Wimbles Farm

UK England South East England East Sussex Heathfield

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Love wild camping? This self-sustained campsite in the heart of rural Sussex is as close to wild camping as you get, but with (very) basic ablution facilities to ease you through the experience.

If you fancy the freedom of wild camping but the thought of no shower or toilet for a few days makes your blood run cold, then you may find yourself in a camping quandary. However, here at Cool Camping we think we’ve found the solution in the form of the wonderfully secluded Wimbles Farm. With room for only five or six pitches, this self-sustained campsite in the heart of rural Sussex is as close to wild camping as you get, but with basic ablution facilities to ease you through the experience.

The family-run Wimbles Farm feels incredibly rural. Nestled by a meandering stream in a secluded flower meadow are two well maintained pitching areas, each with their own fire-pit, compost toilet and access to a shower tent. As mentioned, there’s only room for half a dozen or so tents, so there’s no danger of feeling crammed in here. As well as farming and camping, a recently renovated shepherds hut can be found in a quite corner of the field, and comes kitted-out with a double bed, pillows, furniture and rugs.

As for things to see and do, you can start right on the farm. Coarse fishing is available from the site's private, spring-fed lake where campers can enjoy peaceful days amongst the ancient natural woodland. Bike hire and guided cycling tours are also available – perhaps the the perfect way to explore the many secrets of East Sussex. Qualified tour leader Mark tailors outings to your particular interests, with the South Downs National Park and Pevensey Levels (exploring its ancient dykes and castles) proving to be fabulous days out.

Wimbles Farm isn’t so much a campsite, but more a place to camp. If you’re squeamish about compost toilets (we did say basic!), or loathe the idea of unzipping your tent at first light to find yourself face-to-face with a nosey donkey, then best you look elsewhere. Wimbles Farm is all about reacquainting yourself with the great outdoors and blending in with the local surroundings, which just so happens to be a playground of stunning natural beauty.

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Facilities

2 well-maintained pitching areas, the larger suitable for 3-4 large tents, and the small section suited for 1 large or 2 small tents. Each pitch has a fire-pit (with grid) for cooking and boiling water, and includes a barrow of logs for your use each night. Both camping areas have their own compost toilets and access to a shower tent (using hot water heated on the fire or through the solar water heater). 2 stand pipes provide fresh water.

2 shepherds huts, one for couples and another sleeping 2 adults and 2 children. Proper beds, kitchenette and wood-burner provided in each hut. Dogs are not permitted in either of the huts.

Private, spring-fed, coarse fishing lake (next to the house) set amongst ancient natural woodland, home to: rudd, roach, perch, bream, tench, carp and pike.

Suitable For

Tents, glampers, family groups, and well-behaved dogs – yes (although dogs are not permitted in the shepherds huts). Caravans and motorhomes – no.

Nearby

The nearby Cuckoo Trail is a great option for cycling or walks, weaving its way through woods, fields, and the best of the rolling Sussex countryside. Normans Bay, named after the Normans who landed here a thousand years ago, is 25 minutes away; or if its raining pop into The Observatory Science Centre (01323 832731) on selected evenings when you can look through impressive telescopes at events in the night sky. Brighton (45 minutes away) has a fabulous array of activities to keep you busy, whilst a lengthy walk along the South Downs National Park (England’s newest National park) is certainly a must do given its proximity. Lewes (17 miles) is a pretty little market town with great shops, thousands of flea markets and a number of decent pubs. Don’t leave without visiting its enchanting castle (01273 486290) built during the days of William the Conqueror, and continuing the history theme just south of the town centre lies the historic Anne of Cleves House (01273 474610).

Food & Drink

The recently reopened Brewers Arms (01435 812435) is within easy walking distance and treats visitors to a quintessentially British country pub experience. The menu is eclectic and the food always fresh and (whenever possible) locally sourced. Also within walking distance is the Black Duck (01435 830 636), a 15th Century freehouse, situated in the depths of the East Sussex countryside. The traditional pub grub has gained an excellent reputation so you are strongly advised to book ahead. Classics include: deep-fried Brie in breadcrumbs & cranberry, local pork sausages with mash & onion gravy and pork tenderloin wrapped in Parma ham with mash potato and cider sauce. Visit Hank who runs the local farm shop (again within easy walking distance) for sausages and home-cured bacon that taste delicious on the campfire. There’s also some great little shops and supermarkets in the local market town of Heathfield (4 miles), which also gives the option of takeaways and restaurants.

Opening Times

May – October (Easter will be considered if the ground is firm).

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The Owner Says

Our small, secluded, quiet campsite offers groups of families or friends the opportunity for secluded camping on huge pitches without neighbours! Set in the beautiful Sussex High Weald AONB each mown pitch has its own eco toilets and showers, Pic-nic table, firepit, cooking grid and water heating pan, so we're not quite wild camping, and a lot different from most sites. If you want to be camping with lots of other campers about, then we are not the place for your group.

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Location

Contact Wimbles Farm, Wimbles, Foords Lane, Vines Cross, Heathfield, East Sussex TN21 9HA

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Getting There

From London: follow the M25 south towards the M23, exit on junction 10 (to join the A22 to Maresfield), then take the A272 to Cross-in-Hand. Head for Horam (A267) following signs to Vines Cross. Wimbles Farm is 1 mile down Foords Lane on the left hand side. Your Sat Nav will put you in the neighbour’s garden so please look for the sign!

Polegate and Uckfield serve as the sites nearest train station with taxis available outside. Buses run every hour to nearby Horam and Newhaven ferry port is a 35 minute drive.

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