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Dernwood Farm Wild Camping in East Sussex

Beautiful 8 acre field in the middle of 70 acres of ancient woodland, with camp fires and award winning home produced meat to cook over it.
Rough Guide to Camping's Top 5 Farm shops in Britain, they descride us as 'Carnivore Heaven'.
Dernwood Farm is a small family run farm near Heathfield in Sussex, our main business is our pedigree Sussex beef herd, traditional breed pigs and free range chickens, but we realise that the land we are privileged enough to walk round everyday is something very special.
At Little Dernwood Farm we have one of the largest blocks of coppice woodland in East Sussex. They are formally identified as semi-natural ancient woodland being the vestige of the dark and forbidding forest that covered The Weald in ancient time, and the camping field is set within the very heart of these 70 acres of woodland.

In Tudor times this was the very heart of the iron industry and the place names underline this, Furnace Lane, Gun Hill etc. One of our woods is called Minepit Wood on the Ordnance Survey maps, and evidence of these can still be seen in the shallow pits still dotted around the woods. With the assistance of a Woodland Archaeological team we have recently identified many charcoal burning platforms, saw pits and medieval boundary ditch and bank systems.

The opportunities for wildlife ‘safaris’ are endless, from your run of the mill rabbits and normal woodland birds to badgers roaming at night from the large sett in the woods to the south of the field, to sitings of our resident herd of fallow deer and huge buzzards flying over head.

Camp building was clearly a very popluar pass time last season and some were really very impressive, not sure how much was kids and how much was dads though!

We allow camp fires and there is wood for sale in the field and we sell our home produced meat to cook on it. I know this was a highlight for many people last year, being able to see the cows and pigs out in the field and then cook steak and sausages from the farm, the ultimate in food traceability and provenance.

We aim to provide a low impact, sustainable and eco-friendly campsite; it's a field in the woods, with lots of of peace & quiet, for people who are looking for a real back to nature camping experience.

There are two toilets and a covered washing up area (cold water), stand pipe and log store, and solar showers are available to borrow.
The field is a car free site, which is perfect for families, it’s a 7-10 minute walk from the car park through the woods to the field. We have a fleet of wheelbarrows for you to ferry your gear.
We're 40 mintues away from Brighton, and 25 from both Eastbourne and Tunbridge

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Reviews of Dernwood Farm Wild Camping

We have stayed at Dernwood Farm for the last four years and I have to say that for me the beauty is that it is a car free site, they make this quite clear on their web site. It's great, kids an run around the huge field with no worries for me about cars zooming up the field..And we've never had a problem with the water there - i think it's perfect for families!
Sally Glenister (11th Jul 2012)
Interesting site with lots or pluses and minuses. Positives are that we received a friendly welcome, the site was quiet with nice surroundings and a huge field which allowed for a lot of privacy. On the minus, the walk from the car park to the site was at least 10 minutes. There a limited number of wheel barrows to use, so none were available at times. Add at least 1.5 to 2 hours to your setting up and unpacking time. Major issue for me. This will be made even worse if it is wet and muddy. There were only two loos and one cold water washing up point with one tap (that only dribbled water) for the whole huge field. This was totally inadequate. I would question its suitability for family.
Dinesh Thanigasalam (25th Jun 2012)