Chalky Downs

UK England South East England East Sussex

Bevendean Farm, Warren Avenue, Brighton, East Sussex BN2 6AF
Traditional tent camping in a stunningly-located South Downs farm, just down the road from buzzing Brighton

Not many campsites can boast a peerless location within a National Park, beautiful beaches within reach and the delights of arguably Britain’s most fun-filled seaside city just a walk away. But then again, not many campsites are Chalky Downs.

Set on Sharen and Stuart's Bevendean Farm, Chalky Downs, as the name suggests, sits atop the rolling hills of the South Downs National Park. There’s a refreshingly laid-back vibe to proceedings here – pitches are unregimented so it’s a case of finding a suitable spot amidst the undulating slopes. The site itself is a car-free zone, with complimentary parking at the farmyard on approach. Campfires are welcome in the firepits for hire and there’s acres of space for kids to roam free or groups to plot out their own pocket of the site.

Tents and small campervans are welcome (there’s also a cluster of bell tent bases if you have your own) but the caravan contingent are not, meaning there’s no unsightly wagons blotting the landscape of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. In fact, the only white shapes on the horizon are likely to be the grazing sheep in the surrounding fields who, along with the resident cattle, comprise the residents of this working arable farm.

Facilities are simple but more than ample with hot showers and plenty of toilets provided. Sharen and Stuart also serve up cracking breakfast baps daily (including locally-reared sausage, bacon and egg), while for larger groups evening dinner menus can be pre-arranged.   

Besides the splendour of the South Downs and the nearest beach a handy two miles away, one of the site's many draws is undoubtedly its close proximity to Brighton. And, as the uninitiated will soon discover, Brighton doesn't do boring. There’s always something unexpected to discover; be it a bargain from a bohemian flea market in the North Laines’, stumbling across a truly oddball museum (the Booth Museum of Natural History springs to mind), or watching a skateboarding Yorkshire Terrier on Brighton Pier whilst devouring your 99 ice-cream (sauce and sprinkles optional – unlike the town itself). The secret of Brighton is to stroll leisurely, keep your eyes peeled and take in the cool, carefree seaside atmosphere.

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The Owner Says

Chalky Downs campsite is located at Bevendean Farm on top of the beautiful South Downs .We offer self-pitches for tents with free parking... The site is within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with views of rolling hills across the Downs and only 2miles away from the sea, and the center of Brighton & Hove.

This family run working farm consists of arable land, growing wheat, and barley and oil seed rape. There are also cattle and sheep grazing in fields close to the campsite.

This relaxed campsite offers an escape to the countryside but within a short trip to the city if you feel the need.

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Jun 1, 2018 by Jonathan

What a brilliant campsite. Spacious, secluded, great shower facilities, friendly and helpful hosts, close enough to Brighton but not too close! We'll definitely be back :)


Just what we needed...

Jun 1, 2018 by Jo and H

This was our first time here. Super location halfway between Saltdean and Brighton. The owners were lovely and really helpful. The site is basic but very clean. Great views over the hills, had a great time. For those of you who can't totally escape (this includes me), good 4g signal on EE :-) Cheers Jo and H


What a great location for a relaxed campsite

May 29, 2018 by Tomo

This is a really great campsite in a really great location. You can get to the site on a 20 minute bus ride from Brighton and theres an impressive bike route from the campsite to Lewes (took us a relaxed 40 minutes). Despite the easy connections the campsite feels very detatched and you get a great view across the downs.


Fantastic camp site

May 29, 2018 by Rick

We came to Chalky downs for the second time this year with a threat of a thunder storm, 10 kids and 5 days! For the second time we had a brilliant camp in the stunning surroundings on the well equipped campsite. Nothing is to much for the Chalky down team and Sharen is an attentive host no matter what the request. The location is great for days out and we had no problem entertaining the kids. See you next year Chalky down .....after a bit of rest!

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