting away from the fact that this was a ‘test’. Before setting off, we had had a dry run of putting the tent up , in our house but how would we cope with life under canvas? Sleeping in a small 3-person tent with little space left over after we had squeezed in our king size inflatable mattress. Not to mention trying to find space for our dog Sam. He’s not the biggest dog but insists on finding that space between us at every opportunity. We had to leave the majority of our equipment and clothes in our car. Which was fine as it was parked right next to our tent.
In the end, we easily adapted to our new found love of camping, which was enhanced by sitting outside in the sun and firing up a portable BBQ (which has quickly become a tradition) and drinking lots of wine. We also got chatting to a lovely German couple who had parked up in their Motorhome on their way to meet their daughter. This was another dimension to camping that appealed to us. Meeting people from other places with stories to tell.
It was also during this trip that another tradition was started. Following the sun. We had vaguely planned this trip –” We’ve got 10 days; Let’s follow the sun”.
So after only three nights in Willowmere Camping & Caravan Park, we said our goodbyes to a friendly and welcoming campsite and headed for Middlewood Lane, North Yorkshire.211 mile away but that’s where the sun was.
This was part of our Journey from Camping to Campervan 2014
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