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Wimbles Farm

· Heathfield, East Sussex, England
20 acres hosted by Liz R.
Shepherd’s huts and wildlish camping on an East Sussex farm

If you fancy the freedom of wild camping but the thought of no shower or toilet for a few days makes your blood run cold, then you may find yourself in a camping quandary. However, here at Hipcamp we think we’ve found the solution in the form of the wonderfully secluded pitches at Wimbles Farm. This campsite in the heart of rural Sussex gives you and whoever you want to camp with an experience that’s close to wild camping. We say “close” because true wild campers would be astounded to find the rustic luxuries provided here. Each pitch has its own compost loo, picnic bench, fire pit and grill. And if that still sounds a step too wild, just book yourself into one of Wimble Farm’s shepherd’s huts for a bed, a log burner and a provided barbecue (among other things).

Wherever you stay, there’s no danger of feeling crammed in on this campsite – despite its convenient location between London and the south coast. That’s because the site’s two shepherd’s huts and five camping pitches are spread out between 20 acres of wildflower meadows. Groups of campers should plump for Meadow Sweet or The Spinney, which each have space for several tents. Families or couples should choose streamside Cherry Tree, pretty Buttercup field or the spacious Pear Tree pitch. Whether you come with one significant other or with four families, you’ll barely know you’ve got neighbours as they’ll be at least 60 metres away; each pitch is exclusively booked. Just like when you’re wild camping, you’ll be expected to leave no trace of your stay and take all your rubbish with you as there are no bins on site. But, in a marked contrast to wild camping, you can have a shower. And better still – it'll be hot. Three rustic tin and timber cubicles are shared by all campers, a short walk away from each pitch.

As for things to see and do, you can start right here on the farm. It’s a rural location with countryside walks nearby but the coast is not far away either. Pevensey Bay offers the closest beach but you’re not far from Eastbourne, Bexhill and Hastings. Historic Battle and quirky Lewes are nearby too with plenty to see and do.

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Kathryn M.recommends
September 11, 2023
Amazing campsite, lovely host!
We had such a nice weekend at Liz’s campsite. Showers were great and having our own toilet was amazing! The pitches were very spread out so it was very peaceful. Liz was super lovely and helpful too. Will deffo be back!
Clare C.recommends
September 11, 2023
Camping on Glade at Wimbles
This whole camp site is wonderful - really spaced out pitches so you hardly see anyone else. The hot showers are wonderful and their recently upgraded shower and toilet facilities are great. The Glade pitch was lovely - beautiful view up over the meadow and a nice mix of sunny and shaded. It’s also conveniently close to the showers, water point and car park - but not too close! It’s own lovely compost loo on the pitch too. Liz is a wonderfully welcoming host and she clearly works hard to maintain a great site. It’s a 20 min walk to the local pub which serves lovely food, if you fancy a night off cooking. We would definitely recommend staying!
Tom A.recommends
September 10, 2023
Pear Tree Pitch
We had a great time during our long weekend on the Pear Tree Pitch. 20 minute walk to the village which has a pub with great food and short drive to other towns with more amenities.
Jayne A.recommends
September 7, 2023
Camping with Truffles
Sarah's campsite was perfect! Huge pitches, beautiful surroundings, trees, meadows, mown paths, hills, streams, pubs etc. Not only was this idyllic, we were lucky enough to the see the Super Blue Moon! We had our own compost toilet, campfire and bbq and there was a wooden block of roomy HOT showers. Our dog, Truffles loved it. Sarah was amazing and could not have been more warm, friendly and helpful, she made sure we had everything we needed for a really great experience. Thank you Sarah!
Robbyn L.recommends
September 7, 2023
Pear Tree Pitch
A fabulous, uncomplicated campsite
This is one of the best campsites we've stayed at! The Pear Tree pitch offered amazing privacy, complete with two(!) composting toilets of our own, a large picnic table, a fire pit with benches, and a separate table for meal prep. Only slight negative was that the showers are a bit of a ways away, but that wasn't much bother. We loved exploring the area, especially doing a wine tasting at Hidden Spring Vineyard, just a five minute drive from the site, and walking along the Seven Sisters cliffside path (about 30 mins away). Liz could not have ben friendlier. The whole campsite is very relaxed, a great place to just get away from London for the weekend (or more) without having to travel too far.
Tom M.recommends
September 4, 2023
Meadow Sweet Wild Camping Area, max 20-
Lovely campsite, and the pitch we had was very secluded which was great. Good facilities and Liz was very helpful, everyone enjoyed themselves.
Heathfield, East Sussex, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking

Hosted by Liz R.

Joined in January 2016
From the host
Our small, secluded, quiet campsite offers groups of families or friends the opportunity for secluded camping on huge pitches without neighbours! Set in the beautiful Sussex High Weald AONB each mown pitch has its own compost toilet, Picnic table, fire pit, cooking grid and water heating pan. Showers on site. We pride ourselves that we are different from most sites as every pitch has space and a view of the beautiful surroundings. If you want to be camping with lots of other campers about, then we are not the place for your group.
Nearby attractions

The nearby Cuckoo Trail is a great option for cycling or walks, weaving its way through woods, fields, and the best of the rolling Sussex countryside. Normans Bay, named after the Normans who landed here a thousand years ago, is 25 minutes away; or if its raining pop into The Observatory Science Centre (01323 832731) on selected evenings when you can look through impressive telescopes at events in the night sky. Brighton (45 minutes away) has a fabulous array of activities to keep you busy, whilst a lengthy walk along the South Downs National Park (England’s newest National park) is certainly a must do given its proximity. Lewes (17 miles) is a pretty little market town with great shops, flea markets and a number of decent pubs. Don’t leave without visiting its enchanting castle (01273 486290) built during the days of William the Conqueror, and continuing the history theme just south of the town centre lies the historic Anne of Cleves House (01273 474610).

Food and drink

The recently reopened Brewers Arms (01435 812435) is within easy walking distance and treats visitors to a quintessentially British country pub experience. The menu is eclectic and the food always fresh and (whenever possible) locally sourced. Also within walking distance is the Black Duck (01435 830 636), a 15th Century freehouse, situated in the depths of the East Sussex countryside. The traditional pub grub has gained an excellent reputation so you are strongly advised to book ahead. Classics include: deep-fried Brie in breadcrumbs & cranberry, local pork sausages with mash & onion gravy and pork tenderloin wrapped in Parma ham with mash potato and cider sauce. Visit Hank who runs the local farm shop (again within easy walking distance) for sausages and home-cured bacon that taste delicious on the campfire. There’s also some great little shops and supermarkets in the local market town of Heathfield (4 miles), which also gives the option of takeaways and restaurants.

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