It’s nice sometimes to just go away for a night.   We do that sometimes and on this occasion we ended up at Gate House Wood in Wrotham.

Wrotham is only just outside the M25, so for us it took less than 45 minutes to get to the site.   We left the kids behind and only took enough stuff to make a cup of tea.   Considering how close the site is to a large motorway it is pretty quiet.   The site is an old chalk pit so it has steep sides and these help to keep the noise out.   It is not a big site, but it does have good facilities.   The shower and toilet block is warm and dry, and everything works as it should.


The perspective makes our VW look even smaller than this monster, but the site has woodland on three sides which make it feel nice and secluded, even if the pitches themselves are quite open.

We had a little walk around the area outside the site, there is a pub less than 200 metres away and a petrol station that is handy if you have forgotten to bring any matches.   Other places to eat are within half a mile but we did not venture that far.

There are quite a lot of statics on the site, and I would guess that the site is a home from home for a number of people on the outskirts of SE London.   When we went (in April) the site had a few people on it but a lot of the permanent units were empty.

I do not think that the site has enough to sustain a long break, but there is a children’s play area.   It would certainly make a good place to stop if one was heading down to the Channel from the North and needed a place to stay before doing the final leg of the journey.   From this site it will take less than five minutes to get back on to the M20.

For us, we woke up quite late, had a quick cup of tea and then were back home in Lewisham by 10:30, suitably refreshed and feeling that we had been away for a while.