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.



3 showers, 5 toilets, and a communal washing-up area. Campfires and BBQ’s are permitted. Firepits can be hired for £15 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.


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 £8.  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.


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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36 informal grass pitches and 11 bell tent bases.

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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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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.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 167 reviews


Lovely stay, great location and facilities.

The views are simply amazing and Brighton is a short local bus journey away. The site is spacious, facilities are basic but enough for a camping trip, and it felt very covid safe too. Staff is friendly and helpful and were flexible about us arriving.

A slice of quiet paradise

Fell in love with this campsite. Worth every penny they charge for a pitch. The sun sets on the West side of the ridge over the town and rises to the right of the ridge of a morning. Sweeping views both ways. Sharen even delivered a vegan breakfast on our first morning! She was great and is always on hand on her mobile. Access to a fridge in reception was great to chill a few beers and celebrate being out in the wilderness. Don't forget to go say hello to the goats!! The shaggy black and white one loves human contact and will run to you at the fence if you drop to their level. Also, you only need to walk under 10 mins through the town of Woodingdean to get a choice of 2 buses into Brighton centre which takes 10 minutes in itself. Or, you can challenge yourself with the 50 minute walk up! We will be back again and can't wait. Danny & Janine

Wonderful weekend

Lovely campsite set in the rolling hills. The owner Sharon was super helpful and friendly. My teens got a real kick out of camping near to the goats and feeding them our left over fruit and veg. This was our first time camping with a dog and the laid back vibe and spacing between pitches was perfect for this. Definitely worth a visit.
Sep 20, 2021 by Smith Family Verified Review

Great location and very friendly

Visited in September and had great weather. The view from our pitch was amazing. Sharon is really welcoming and helpful. Super easy to get a bus in to Brighton which run until 12 pm. Good breakfast too.

Everything you need on a camp site, location and staff very helpful

The staff let me pitch my tent day before my stay because I was running brighton marathon which was a life saver, toilets and showers were very clean, location was fantastic for views, slide slope but depends on where you pitch. They also offer you every thing you need to make your stay more comfortable like fire pits, wood, ice, breakfast delivered to your tent etc. If I'm ever planning going down to Brighton again then il be giving them a call.
Sep 14, 2021 by Justin pryke Verified Review

Great site!

This was our second visit and we weren't disappointed! Came for a long weekend visiting family in Brighton. The toilet facilities have been upgraded since last year and there are now some Pygmy goats on the site too which are really cute. Site is close to Brighton (about 3 miles walk) or easily accessible with a number of buses from the main road which is about 10-15 minutes walk from the site. The site is sloping and can be windy but the views are lovely and it feels rural despite being close to "civilisation." Host is really friendly and flexible - we brought 2 extra people who weren't booked in advance taking the total on the pitch to 4 and this was no problem at all. This is a rustic feeling site on a working farm and this is it's charm. Might not be everyone's preference but we love it and we'll be back next year!
Sep 14, 2021 by Andy G Verified Review

Lovely setting for basic camping with Brighton in easy reach

Lovely views a stones throw from Brighton. The site is beautiful, but not flat. The facilities are clean and well kept, but not luxurious. The owner Sharen was very helpful and gave us great tips for getting around the area. If your into basic camping in a lovely setting then this site is for you.

Windy willows

Staff were very friendly and helpful and facilities were fine. Very expensive considering we were out on top of a hill with no near by water, no Elsan point etc. The wind is so strong up there the tent was nearly shredded. Guys are a must! Beautiful views of surrounding countryside.
Sep 7, 2021 by Kate Green Verified Review

Perfect for some relaxed days

The site is easy to reach with public transport, is close to some shops and food places, but is just far off enough to make it easy to feel away from it all. Plenty of tracks and trails in the area to go towards the sea and the Downs proper and always a bus around if you cannot be bothered to walk back. The site is nicely spaced out (in part because of the steep slope) and has lovely views from the pitches on top - it was pretty windy though, so come prepared. The facilities are clean and the owner very helpful and welcoming; the breakfast basket delivered to the tent on my last day was amazing, yummy, and a perfect end to my stay.
Sep 4, 2021 by Claudia Verified Review

