Chalky Downs

UK England South East England East Sussex Brighton

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Traditional tent camping in a stunningly-located South Downs farm, just down the road from buzzing Brighton

Not many campsites can boast a peerless location within a National Park, beautiful beaches within reach and the delights of arguably Britain’s most fun-filled seaside city just a walk away. But then again, not many campsites are Chalky Downs.

Set on Sharen and Stuart's Bevendean Farm, Chalky Downs, as the name suggests, sits atop the rolling hills of the South Downs National Park. There’s a refreshingly laid-back vibe to proceedings here – pitches are unregimented so it’s a case of finding a suitable spot amidst the undulating slopes. The site itself is a car-free zone, with complimentary parking at the farmyard on approach. Campfires are welcome in the firepits for hire and there’s acres of space for kids to roam free or groups to plot out their own pocket of the site.

Tents and small campervans are welcome (there’s also a cluster of bell tent bases if you have your own) but the caravan contingent are not, meaning there’s no unsightly wagons blotting the landscape of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. In fact, the only white shapes on the horizon are likely to be the grazing sheep in the surrounding fields who, along with the resident cattle, comprise the residents of this working arable farm.

Facilities are simple but more than ample with hot showers and plenty of toilets provided. Sharen and Stuart also serve up cracking breakfast baps daily (including locally-reared sausage, bacon and egg), while for larger groups evening dinner menus can be pre-arranged.   

Besides the splendour of the South Downs and the nearest beach a handy two miles away, one of the site's many draws is undoubtedly its close proximity to Brighton. And, as the uninitiated will soon discover, Brighton doesn't do boring. There’s always something unexpected to discover; be it a bargain from a bohemian flea market in the North Laines’, stumbling across a truly oddball museum (the Booth Museum of Natural History springs to mind), or watching a skateboarding Yorkshire Terrier on Brighton Pier whilst devouring your 99 ice-cream (sauce and sprinkles optional – unlike the town itself). The secret of Brighton is to stroll leisurely, keep your eyes peeled and take in the cool, carefree seaside atmosphere.



3 showers, 5 toilets, and a communal washing-up area. Campfires and BBQ’s are permitted. Firepits can be hired for £15 this includes a starter kit and a bag of logs.

Suitable For

Tents campers, dogs, large groups – yes. Groups of more than 12 need to be agreed in advance. Strictly no hen or stag parties, no caravans.


A lengthy walk through the South Downs  (England’s newest National Park) is certainly a must do given that you're already pitched in it. The park offers a host of walks with stunning views (the scenery over the flood plains of the River Ouse are particularly scenic). Cycle or walk the path that stretches all the way to Lewes (6 miles away). The town is rich in history, with its enchanting castle (01273 486290) built during the days of William the Conqueror, and the historic Anne of Cleves House (01273 474610). Continuing the history theme, the fully restored Jack & Jill Windmills in Clayton are open Sunday afternoons throughout the summer, while just down the road from the campsite is the lovely little village of Rottingdean (once home to Rudyard Kipling) which also boasts a striking windmill and pretty flint cottages. Brighton boasts an almost endless list of activities to keep you busy. The town centre is just a short bus or taxi ride away – be sure to visit the famous beach, Brighton Pier and British Airways i360 viewing tower. For football fans, the Brighton and Hove Albion American Express Stadium is within walking distance. Walk a little further and you will discover Stanmer Park, a large open park with beautiful woodland walks, picnic areas and the stunning Grade I-listed ‘Proud Country House’ (01273 680400). Built in 1722 and stunningly restored, the house serves breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner daily.

Food & Drink

The farmhouse serves up home-cooked breakfast baps every morning between 08:30–10:30. Fresh orange juice and a choice of tea or coffee are included and vegan/vegetarian options are available - all for just £8.  Just up the track from the campsite is the lovely family run Circa Deli (01273 694111) serving freshly roasted local coffee,  lunch and cakes which are all prepared daily using local produce. Just along from the Amex Stadium in Falmer village you'll find The Swan Inn (01273 681842) serving traditional pub food, and hosting regular quiz nights. In the nearby village of Rottingdean there is a great choice of pubs such as The Plough Inn (01273 390635), The Black Horse (01273 300491) and The White Horse (01273 300301) as well as several restaurants – a favourite being the delicious Ros Thai (01273 302067). The Jugg's Arms (01273 472523) in Kingston is also a great stopping point on the beautiful South Downs walk to Lewes.


Early May–to the end of September. Open 7 days a week.

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Chalky Downs campsite is located at Bevendean Farm on top of the beautiful South Downs .We offer self-pitches for tents with free parking... The site is within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with views of rolling hills across the Downs and only 2miles away from the sea, and the center of Brighton & Hove.

This family run working farm consists of arable land, growing wheat, and barley and oil seed rape. There are also cattle and sheep grazing in fields close to the campsite.

This relaxed campsite offers an escape to the countryside but within a short trip to the city if you feel the need.

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36 informal grass pitches and 11 bell tent bases.

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Grass pitch Sleeps 6 36 Available
Each of our pitches can accommodate 6 people. We have acres of space for you to pitch where you please. There is plenty of room for the kids to play and we also allow campfires in our firepits (available to hire). We serve a cracking breakfast bap (including locally-reared sausage, bacon and egg) too! Please order on arrival.

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Contact Chalky Downs, Bevendean Farm, Warren Avenue, Brighton, East Sussex BN2 6AF

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Getting There

If travelling from the centre of Brighton, you can drive up Elm Grove, Freshfield Road or Queens Park Road to join Warren Road and turn left up Warren Avenue. If travelling from London via the A27, drive along the B2123 Falmer Road and turn right at the crossroad by the Downs Hotel, along Warren Road, then turn right up Warren Avenue. Follow the road round to the right and continue past the end of the road and down the track marked Bevendean Farm. There will be a sign pointing you in the direction of the campsite car park and reception. The nearest train station is Falmer station, which is a short taxi ride away. Otherwise Brighton station is less than 4 miles away and provides frequent connections from London and Sussex. If travelling by bus, you can catch the number 2 or 22 from the centre of Brighton and alight at ‘Nuffield Hospital’ or ‘Woodingdean Community Centre’, turn up Warren Avenue and follow the road round to the right. Continue past the end of the road and down the track marked Bevendean Farm, there will be a sign pointing you in the direction of the campsite reception.


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