South Downs Way campsite, nr Lewes, England

Description of South Downs Way campsite, nr Lewes, England

Housedean Farm Campsite is located within the South Downs National Park between Lewes and Brighton. The surrounding landscape is beautiful with rolling pastures, open spaces, ancient woodland and river valleys, all crying out to be explored.

The campsite is situated directly on the South Downs Way National Trail, perfect for walkers and cyclists. Although camping facilities are basic the site is the ideal stopover for those discovering the South Downs. Some of the most popular beauty spots are within walking distance including; Ditchling Beacon (5miles) and Devil’s Dyke (9.5 miles) to the west and Kingston Hills to the east.

The historic market town of Lewes is just 4 miles along a cyclepath or slightly further if walking via a footpath over the Downs. Brighton is also just a short journey away and easily accessed by bus from the farm.

Rooms, food and facilities

The campsite has 26 pitches each with ample space for several tents . Each pitch has a firepit for campfires. If there is a large group of you the site can reserve the largest pitches, otherwise you can choose from available pitches on arrival. We also have 2 bell tents (one furnished and one unfurnished) along with a luxury shepherds hut available to hire, please refer to our website for more details.

There are 4 flushing toilets, 3 hot showers and a covered washing up area.

Campfires are encouraged at the site as they are an essential part of the camping experience. Bags of logs, kindling and firelighters are available to purchase on arrival and at certain times during your stay.

You are welcome to have barbecues as long they are kept off the ground so the grass doesn't get burnt.

A campfire pack is £7 (logs, kindling, firelighter) and subsequent bags of firewood £6.

Dogs and horses can be accommodated by prior arrangement. Please can any dogs be kept on a lead at all times.

Not Accepted

How to find us

There is a bus stop at the end of the drive to the campsite with regular services that run to both Lewes and Brighton.
The nearest train station is Falmer just a 15-20 minute walk or a short taxi journey.

Arriving from the West by Car:
When heading East on the A27, pass the University of Sussex on the left and the American Express Football Stadium on the right. Follow the A27 for a further 1 mile. Upon emerging from a tunnel of trees you will soon see a bridge crossing the A27. Turn left immediately after the bridge into the layby and you will see Housedean Farm in front of you.

Arriving from the East by Car:
When heading West on the A27, follow signs to Brighton. After passing the Ashcombe/Kingston roundabout, you will soon see the Newmarket Inn on the left. After a further 0.5 miles, before the bridge over the A27, turn left into the layby (signposted Housedean Farm). Go over the bridge and follow the signs to the farm.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: South Downs Way campsite, nr Lewes, England


The farm is a 900 acre arable and livestock farm which produces malting barley for the brewing industry, wheat for the animal feed industry and oilseed rape for processing into vegetable oil. The livestock is a herd of 50 beef cows which are kept to produce a calf each year to be sold for beef production. At some times of the year you might even hear the cows munching grass near the campsite.

The farm is in the Higher Level Stewardship Scheme which aims to achieve a wide range of environmental benefits over a long period of time. The farm specialises in low input grassland, fallow plots for ground nesting birds and wild bird seed mixture.

The campsite features minimal facilities therefore has a very small impact on the surrounding environment. Arriving and travelling by public transport is encouraged with a bus stop at the end of the drive and the nearest train station with walking distance.


Lewes is just 4 miles from the campsite and is a thriving market town with an abundance of good Sussex pubs, quirky boutiques and lots of antique shops. Campers are recommended to venture into Lewes for most things and with a number of restaurants, café’s and pubs you will be spoilt for choice. In order to help narrow down your choice here are a few recommendations; The John Harvey Tavern is a traditional pub with a rustic feel, serving local ale from Harvey’s Brewery located opposite. Café wise Bills and the Needle makers are popular choices, both serve food with an emphasis on good locally sourced ingredients. Slightly further on from Lewes, but well worth the extra miles, is The Half Moon in Plumpton who serve amazing food.

Lewes is a vibrant town with a strong community. Visitors are encouraged to make the most of local facilities such as Pells Pool, the oldest freshwater lido in England. Although chilly the pool is just fantastic in the summer months with a sun terrace, paddling pool and café. If you are looking for a memorable event to attend then Glyndebourne Opera House is a must.


The campsite is located in the heart of the South Downs National Park between Lewes and Brighton. Not only the perfect stopover for those walking or cycling the South Downs Way, but also an idyllic location for a family camping holiday. The surrounding countryside is stunning, with rolling pastures, green open spaces and magical woodlands to explore.

On your doorstep is an endless network of footpaths and cycle paths that will take you deep in to the South Downs National Park. Whether you are discovering the countryside in short day trips or long journeys, there walks to suit all abilities. For those walking the South Downs Way Trail the campsite is a great stopover as the end of the trail in Eastbourne is 24 miles away- an easy cycle or a long walk to the finish! There are some fantastic day walks such as the Falmer Circular which will take you past the Half Moon in Plumpton for that well earned refreshment. Another day long walk at 9 miles is from the campsite to Pyecombe over the downs, with views of the famous Jack and Jill windmills

Some of the most beautiful spots on the South Downs are within walking distance from the campsite such as Ditchling Beacon, Devils Dyke and the Kingston Hills. If walking doesn’t appeal then there are plenty of other options. Brighton is just 15 minutes away and is bursting with quirky shops, cafes and boutiques. Middle Farm and Spring Barn Farm are both just 10 minutes drive and a great day out for children!

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