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Great Walstead Woodland Hideaway

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General

  • 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.08/06/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomKevin H.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Primitive forest floor tent site (woodland, wild)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Loved the woodland areas

    Disliked: 

    Unfortunately we were unable to camp in the woodland area as there were safety concerns around falling branches. Having spoken to the farmer, this is hoped to be rectified over winter in time for next season. We were still able to have a fire in the woods.

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Brilliant back to basic site07/30/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAlex V.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Primitive forest floor tent site (woodland, wild)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    This was an amazing back to basic site. Beautiful woods to let the kids run free. The compost toilet was clean an easily found. The farmer was extremely welcoming and very friendly. I will definitely return to this site

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Features

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Public transportation nearby

Themes

Bush

Hikers’ paradise

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Leisure on park

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Playground

Recreation room/arcade

Takeout

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycling nearby

Golf nearby

Horseback riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Tennis nearby

Amenities on park

Bath available

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundromat

Local produce

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Restrooms

Shower available

Washing-up area

Wheelchair access

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Dump station

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Rules

Barbecue grills allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Type

Small (11-25 sites)

Location

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  • East Mascalls Lane, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, England, RH16 2QL
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 51.0067°N 0.0542°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Nutley (E Sussex): High Street Coach Stop — 5.1 miles
Hickstead: A23 Slip Rd Coach Stop — 6.7 miles
Uckfield Bus Terminal — 7.0 miles
Train stations
Haywards Heath Rail Station — 2.2 miles
Wivelsfield Rail Station — 4.1 miles
Burgess Hill Rail Station — 4.9 miles
Ferry ports
Newhaven Harbour Ferry Terminal — 15.7 miles
Ditton Island Ferry Landing — 29.3 miles
Kingston Town End Pier — 29.7 miles
Airports
London Gatwick Airport South Terminal — 11.4 miles
London Gatwick Airport — 11.4 miles
London Gatwick Airport North Terminal — 12.0 miles

Directions


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

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.

Must see

  • Bluebell Railway (2.6 miles)
  • Sheffield Park Garden (2.8 miles)
  • Wakehurst Place (4.5 miles)

National Trust

  • Sheffield Park Garden (2.8 miles)
  • Wakehurst Place (4.4 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.

  • Does Great Walstead Woodland Hideaway have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Great Walstead Woodland Hideaway dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Great Walstead Woodland Hideaway? 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 ... Read more
  • 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.

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Terms and conditions

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Changes to your holiday
Bookings cannot be amended within 30 day(s) of arrival.

Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leashes and supervised at all times.

General
Quiet hours must be respected between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m..

Occupancy
Group bookings of 5 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).
No bachelor/bachelorette parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

Reception
Reception is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. between 08/01 and 08/26.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.

Vehicles
No cars/motorcycles at the site. All cars must be parked in the designated area.

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