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- Off-grid camping in 250 acres of secluded woodland
- A 10-minute drive from Bluebell Railway steam train trips
- Honesty shop on site selling fresh eggs and local veg
Ever fancied ditching the fast-paced modern world and running off to live a simple life in the woods? Here’s a place where you can for a while – Great Walstead Woodland Hideaway is a properly peaceful site in 250 acres of private woods in scenic Sussex countryside.
It’s all about keeping things as nature intended here: off-grid pitches are spread across the site, so each one has its own secluded spot, and the woodland is kept car free so kids can roam safely (leave your motor at the car park and transport your gear in a wheelbarrow). If you’re travelling by train, those same friendly types are happy to ferry you from nearby Haywards Heath station.
Naturally, you’ll be wanting to embrace your alfresco lifestyle by cooking outdoors, and guests are encouraged to do so by lighting up a barbecue. Fresh eggs and organic veg from local farms is available for sale.
Life here isn’t entirely wild, however – guests have access to compost loos, a bucket shower and a drinking water tap. And civilisation in the form of a proper pint of beer is a mile and a half away in the pubs of Lindfield (a pretty little village that’s also got a small supermarket, a smart wine shop and a tempting deli).
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A back to basics site, with perfectly acceptable compost toilets.
Brilliant back to basic site
Convenience store nearby
Public transportation nearby
Leisure on park
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Horseback riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Leisure/theme park nearby
Amenities on park
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Propane/gas cylinders available
Barbecue grills allowed
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Small (11-25 sites)
- Coach stations
Nutley (E Sussex): High Street Coach Stop
— 8.2 kilometers
8.2 kilometers Hickstead: A23 Slip Rd Coach Stop — 10.7 kilometers
10.7 kilometers Uckfield Bus Terminal — 11.2 kilometers
- Train stations
Haywards Heath Rail Station
— 3.6 kilometers
3.6 kilometers Wivelsfield Rail Station — 6.6 kilometers
6.6 kilometers Burgess Hill Rail Station — 7.8 kilometers
- Ferry ports
Newhaven Harbour Ferry Terminal
— 25.3 kilometers
25.3 kilometers Ditton Island Ferry Landing — 47.1 kilometers
47.1 kilometers Kingston Town End Pier — 47.8 kilometers
London Gatwick Airport South Terminal
— 18.3 kilometers
18.3 kilometers London Gatwick Airport — 18.3 kilometers
18.3 kilometers London Gatwick Airport North Terminal — 19.2 kilometers
It’ll no doubt not surprise you much to find that this is a splendid place to go for a walk. You’d do well even roaming around the many acres of the site itself, but venture a little further and you can walk to lovely Lindfield in about half an hour to check out its timber-framed houses and spring-fed pond. From there, several circular routes run through the surrounding countryside, or you can hop in the car for 15 minutes to get to lengthier trails through the South Downs National Park.
Should you wish to be steam-hauled through the countryside instead, take the 10-minute drive to the Bluebell Railway for a ride on one of their vintage trains. On a somewhat smaller scale is the Beech Hurst Park Miniature Railway, 10 minutes away in Haywards Heath and a top trip for the tinies.
Keeping it outdoors but a little more formal, there are some fab gardens to wander around at Wakehurst and Sheffield Park, both 15 minutes away. And if you fancy a gulp of sea air, hotfoot it down to Brighton beach, half an hour away.
- Bluebell Railway (4.2 kilometers)
- Sheffield Park Garden (4.5 kilometers)
- Wakehurst Place (7.2 kilometers)
- Sheffield Park Garden (4.5 kilometers)
- Wakehurst Place (7.0 kilometers)
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When can I check in and check out of Great Walstead Woodland Hideaway?
RV, trailer and tent sites Arrive: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Depart by: 10 a.m.
Follow the track to the left and into the car park to collect your wheelbarrow, and then check in at the farm.Read more