A lovely weekend at Chalky Downs

We really enjoyed our August bank holiday stay at Chalky Downs. It's very close to Brighton but feels rural and tranquil once you are on the site and pitched next to the baby goats. Lots of campfires and dogs. Good clean facilities. All very low-key and relaxing. It's a simple site with a simple vibe and not too many tents - great for the kids who could run around freely but in a way that we could always have them in sight. Not far from Brighton, Lewes or Seaford for days out.
Aug 31, 2021 by Caroline Verified Review

Wonderful holiday

We had a wonderful bank holiday weekend at Chalky Downs. Such a beautiful spot, clean facilities, welcoming and friendly. Our whole family enjoyed the freedom, seeing the little goats and with easy access to Brighton we were able to enjoy a great day at the beach. Thankyou
Aug 31, 2021 by Hannah Verified Review

Fantastic location

Fantastic location lovely owners very clean and tidy was made welcome felted comfortable very peaceful and lovely country side views will be booking again
Aug 31, 2021 by Simon Varela Verified Review

Group stay at chalky downs

We booked a group of seven families for the Bank Holiday weekend. There were a mixture of adults, dogs, children and teens (age range 7 to 17). The site itself is beautiful. A large field, but capacity for only a small number of pitches due to it being very hilly with only limited areas flat enough to pitch. This is fantastic as you have so much space and retain the rural feel of the site. The views are spectacular, with beautiful walks around the site. Tents are also far enough apart the ensure you can be fairly noisy without disturbing other families. The toilet facilities were good - flushing toilets which were always kept very clean. The showers were also always clean with plenty of hot water available (temperature control was a little temperamental but fine once you got the knack of it!). The owners/managers of the site were extremely friendly and helpful. Locally there are some great places to visit. We went paddleboarding at two beautiful locations, and spent a day on the beach at Rottingdean. We also planned on a bike ride and a day in Brighton, but ran out of time. We only arrived home last night, but we are already planning a return trip next year.
Aug 31, 2021 by penny stiles Verified Review


This was our second time visiting Chalky Downs Campsite and I can certainly say it lived up to our fantastic memories…maybe even better! Sharen is a wonderful host and we would really recommend the breakfast. Nothing quite like a warm bap and cup of tea in the morning, whilst overlooking the rambling hills. It can be windy, so would recommend bringing a jacket (no matter what time of year). The ability to hire a fire pit is great, especially if you are travelling light. The facilities are clean, tidy and readily available. They also stock amazing candles which are a great souvenir. We can’t wait to get back! Thank you Chalky Downs for another wonderful weekend.
Aug 30, 2021 by HESX Verified Review

Lovely campsite

A lovely time was had by all, our five boys thoroughly enjoyed the experience, especially the goats!!and the surrounding countryside. The staff were very friendly on arrival and throughout our stay. The facilities were clean and accessible. Overall I would recommend staying at the site if you are looking for somewhere to camp. The site is also close to local shops so handy for getting any supplies and close to Brighton for day trips to the city.

Lovely campsite

Another lovely trip to Chalky Downs last week. Beautiful rolling hills, friendly campers, happy dogs, good facilities, roaring campfires, delicious breakfast baps, and most of all Sharen and the other staff - always helpful, friendly and happy to stop and chat. We’ll be back next year!
Aug 23, 2021 by Tim Clarke Verified Review

Excellent weekend away!

Sharen and Stuart brilliant host's. Friendly and welcoming - nothing too much trouble. The fact we could have a fire roaring in the evening's was great as we loved our toasted marshmallows! And even better if you want a breakfast and dont want to cook the baps we ordered were just the ticket. Fabulous weekend !

Great weekend away

We stayed at Chalky Downs campsite for just a couple of nights in august. We loved our stay as it was quiet and away from the hustle bustle of the big city, there were plenty of great views from our tent and we were surrounded by animals and fields. There were baby goats on the camping site. The campsite was walking distance from all amenities including shops, petrol station, pub, cafe and take away places. There were lots of walking trails that you could do near by and we were also not far from Brighton so made a visit to an amazing breakfast place as well as Brighton pier which was extremely busy due to the summer holidays but was still good fun. The overall location of the camp site was brilliant due to all of this. The only downfall was the amount of bugs but that is to be expected when camping and when situated on a farm. We made use of the fire pit which lit first time and toasted marshmallows. Overall a great couple of days. Great place to stay if you love the great outdoors and like the quiet and going on long walks.

