Chalky Downs

UK England South East England East Sussex Brighton

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
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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Facilities

3 showers, 7 toilets, and a communal washing-up area. Campfires and BBQ’s are permitted. Firepits can be hired for £12, this includes a starter kit and a bag of logs.

Suitable For

Tents campers, dogs, large groups – yes. Groups of more than 12 need to be agreed in advance. Strictly no hen or stag parties, no caravans.

Nearby

A lengthy walk through the South Downs  (England’s newest National Park) is certainly a must do given that you're already pitched in it. The park offers a host of walks with stunning views (the scenery over the flood plains of the River Ouse are particularly scenic). Cycle or walk the path that stretches all the way to Lewes (6 miles away). The town is rich in history, with its enchanting castle (01273 486290) built during the days of William the Conqueror, and the historic Anne of Cleves House (01273 474610). Continuing the history theme, the fully restored Jack & Jill Windmills in Clayton are open Sunday afternoons throughout the summer, while just down the road from the campsite is the lovely little village of Rottingdean (once home to Rudyard Kipling) which also boasts a striking windmill and pretty flint cottages. Brighton boasts an almost endless list of activities to keep you busy. The town centre is just a short bus or taxi ride away – be sure to visit the famous beach, Brighton Pier and British Airways i360 viewing tower. For football fans, the Brighton and Hove Albion American Express Stadium is within walking distance. Walk a little further and you will discover Stanmer Park, a large open park with beautiful woodland walks, picnic areas and the stunning Grade I-listed ‘Proud Country House’ (01273 680400). Built in 1722 and stunningly restored, the house serves breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner daily.

Food & Drink

The farmhouse serves up home-cooked breakfast baps every morning between 08:30–10:30. Fresh orange juice and a choice of tea or coffee are included and vegan/vegetarian options are available - all for just £7.  Just up the track from the campsite is the lovely family run Circa Deli (01273 694111) serving freshly roasted local coffee,  lunch and cakes which are all prepared daily using local produce. Just along from the Amex Stadium in Falmer village you'll find The Swan Inn (01273 681842) serving traditional pub food, and hosting regular quiz nights. In the nearby village of Rottingdean there is a great choice of pubs such as The Plough Inn (01273 390635), The Black Horse (01273 300491) and The White Horse (01273 300301) as well as several restaurants – a favourite being the delicious Ros Thai (01273 302067). The Jugg's Arms (01273 472523) in Kingston is also a great stopping point on the beautiful South Downs walk to Lewes.

Opening Times

Early May–to the end of September. Open 7 days a week in the summer holidays and weekends only in May, June & September.

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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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Pitches

36 informal grass pitches and 11 bell tent bases.

Grass pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 36 Available
Each of our pitches can accommodate 6 people. We have acres of space for you to pitch where you please. There is plenty of room for the kids to play and we also allow campfires in our firepits (available to hire). We serve a cracking breakfast bap (including locally-reared sausage, bacon and egg) too! Please order on arrival.

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Location

Contact Chalky Downs, Bevendean Farm, Warren Avenue, Brighton, East Sussex BN2 6AF

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Getting There

If travelling from the centre of Brighton, you can drive up Elm Grove, Freshfield Road or Queens Park Road to join Warren Road and turn left up Warren Avenue. If travelling from London via the A27, drive along the B2123 Falmer Road and turn right at the crossroad by the Downs Hotel, along Warren Road, then turn right up Warren Avenue. Follow the road round to the right and continue past the end of the road and down the track marked Bevendean Farm. There will be a sign pointing you in the direction of the campsite car park and reception. The nearest train station is Falmer station, which is a short taxi ride away. Otherwise Brighton station is less than 4 miles away and provides frequent connections from London and Sussex. If travelling by bus, you can catch the number 2 or 22 from the centre of Brighton and alight at ‘Nuffield Hospital’ or ‘Woodingdean Community Centre’, turn up Warren Avenue and follow the road round to the right. Continue past the end of the road and down the track marked Bevendean Farm, there will be a sign pointing you in the direction of the campsite reception.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 101 reviews

★★★★★

Beautiful and relaxing spot

This is such a lovely place, beautiful views over the downs. Children were running up and down hills with joy. We were so well looked after, couldn't have asked for more from the campsite staff. Thoroughly recommend Chalky Downs, can't wait to plan another visit in Spring. Lucy.
Sep 14, 2020 by Lucy Mellows Verified Review
★★★★★

Wonderful camping experience

We had 2 pitches and were given a lovely spot at the top of the hill, where the views were astounding. The toilets had some cobwebs, but apart from these, were really clean. Sharen was lovely and was very friendly. She couldn’t do enough for us. We hired a fire pit, which was a blessing as we ran out of gas for our stove and we also hired a cooler. The breakfast was lovely and was well worth the money. It was so peaceful and quiet. A bit busier at the weekend, but this didn’t hinder our enjoyment. Such a delightful site, which is a short drive to the seafront.
Sep 14, 2020 by Claire
★★★★★

Lovely and relaxing

Beautiful and quiet place with lots of space and scenic views. The host was incredibly welcoming and helpful the entire trip. The toilets and showers were clean and only a short walk up the hill from where we were pitched. The location is close enough to nearby shops and only a short drive / bus ride to Brighton beach. Really recommend for anyone wanting a peaceful short stay near Brighton!
Sep 14, 2020 by Lili Gold Verified Review
★★★★★

Beautiful back to basics

Beautiful back to basics campsite just outside of Brighton. Fire pits available to hire for that authentic camping experience. 2 shops within walking distance. Friendly goats by reception. Fantastic views. Staff were very friendly and helpful. The toilets and showers were clean, and showers ran hot water! Having stayed at some 20+ campsites in my life, this was definitely up there in ones I would go to again. There are footpaths leading out from the entrance track, short drive or 1 hour walk to the beach, large supermarkets nearby. If you wanted to visit Brighton then you have the option to pickup a bus which is advisable to avoid traffic and parking.
★★★★★

Pure relaxation in beautiful countryside

Just returned from second visit this summer. Nothing at all negative to report Amazing location Staff are great - nothing is too much trouble Breakfast worth a try too - delivered to your tent ⛺️ We are a mixed group of adults with two children 7 years and 8 years - they want to know when we are going back. If you want to see your children thrive in fresh open countryside - this is the place We will definitely be returning next summer if not before You don’t know what your missing
Sep 8, 2020 by Jennifer
★★★★★

Lovely scenery & clean and friendly site.

