Kings Barn Camping

UK England South East England West Sussex

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Good walks nearby
Stream-side camping near the South Downs, well connected for walking and cycling

In a landscape as rolling as the South Downs, it takes camping near a river to find a space that’s truly flat and ideal for a tent. At King Barn, five miles north of Shoreham, that river is the Ardur, an idle, tidal waterway two minutes’ walk from your tent. It’s shaped the land here. Wide and flat, there are views of Truleigh Hill to the south, miles of bird-friendly meadows to the north and a riverside footpath into Bramber where there are meagre remains of a Norman castle built to overlook and defend the valley. It’s also shaped the campsite itself, with a stream that feeds the river creating a wiggling, natural border to the King Barn Camping field.

There are fewer than 15 pitches at the campsite in total, numbered and strung out along the curved, vehicle-free, meadow overlooking the stream. Kings Barn is a working farm and everything is off grid, though that hasn’t prevented the owners from installing gas-powered showers and a surprisingly luxurious set of composting loos. It also means that tent campers reign supreme (caravans and motorhomes are not allowed) and there’s a general old-school camping atmosphere, with a campfire pit at every pitch, well-behaved dogs welcome and campers generally arriving with bikes or paddleboards in tow for exploring the local area.

And when it comes to getting out there’s plenty to do. The riverside footpath is the obvious place to start but if you’re after more rolling routes it’s not far to the South Downs Way and a 20-minute drive to its passage through V-shaped Devil’s Dyke or to hilltop Cissbury Ring. The lane that passes the campsite gate, meanwhile, is part of the Downs Link cycle way, a family-friendly and largely off-road route that you can follow all the way south to Shoreham Beach half an hour’s ride away (or 15 minutes in the car). Not that you need to cycle that far. The campsite’s only just outside the villages of Bramber and Steyning, where there are good pubs and tea rooms within about five minutes’ cycle of your tent.

Details

Facilities

Four composting toilets, three gas-powered showers, a washing-up area and a drinking water tap. There is no mains electricity on the campsite, so remember to bring a torch. Each pitch has a firepit/barbecue and logs and kindling can be purchased on the site. Pitches are numbered and the meadow is car-free (wheelbarrows are provided for you to transport your belongings from your car to your pitch).

Suitable For

Tents, dogs (on leads) – yes. Campervans, motorhomes, caravans, large groups – no.

Nearby

Kings Barn is on the northern edge of the villages of Bramber and Steyning, where a number of good walking and cycling routes intercept. The long distance Monarch's Way and the better-known South Downs Way both pass just south of the campsite, crossed by the popular Downs Link cycle way, which runs between Guildford and Shoreham-by-Sea and takes in the very lane the campsite is situated on. It's around half an hour by bike to Shoreham from the campsite and 90% of the route is traffic-free. The villages also provide ample pubs and places to stock up on food (including a well-known sweet shop in Steyning if you want to upgrade your marshmallows; The Little Sweet Shop; 01903 879775) and Bramber is also home to a ruined Norman castle on a little hill overlooking the River Ardur. Only one slim bit of surviving tower remains – a wall of about 14 metres high – but it provides a glimpse of how imposing the castle must have been and the spot offers great views over the downs and Sussex countryside. If you want a more fulsome castle, Medieval Arundel (01903 882173) is a 30-minute drive away. For days idling on the campsite when you don't wish to use the car, there's good walking beside the river (a footpath follows it for miles on both sides) and, if you've brought your own stand-up paddleboard or kayak, you're welcome to launch near the campsite.

Food & Drink

Between Steyning and Bramber there's a decent number of pubs to choose from. Our pick of the bunch, though, is The Star (01903 813078), with two delightful gardens and a stream down the middle, and the larger and more modern White Horse (01903 814084). Beyond Steyning, The Fountain (01403 710219), 10 minutes' drive away in Ashurst, is renowned both for its friendly atmosphere, good ales and low-beamed, flagstone-floor interiors but also for its many claims to fame, including being the local of actor Sir Laurence Olivier and its use as the setting for Paul McCartney's 'Wonderful Christmastime' music video. For lighter bites, Victoria Sponge (01903 814517), The Steyning Tea Rooms (01903 810103) and the Cobblestone Tea House (01903 366171) are all in Steyning, while those picking up food for the campfire should try the good farm shops in Cowfold (Jeremy's Two; 01403 865523; 20 minutes north) and Petworth (Hungry Guest; 01798 342803; 35 minutes west and near the National Trust's Petworth House and Gardens).