Didn’t want to come home.

Wow what can I say, it’s by far the best campsite we have been too and made to feel so welcome, Sharon done a fantastic job in keeping the showers and toilets very clean what a busy lady in the running of the campsite it’s a credit to yourself. the views were amazing, the walks to Brighten, Rottingdean, were so pretty and only 40 minutes away, I was a little nervous as it was the first time my dog is ever done camping He absolutely loved it.found two brilliant pubs on our walks. Had a fantastic week thank you Sharon for a beautiful clean campsite, we definitely will be returning. Jo & Ben
Aug 20, 2021 by Joanne Smith Verified Review

Friendly, charming and beautiful

A big thank you to the owner Sharen!! So lovely and friendly and made everything a comfortable experience for us (we pitched up on the wrong bit but Sharen was more than happy to let us stay) the facilities were very clean and the breakfast baps were delicious and loved the basket all the things came in. Our dog loved it here as well especially when going for long walks around the area. Close to Brighton beach we drove down and parked at the marina and enjoyed a day there with our bikes! If I could give this place more than 5 stars I would!! Will definitely be booking again soon and hope to make this a regular camping spot for us thank you so much sharen we really enjoyed our time here

Just what we were looking for!

Such a lovely stay. We haven’t been camping for four years as we have a four year old and a two year old and were a little apprehensive about taking our little ones but we needn’t have worried. There was plenty of space to camp and the facilities were lovely and clean. There were some goats on-site and lots of tractors which my two absolutely loved and only a short drive to the beach which was dog friendly and had lots of rock pools for the kids to explore. The owner made us feel very welcome, sadly she wasn’t around when we left but we would have loved to say a thank you and goodbye face to face! Thank you! A really lovely experience. We’ll be back!

A little hidden gem of peace and tranquillity

A wonderful place to come if you want space and to be in the beauty of nature, yet close enough to everything you could need. Fabulous walks and bike rides, sea, etc. Facilities are kept clean and have all that you need. Sharen is very helpful and accommodating
Aug 13, 2021 by Katy Lowe Verified Review

Rolling fields.

We have camped several times since last year. This is our second visit to Chalky Downs. It is certainly the best site we have been to. Wonderful views of wheat fields. The loos are not the smelly compost type, but proper plumbed in. Most importantly the superb hostess Sharen, who amazingly always has time for a chat with a smile (which I would struggle to keep after a long season). I will be back again next year.

Taste of countryside

Me and my friends loved how low-key camping here was- we had the support if needed but were generally left to our own devices. We loved being around farm animals (goats cows and sheep) and the facilities were kept clean and tidy. 5 minute walk from bus stops that go into town/beach which was really helpful! Only thing I would say is as the site is on a hill it can get pretty windy but we only experienced gale force wind on the last day so overall had a superb and relaxing time- will definitely come back again! :)

Great location and friendly hosts

We really enjoyed the location. Near to the beach, in a working farm, and set up on a kind of valley so the noise from the tents below didn't travel. Sharen was so helpful. And the facilities were great.
Aug 5, 2021 by Amy Norris Verified Review

Great people, great breakfasts and a great campsite!

Sharen's welcoming smile put us straight at ease as soon as we arrived at the site. With views over the rolling hills, we sat and watched the sheep and cows as we had our first brew. The toilets and showers were clean, with plenty of toilet roll in all cubicles. Just before we ventured out to explore, we decided to order breakfast, but there was no one at reception. This however WAS NOT A PROBLEM as Sharen leaves a contact number and I was able to order over the phone. Our breakfast basket was delivered to the tent, by the ever smiling Sharen, at 9am and contained our rolls - all different and correct, orange juice, tea bags or coffee, a flask of hot water, sugar and ketchup. Lovely! All containers reusable, recyclable or biodegradable. When at the campsite, we enjoyed watching the swifts/swallows/house martins (sorry, not good with my birds) skim inches above the field and only feet away from us, catching insects and when families were around, watching children play rolling down the hill and hide and seek in the tall grass. It took me back to my childhood! In the evenings, we watched the incredible sunsets and lit our camp fire, listening to the logs burn and melting our marshmallows. We would also like to say that Sharen could not have been more helpful, as she went out of her way to help find a suitable parking space in Brighton, which covered our height, as our vehicle was taller than the average. Thank you Sharen. We all enjoyed Chalky Downs and would recommend this site if you want a very reasonably priced, well run and looked after quiet space, a 'few' minutes ride from Brighton.
Aug 5, 2021 by Sally Rose Verified Review

