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Ditchling Camping: Space to play ball games and table tennis (photo added by manager on 24/08/2022)

General

  • Dog-friendly site in the peaceful South Downs National Park
  • A 25-minute drive from Brighton; 15 minutes to Devil’s Dyke
  • Adventure trail, swing tree and places for den making on site

Hunker down in a historic village, surrounded by vineyards, hilly countryside and some rather spectacular views. With Ditchling Camping as your base, you’ll be on track for rural bike rides or visiting Brighton and its busy coast 25 minutes’ drive away. That’s because this dog-friendly site is in Ditchling – a village in the splendid South Downs National Park and a rather excellent location for all sorts of days out.

Good news if the whole family is tagging along: there’s plenty to play with around the site, including an adventure trail through the woodlands, a swing tree and places for kids to fashion their own little dens.

The site is only a five-minute drive (or a 50-minute walk) from the traditional Jack and Jill windmills and the neighbouring family-run pub, which serves both grub and good ales. A vineyard is 15 minutes’ walk away from the site if you'd like to include a wine-tasting tour on your break. Otherwise, simply pedal along country lanes on the surrounding cycling routes (it’s easy enough to hire a bike locally).

On your route, you might want to stop by in characterful Ditchling, home to local craftspeople and winemakers. There’s a nice selection of independent shops here, plus cosy cafés and pubs that will serve you a good spread of Sussex food, all within a 10-minute walk.

Back on site, end the day with a cosy evening beside the firepits. The site facilities are nicely straightforward otherwise and include warm showers and a separate dishwashing area.

Please note

Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

At least one of the party members must be aged 21 or over.

This is a quiet site: no music is allowed.

If making a fire, the fuel, logs and coal have to be purchased on site.

Guests are advised to bring a good quality torch with them as parts of the site are unlit.


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8.6

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Very quiet and spacious site with beautiful views.17/09/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomFrancis B.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    It's a lovely setting. I woke up on my first morning to a beautiful view of the rising sun on the Downs.
    When i was there it was very quiet and there was plenty of space and all the other campers seemed very considerate.
    It was very easy and very good value for money.
    It's good that you can hire a firebowl and firewood.

    Disliked: 

    It's a very basic site, which probably helps it not get too busy?
    The portaloo was very clean but there was no hand soap in the dispenser. The portaloo was also on a slope, which left you with a rather disconcerting feeling on the loo that the whole thing was about to tip over backwards (it didn't, of course). This also meant that the blue liquid you flush with was trying to flush solids uphill against gravity, which doesn't work very well.

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The space was great and the proximity to the village …30/07/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomEmma S.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
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    The space was great and the proximity to the village brilliant. Toilets were really clean.

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From the manager...

It was lovely to Host you. It is a lovely spot with magnificent views towards the South Downs and a 30 second walk to the Village to enjoy A pub lunch... Hopefully see you all again..

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Great location for walking and cycling into the South Downs …17/07/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAdam N.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
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    Great location for walking and cycling into the South Downs and great to have a good selection of pubs within a few minutes walk. Very peaceful campsite with the pitches very well sheltered from the high winds over the weekend.

    Disliked: 

    Portaloo’s weren’t very functional and with only 2 onsite I could imagine this being more of an issue if the campsite had been busier as luckily it was very quiet. There also didn’t seem to be any hot water for the showers which may have been because they were almost inaccessible due to the high winds.

From the manager...

Hi Guys,
Glad that you enjoyed your stay and ventured to the local pubs and possibly went for a walk or cycle....
I apologise about the portaloo's - due to the rain and high winds I overlooked checking them when dropping them onto the site. Unfortunately there wasn't enough water in the tank to start them flushing properly.
All understood now and will be checked properly in the future and water added if needed.
And also the showers. The high winds on Friday late afternoon blew the protection off which broke and could not be put back in place immediately. This meant that the hot showers could NOT be turned on as rain would get into the mechanism.
All fixed now and up and running...

Hopefully see you again soon.

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Nice campsite Friendly owner basic facilities but what you'd expect10/07/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Nice campsite - basic but very pleasant, walking distance to ditchling village centre and pubs. One shower was abit temperamental (temp wise) but wasnt a problem as we just used the other one. Owner was very pleasant, helpful and friendly. Overall a lovely 2 day stay with family and friends.

    Disliked: 

    being close to a road which i wasn't aware of upon booking but it wasn't a super busy road so didn't pose much of a problem during our stay.

From the manager...

Really nice to meet you all - I apologise about the shower - Being resolved as I type.
Ditchling is a lovely village, with two pubs doing great food....

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Excellent location, easy to find09/07/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
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    Great location, we had a lovely wander around Ditchling and Hassocks on Saturday before catching the train to Brighton for a few hours. We got a takeaway in Hassocks on the way back and took it back to the campsite. The facilities and communication was great. The other campers were friendly. We had a lovely weekend and would definitely return.

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    None

From the manager...

