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Does your other half accuse you of communicating only with grunts? Do the stresses of modern life make you hanker for a return to hunter-gathering? Find your inner Neolithic-self with some wild camping at Dernwood Farm Wild Camping.

Luckily, there’s no need to follow the Caveman Diet. Get your camp fire blazing and bag yourself some succulent steak, bangers and bacon from the farm shop (rated among the top five in the country). Sussex cattle and Saddleback/Large White pigs are raised locally and are perfect for your dinner. Given its quality, Dernwood Farm's produce is understandably popular, so it’s worth ordering your meat on arrival to make sure of getting exactly what you want.

The large wild camping field is tucked away in the midst of 70 acres of ancient woodland. No cars are allowed, so you’ll need to trundle your gear down a leafy lane using the barrows and trolleys supplied.

Once you have settled in, you can get to back to nature with some tree climbing, camp building and wildlife spotting: badgers, bunnies, buzzards and fallow deer can be spotted around the woods.

The campsite allows only a strictly limit number of visitors; you certainly won’t be tripping over other campers or listening to their music.

While the emphasis is on a peaceful, rural and eco-friendly experience, there are a few nods to modernity: two toilets, a shower block, a covered washing-up area with a stand pipe. Logs and tripods for the camp fires are also available on site.

Depart: (2 nights)


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Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away


TV room


Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Local produce

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Tents for hire

Toilet block

Washing-up area



Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy


Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year



Gastronomic delight



Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Climbing nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Tennis nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby



Small (11-25 pitches)


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  • Little Dernwood Farm, Dern Lane, Heathfield, East Sussex, England, TN21 0PN
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 50.9341°N 0.2131°E

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Golden Cross (East Sussex): Coach Stop — 3.2 miles
Hailsham Coach Stop — 5.2 miles
Uckfield Bus Terminal — 5.7 miles
Train stations
Buxted Rail Station — 5.3 miles
Uckfield Rail Station — 5.6 miles
Berwick (Sussex) Rail Station — 6.8 miles
Ferry ports
Newhaven Harbour Ferry Terminal — 12.1 miles
London Gatwick Airport — 22.5 miles
London Gatwick Airport South Terminal — 22.5 miles
Shoreham Brighton City Airport — 23.1 miles


Note to satnav users: our postcode covers a number of different farms and some satnavs will direct you to Summersbrook Farm to the north and Stream Farm to the south. Please just keep going and you will find us!

Directions from Golden Cross
Find Golden Cross on the A22, heading to Eastbourne from East Grinstead.

Turn to the left towards Chiddingly, just after the BP garage and opposite the Golden Cross pub.

You are now off the main road. After 1 mile, you'll reach a T-junction where you need to turn left in the direction of Chiddingly and pass through the village (the Six Bells pub is on your left, on a sharp left-hand bend). 300 yards after the pub, take the first right-hand turn into Parsonage lane. At the end of this lane there is a T-junction - go left.

A further 400 yards along this road, the road splits into a Y-junction - take the right hand fork down the hill to Dern Lane. Continue for 1 mile - you will pass a farm called Longshaw Farm on the left and Dernwood is the next farm on the left.

The car park is at the top of the drive through the wooden gate: please park up and come to the house or farm office by the house.

Directions from Horam
Head thorough the village on the A267 heading north-west towards Cross in Hand. After passing a small service station on the right-hand side turn left onto the lanes at Furnance Lane. After one mile take the first left turn signposted Chiddingly. Little Dernwood Farm is one mile down this road on the right at the top of the hill, opposite Copford Farm.

By train
London Victoria to Lewes
London Bridge to Uckfield or Berwick

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

Guests can hire one of the site bikes and head off down the Cuckoo Trail, 11 miles of former railway track converted into a wildlife-friendly green corridor running from Heathfield to Eastbourne Park. The surfaced path is great for ramblers and horse riders too.

The moated splendour of Herstmonceux Castle will blow you away; take a tour of the interiors and the Elizabethan walled gardens before hitting the tea shop. Adjacent to the castle the Observatory Science Centre (combined tickets are available) with its domes, telescopes and hands-on fun.

Eight miles away from Dernwood is Bateman’s, the beautiful Jacobean home of Rudyard Kipling, preserved in its original splendour by the National Trust.

Must see

  • Drusillas Park (8.0 miles)
  • Batemans (8.2 miles)
  • Alfriston Clergy House (9.1 miles)

National Trust

  • Bateman's (8.1 miles)
  • Alfriston Clergy House (9.2 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.


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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the terms and conditions.

Additional terms

Single-sex groups of 6 or more people, stag or hen parties are not permitted. Guests under 18 must be accompanied by adults.

This is a family-friendly site.

We do not allow music on speakers and there is a silence rule from midnight.

Dogs are welcome but must be kept on leads and cleared up after. No dogs listed on Dangerous Dog Act allowed.

We do have recycling facilities; however, we kindly ask you to discard all unnecessary packaging prior to arrival.

The camping field is located a 10-minute walk from the car park and through the woods. This track can get muddy due to rain. We do provide wheelbarrows to help you get your gear to the field, but please remember, you will have to carry anything you bring.