South Downs Way campsite, nr Lewes, England
Children under 3 are free. This campsite sits directly on the South Downs Way between Lewes and Brighton.
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.
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.
PlanetThe 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.
PeopleLewes 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.
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