We stayed for 2 nights and thoroughly enjoyed our trip. Great location with amazing views of the countryside, aswell as lots of things to do nearby in the village. Really clean toilets and showers. Will definitely stay again in the future, and recommend to friends & family!
★★★★★

Magical spot - supercool owners !

What an absolutely gorgeous site! Loved Sharen and her hubby - supercool, no stress vibes that instantly puts you at ease. Dropped our wood and breakfasts down bang on time! Lovely spacious outdoor showers and plenty of well stocked loos. Great you can drive your car down to offload too. We stayed down the bottom in the valley, so much space! Got our eyes on their bell tents spot at the top next time. Lots of cool little camping pockets everywhere. Just beautiful view! Didn’t order breakfast but our friends said it was really good! Love how you’re transported into the magical world of the South Downs just by turning off the main road. And the moon coming up at night and sunsets were spectacular. Super handy to have a co-op /shop nearby and fab to have access to Sharen’s fridge for our dogs frozen food too, lifesaver! And ice of course 😂 Very relaxed, trusting on site vibe from the family. Our kids loved rolling down the hills and popping up to see the sheep In next field too. Magical ! Definitely coming back.. and so cute that her kids waved us off site when we drove off. Properly special xx
Sep 1, 2020 by Miranda Little
★★★★★

Great campsite, great location!

Stayed here with a group of friends. Lovely campsite, and we walked to the seaside through countryside for a day at the beach. The owners seemed really loved, and made the vegetarian breakfast sandwich vegan for me! Would definitely come back, and recommend this to friends!
★★★★★

Great campsite, great location!

Really lovely campsite. Came here with a group of friends, and walked from the campsite to the beach for the day. The owners seemed so lovely (and made the vegetarian breakfast sandwich vegan for me!). Would come here again, and would definitely recommend it to friends!
★★★★★

Friendly campsite in a beautiful location

It was a real pleasure to camp at Sharen's campsite last week. Sharen was very helpful and friendly and does a lovely breakfast option too. The surrounding countryside is lovely, the atmosphere at the campsite was very friendly and family orientated. Great to be able to hire a fire pit also and Bertie the dog is already missing his friends from the campsite.
★★★★☆

Back to Basics

Living nearby, I have walked past this campsite many times on my way out into the Downs - I decided to stay with some friends for 2 nights at the weekend. The site is very back to basics with a small toilet block, showers that open right into the field, and one washing up sink outdoors. The toilets were a bit pokey but clean enough most of the time. It was very, very windy on the weekend we stayed, and unfortunately most of the campsite doesn't have any cover from bushes which made for 2 very uncomfortable nights. Assuming good weather, I'm sure it's a lovely site. Sharen was a lovely host, and the campsite is in a great location for both the South Downs and the coast.
Aug 24, 2020 by Rebecca Gibson
★★★★★

Lovely stay at friendly campsite

All 3 of us including 2 new to camping really enjoyed our peaceful stay at Sharen's lovely campsite. The breakfast rolls were lovely, our dog really enjoyed the stay and the lovely countryside. Lots to do in the local area and the facilities all as advertised. Great to be able to hire a fire pit too.
★★★★★

A beautiful quiet location with good services - just right

We stayed for the weekend with a small group of families from Brighton and we were all surprised to find this hidden gem on our doorstep. Amazing views, clean facilities, and lovely breakfasts. Sharen was kind, friendly and professional throughout. We will definately be back.
Aug 24, 2020 by Paul Ward Verified Review
★★★★☆

Friendly and good base for exploring

Just returned from a fab 4 night stay, great location for exploring and the views are breathtaking! The owner is onsite to answer and questions and is really helpful, we didn’t have the breakfast rolls but I do wish we had as they looked so tasty! Had our first visit the beauty village of rottingdean, ( It’s around a 8 mins drive ) and the buses into Brighton are frequent with the bus stop just 5 mins walk. Allocated pitch on arrival and we were more than happy with ours, all facilities although basic are super clean and tidy. Thanks again
★★★★★

Relaxing camping in a beautiful setting!

We loved camping at Chalky Downs. The setting was absolutely beautiful, with pitches in the little valley below the farm. It was a perfect place to explore the South Downs. The kids loved having room to play and explore, and though we had other campers around us, there was plenty of space and privacy. Sharen was very warm and welcoming, and was always available if we needed her. We loved being able to rent a fire pit and wood so we didn't have to bring our own. The facilities were basic but tidy, and the hot water was plentiful. And thanks to the signs, everyone followed the Covid guidelines, so it all felt very safe and happy. We'd love to return again!
Aug 21, 2020 by Kristin Howe Verified Review
★★★★★

You would never know you were only a stones throw away from Brighton

Excellent set up! Such a friendly host and plenty of local knowledge. Tranquil surroundings make you feel really close to nature, especially with fire pit available to hire.
★★★★★

Great little hidden away gem!

