Car free, so no campervans again, but the opportunity to hire bell tents and safari tents.
This is the area that I grew up in, and while I always appreciated it was a pretty area, I would have never imagined it as a holiday destination.
However, I have noticed many rather fine looking campsites in the area and I am being forced to re-assess my opinion.
Check these out:‘The Secret Campsite is a peaceful, tents only campsite for nature lovers, real campers and their families, who are looking to explore Sussex, Brighton or Lewes.
Our woodland meadow camping pitches are large and secluded and come with their own camp fire pit and free hot showers.’ This place looks pretty special, a prime example of unexpected Sussex loveliness.
At this campsite you also have the opportunity to try out an amazing tree tent, you may have seen it on ‘George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces’ on Channel 4.
As this site does not allow campervans I may be forced to try out one of their ‘Secret Shelters’, one of which is a Tree Tent. Dernwood Farm ‘At Little Dernwood Farm we have one of the largest blocks of coppice woodland in East Sussex.
They are formally identified as semi-natural ancient woodland being the vestige of the dark and forbidding forest that covered The Weald in ancient time, and the camping field is set within the very heart of these 70 acres of woodland.’ Brilliant!
Woodland camping plus the added attraction of a functioning traditional farm selling high quality products to cook over your campfire.
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