Merrist Wood Camping Sun & Moon

UK England South East England Surrey Guildford

  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
  • Short walk to the pub
  • Walking
Simple summer camping close to the Surrey Hills and just 30 miles from London

The Surrey Hills are a tempting playground for people looking for an escape from the city. And this summer they are turning into a tempting camping ground too. On a good run it’ll take little more than the duration of a free Zoom meeting to travel from London to the area’s newest campsite in Worplesdon, just 33 miles away. Merrist Wood is a temporary campsite that’s been set up in the grounds of a rural college to cater for people looking to get a breath of fresh air in the summer of 2020.

It’s one of two temporary campsites being operated under the Sun and Moon Holidays banner in 2020; the brainchild of Scott Doane who is a dab hand at campsite logistics having run a well-being festival for the last five years. In fact, it was the necessary cancellation of a festival this year that gave him both the idea and the opportunity for Merrist Wood campsite. The set-up is a simple one with toilets provided by the college, and spacious, grassy pitches. And if pitching a tent is not your idea of fun, you can hire one of the site’s 20 bell tents which are set up with beds to help ensure a comfy night’s sleep in the countryside.

This part of Surrey certainly lives up to its leafy reputation. If the idea of camping in college grounds has you in mind of pitching on the football ground in the shadow of an unattractive multistorey building – think again. Merrist College is an agricultural college with grounds to suit; a 400-acre “outdoor classroom” offering courses in animal care, tree surgery and the like. The views from your pitch are a soothing combination of greens and there’s a footpath from site into the trees after which the place is named, Merrist Wood itself.

It’s also a short walk out of the college grounds to the local pub, The White Lyon, and a farmhouse cafe. For more than that, riverside Guildford is just four miles away. But the chief attraction here, apart from the site itself, is the nearby Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The undulating terrain and the beautiful scenery make it ideal for road cycling, as seen (and never forgotten by the area’s tourism champions) in the 2012 Olympics. It’s also ideal for walkers and runners who can make their way to the North Down’s Way for views so good they attract day-trippers from the city. It’s perfectly possible to enjoy the Surrey Hills on a day trip but we recommend taking a leaf out of Scott’s book this year and making the most of Merrist Wood.

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Toilets / Grass Pitches / Drinking water taps / SORRY NO DOGS / No CDP provided / NO FIRES OR FIRE PITS / Barbecues allowed if they are off the ground.

Suitable For

We pride ourselves on being family friendly, and perfect for any group seeking a peaceful escape surrounded by nature


There is a great feeling of serenity here - despite being just 30 miles from London, you are immersed in nature

Food & Drink

The White Lyon Pub offers great food and friendly atmosphere., and is just a short walk from the site. There are many more options to explore in Guildford

Opening Times

Selected dates in August only.

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The Owner Says

The campsite is surrounded by woodlands and fields, and is set in the heart of Surrey, which is rightly famous for its rolling hills and beautiful landscapes.  The "Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty" starts just 6 miles away, and the Olympic cycling races were held in Surrey, so for cyclists it has become a mecca. Walkers will love the hills too, and there are lots of historic villages and towns to see, including Guildford, which is just 3 miles from the site.

We offer "Pitch Only" camping on grass with no electricity. We do not mark out pitches, but the field is 58,000 m2, allowing an average of 290 m2 per "pitch". This is a "pop-up site" and is only open for 2 weekends, Friday 21st to Monday 24th August and Friday 28th to Monday 31st August.

The site offers the following facilities:

Toilets / Drinking water taps

Please note:

NO DOGS / NO FIRES / No CDP provided

Barbecues are allowed but must be off the ground.


200 grassy pitches and 20 bell tents.

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Contact Merrist Wood Camping, Merrist Wood College, Worplesdon, Guildford, Surrey GU3 3PE

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Getting There

From London, follow the A3 towards Guildford. Take the exit signposted Guildford/A322/ Horsham/A281/Bagshot. Use the middle lane to turn left on to Woking Road (A320). Use the right two lanes to turn right on to Ladymead (A25). At Dennis Roundabout, take the third exit on to Worplesdon Road (A322). Turn left on to Aldershot Road (A323). Continue until you see signs for Merrist Wood College. Turn in to the college and follow signs to the campsite.

There is a train station at Worplesdon, with a direct line to London Waterloo, which takes just 33 minutes but it is almost the same distance from the campsite as Guildford Station (four miles away) which is better serviced by buses and taxis.


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