We spent four nights here during August and was sad to leave. the owners are so friendly and can not do enough for you! all facilities are well maintained and regularly cleaned. we stayed in the valley part of the campsite, which was no issues walking up to the toilet and showers. i wish we had tried the breakfast roll, as we saw a few of these being delivered and was a tad jealous. We will definitely come back again.
Aug 20, 2020 by Jae Guntrip Verified Review
★★★★★

Lovely relaxed campsite with fantastic views

My daughter and I spent a lovely 4 nights at Chalky Downs last week. The views are lovely, Sharen who runs the campsite is very welcoming, the atmosphere is laid back and friendly, and Sharen will also make breakfast and bring it to your tent if you ask. Will definitely go back.
★★★★★

Great stay

We stayed here for two nights. Site is on beautiful setting. Owners were very friendly, kept facilities clean. Deliver/order a breakfast bap, tea, coffee and fresh juice to your tent for £7 per head which is great value. My daughter liked seeing the goats each day. Easy access to Brighton, about 5 mins from racecourse. Would highly recommend, wasn’t overcrowded.
★★★★★

Lovely peaceful campsite

Just back from a 4 night stay at Chalky Downs with my daughter. Lovely peaceful campsite with beautiful views. Run by Sharen who is very welcoming and who makes a lovely breakfast if you choose it. Would definitely recommend this campsite and hope to return soon myself.
★★★★☆

Great trip

Back to basics camping. We had a great time with our friends, Sharen was very helpful during our stay.
Aug 11, 2020 by Emma Coburn Verified Review
★★★★★

Hilly but beautiful!

Like most of Brighton and surrounds, it’s hilly but so beautiful. We were here in a heatwave and the lovely breeze coming down the valley was very welcome. Showers are hit and miss depending who’s doing their washing up alongside, but I didn’t mind a cool shower in the 34* heat! Staff were so friendly and welcoming and kept our firewood stocked up! The site was not overbooked which made a lovely atmosphere. Took a long (hot) walk to Ovingdean then Rottingdean beach and was well worth the trek. Thanks to all at Chalky Downs.
Aug 10, 2020 by Wendy Luiz
★★★★★

Fantastic

Brilliant stay from the moment we arrived. Our first trip in our Bongo campers and couldn’t have picked a better place. With dogs welcome it was perfect. Beautiful surroundings and limited numbers so not overcrowded. Also with COVID19 guidelines in place all felt really safe. Thanks for a lovely stay will definitely return.
Aug 8, 2020 by D Jones
★★★★★

Fantastic camping, lovely hosts

We had a wonderful time at chalky downs campsite. Serene surroundings, well kept facilities and lovely hosts. Sharen cannot do enough to help her guest. The campsite is clean, tidy and well kept. The friendly goats who great you on arrival reassure that you are on a intimate site rather than a noisy over populated one. Having fields as far as the eye can see makes you feel like you could be anywhere but the beech is only ten minutes away. We will most definitely be returning.
Aug 7, 2020 by Hayden
★★★★★

Peaceful campsite close to Brighton

Lovely place to camp, hard to believe it's only 10 minutes from the city! Quiet and peaceful, and Sharen who runs the site is so helpful. Look forward to staying there again!
★★★★☆

Stunning Views

Great location especially for walkers and cyclists. An hours walk into Brighton which saves on Parking, regular buses nearby. It isn't a case of pitch wherever, we were allocated a space, it needs exaining positioning as some people don't seem to understand you need to pitch your tent in the middle post which to us is obvious. Sharen was very welcoming and easygoing. Only downside is 2 showers for whole field, they are also complicated so instructions would be helpful. Other than that, we will be back.
★★★★★

Perfect Campsite

We received a warm welcome upon arrival and it was made clear to us that if we needed anything throughout our stay we could ask. The views are amazing and make for relaxing evenings. The showers were great and were always running with hot water. Close to the beach and centre of Brighton for days out. We would definitely come again.
★★★★★

Laid back camping in a beautiful setting - Highly recommend

Beautiful campsite with 180 degree stunning views of the rolling hills around. Very helpful communication prior to our visit, and there was a receptionist available on arrival. Pitches were clearly laid out, so we were allocated our pitch on the top of the slope, offering a beautiful view. Washing up areas, and showers were clean, and toilets were clean and well organised, so we all felt safe. We came mid week in the summer, so camp site, whilst full, did not feel too busy at all. I think this is a nice small quiet campsite. Beautiful walks nearly by, we ventured out to Brighton on the bus which is just down the road. Bought a family ticket for £10, and took the 20 minute ride to the pier. Second day, took the bus to Rottingdeane which is a sweet little beach that offers rock pooling, and lovely under cliff walks. I would highly recommend a trip to Rottingdeane. All in all, I would highly recommend this campsite, and would definitely revisit again. Thank you Chalky Downs.
Jul 30, 2020 by Stan Verified Review
★★★★★

Beautiful setting!

Fantastic campsite set in the beautiful sussex downs. Pitches are spaced out so even when full you feel like you have privacy. Fire pits and wood available and amazing hot breakfast delivered to tent on request. Would definately recommend and already planning our next trip back!!
★★★★★

Lovely stay

Beautiful location with a friendly check in - Sharon worked so hard to keep the facilities clean and equipped. I was impressed with the toilets, showers and washing up station. We took advantage of the fire pit and breakfast one morning. The kids loved roaming free and befriending every dog onsite. Only downside was the top pitches are a bit sloped - we all rolled down the tent in the night. Would love to come back.
Jul 26, 2020 by Sarah
★★★★☆

Lovely stay on a great site

We used the site as a base for walking the South Downs Way from Eastbourne to Pycombe and really enjoyed it. It is easy to get buses from the nearby village and to walk to the SDW from the site. We also went into Brighton on the bus and enjoyed the i360. Spectacular views from the site and a nice atmosphere. Sharen was so friendly and helpful and the the breakfasts delivered to your tent are excellent! We would definitely recommend the campsite.
★★★★★

Amazing experience!

