Kings Barn Camping

UK England South East England West Sussex

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Good walks nearby
Stream-side camping near the South Downs, well connected for walking and cycling

In a landscape as rolling as the South Downs, it takes camping near a river to find a space that’s truly flat and ideal for a tent. At King Barn, five miles north of Shoreham, that river is the Ardur, an idle, tidal waterway two minutes’ walk from your tent. It’s shaped the land here. Wide and flat, there are views of Truleigh Hill to the south, miles of bird-friendly meadows to the north and a riverside footpath into Bramber where there are meagre remains of a Norman castle built to overlook and defend the valley. It’s also shaped the campsite itself, with a stream that feeds the river creating a wiggling, natural border to the King Barn Camping field.

There are fewer than 15 pitches at the campsite in total, numbered and strung out along the curved, vehicle-free, meadow overlooking the stream. Kings Barn is a working farm and everything is off grid, though that hasn’t prevented the owners from installing gas-powered showers and a surprisingly luxurious set of composting loos. It also means that tent campers reign supreme (caravans and motorhomes are not allowed) and there’s a general old-school camping atmosphere, with a campfire pit at every pitch, well-behaved dogs welcome and campers generally arriving with bikes or paddleboards in tow for exploring the local area.

And when it comes to getting out there’s plenty to do. The riverside footpath is the obvious place to start but if you’re after more rolling routes it’s not far to the South Downs Way and a 20-minute drive to its passage through V-shaped Devil’s Dyke or to hilltop Cissbury Ring. The lane that passes the campsite gate, meanwhile, is part of the Downs Link cycle way, a family-friendly and largely off-road route that you can follow all the way south to Shoreham Beach half an hour’s ride away (or 15 minutes in the car). Not that you need to cycle that far. The campsite’s only just outside the villages of Bramber and Steyning, where there are good pubs and tea rooms within about five minutes’ cycle of your tent.



Sustainability and being kind to our planet is something that we always have in our minds so it was important to us support our planet. We have 4 composting toilets that all have the little touches we miss when we go camping (apart from the Flush!).

As well as the composting loo's we also have 3 off grid hot water showers, a washing up area and drinking water tap.

We don't have any mains electricity on site which helps to create that wild camping feel so make sure you pack your torches!

With every pitch you will be supplied with your very own firepit/BBQ to put your camp cooking skills to the test. Logs and kindling can be purchased from us on site when you arrive. If you can't find us feel free to give us a call.

Wheelbarrows are available for you to transport your camping belongings to your pitch, every pitch is numbered and you will be informed of your pitch number before you arrive.

Suitable For

Great for a families or couples that love walking, cycling and the great outdoors!

We only allow tents.

We love dogs!

Under government guidelines (COVID) 6 people per pitch. (2 households)


On your doorstep are plenty of activities and places to explore which will keep you and the children busy! You have direct access to The Downs Link which has some great walks and cycling routes for all the family. There is also The South Downs Way national trail which is only a short walk or drive away from the campsite, the routes are famous stunning views along the top of the South Downs.

The quaint villages Steyning and Bramber are the closest to the campsite and are full lovely pubs, coffee shops, small boutiques and an amazing sweet shop that the kids will love! If you want to go further afield or fancy a trip to the coast Brighton is only a 20 minute drive.

If your feeling adventurous you will love the mountain bike trail in Steyning, great for the adrenaline junkies!

We are located close to the river Adur which is a great place to go for a paddle if you have a kayak or SUP.

Leonards Lee Gardens is one of the closest attractions to us who are well known for their stunning gardens and lakes. A great place for the whole family to visit . Look out for the wallabies and roaming deer. They have a small café, gift shop and if you really wanted to treat yourself they have a stunning Michelin star restaurant and afternoon tea room! (make sure to book in advance!)

Food & Drink

Our favourite pubs in the Steyning : The Star and The White horse

Outside Steyning: The fountain in Ashurst, The Star and The Shepherd and Dog in Fulking, The Welldiggers Petworth


Cake and coffee: Victoria Sponge - Steyning

Cake and coffee: The Steyning Tea Rooms - Steyning

Breakfast/Lunch: Cobblestone Tea house - Steyning

Breakfast/Lunch: Relish Café - Henfield

Juice and healthy food Cafe: You Juice - Hove

Farm shop:

Jeremy's Two - Cowfold

Hungry Guest - Petworth

Restaurants in Brighton: Cin Cin, Riddle and Finn's, The Salt Room.



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The Owner Says

A pop up rural off grid camping surrounded by the natural beauty of the South Downs National Park.

Simple camping at its best, we want our guests to come to a place of relaxation and nature.

We have 12 pitches on our small site which all offer a firepit/BBQ so you can put your outdoor cooking skills to the test. Each pitch is approximately 9m in diameter and is your own little space of tranquillity. With a small stream running alongside the site and the backdrop of the picturesque Downs you definitely get that sense of nature.

Along with our tent pitches we offer our Wild Glamping Escape sleeping 2 people. We wanted give wild camping to those that like that luxury touch. A space that you can sleep like an angel and feel at home. With a double bed full of scatter cushions and duvet you wouldn’t want to escape from. Decorated with quintessential bunting and fairy lights giving it that magical happy vibe, it is camping at its best! You will have your own seating area with and fire pit where you can sit, relax and unwind.

Being a off grid campsite we have no mains electricity so make sure to bring you torch!

We have 4 composting toilets, 3 hot water showers, a washing up station and drinking water tap.


12 flat grass camping pitches, including one occupied by a pre-pitched and furnished bell tent that sleeps two people.

Grass Tent Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 12 Available
9m Diameter Grass Tent Pitch

Glamping Escape - Sleeps 2 people

Bell tent Sleeps 2
Our Glamping Escape sleeping 2 people is a space to relax and unwind. Giving the wild camping experience but not forgetting the luxury touches to make you feel at home.

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Contact Kings Barn Camping, Kings Barn Lane, Steyning, West Sussex BN44 3YR

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Getting There


The best way to find us is with the "what three words" app. search "///plausible.expansion.segregate" and you will find us!

When you arrive at Bramber Roundabout on the Steyning By pass take the exit on the road called CASTLE LANE follow through (quite narrow).

Continue straight ahead along ROMAN ROAD until the end. Turn right along KINGS BARN LANE, follow this around to the left and you will see our sign! Follow the signs down the lane for approx. 500m until you see the campsite on the right.

Train station: Shoreham by sea (10 minute drive, taxi's are available at station)

Closest Bus Station called The Castle ( by Bramber Castle)

If you are coming from Shoreham by Sea or Brighton you can catch the number 2 or 60 to Steyning.

The campsite is around around a 20 minute walk from the bus stop.


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