Campsites in England

Site: Cedar Valley

Setting/location: *****

Fires/firewood ***** (good ash wood from the estate, comes with kindling)

Toilets:  ***

Showers: (has showers but we didn’t try them out)

Rules: ***** (few rules, but that did mean we could hear music playing and loud chats in the night)

Other facilities:  *** (signage on site was poor, but warm water for washing up, in non-COVID times it looked like they might sell pizza)

Flatness of pitches: ***

Group friendliness: *****

Local amenities: ***

Attractions:*** (can get straight onto footpaths which link to South Downs Way, but not allowed to explore the estate)

Public transport: *** (bus a long walk & only certain days of week. Petersfield nearest train station)

Comments: Friendly staff. Can choose your pitch, but groups were close to each other.

OS map: 132

Updated: September 2020

Site: Campfire Weekends

Setting/location: *****

Fires/firewood ****

Toilets:  *

Showers: * (literally a watering can!!)

Rules: ****

Other facilities:  * (washing up bowl & liquid you can borrow)

Flatness of pitches: *

Group friendliness: ****

Amenities: ** (we heard rumour of pubs)

Attractions:*** (we haven’t yet explored the area, but there are footpaths from the camping field)

Public transport: ** (not far from Tunbridge Wells)

Comments: Should advertise itself as a basking site with water tap and bucket loo to manage expectations.

OS map: 135

Updated: July 2020

Site: Barefoot Campsite

Setting/location: ***** (pretty site on a bend in the river)

Fires/firewood *****(fires allowed, must buy their logs, but it burns very well)

Toilets:  *** (compost loos and urinals, clean but could do with more)

Showers: ** (has showers, but they weren’t hot and tray overflowed)

Rules:*(well organised, but lots of rules)

Amenities: *****(little shop on site, can walk to village shop & pub)

Flatness of pitches: *****

Group friendliness:*(booking system would make taking a group stressful)

Attractions:*****(kayaks for hire, river swimming permitted, located on Thames Path)

Other facilities:  ** (good recycling facilities, cold water washing up station, doesn’t have a sink for brushing teeth/washing face)

Public transport: *** (S6 gold bus from Oxford, but didn’t try it!)

Comments: see post

Updated: July 2019

Site: Britchcombe Farm

Setting/location: **** (lovely setting near white horse, but campsite cut by road)

Fires/firewood ***  (must buy their logs, £5/bag, but not well seasoned)

Toilets:  *** (flushable loos a long walk, but plenty of portaloos)

Showers: **** (water temperature variable, but plenty of hooks)


Amenities: **** (cafe on site, pub nearby, but no shops)

Flatness of pitches: *** (get there first to pick a flat pitch)

Group friendliness:***** (very flexible)

Attractions:***  (Nice walks)

Other facilities:  ***( washing up sinks, fridges, freezers)

Public transport: * (Need a car)

Comments: Great venue for watching Red Kites!

Updated: May 2019

Site:Hook Farm, West Hoathly

Fires/firewood ***** (£6/bag, burns well)

Toilets:  *** (portaloos & compost loos)

Showers: N/A


Amenities: *** (2 pubs nearby, but no shops)

Flatness of pitches: **

Group friendliness:*****

Attractions:*****  (near Wakehurst Place and Bluebell Railway.  Nice walks)

Other facilities:  * (can now leave your rubbish)

Public transport: * (Need a car)

Comments:       A long-standing favourite!

OS map: 135

Updated: August 2020

Site:       Hale Farm, Chiddingly, East Sussex

Fires/firewood ***** (£5 for 2 bags of mixed logs & kindling)

Toilets:  **** (compost loos – clean, but not many of them)

Showers: N/A (there are a couple, but we didn’t try them out)

Rules:   *****

Amenities: ***** (2 pubs & a shop nearby, farmer sells eggs, bacon & sausages)

Flatness of pitches: ***

Group friendliness:*****

Attractions:*** We did not explore the surrounding area much

Other facilities:  Washing up sink with warm water

Public transport: ?

Comments:       Close contender for our being our favourite!


Site: Mellow Farm

Fires/firewood ****(£5/bag, must use a firepit – hire or bring your own)

Toilets:  ****(flush toilets)

Showers: N/A (they have them, but we’re dirty & didn’t try them!)


Amenities: ** (farmhouse sells bacon, eggs, sausages and jam, but no shops or pubs nearby)

Flatness of pitches: *****

Group friendliness:*** (flexible pitches, but site gets full)


Other facilities:  ***  (wash-up sink and water tap, but can be long walk from tent)

Public transport: ** (20 mins to Farnham station by car)

Comments:       River runs through campsite which you can paddle in!

Site: Stoneywish, Ditchling

Fires/firewood **** (£6/bag, burns well but no kindling)

Toilets:  *** (flushable, but not pristine.  Only small sinks)

Showers: N/A


Amenities: ***** (tearooms, pubs and small shops nearby)

Flatness of pitches: *****

Group friendliness:*****

Other facilities:  * (basically just a field with a tap.  Very small shop on site.  Take rubbish home)

Attractions:*****  (on nature reserve, rope swings, playpark nearby, craft museum, nice walks)

Public transport: ***  (Hassocks train station with direct trains to London is a short drive away)


Site:       Etherley Farm, near Leith Hill

Fires/firewood *****

Toilets:  **

Showers: ?

Rules:   ****

Amenities:    ** (can walk through woods to pub)

Flatness of pitches:  *****

Group friendliness:   *****

Attractions:  *** (Near Leith Hill for nice walks)

Other facilities: 

Public transport: * (Need a car unless you’re backpacking)


Site:       Tanners Hatch, Ranmore, near Dorking

Fires/firewood **** (No wood for sale, but you’re allowed to gather it)

Toilets:  ***

Showers: ?

Rules:   *** (bring photographic ID!)

Amenities: *

Flatness of pitches: ****

Group friendliness:****

Attractions:** (nice walks nearby, near Polesden Lacey)

Other facilities: You can use the kitchen in the Youth Hostel

Public transport: N/A – no vehicular access


Site:       Stubcroft Farm, East Wittering

Fires/firewood *** (18″ rule for firepits strictly enforced. £6-£8/bag burns well).

Toilets:  ***

Showers: ? (we’re dirty & didn’t try them out!)

Rules:   * (lots of rules & very well enforced via clipboard & deposits)

Amenities:    ****  (East Wittering is nearby.  Small shop on site.)

Flatness of pitches:  ***** (Pitches marked & numbered)

Group friendliness:   *

Attractions:  ****  (Beach & village)

Other facilities: Washing up facility.

Public transport: ****  (Hassocks train station with direct trains to London is a short drive away)

Comments:       Camping with a group was stressful.