Such lovely owners! The campsite has amazing views and clean facilities. A lovely escape. Will be returning again :) x
Jul 25, 2020 by Charlotte
★★★★★

Last minute surprise

The views were perfect and its a great distance from Brighton. Sharon was really accommodating. The breakfast's come in a cute basket, with tea, juice and your breakfast roll, where your egg is always runny. Highly recommend getting to start your day. This is the best campsite I've been too.
★★★★★

Best camping experience!

Me and my friends had an amazing time at Chalky Downs campsite (we were a group of 8 17 year-olds however the campsite is also very family friendly). The facilities are really well maintained and the scenery stunning (we saw the sunset across valley each night) There are excellent walks to go on and the transport links to Brighton are great (roughly 15 mins on the bus or an 1 hour walk). The option for a fire pit and breakfast in the morning was very useful! We’d love to come back, thanks Sharen.
★★★★★

Beautiful spot, great location

Such incredible views from this campsite, and it’s brilliantly located close to beaches and Brighton. Facilities are clean and everything that you need, while all the staff are friendly and helpful. Will definitely be back
★★★★★

Beautiful setting, lovely facilities

Such a picturesque spot, In an excellent easy-to-reach location. Facilities are clean and everything you need and staff are super friendly. Will definitely be back
★★★★★

Wonderful!

We had a wonderful stay. Really can’t fault it. The location was great, amazing undisturbed views of the fields and hills which was made better by the way the campsite was set up. Great to be able to have fires which always makes camping better. The showers were warm and clean, washing up facilities great and Sharen (the lady who welcomed us and was present in the office) was lovely. We wil definitely return. This is probably my favourite campsite :)
Jul 23, 2020 by Shaz
★★★★★

Perfect camping getaway!

A lovely stay in Brighton! Great area and views, and Sharen couldn't have been more accomodating. We hired firepits and got extra logs, and breakfast delivered to our tents in the morning. Bit of a hill to go up for bathrooms but we were down the valley - camping space is available up the hill too for anyone who might struggle with the hill. 100% recommend this campsite!
★★★★★

A lovely spacious campsite just on the edge of Brighton

Spacious countryside location with lovely views, and beach and Brighton busy-ness close at hand - this is a 'best of both worlds' campsite
Jul 19, 2020 by Joy MacKeith Verified Review
★★★★★

Successfully converted me to camping!

Incredible setting and facilities meant that once you set up camp, it really did feel like a home. Sharon was really lovely, and delivered us wood whenever we were running low. Great fire pits which barbecue very well. Excellent and varied walks from the camp.
Jul 19, 2020 by Paul Taylor Verified Review
★★★★☆

Easy bike camping trip from London

We needed a campsite accessible by public transport and bike for our first socially distanced adventure and Chalky Downs was great! A short but steep uphill cycle from Brighton train station and easy walk to shops. Tents spots are a little too inclined and placed a little too close for my liking in an open field, so noise was an issue on our first night as there was a big group of teenagers being teenagers (although when asked to be quiet they did somewhat). Still a fine place to pitch a tent for a few nights and the hot shower and breakfast bap delivery were wonderful.
Jul 18, 2020 by Wandajackson
★★★★☆

Fantastic short break

We have just spent 5 fantastic days at Chalky Downs and wish we could have spent a few days more. The management are extremely friendly ,helpful and they’re warmth makes you feel part of their farm. It’s very hilly so great for your legs . I look forward to booking again soon. Thanks to Sharon especially.
Jul 18, 2020 by Lee Atherton Verified Review
★★★★★

Stunning views

It was great to stay on a working farm, they were starting with the harvest when we were there. Great facilities (never had to queue) and Sharon was the perfect host.
Jul 17, 2020 by Robert
★★★★★

Amazing stay !!

My boyfriend and I camped for 2 nights at Chalky Downs and we absolutely loved it. Sharen was very friendly and welcoming and there was a really positive atmosphere throughout the camp. All facilities were clean and easily accessible. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will book up very soon but this time take the children! 😊
★★★★★

Great experience

They had clean showers and toilets and the view was soo beautiful. Would 100% recommend.
Jul 15, 2020 by Yuman Qamar Verified Review
★★★★★

Amazing trip

Absolutely loved our stay at Chalky Downs - we stayed for a few nights with some friends. Weather was absolutely unreal and Sharon really looked after us! Highly recommend!
Jul 14, 2020 by Sophie B
★★★★★

Fabulous spot

Just returned from 4 nights at Chalky Downs. A beautiful location, surrounded by rolling hills but just a short drive from many interesting towns and villages. I’d particularly recommend Rottingdean for a visit. Sharen really looked after us, nothing was too much trouble. Highly recommended.
Jul 11, 2020 by David S
★★★★★

Great Spot!

Just returned from a lovely 3 nights at Chalky Downs. Great facilities and good location with plenty of walks and things to see in the area. Thanks for having us!
★★★★★

Great place to stay, highly recommend

Stayed for 3 nights and have absolutely no complaints, facilities were great, very scenic and close enough to town if you wanted to go. Thanks for having us.
★★★★★

Surpassed expectations

Having just returned from a sunny weekend at Chalky Downs, we are already talking about going back. Lovely scenery, clean and convenient facilities and a super nice host made our weekend truly delightful. And the site was so quiet and spacious. We took the bus in to Brighton both days. It was so convenient and easier than battling traffic and parking in town. The stop is just down the hill from the farm. Thanks again and we'll be seeing u again!
Sep 16, 2019 by CINDY ELLIOTT
★★★★★

Perfect blend of city and country

This is a fantastic campsite right on the edge of Brighton, which means it's within easy walking distance of both the South Downs and the Brighton suburbs. Great views of the surrounding hills, the sea, the centre of Brighton and the night sky, coupled with a very friendly and helpful management. Highly recommended!
★★★★★

Fabulous site!