Lovely campsite

Lovely clean facilities. Really friendly atmosphere. I loved the extras like a fire pit hire and breakfast delivery to your tent!
Aug 2, 2021 by Tessa Verified Review

Best breakfast, great view and facilities with attentive friendly staff

My friend and I had a spectacular time at chalky downs! The staff were so friendly and the weather was awful when we arrived so they offered to change our pitch to one that was more sheltered so we'd be able to put our tent up easily. View was amazing and the facilities were clean and practical. We had the veggie breakfast rolls both mornings which arrive in a cute basket with coffee and juice. We even got oat milk for our coffee. Spent our trip in Brighton that was only a 20 min bus ride away and the bus stop was so close. Would definitely come back here again!


such lovely people and location. we did have a flat pitch. just. only disappointment was lack of recycling and bit of a yomp to the loo. otherwise awesome views, squeaky clean facilities and i would definitely return.
Jul 31, 2021 by natalie Verified Review

A few days camping..

Great location, fab views. Very friendly and helpful staff. Particularly enjoyed the breakfast baps, with juice and coffee and tea delivered to our tent! Great to hire the fire pit and logs to chat around the camp fire. Showers, toilets and washing area great for this rustic beautiful site. We were in the valley so the wind does pick up and shake the fire tent but that’s camping and the compromise of the scenic view. A couple of large groups were nearby who were fine but noise does carry in the night and they certainly went on beyond 10 pm which is the ‘quiet’ time. Not a big concern though. We would stay again and plan to. All the best
Jul 30, 2021 by Greg Verified Review

Lovely site

We had a lovely stay, the views are beautiful, the staff are lovely and the breakfast baps were a great touch. We found the facilities very clean and I never had to queue for a shower, they were tidy and hot every time I went. I do have to agree with the other reviewer in that it is very exposed, especially at the end pitch where we were (the end pitch has the best views though) we had very high winds and thunder and lightening both nights of our stay, and were a bit battered and lacking in sleep, but thats the joys of British summer time and part of what I expect camping in this country. Its a lovely walk into Brighton, nice to be out in the country and so close to a town at the same time. I'd definitely go again, but just hope for better weather!

A lovely spot

A beautiful setting with amazing views. As it is on top of a hill it can be a bit windy so remember to bring layers. Toilets were super clean and the owners were very helpful and friendly. The breakfast delivered to your tent is a fantastic service especially for the last day. It was delicious.

Beautiful spot, friendly staff and great facilities

I didn't know what to expect really, as it was my first time booking a camping stay at a site... Chalky Downs did not disappoint! It's a beautiful location to camp and scenary to wake up to :) The location in terms of getting to anywhere is great, no matter what your stay is for; we did a short taxi drive into town, and the taxi company suggested by the site was very friendly and accommodating. The facilities were really clean and well kept. A joint effort by the staff and the people that stay I believe, which is really nice :) A good mix of people stay but still making it suitable for all. Overall I would strongly recommend Chalky Downs to anyone visiting the area for any occasion, and looking for a nice relaxing place to set up camp and enjoy some time away ! I will definitely be returning soon :)
Jul 27, 2021 by Jo Wright Verified Review

Beautiful location, good local links, but potentially very dangerous ( I thought about this for 5 days to be objective )