Open

July–September.

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The Owner Says

A pop up rural off grid camping surrounded by the natural beauty of the South Downs National Park.

Simple camping at its best, we want our guests to come to a place of relaxation and nature.

We have 12 pitches on our small site which all offer a firepit/BBQ so you can put your outdoor cooking skills to the test. Each pitch is approximately 9m in diameter and is your own little space of tranquillity. With a small stream running alongside the site and the backdrop of the picturesque Downs you definitely get that sense of nature.

Along with our tent pitches we offer our Wild Glamping Escape sleeping 2 people. We wanted give wild camping to those that like that luxury touch. A space that you can sleep like an angel and feel at home. With a double bed full of scatter cushions and duvet you wouldn’t want to escape from. Decorated with quintessential bunting and fairy lights giving it that magical happy vibe, it is camping at its best! You will have your own seating area with and fire pit where you can sit, relax and unwind.

Being a off grid campsite we have no mains electricity so make sure to bring you torch!

We have 4 composting toilets, 3 hot water showers, a washing up station and drinking water tap.

Pitches

12 flat grass camping pitches, including one occupied by a pre-pitched and furnished bell tent that sleeps two people.

Grass Tent Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
9m Diameter Grass Tent Pitch

Glamping Escape - Sleeps 2 people

Bell tent Sleeps 2
Our Glamping Escape sleeping 2 people is a space to relax and unwind. Giving the wild camping experience but not forgetting the luxury touches to make you feel at home.

Grass Tent Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
9m Diameter Grass Tent Pitch

Grass Tent Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
9m Diameter Grass Tent Pitch

Grass Tent Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
9m Diameter Grass Tent Pitch

Grass Tent Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
9m Diameter Grass Tent Pitch

Grass Tent Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
9m Diameter Grass Tent Pitch

Grass Tent Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
9m Diameter Grass Tent Pitch

Grass Tent Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
9m Diameter Grass Tent Pitch

Grass Tent Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
9m Diameter Grass Tent Pitch

Grass Tent Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
9m Diameter Grass Tent Pitch

Grass Tent Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
9m Diameter Grass Tent Pitch

Grass Tent Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
9m Diameter Grass Tent Pitch

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Location

Contact Kings Barn Camping, Kings Barn Lane, Steyning, West Sussex BN44 3YR

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Getting There

When you arrive at Bramber roundabout on the Steyning Bypass, take the exit on the road called Castle Lane. Follow this narrow road and continue straight ahead along Roman Road until the end. Turn right on to Kings Barn Lane. Follow this around to the left and you will see the sign for Kings Barn Camping. Follow the signs down the lane for 600 yards or so until you see the campsite on the right. If you are using the What Three Words app, the campsite is located at: plausible.expansion.segregate.

The nearest train station is in Shoreham-by-Sea. From there a taxi (available from the rank outside the station) takes around 10 minutes or you can catch the number two or number 60 bus to Steyning. Get off at the bus station called The Castle (by Bramber Castle), which is the nearest stop. From there it's about a 20-minute walk to the campsite. If you take the train to Brighton it's the same bus route (and, therefore, the same bus numbers). Or you can get the train to Shoreham and bring your bike, then follow the Downs Link cycle way (flat, firm but off-road, and almost entirely traffic-free) all the way to the campsite (five miles). The cycle route passes the campsite gate.

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Rated ★★★★★ over 2 reviews

★★★★★

Great place for a quiet weekend.

The campsite was just what we were looking for. Near enough to Steyning to be able to walk to shops and pubs etc, but also a really quiet and peaceful location with good access to walks on the Downs. Really well kept facilities too, it has everything you need.
★★★★★

Simple, peaceful luxury

Had such a lovely time at Kings Barn Camping - so peaceful, brand new toilets and showers, all hand built that feel simple but luxurious. Be aware you need to park away from your pitch and wheelbarrow your kit to a pitch. It’s very peaceful and quiet. Each pitch has a fire pit there for you and all logs and coals available if you need it. Beautiful walks (or runs or bike rides!) directly from the campsite. Super friendly and helpful hosts.
Jul 29, 2021 by Alice Verified Review

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