Absolutely stunning view! Very relaxed and peaceful site. Basic but decent facilities. Extremely helpful owner....nothing was too much trouble for Sharen....lovely lady! Her breakfast delivered to our tent was a real treat. I cant recommended Chalky Downs enough. We absolutely loved it there.
★★★★★

Perfect family friendly site

We had a lovely bank holiday weekend at Chalky Downs. The site is picture perfect with loads of room for the kids to run around. Good location and a few minute walk to the bus stop to get into Brighton. We will definitely return!
Aug 27, 2019 by Robert White Verified Review
★★★★★

Lovely campsite

The campsite is in a perfect location: it is a short drive from Brighton and isn’t set is a beautiful landscape. It was very spacious and the owner is very friendly.
★★★★☆

Lovely camping

Lovely campsite very close to Brighton. It’s a lovely green walk from the campsite to Brighton. The campsite is in some beautiful rolling hills, very peaceful stay :)
Aug 19, 2019 by Jenny
★★★★★

Amazing views

Beautiful views of rolling hills near to Brighton. We had breakfast delivered by Sharon to our tent for all 3 mornings. Sausage and mushroom baggets. Tea coffee and orange juice. We needed the calories for walking on the downs. Sharon is very helpful with local knowledge. Amazing walks to Rottingdean where we walked along the Undercliff walk. And to Kingston to lunch at the Jugs pub. Very regular buses to get you home. I would definitely return there.
Aug 19, 2019 by Liz Craddock Verified Review
★★★★★

Fantastic camping in a breathtaking location.

Just 20 minutes by bus from the centre of Brighton, Chalky Downs is set in picture perfect rolling countryside. We arrived to find Sharen nestled in her little reception area excitedly chatting away while providing hints and tips with her friendly and helpful demeanour. No need for you to grab the fire pit and logs you've pre-booked, she'll drive them down (along with a full kindling set and matches wrapped in printed instructions and tied with a bow-lovely little touch) when she gets a moment. There are two lines of pitches, one in the valley and ours at the top of the hill and each pitch is easily capable of taking a large tent like ours or multiple small tents with space around. The view across the downs from the top pitches was breathtaking and the grassy space heading down the hill was huge and was great for all the kids playing. Toilets, showers and washing up areas are all basic but well maintained and each has it's own hot running water supply. We were there for a weekend where the site was full but I never queue'd for any. 5*, will definitely be back next time we want to escape for a weekend.
Aug 12, 2019 by Shaun Davison
★★★☆☆

Great views!

Fantastic views over the fields and it was great to see a little into how a working farm operates. Sharen is a friendly and welcoming host. There's lots of hot water for great outdoor showers. The only fly in the ointment was the state of the toilets. They would need to be cleaned more regularly and paper towels would be more hygienic than cloth towels for everyone to wipe their hands on. Easily remedied and would easily make this site 5 star.
★★★★★

A lovely stay in the Downs!

Chalky Downs is a wonderful little site, with a great host in Sharen! Excellent facilities (hot water at all times!), very clean, superb location on the downs, nice and quiet, plus power in the toilet blocks for charging, etc. Will definitely be back to this friendly park. The ONLY thing we weren't so keen on is some cars being parked on the field rather than in the car park, but very minor, and not enough to mark this excellent find down!
★★★★☆

Little Gem

Good communication, beautiful location. Not too busy. Use of camp fridge helpful, plus free area to charge phones..Brucie bonus. Toilets/Shower were a bit of a hike away from camping area, so check with owners first if you have any mobility issues. BBQ's are allowed...much appreciated. Overall very pleasant stay and can highly recommend if you either just want to chill, or equally use as base to explore the city...which is well connected with buses if you want to leave the car behind.
★★★★☆

Beautiful Campsite

Sharon is a great host. We stayed in the valley and managed to find a reasonably flat bit to pitch our tent. It was great waking up to the rolling hills. Fires pits and BBQ's were welcome, so this added a nice touch to the outdoor experience. You will need good legs on you to cope with the up and down aspect of tent in relation to shower/toilet facilities. There is camp fridge which we were able to use along with phone charging facility. We stayed for Brighton Pride and were able to make use of bus service in and out of town for this.
★★★★☆

Lovely camping spot

Fab location and Sharon is very friendly. Good facilities and beautiful scenery just would of preferred a bit more space inbetween tents. Would stay again. 😊
★★★★★

Beautiful site, minutes from Brighton

Very relaxed site in a lovely setting. Amenities clean and of a decent standard. Sharan (owner/manager) extraordinarily helpful, really went the extra mile when she was able, via the farm office, to get my PDF tickets printed so I could take my daughter and her friends to watch love island on the beach. I would highly recommend this site
★★★★★

Absolute Gem

This is the most spacious campsite we have been to in a very long time. Beautiful views across rolling hills, and we loved seeing the combine harvester going out! The breakfast is a must, delivered right to our tent, a little lazy but who cares! Thanks for a lovely stay, we'll come back and bring our friends...
★★★★★

Fab location, awesome camp hosts

Fab weekend at Chalky Downs. Great location, loads of space and fabulous campsite managers. Large group of 33 pax including kids and dogs. Nothing was too much trouble.
Jul 15, 2019 by Louise
★★★★☆

Great time

We had a great time at the camp site, very nice ooen field play area for the kids. The host were great as well providing ice as well as other items of need. The only part which took the one star away was we had no place a bag to change dry ourselves after the shower.
★★★★★

Lovely place just outside Brighton

Really lovely place perfect for our 3 day stay in Brighton. Sharon was a great host, very cheerful and helpful. Amazing views and basic but good facilities.
★★★★☆

Beautiful views lots of space.