The location is lovely, the links to the South Downs and Brighton are great. Staff are pleasant. I don't think people stay long or consider the safety of the site. This campsite is dangerous. Allow me to explain. The not so dangerous bits that all add up... It's on a hill and it's windy most of the time. Not really a problem, but in a storm the tents get battered. We experienced a thunderstorm, several people's tents nearly came down including our own. This wasn't a once in a 100 year storm. There were yellow warnings for the weather but there is zero shelter on the hill. This means you are sleeping on a slope. there are NO flat parts. They should say if you don't like sleeping on a slope this is not for you. You don't expect it to be THAT much of a slope. It's difficult to cook anything because it can be so windy. There aren't enough toilets and showers for the site which means they get dirty pretty quick. There is a double plug in one toilet and thats for the whole site. There is a lot of dry grass in the centre of the field. People are supplied metal fire pits to burn logs. Tents are up against each other guy rope to guy rope. ( you should have 6m between tents and 3m between families ) No one enforces this or checks. There is no fire assembly point or fire fighting equipment or designated barbecue or fire area. Let's put this together. We've got a windy site with tents up against each other and no wind breaks. People lighting fires in amongst tents that are too close with no fire fighting equipment or fire assembly point. It's on a hill that is vulnerable to the elements and potentially a lightning strike. It's dangerous. Once you are in that field the owners don't appear to care what's happening. During and after the storm no one came around to see if everyone was ok. It's ok for an overnight stay. Personally with its safety concerns I wouldn't even say for a night. Brighton great, Chalky dangerous.
Jul 26, 2021 by Anonymous Verified Review

Gorgeous Views

Gorgeous views of the Chalky Downs! Very convenient for Brighton! A quiet policy after 10pm would make the experience so much nicer! We had two competing teenage parties with their music, one to the left of us and one down in the valley. Note for parents with small children, the loos are not close.

FAB campsite

A friend and I stayed at Chalky Down for 5 nights. This was our first visit and we loved it. Great location for South Downs walks, beaches and Brighton. The site has stunning views and the pitches are well spaced so there's plenty of room. The facilities are clean and well maintained. The owner is extremely helpful and accommodating. It really is a gem of a place and I highly recommend.
Jul 24, 2021 by ann vasey Verified Review

What a gem

Lovely escape from reality. Lovely surroundings and great facilities, and the owners are just wonderful. Breakfast in tent was a great treat (and one that caters for vegans!) and they even leant us a sleeping bag after an organisational disaster on our part. Already booking our next trip.
Jul 24, 2021 by Steph Brand Verified Review

Perfect location

What a superb surprise. Chalky Downs is located right on the South Downs way. You can leap out of your tent and skip, run or cycle your way to gorgeous places like Kingston near Lewes and pop into the Jugg Inn. Friendly staff who gave good suggestions for exploring and views of rolling hills and fields. Swimming at Rottingdean is just down the road or a walk to Brighton along the coast. Perfect!

Fantastic campsite

Beautiful campsite, with outstanding facilities (hot showers, toilets, washing up sink) all pristine and clean. Despite being busy, the layout still enabled us to have our own space and never had to queue for showers. The views are stunning, and the owners were responsive and helpful throughout! The campsite is right by the South Downs Way, so walks on doorstep, and it was a short drive to the beach in Rottindean. I highly recommend!


Beautiful place with plenty for kids to run free, the view is amazing and we managed to do a 6 mile walk!! Good facilities too. Thank you , we had a fantastic time!

Lovely place (even in rain!)

The site is a big green field and feels really faraway but is very close to the coast and walking distance from local shops. The facilities on site are clean, well looked after and the managers are lovely - very responsive on email before the trip, welcoming on arrival and they dropped our fire pit and gorgeous basket of breakfast goodies over for us. We had just had pets - everyone loved it.

I will 100% be camping here again

I absolutely cannot stress to anyone reading this enough how fantastic a site this is. Sharen was so accommodating and just amazing both before arrival and during our stay. The scenery is just beautiful, the toilets and showers are spotless and the site is only a short bus or taxi journey away from Brighton centre. My only concern, as a first time camper, is that my standards have been set so spectacularly high that anywhere else I stay in the future will only disappoint! I will 100% be camping here again. Thanks Sharen!
Jul 12, 2021 by Jak Griffin

Ideal getaway

Just came back from a 4 night stay at Chalky Downs. This place has everything you need for a great staycation. Lovely private grass pitches with plenty of space to make it your own little oasis, toilets spotlessly clean, you can drive your car to your pitch to load/unload so no lengthy walks to and from the car. Even as a bonus use of a communal fridge and freezer which was great considering we brought all our own food/beer for the week. Sharon was a great host, one evening personally delivering our firewood to our tent- perfect! Great location we walked into Brighton one day to watch the Euro semi final which took less than an hour and was able to get an Uber back pretty easily. Loved our stay just sad it went too quickly!
Jul 10, 2021 by Bobbie

Great stay for our 31st

Fantastic site. They have got it spot on. Beautiful view to wake up to. If you use lower showers you can watch the sheep as you shower. Cars are parked away from tents and on field only for setting up. Campervans are the biggest thing aloud all adding to a perfect vibe. Lovely greeting. They do fire pits and logs. Facility’s immaculate. Short walk to bus stop for number 22 into Brighton.

