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Woodlands Camping

· Ropley, England
200 acres hosted by Jay D.
6 motorhome/tent pitches
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A back-to-basics campsite in the South Downs National Park

Woodlands Camping is the go-to place for a back-to-basics, eco-friendly experience at the west end of the South Downs National Park. This Greener Camping Club site is a low impact place to pitch a tent or park up in a campervan. It offers off-grid pitches, simple facilities, and plenty of space. It welcomes dogs, allows campfires, and is generally a relaxed place to stay for a week or a weekend in the Hampshire countryside.

As the name suggests, there are plenty of trees around this site – but that doesn’t mean its pitches are shady. In fact, you’ll find them split between two open areas on the edge of a 200-acre wood: The Clearing and The Meadow. The Clearing, which opens March to October, is about an acre with just six pitches, each with its own picnic bench and fire pit. Come as a group and you can hire the whole area for yourselves. The Meadow, meanwhile, is a much larger space with more open views, open from Easter to September only. There are 10–15 undesignated pitches here so you can put your tent where you please and park up alongside. It’s about five acres so there’s always plenty of room and there are often horses grazing in the neighbouring paddock.

The campsite offers a drinking water tap, seasonal rustic showers, and a mix of compost and portable loos. There’s no indoor space and those who will like it here most will be used to the great outdoors. In fact, they might appreciate the chance to explore it beyond the campsite fences. You can navigate country lanes, footpaths, and bridleways to explore the surrounding beauty of the national park. There’s an hour walk to The Fox, if you fancy lunch, or a longer one to West Meon, where there are more choices for food and exploration. On rainy days, Winchester is always an option as it’s only 11 miles away. On sunny ones, the 30-minute drive to Hayling Island doesn’t seem too long for a day on a south coast beach.

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48 Ratings · 35 reviews
Harriet M.recommends
April 15, 2024
A lovely stay in the secluded littlewood. I really recommend for people just wanted to spend time with their loved ones as you practically get the small wood to yourself!
Andrew H.recommends
April 8, 2024
Lovely woodlands to camp in and by far the best camp shower I’ve used.
Lisa H.recommends
April 4, 2024
The clearing
Quiet and beautiful
Green eco-friendly campsite. Beautiful views of the meadows. Clean and neat. Rain made the moving of campervans a challenge but because of that, we had very few neighbours. Jason is a good host
Leanne T.recommends
March 22, 2024
The clearing
Lovely quiet spot in beautiful area
Lovely spot - very quiet, basic camping in beautiful surroundings. We were spoilt on the first night as we had the field to ourselves! Good walks and pubs close by. And lots of information provided by the owner before arriving.
Wendy B.recommends
January 3, 2024
The clearing
Early January in a ferocious storm and flooded roads perhaps not the best time to visit :) I was determined to have my adventure rather than cancel. Jay kindly found me safer place to park up on the grounds as he advised earlier in the day that the Clearing was boggy with risk of falling branches. He was very helpful and I had the added joy of waking to the sound of horses neighing in the stables. I would definitely visit again in better weather.
Karen S.recommends
December 29, 2023
Had a lovely couple of days here. Jay was very friendly and helpful...even checked we were ok after a night of gale force winds 😂 the dogs and I did some lovely walks straight from the site although beware some footpaths marked on maps as public were closed off which means working around them a bit! The shower is unavailable during the winter months due to the risk of frozen pipes which would have been useful to know beforehand however an alternative shower was offered away from camp and tbh if you're wild camping it's not a big issue. Will definitely be returning
Ropley, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Jay D.Joined in May 2022
From the host
If you’re after a clubhouse, arcade, or on-site entertainment, this is not the place. However, if you would like to be immersed into the outstanding Hampshire countryside with beautiful walks, views, plenty of space with peace and quiet then we may have the spot you’ve been looking for. Woodlands Camping is primarily an eco-friendly camping site set on the northern edge of the South Downs National Park, about five miles drive south of the market town of New Alresford. There’s a ‘leave no trace’ policy in place here and guests are encouraged to do their bit to help preserve the natural environment around them.
Nearby attractions

Woodlands Camping is on the northern edge of the South Downs National Park where there are plenty of footpaths and bridleways to explore including the Meon Valley Trail and the South Downs Way which both pass through West Meon (four miles). Old Winchester Hill is a great spot for panoramic views on the South Downs not too far from the village. The closest town to the campsite is New Alresford where there are shops and a station on the The Watercress Steam Railway. Another heritage attraction is Jane Austen’s House in Alford (nine miles), now a museum to the author. Winchester, with its impressive cathedral, museums and shops, is 11 miles from site and the Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium is on the edge of the city too – great for rainy days. Marwell Zoo is also about 11 miles. The seaside is a possible day trip with Hayling Island 24 miles to the south and Portsmouth a little further.

Food and drink

You could walk to traditional pub The Fox in Bramdean (two miles) in about an hour from the campsite or, for a longer walk, head to The Thomas Lord in West Meon (four miles). Both serve food. West Meon also has a village shop for the basics and a good butchers, Buckinghams. There’s another of those in New Alresford (five miles) alongside plenty more shops and eateries.

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