It’s a lovely location , it is a very steep hill with flatter areas used for tents and campers around the edge, which ensures you are well spaced out with excellent views. It’s clean and everyone has an excellent view. It’s easy to get to Brighton on the 22 or 2 bus, costs about £2 a trip, and takes contactless cards. There facilities are basic, mixed loos in a portacabin with a 3 sinks, another set of similar loos another 100 metres away, which I think are generally used for the farm. It got quite busy at the loos and sinks at times. The showers are 2 single sheds with a good power shower and a single hook, take a bag to put your stuff in so it doesn’t get wet. It was a busy weekend when we were there and there was often a queue for the showers & unaccompanied children were taking ages in there. The dish washing was one sink and drainer in between the showers, but never seemed to be too busy. The hosts were lovely, very welcoming and friendly and helpful. You can buy wood and rent a fire pit, which is delivered by the hosts and many did rent them and they looked lovely. You can also order a breakfast butty with lots on for £7 ? I think. Very welcoming, gorgeous setting, but facilities were stretched with the number of people staying. Try to go on a weekday when it’s much more peaceful.
Jul 8, 2019 by Petra
★★★★★

Great stay!

Had such a great stay, and enjoyed our breakfast baps from Sharon. The showers and toilets were of a good standard. She gave us great advice on walks and local pubs. Would stay again!
★★★★★

Super stay

Beautiful views, good facilities, friendly helpful people, best campsite I've ever stayed at 😀
Jun 19, 2019 by Jessica
★★★★★

Lovely campsite, stunning views

Lovely campsite, reminded me of camping as a kid. On a farm, lots of space, very helpful host, good showers and easy for getting in to Brighton. I'd say the only slight negative could be that it's on a hill, but that gives you the stunning view.
Jun 18, 2019 by Rob B Verified Review
★★★★★

Easy, Pleasant, Great

Host was super helpful with everything. Very good location, a 10 minute bus ride into the centre with buses every 15 mins. Couldn't ask for more. Lovely, picturesque surroundings
★★★★★

tranquil spot above Brighton

This is a lovely spot for a weekend, very quickly away from Brighton, but easy to access if you want to go in. Lovely sweeping fields and very friendly hosts! The showers were fabulously rustic being outside, and everything was freshly mowed so easily to plop the tent out.
★★★★★

Lovely family site

We stayed two nights with our 3 and 6 year old. It was a lovely family site- hot water, fire pits, great views, a sloping hill of long grass our children loved playing in. On the second night we got ice for our cool box and extra logs on site, and were able to borrow a grill for the fire so we could have BBQ. A lovely spot.
Jun 3, 2019 by Clare Henson
★★★★★

Lovely getaway

We had a relaxing two days at Chalky Downs. The campsite has lovely views and is easily accessible by public transport (bus 22/2 from Brighton station). There are lots of takeaway food options nearby including delicious fish and chips. We also loved Sharen's breakfast (£7 for bacon and egg bap, tea/coffee and juice). This is a peaceful, relaxing getaway with stunning views and lovely hospitality from Sharen.
May 26, 2019 by michelle Verified Review
★★★★★

A fabulous spot

We loved our stay at Chalky Downs. The views were spectacular with great walks for the dog. There is a Co Op about a ten minute walk away and easy access if you want to go to Brighton. The showers look a little rustic but we loved being able to step out of them and look at the glorious view, lots of hot water and no timer. We took a VE camper and this is a hilly location so if you are in a camper bring wedges for your wheels. We had a very warm greeting from Sharen and always a wave from the occasional tractor that drove by. We are definitely visiting again. If I had one criticism it was that the loos were a little tired looking but a small niggle for such a lovely spot.
★★★★★

Peaceful camping with peerless views

Finding good value, family and dog-friendly accommodation in Brighton is always a challenge, but this campsite is just that. Up on the hill away from the hubbub of the city, Chalky Downs is amazingly quiet. Because you pitch on a flat area at the top of the hill, tents can’t be overcrowded and that leaves that amazing view! We stayed here for two nights mid-summer and absolutely loved it. The only downside that I can think of is that if it was windy, you’d know about it!
Apr 24, 2019 by Rowan Clarke
★★★★★

Views and peaceful setting.

Beautiful spot for relaxing camping. Not over crowded and plenty of safe space for the little ones to run free. Basic but well maintained facilities. Lovely friendly lady on arrival with all the info we needed, and at hand if anymore needed. Only a 5 minute drive from Brighton but there is a bus stop 5 mins walk away. Felt right at home even down to the friendly black and white cat that made its home for the day lol . If we ever return to Brighton I would definitely stay here again .
Aug 28, 2018 by The fitzs
★★★★★

Product testing weekend at Chalky Downs

Just bought a new tent so wanted a site not too far from London to test it out. Site is easy to find but not too many level pitches. Facilities basic but clean and tidy. Fantastic views across the South Downs and Brighton very easy to get to. Sharen the host lovely and helpful Went to the Downs Hotel for lunch on our way home and had super fish and chips
Aug 28, 2018 by Bridget
★★★★★

The views

A gorgeous campsite, surrounded by beauty. Sharen is a lovely lady who couldn’t be more helpful. If you have children crawling around scan area for stinging nettles first. Basic showers etc but showers lovely and hot. Would defo go back.
Aug 27, 2018 by Rachel
★★★★★

