The Otter Channel

UK England South East England East Sussex Rye

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Spacious, nature-friendly camping with campfires on the banks of the River Rother

Rare, elusive but wonderfully beautiful, there aren’t many otters in the south east of England. But when one was first spotted, for the first time in over 50 years, it was the River Rother that it called home. It’s a prime patch for it to have chosen, the waters glistening, the shaggy grass banks providing hiding nooks and shade. What a joy then, down river, on the quiet banks of that same waterway, to find another rare and beautiful thing: a low-key campsite with nature at it’s heart.

On the edge of the High Weald, three miles from Rye, the Otter Channel is a great escape for those looking to step away from their phone and enjoy the wonder of wildlife. There are less than 20 pitches here in total, but oodles of space, and the site offers splendid views over open farmland and the hills of the old shoreline that was once Romney Marsh before it joined the sea. It’s a great home for local wildlife, with grass left long around the edges, surrounding trees to climb and the flowing Rother alongside. Just sitting by the river is a great way to spend an afternoon, spotting the dragonflies, rising fish and, if you’re lucky, the piercing blue Kingfisher.

The site feels as natural as its setting: Campfires are allowed, there's a shop inside a horsebox and adventurous campers can try the three ‘Hot Bucket’ showers. Bathing under the stars with water you’ve boiled on the campfire is an experience to remember and, if you’re brave enough to rise to the challenge, you get to wear it like a badge of honour for the rest of the trip. There’s a real technique to the process but learning it is just as fun as the shower itself and if you’re feeling, well, a bit boring, then there are normal showers available too.

Kayaks and paddle boards are available to hire to make the most of the river during your stay but, for those looking to explore further afield, Pett Level beach has amazing cliff lines and is a great place to go crabbing. Some of the beach isn’t suitable for small children – it’s very rocky and bruised knees and feet are somewhat unavoidable – but it’s a fun day out for older kids and adults, and historic Hastings, Battle and Bodiam Castle are also within a half-hour drive too.



Rye is a quaint cinque port town, and is one of the most complete medieval towns remaining in England today.  With so many windy and cobbled streets, it is a haven for antique and art hunters in the many antique and art centres.  The history literally oozes out of Rye, with so many historic buildings to view or to even enter. The climb to the top of St Mary’s Spire is a must and provides you with views over the town and the estuary leading to Camber Sands. Rye has the most divine restaurants and cafes to choose from, with delights from all over the world.  The best part is the local fish served in the restaurants all caught locally from the little boats moored along the quayside.  Which makes a laughing stock out of the food air miles!

Camber Sands is the most divine beach with golden sand galore, even with the tide in.  Although, the summer months it can get very busy.  It is the perfect place to build sandcastles and roll down the sand dunes.  The water is warm and there are cafes and restaurants on the beach. It does also have lifeguards on duty in the summer months.

The Otter Channel would suggest Pett Level beach for amazing cliff lines and a great place to go crabbing. This beach is not suitable for little ones as it is very rocky and many a times, feet and knees are bruised by the rough rocks. However the older kids and grown ups LOVE it!  Especially when you find the biggest crabs!!! 

This is just a little taster of things to do in the area.

Suitable For

The Otter Channel is suited for everyone!  From the quiet couple to the most boisterous of children.  The site is so well spaced out, that there is never a thought or worry about encroaching on your fellow campers.  There are trees to climb and wildlife to watch, to pass the time. 


There is a little shop is on site, or should I say, horse trailer, with just the essentials you might need! Obviously, you can never have enough marshmallows! So obviously, campfires are a must in our view at The Otter Channel. Fire pits are available to hire and fire wood is available to buy from the shop.

Food & Drink

There is plenty of free entertainment surrounding The Otter Channel; pub walks across farmland to the local village Peasmarsh, where ‘The Oak’ and ‘The Horse and Cart’ are located. Both of the pubs have beautiful gardens and pride themselves on being dog friendly. The River Rother offer huge amounts of fun from paddle boarding, kayaking and swimming in the Rother. Even just sitting by the river is an enjoyment, whilst spotting the dragonfly, rising fish and occasionally the glorious Kingfisher



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The Owner Says

In the heart of the East Sussex and Kent border is the location of the The Otter Channel campsite. It’s located on the edge of the River Rother which flows into Rye and out to sea. Surrounded by wildlife, twittering birds, mooing cows, stunning views, and in the summertime, the sound of the combine harvesting in the surrounding fields. It is the ideal place to mute the phone or even turn the phone off and enjoy that glass of your favourite tipple by the campfire.

There are two compostable toilets which have been especially designed for The Otter Channel and eventually the ‘compost’ ends up back in our veggie patch! Don’t worry we do not sell the veg in the shop. There are three ‘Hot Bucket’ showers for the more adventurous and brave of the campers, there are no electric showers!

It really is an experience to shower under the stars with water you have boiled on the campfire. There is a huge technique to the showering process, but learning it is just as fun. With washing up being the worst bit of camping, there is a basic washing up area, just to make it a little less painful. At The Otter Channel we always believe it is the Kid’s job, definitely not the Chef’s.

We also hire out Fire Pits for £10 per stay,  with a refundable £50 deposit.


Around 20 spacious pitches in a grassy riverside field.

Otter Channel

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 14 Available
A spacious pitch on one of The Otter Channel grassy fields with stunning views of farmland. Suitable for Tents only.

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Contact The Otter Channel, Wittersham Road, Peasmarsh, East Sussex TN31 6TD

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Getting There

You’ll likely be coming from the A259 to get to the campsite. If so, head  northeast on the Winchelsea Road towards the Kettle o’Fish roundabout. Once you’ve reached the roundabout, take the third exit onto the A259. Continue for just over half a mile until you reach the next roundabout, then take the first exit onto Fishmarket Road (the A268). Stay on this road for a 3 miles, heading towards Peasmarsh.  When you enter the village of Peasmarsh look for the Flackley Ash Hotel and turn right by the side of the hotel heading to Wittersham, the road is called Wittersham Road.  Drive along for 2 miles until you drive over a small narrow bridge.  The campsite is 150 yards after this bridge on your right.  If you have gone over the River Rother then you have gone too far.  The entrance is located 15 yards from the River.


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