Stanton Road Farm
With a maximum of twenty five guests at a time the site is naturally quiet and has a relaxed, friendly and communal feel. As we are small the meadow is also perfect for groups of family or friends who would like to book the whole site for a get together.
The stardome, bell tent, shepherd’s hut, gypsy caravan, living van and tent pitches are set in amongst the 4 acres of grassland. The meadow changes over the season, with short grass and flowers in April and May, long green grass and swooping house martins in June, bees and butterflies in July and tall golden seed heads in August and September.
The cut pitches have plenty of space for a large family tent with awning and are surrounded by tall meadow grass. Each has its own fire pit for toasting marshmallows and warming your toes.
The stardome, bell tent, shepherd’s hut, gypsy caravan and living van are all furnished with restored and re-purposed furniture and handmade blankets and decorations. You will also find a selection of good books, flowers from the farm garden and lots of local information. We feel strongly about the joy of outdoor cooking and provide all of the kit that you will need for your stay. Outside, each hut and tent we provide a large fire pit, hanging grill or hot plate, one pot wood fired rocket stove, bench and table seating and an awning.
The camp kitchen, large campfire, compost loos, shower and bike shed, are designed to have as little environmental impact as possible and are together at one end of the site. We use wood fuel and solar power for heating and lighting and recycle all of the grey water created on site. Wherever possible waste is either re-purposed, reused as compost or recycled.
We believe that the meadow really belongs to the local wildlife, so we always leave a large section undisturbed for the roe deer, barn owls, tawny owls and hares. For the same reason we keep the meadow vehicle free.
We know it is not always possible to leave the car behind but we want to encourage eco travel where we can. We are close to the end of the Peddars Way Walk and National Cycle Network Route 13 and Regional Route 30 run just a mile to the north of the campsite. We also have local bus stops and train stations nearby. Don’t forget that we offer a 10% discount to guests using public transport or arriving under their own steam.
We are 4.5 miles away from the end (or start!) of the Peddars Way Walk at Knettishall Heath Country Park. If you feel that you have walked enough by the time that you reach there we are happy to collect you from this point.
National Cycle Network Route 13 and Regional Route 30 are just to the north of Ling’s Meadow. From Route 13 you can take Coney Weston Road from Coney Weston to Barningham where you can join the B111 towards Stanton. From Route 30 turn off onto the B111 at Hopton and follow towards Barningham. Following the B111 from Barningham towards Stanton, turn first left onto North Common (signed by-road, you can see our bell tents from the road). Ling’s Meadow is second on the left. If you get to Hillcrest Nursery you have gone too far!
Our nearest railway stations are Thetford, Diss and Stowmarket. Bury St Edmunds is only slightly further away. All have taxi ranks but you could also get a bus. Stowmarket and Diss stations have regular, direct services to and from London Liverpool Street. Thetford has regular services to and from King’s Cross and to the north via Peterborough.
By train or bus
There are reasonably regular bus services from Diss and Bury St Edmunds to Hepworth but times can change so it always worth checking. Suffolk County Council’s Journey Planner will provide the latest timetable. Both journeys take about half an hour and have buses that arrive in Hepworth between 2 and 3pm. Unfortunately Hepworth bus stop (on the A143 opposite the Duke of Marlborough) is at the wrong end of the village for us but if you let us know you are coming we can pick you up. You could also try buses that stop at Barningham (opposite the Royal George) or Stanton (opposite Hill Top Way) which would be closer to walk but the service is less frequent. Buses from Thetford are more complicated and to be honest it is probably easier to get a taxi.
For local traffic we are just off the B111 between Barningham and Stanton. If you are coming from the south of us turn off the A143 onto the B111 at Stanton. After Hillcrest nursery turn right onto North Common (helpfully signed “by-road”!) and Ling’s Meadow is second on the left (see map above). If you are coming from the north follow the B111 until you pass through Barningham and then turn left onto North Common. Please beware, satnav systems always seem to get it wrong and take you to the wrong end of North Common!
If you are coming from further afield you can reach the B111 via the A14 and then the A143. The A14 links up with the A11 and M11 from the west, the A1 from the north and the A12 from the south east.
We are only two hours from north London (one and a half on a clear run). Take the M11 and then A11 to the A14 and follow for Bury St Edmunds. Come off at Bury St Edmunds Central and follow the A143 towards Felixstowe. From south or east London it is probably quicker to take the A12 to Ipswich and then join the A14 to Bury St Edmunds. In both cases follow the A143 from the Bury St Edmunds Central exit to the B111 turn off at Stanton.