Forest yurts in Kingley Vale National Nature Reserve

Tangled forests and Bronze age ruins make a memorable backdrop for nature walks and wildlife-watching.

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8 top forest yurts sites in Kingley Vale National Nature Reserve

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Dogwood Glamping

4 units · Glamping1 acre · Rye, England
The luxury option to one of the Sussex High Weald's loveliest rural retreats
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£95
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Crockstead Fields Yurts

2 units · Glamping5 acres · Horam, England
Crockstead Fields is an eco-friendly boutique campsite tucked away in a secluded field in the East Sussex countryside. Packed with unique features and a range of luxury sleeping options, we are excited to open up our 2023 diary for summer camping expeditions. Within the site you can find hot showers, compost toilets, garden games, multiple seating areas and a fire pit. Our 10 furnished bell tents have been decorated specifically for the site and are a great camping option for those not looking to lug around a tent and bedding. There are some great local pubs and walks and over weekends you can find a working bar, catering options and various other elements in place on the site. Launching the 2023 season we have lined up an opening party weekend on the 26th May featuring plenty of family based fun and a range of camping options now available to book.
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Free Range Glamping

4 units · Glamping500 acres · Kent, South East England
Off-grid yurt and shepherd's hut glamping on an organic farm with views across Kent's Eden Valley
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£120
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Barefoot yurts and Safari Tent

2 units · Glamping5 acres · Rye, England
A unique self catering holiday 
 in an area of outstanding beauty Near Rye in East Sussex Escape to the peace and tranquility of the secluded countryside We offer a magical experience where you will connect with nature and fully relax. No neighbours, total privacy and uninterrupted views of the Brede valley. We feel very lucky to live in such a beautiful location where we are surrounded by exceptional natural beauty. Your experience at Barefoot yurts and Barefoot safari tent will be one that you never forget and be a place you want to come back to again and again, as so many of our guests do. We very much look forward to welcoming you. When you book our self catering Yurts or Our Safari tent you will have the whole site to yourselves. Both are in very private separate locations. Barefoot yurts has been a family business since 2009 Barefoot Yurts has 2 yurts booked together. One a bedroom and the other a sitting room that has sofa beds. There is a log cabin kitchen and shower room which is fully fitted and equipped for most cooking needs with electricity. The compost loo is next to the kitchen exclusive to the yurt guests. Barefoot safari tent is for 2 adults only. All under one roof is the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. Off Grid.
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Surrey Hills Yurts

9 units · Glamping15 acres · Surrey, South East England
Yurt glamping in the Surrey Hills
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£145
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Surrey Lakes Glamping

6 units · Glamping30 acres · Guildford, Surrey, South East England
Two brothers Frank & Val have always felt they live in a magical corner of the world. Set in a uniquely stunning valley along the edge of an enchanting woodland with views of hills with animals grazing. Surrey Lakes Glamping was born out of the feeling that it’s too special not to be shared. They are on a mission to make glamping a magical yet stress free experience. With lakes, streams a stunning National Trust Arboretum and walking trails throughout the rolling hills in which the site is set, Surrey Lakes Glamping is a pocket of magic. With lakes, streams a stunning National Trust Arboretum and walking trails throughout the rolling hills in which the site is set, Surrey Lakes Glamping is a pocket of magic.
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Buzzard Holt Hosting

4 units · Glamping11 acres · Buckingham, England
Glamping with a mini outdoor spa on the edge of Stowe Park in Buckinghamshire
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Berty the yurty

1 unit · Glamping8 acres · Canterbury, Kent, South East England
Our beautiful handmade yurt is set amongst an ancient orchard on an idyllic smallholding, nestled between the Kent Downs AONB and Kent's spectacular coastline. The smallholding itself is a slice of rural Kent with free-range chickens just a stone’s throw away, you’ll soon be making some fairly unique friends. We have such a great location, Canterbury is just 10 minutes drive away and the trendy coastal town of Whitstable can be reached within 20 minutes. Outside you have your own fenced off space with a gas bbq, sheltered outdoor eating area, camp fire, as well as a composting toilet, hot shower and washing up facilities adjacent to Berty, which are exclusively for your use. Berty is tucked away at the far end of the smallholding on the edge of a 20 acre accessible wood, with sweeping views of the neighbouring fields. The small holding is home to free range chickens and other animals. Eggs are complimentary and we're more than happy to arrange for you to collect them yourself if you're in a 'hunter/gatherer' sort of mood as well as a loaf of bread, milk, butter and apple juice. Our rural location is truly fantastic! You'll instantly feel the stresses and strains of everyday life disappear as you soak up the delightful Kent countryside and adjacent ancient woodland. The picturesque Stour valley is just down the road, Canterbury and it's cathedral are only 10 mins away and Kent's extensive coastline can be reached in less than 20 mins. Some delightful pubs and restaurants can be found in Canterbury, and you are spoilt for choice when it comes to top quality country pubs in the local area. Cooking can be done on top of the wood burner inside the yurt or on the bbq with side burner ring in the bbq shelter. The grassed area outside of your private space operates as a very basic campsite and welcomes campers throughout the year. Numbers are kept to a minimum in order to maintain the peace and tranquility of the area. The A2 is just under half a mile from the property so a small amount of road noise may be heard if the wind is blowing from that direction.
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Forest yurts in Kingley Vale National Nature Reserve guide

Overview

On the southern borders of the South Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Kingley Vale National Nature Reserve is one of the region’s most visited attractions. Explore 130 hectares of ancient woodlands, where the giant Yew trees and twisted branches create a fairy-tale backdrop. Look out for birds and butterflies as you follow the nature trails—the reserve is home to woodpeckers, buzzards, and many rare butterflies. North of the forest, climb up to the lookout point at Bow Hill for views across the Sussex countryside, and discover the Bronze age barrows (burial mounds) known as the Devil’s Humps.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. South Downs campsites can book up quickly, especially in July and August, so reservations are always advised. Plan three to six months in advance for popular sites.
  2. If you do arrive without a reservation, it’s a good idea to secure a pitch first thing in the morning or call ahead, as available spots will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. 
  3. You will need to pay a deposit to secure your campsite reservation, and many sites ask for the full payment prior to arrival. 
  4. Hiking and camping season in the South Downs runs from mid-March through early October, and many campsites close out of season. However, campsites open year-round often offer lower rates in low season.

When to go

Kingley Vale is magnificent in autumn, when fall foliage transforms the forest into a kaleidoscope of colour, while summer visitors flock to see the butterflies. Crowds descend on the reserve in July and August, so get there early to secure a parking spot or choose a quiet weekday out of season if you want the forest to yourself. Allergy sufferers might want to avoid visiting in spring—Yew pollen is notoriously allergenic.

Know before you go

  • Kingley Vale National Nature Reserve is located within the South Downs National Park, about a 10-minute drive from Chichester. Direct trains run to Chichester from London Waterloo and take 1.5 hours.
  • Free parking is available at the West Stoke car park, at the south end of Kingley Vale.
  • Getting around the nature reserve is only possible on foot and uneven terrain means access for wheelchairs is very limited.
  • All land within the national reserve is privately owned and wild camping is not permitted anywhere.

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