Already booked to return

Lovely quiet site and friendly owners. Easy and safe downhill walk (c45 mins) or cycle (c15 mins) into Brighton.
Jul 10, 2021 by MarcO Verified Review

Lovely quiet cute South Downs site

Stayed two nights. Lovely quiet field. Great and super clean toilet facilities. Very close to Brighton. I cycled so it’s about a 45 min walk from the city centre. But as downhill into town a sweet no pedalling needed fast trip to the seafront. Lovely place and brilliant helpful friendly host.

We'll be going back

We enjoyed the views from our tents, and incredible sun sets. We hired a fire pit, logs etc...which we really enjoyed It was easy to pitch and strike camp as cars can be driven onto site for unloading/loading There were lots of other children there, so its easy for kids to make friends...and my daughter also loved making friends with the the very same goats. Showers, toilets and washing up facilities were good and not too far away. I found the staff really friendly and accommodating. Easy access to hove on one bus. Close to Brighton. Some nice pubs to walk to, such as the fox on the Downs. And we also enjoyed the lido which wasnt far away by car. Well be going back


Really nice location, exceptionally clean showers and toilets, would 100% recommend.

Lovely campsite with great views!

Chalky Downs is a lovely small campsite with great views of big hills with lots of sheep. Good facilities including two wooden cabin showers which we really enjoyed, fire pits available to hire and close to Brighton. The owner was lovely and kindly lent us a frying pan as we’d forgotten ours at home. Would recommend!

Gorgeous setting

Family of 5 plus dog had a lovely time here over the weekend. The view was stunning. Close to lots of beaches. Quiet and family friendly. Thank you

Peace and Carm

Lovely site, very peaceful with wonderful views of rolling farm fields. The staff are nice, facilities are good.
Jun 28, 2021 by James Taylor Verified Review

Stunning views and spotless loos!

Lovely site with welcoming owners. The breakfast bap on packing up day was extremely well-received. The showers were hot and the toilets were clean and modern. It was a little windy in the top field but the weather was pretty bad that weekend overall! There was a good mix of families, couples and some family groups and although some were a little raucous in the evenings, it didn't disturb us as they were on the lower field in the bell tents and overall, it was a quiet site and ideally located for Brighton.
Jun 22, 2021 by Amy Tisi Verified Review

Great stay

Very friendly site with great views. Facilities adequate but tents fairly close.
Jun 21, 2021 by Paul Keen Verified Review

Great place, friendly people

We enjoy a great stay with friends. The campsite team were great and friendly. We will be going again.

Beautiful campsite! A lovely experience.

We came for a couple of days and ended up extending our trip. We fell in love with this gorgeous little campsite… beautifully scenery, peaceful, Sharen was a real pleasure to meet and she went above and beyond to make sure our stay was perfect. The breakfast delivered direct to the tent was a real treat. The facilities were always clean. I came with my 2 year old and he also loved it! Brighton centre just a short bus ride away, super convenient for the beach/town. We will be coming again in the summer - can’t wait 🥰
Jun 8, 2021 by Emma Verified Review

Great family-friendly location

A friendly campsite offering fantastic views across the South Downs. Clean toilets and warm showers with great pitches, all within a short drive into either Brighton or Rottingdean. Highly recommended!

