Wild camping, Sussex

This past weekend Si and I thought we had firm plans about attending Brighton Pride in the city, but found last minute that no one was able to go anymore. So with the sun shining and with the free weekend ahead of us we seized the chance to get out into the countryside for a spot of camping

We initially struggled to find a pitch so last minute, but we finally came up trumps early Saturday morning, so we quickly packed up the car with our embarrassing camping gear (an old festival tent, 2 garden chairs and a king-size duvet) and made a quick pit-stop at Marks and Spencer for our food and drink for the weekend.

I had found the campsite through Air Bnb, and didn’t hold out too much hope for a quick reply, but before you knew it we were pulling up at Charlies farmhouse in beautiful Selham in West Sussex (just an hour away from Brighton) Charlie runs a working cow farm, and from what I gathered owns a lot of land, so hires out ‘pitches’ for some wild camping. And by wild camping, I mean it. Charlie drove us on his buggy down to a spot by the river, left us with some logs and water and left us to be. There is no electrics and no official pitch. Just you and the land. It was perfect.

We pitched up, hoping that our tent still had all the parts (which it did thank goodness) and set up for an afternoon of picnicking, napping and swimming in the river.

We were told that there were another 80 or so people on site that night, but we didn’t see or hear a peep from anyone else, as we were spread out so nicely. We even managed to grab a lift from a passing farmer to the local pub (which would of only been a 10 minute walk from our pitch) for a few extra drinks as we were running low, before lighting our (disposable) bbq and settling around the camp fire for the evening.

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It ended up being the most perfect weekend, and I was so glad to finally tick camping off from my endless summer bucket list.

I would highly recommend a visit if you fancy getting away from it all, and get lost into the wilderness. They do provide a shower and toilet facilities on the farm-house, but dependent on where you end up camping this can be quite a trek if you were to camp here for more than a few nights.

If you fancy a trip you can find the air bnb listing here. We paid £10 each plus £10 for the logs and kindling.

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  • Ooh this looks like so much fun! Camping always reminds me so much of being a kid and going on little weekend camping trips with my parents. That’s crazy that there were 80 other people there, but it was so empty – and you even get a campfire! Way better than a campsite haha!
    xo April | April Everyday