Amazing location, owners so helpful

This is an amazing place, totally rural yet only a few minutes away from Brighton centre, the race course and local shops. The facilities are a little basic but more than adequate for camping purposes. Certainly clean and well looked after. Sharen bent over backwards to ensure all campers had everything they needed. For a completely relaxing break, go to Chalky Downs. I can't wait to return
Aug 26, 2018 by Heather Farthing
★★★★★

Stunning location

Great welcome on arrival, amazing views showers basic but clean and plenty of hot water. Brighton centre just a short bus ride away. Would recommend and will definitely return.
Aug 20, 2018 by Julie
★★★★★

Brilliant Campsite

Absolutely loved this campsite. It is a great location in the downs, with pitches at the top and bottom of the valley. It feels like you're miles from civilization, but in reality, you're a few hundred yards from the town, with local shops, a pub and bus stops. The views are wonderful and there is brilliant access to walking trails. A strong walker can get into Brighton in 45 minutes to an hour. All the facilities are great, the toilets clean, the showers and washing up water warm. Firelogs, firepits, charcoal, and ice are readily available, and the breakfast delivery service is superb. The atmosphere on the campsite is really relaxed and friendly. The campsite manager, Sharen is brilliant - kind, friendly and really helpful. Sharen is ably assisted around the site by a very friendly cat, who introduced herself to me as Gary, but seems to be going by a variety of aliases. Would thoroughly recommend this site to any campers who like to pretend to be hardcore, but secretly like a few simple comforts.
Aug 19, 2018 by Bobby
★★★★★

Just lovely!!!

What a lovely campsite!!! Firstly - Sharen is just the nicest campsite manager ever. So genuine, friendly and helpful. She even helped us out by lending her computer for me to update my kindle!! The views are absolutely gorgeous - it really is mesmerising spending an afternoon watching the combine harvester do it's rounds. The facilities are perfect - so clean and the hot shower is fantastic. Campfires allowed and you're even provided with a little "lighting pack" with instructions and matches, kindling etc. Ice on onsite for a small fee - including the option to hire a ice coolbox for your drinks AND they do breakfast on the weekend!! The location is great just down the road from all you could need in Brighton Town Centre, 6 minutes away from a large Sainsburys and Asda without needing to go into town and nestled right in the countryside for breathtaking views. Just go - right now!! You wont regret it - no need to look any further. Thanks so much for having us - we'll be back before you know it!
Aug 6, 2018 by Abbie
★★★★★

Great laid back atmosphere...

If you're looking to escape and let the kids be a little bit wild then this place is perfect. We had a great couple of nights here. The best bit was watching all the kids on the campsite roll down the huge and steep hill all together in their sleeping bags. Hilarious! Great to see them all mucking about together. The campsite has a fantastic and cosy family feel where the kids can be free range. Another great experience was the breakfast baps, (sausage, egg and bacon), also tea/coffee and orange juice all for just £7. A bargain and well worth it to start your day. It was lovely and quiet and not too busy or at all commercialised like some places. The showers were basic but hot and facilities were generally quite clean although the loos were short of loo roll so would bring our own next time. Only a short drive to the beaches with good food and local pubs. The Juggs is worth a visit although v busy and Smugglers fish and chips was lovely with good curry sauce. We had a truly fantastic time and Sharen looked after us well. We will be back...
Aug 6, 2018 by LOUISE
★★★★★

1st Wedding Anniversary under the stars

We booked 3 nights at chalky downs to celebrate our 1st wedding anniversary. We rocked up on a Thursday afternoon and met the lovely Sharen!! She was friendly, helpful and just downright lovely!! She pointed out our bell tent which she nestled in the sheltered corner of the valley so we would have some space... in fact when we arrived only one other family were camping in the valley! I'd been to the campsite a few years ago for a hen do and it was just as I remembered... laid back perfection!! The tent Sharen provided for us was one of their 5m bell tents and we had such fun setting it all up and creating a boho chillnout area out the front (lots of lanterns, rugs and fairy lights - oh and champagne too!) We loved that you can have open fires there and we had the most lovely few days!! Both the owners went over and above to help us out (we encountered a storm on the last days so they helped us up the hill with all our stuff to save our little van getting stuck!) I would 100% go back and can totally recommend hiring their tents... not having the hassle of packing it up when we left (especially in the rain) was brilliant!! Would reccomend to couples wanting a romantic get away and families too!! As long as you don't mind a bit of a hill to get to the toilets then you're sorted!! Also you can get the no.22 bus from woodingdean community centre (bottom of warren avenue) into brighton in about 20mins... £5 all day rider ticket... brilliant! Thanks for having us and making our first anniversary so special!! Xx
Aug 1, 2018 by Ami
★★★★★

My kind of campsite!

Loved this campsite so much. Its location is perfect as its just on the edge of Brighton, nestled in the rolling hills with great views but only a short bus ride or drive from the madness of the city and the seafront. It's on a working farm and the facilities are basic but for me that's what camping is about. What's important is the showers are hot, the toilets clean and there's a place to do the washing up. Fire pits are also available for hire along with bags of logs which you can buy. You are allocated a pitch on arrival and these are a decent size so you there is plenty of space. The pitches are arranged along the top and bottom of a sloping field. The fact that the middle of the field is empty due to its slope adds to the illusion of space. Sharen is a super friendly and helpful host. A real bonus is that she can deliver breakfast to your tent if you pre-order which includes coffee or tea, orange juice and an egg, bacon and sausage bap. If I was pushed to say anything negative it would be that we were only here for two nights and that really wasn't long enough. We would love to come back!
Jul 31, 2018 by Caroline
★★★★★