Camping oldschool with mod cons

I booked Chalky downs when i read a review that was critical of the shower , the review made me laugh and i thought really you go camping and complain about the showers . I found the book easy and the staff were there to help when I arrived , the site was perfect a proper old school field by a farm , the pitches are great , as for the showers they should be a wonder of the downs , two large wooden shower blocks in the field , all i can say is i had a shower with a view , large spacious showers warm with a view over the downs . The toilet blocks were clean tidy with charging points for your mobile phone . You can order a breakfast delivered to your tent and this is amzing service and a great breakfast , You are 20 mins from Brighton in a car , if you go on a bike its quick but downhill , coming back takes longer, you will need a bike with gears , i took a singke speed bike , I walked with it alot !! the campsite was clean tidy and great views , I will be going back.

Great views and nice loos.

Really friendly and with stunning views across the valley we really enjoyed our stay. With clean loos and showers this campsite is definitely on our visit again list! Thanks very much.

Friendly and welcoming, beautiful views

We had a brilliant stay, which started off with a very warm welcome from Sharen who continued to be helpful throughout our stay. Facilities were kept really clean and I loved the design of the showers in the field. My only gripe about washing facilities is the need for an additional washing-up station and/or drinking water tap as queues could build up. The other campers were really friendly though, so we never had any issues. The views were amazing and the sunsets gorgeous as the site is high up, but I'd reommend packing warm things to stay cozy in the wind. I'd also recommend extra tent pegs to tether tables as the site is quite sloped. The children loved rolling down the slopes and hiding in the patches of long grass that devide up the different areas of the site. There's so much to do locally. The taxi ride into Brighton was £12.50 each way and the recommended firm was quick and friendly. Thank you for a lovely stay Sharen, we had a great time!
Jun 3, 2021 by Zia Verified Review

Tranquil and Friendly

Beautiful tranquil views with friendly and efficient staff. Close to local amenities, with Brighton, Hove, Saltdean, Lewes a short drive away. Hot showers and plenty of toilets. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. 😊🌞😎👍 (Could do with another washing up sink and a separate tap for filling up water bottles)

Great location & nice staff

The location has wonderful views and the family team were very welcoming on arrival, friendly & helpful with local knowledge. Brighton main beach is only a quick bus ride numbers 2 or 22 (much easier than finding parking) & our kids enjoyed the double decker bus! Also close by is Rottingdean and Saltdean, you can drive there and find cheap parking. Lots of history and pubs! The camp site is clean and has good might want to request camping in the valley part of the field, as we were on higher ground and was very windy & the sun set quickly, obviously this is not the camp sites fault - would stay there again.


We had a great time camping at Chalky downs. The site was absolutely beautiful, very peaceful and located close enough to explore Brighton sea front in a short cab ride. The owner is so lovely and makes a great breakfast bap and coffee, delivered to the tent so you don’t have to do anything! Woody, our dog also had a great time with plenty of space to explore and got lots of attention which was perfect for his first time camping. we will definitely be returning.
Jun 1, 2021 by Amy Verified Review

Fantastic place to stay

Fantastic site well managed and looked after by a lovely team. We stayed in the valley as it was windy for the 2 nights we were there. There were 2 showers overlooking the valley and some toilets with washing up area. Walks around the site were wonderful and the location is well situated to easily travel to Brighton and Rottingdean. There's a high street just outside the camp for takeaway and amenities. Fully recommend this site to stay, we will be regularly travelling back
May 29, 2021 by Toby Howkins Verified Review

Perfect place

Perfect placement, beautiful views, friendly manager, clean smart facilities. All good. The only thing is I would like to be able to book a 1-night stay as, as a local, I want to just pop in for 24 hours and get some fresh air! Thank you

Great campsite!

We had a really great stay at Chalky Downs. Sharen was so welcoming and lovely! It's a perfect spot because it feels like you're in the middle of the countryside when you're in the campsite, but you're also a 20 minute bus ride from Brighton so best of both worlds. We did a beautiful walk to Lewes that I would recommend.
Sep 28, 2020 by Rosie Cohen Verified Review

Super Stay, Wonderful Setting

We arrived and immediately loved the charm of the facilities and the views. I had requested a specific pitch which we had been given. Unfortunately, it was extremely windy and we struggled to put the tent up. The really, really lovely, helpful staff found us an alternative pitch, out of the wind, even though they were very busy. Throughout our stay we were impressed with the helpfullness of the friendly and welcoming staff. We can't wait to go back. Would highly recommend!
Sep 21, 2020 by Kay Reynolds Verified Review

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


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


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


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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