Glad that you had a wonderful stay and enjoyed the local villages and Brighton... Hopefully see you again soon

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Lovely location, short walk to shops and cafe and Ditchlimg …26/06/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
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    Lovely location, short walk to shops and cafe and Ditchlimg village. Bonus to be able drive to pitch, portaloos we’re fine z

    Disliked: 

    Shame no where to dispose of rubbish

From the manager...

She certainly is in a beautiful location, with the pubs, cafe's and other shops just a stones throw, whilst also having the sense of total isolation when on the site.

We considered having rubbish bins, but decided that they would not be environmentally friendly as it only takes one camper to mix up the rubbish (recyclables, bottles, cans, food waste and others) to make all of the rubbish not recyclable... Its a shame, but true.

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Everything as described!30/05/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMarlena C.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
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    Everything as described!

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From the manager...

Thanks guys - really nice to meet you all and I'm glad that you all enjoyed your stay

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The space and the tyre swings . Not to noisy …24/07/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
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    The space and the tyre swings . Not to noisy considering on Road . Large groups but they were friendly and welcoming

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From the manager...

Good to meet you all and looking forward to hosting you lovely people again

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Basic campsite but has everything you need to 1-2 nights max18/07/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomTony S.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Close to Brighton, close to village pubs, large field so can space out, great host, clean portaloos and showers

    Disliked: 

From the manager...

Thanks for your lovely review - It was great to meet you guys too - Glad that you enjoyed the site, fires and children having fun

Hopefully see you again soonest

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Camp site is clean with basic facilities. Bone fire every night.20/06/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass and earth tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    A lot of things to explore near by e.g. museum and art galleries, hill walkin, summer fair, etc. Big field for the kids

    Disliked: 

    Unfortunately our tent close to the young people's tents. They were having party fir two night until 3am....

    It will be good to have more showers to reduce waiting time.

From the manager...

Glad that you enjoyed the location and the field.

Sorry to hear that your next door neighbours were up till 3am - If we had known we would have asked them to calm down after 11pm, but unfortunately this is the first time that this has been brought to our attention

We'll aim for more showers next year as they certainly help in this excessive hot spell.

Hopefully see you again

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Features

Coronavirus

Check-in: self check-in (unattended)

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

TV room

Take away

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portable toilet

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Leave the car at home

Peaceful

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Medium (26-50 pitches)

Pop-up campsite

Nearby leisure

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Location

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  • The Drove, Ditchling, Hassocks, West Sussex, England, BN6 8TR
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 50.9211°N 0.1184°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Black Lion — 4.1 miles
Black Lion — 4.2 miles
Little Chef — 4.6 miles
Train stations
Hassocks Rail Station — 1.2 miles
Burgess Hill Rail Station — 2.3 miles
Plumpton Rail Station — 2.6 miles
Ferry ports
Newhaven Harbour Ferry Terminal — 11.8 miles
Airports
Shoreham Brighton City Airport — 9.7 miles
London Gatwick Airport South Terminal — 16.4 miles
London Gatwick Airport — 16.4 miles

Directions


Turn onto The Drove opposite the war memorial, and look for the site on the right along The Drove.

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

With a valley on either side, a walk through Devil's Dyke (15 minutes’ drive) isn’t as fearsome as the name sounds. In fact, it’s really very peaceful, and the area is owned by the National Trust, which keeps the beauty spot in shape.

If you have a soft spot for wildlife and scenery, head off to the botanic gardens at Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens (25 minutes) and Wakehurst (half an hour). Sheffield Park and Garden (20 minutes) is more historic: the National Trust owns the 18th-century landscaped garden. Borde Hill Garden (20 minutes) has relaxing woodlands and gardens that include a playground for the young ones in your group too.

In Brighton (25 minutes) and Eastbourne (45 minutes), it’s easy to entertain yourselves with the amusements of the seaside. Hastings (an hour and 10 minutes) has plenty of that ilk as well, along with an old town and steam train. You’ll be able to seek out watersports inland too. Ardingly Reservoir (25 minutes) hires out kayaks, dinghies and paddleboards and provides space for fishing too.

Must see

  • Preston Manor (5.6 miles)
  • Royal Pavilion (6.9 miles)
  • Hove Museum & Art Gallery (6.9 miles)

National Trust

  • Sheffield Park Garden (7.7 miles)
  • Monk's House (8.2 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.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  3 p.m. –  Anytime
Depart by:  12 p.m.

Ditchling Camping cancellation policy

No refunds within 2 weeks of arrival date.

No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

Bookings cannot be amended within 14 day(s) of arrival.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Ditchling Camping will debit the balance from your card 2 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 2 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking, or at any point before the due date.

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Terms and conditions

Site booking terms and conditions

  • Does Ditchling Camping have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Ditchling Camping dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Ditchling Camping? With a valley on either side, a walk through Devil's Dyke (15 minutes’ drive) isn’t as fearsome as the name sounds. In fact, it’s really very peaceful, and the area is owned … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Ditchling Camping?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  3 p.m. –  Anytime
    Depart by:  12 p.m.
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  • How much does it cost to stay at Ditchling Camping? From £26 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability

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