Friendly well run campsite

Friendly well run campsite. Good for families. Well maintained pitches and facilities, particularly the shower/toilets. Great views over the Downs. We are here on a bank holiday and being close to Brighton your never short of things to do.We have a camper van and unlike the previous reviewer we had no problem with slopes. Well done Mr & Mrs West
Jul 31, 2018 by Jerry
★★★★★

Perfect location and amazing vies

We stayed at Chalky Downs over a weekend in July and if the weather was better our stay would have been perfect. The location is amazing with a really short drive into Brighton and in walking distance to shops and takeaways. The facilities are all you need from a campsite and the showers are nice and warm. I love how you get your own pitch as sometimes it's hard to find space although the only issue would be that the pitches are set out in a line so if you want to be far away from the other campers then it may not be very suitable. We loved our stay, thank you to the owners who made checking in very easy even though we were very late due to a breakdown
Jul 30, 2018 by Hannah
★★★★★

Stunning and close to Brighton

I’ve lived in Brighton for years and never knew about this hidden gem. I booked in for a couple of nights to get some countryside. Facilities are clean, there was shade for the hot evenings and the morning sunrises were astounding. Sharen was kind and helpful. Would definitely recommend!
Jul 29, 2018 by Brighton Resident
★★★★★

Great location, friendly, well worth a visit

For some reason I thought one could see the sea from the campsite - you can't, and on review the site doesn't suggest you can. But quite aside from that, it's a great view - all rolling Sussex countryside - and with big skies. Very quiet - there aren't many pitches given the size of the field (although a lot of the field is on a steep slope so would probably explain why); even at the top it's a bit of an angle, but perfectly workable. Facilities are basic but spotlessly clean (the showers are in wooden huts so quite rural but very nice for all that). They also supply a great fire pit with wood, and there's a freezer for your ice packs etc. It's a one hour walk down to Brighton beack, and you can then catch a bus or taxi back up again easily, so it's possible to get out of the campsite without getting back into the car.
Jul 23, 2018 by max.c.firth
★★★★★

Beautiful peaceful setting just a few minutes from Brighton

We decided to go away for a couple of nights with the tent, pretty short notice. We booked 2 nights here as our daughter was keen to visit Brighton. The campsite is a lovely little spot on a farm, you pitch up overlooking the rolling fields. The site is slightly sloping but our pitch was fine didn't cause any issues. Sharen was lovely and very helpful, allowing us to change our pitch to one further away. It is quite a basic site but has everything you need, toilets and showers and the offer of breakfast baps (we didn't have these as we cooked our own breakfast). It is walking distance to Woodingdean (about 15 minutes) where there is a Tesco express, a Cp-op, an Indian takeaway, a cafe, fish & chip shop, burger place, kebab and pizza place, a Chinese takeaway and a pub. We used the Chinese on our first night and it was lovely. We had some delicious chicken shish from Piazza too on another night. Only about a 15 minute drive into Brighton, where we had a lovely day. We also did a lovely long walk along the South Downs Way on our last morning. A great little campsite, peaceful and quiet, we will be back!
Jul 22, 2018 by Sarah
★★★★★

Rolling hill heaven

We spent 2 nights at chalky downs with our 3 children (8,10 and 11)This quiet campsite is surrounded by rolling hills giving it a peaceful relaxed atmosphere. The hosts were very friendly and welcoming. They were very helpful giving us a pitch on our own and lending us a couple of sleeping bags as I forgot the children's!! There are local buses that go into Brighton which is about 3 miles away, and there is a Tesco express just around the corner. We took our own fire pit and bought logs on site,However there are fire pits to rent. We will definitely be back.
Jul 19, 2018 by Beth
★★★★★

Beautiful, peaceful, friendly campsite

We loved everything about Chalky Downs. Sharen went out of her way to make sure we had everything we needed. The views are glorious, it's not too crowded and the facilities are just what you need. Top notch breakfast served directly to the tent door and a cracking fish n chips shop 15 minute walk away mean that you are well catered for. We'll definitely be back!
Jul 12, 2018 by Beckle
★★★★★

Peaceful and clean campground

Sharen was lovely and even let us check-in early and was very helpful! It's out in the countryside and you'd never think that Brighton is just down the road. Definitely get the breakfast as well. It was delicious! We will definitely stay there again if we're camping in the Brighton area!
Jul 9, 2018 by Steven
★★★★☆

Lovely little campsite

We stayed for 2 night in June in our little camper. The site was easy to find and the staff helpful. The views are lovely over the Downs. It’s a bit windy up there but the wind was welcome as it is so hot at the moment. Showers and toilets within easy reach (rustic) and you can even order breakfast if you are feeling lazy. You can catch the No.2 or 22 bus just down the hill into Brighton. 15 mins max. We caught a taxi back one night for £11. Near where you catch the bus there are a few shops and Uncle Sams burger joint. A very enjoyable weekend mixing the tranquility of the countryside with the buzz of Brighton. Will definitely stay again 😁
Jul 3, 2018 by Carolyn
★★★★★

Beautiful peaceful view

We loved this site. Lots of space and a beautiful view of the downs. Sheep baaing, sub shining and wind blowing (this is the one thing I’d pre-warn about...very, very windy). If you’re looking to do a whole lot of nothing, this place is perfect. Mind you, if you fancy a little action: Brighton is a 20 minute drive away.
Jul 2, 2018 by Christian Smith
★★★★★

10/10

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 :)
Jun 1, 2018 by Jonathan
★★★★★

Just what we needed...

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
Jun 1, 2018 by Jo and H
★★★★★

What a great location for a relaxed campsite

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.
May 29, 2018 by Tomo
★★★★★

Fantastic camp site

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!
May 29, 2018 by Rick

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