Fox Wood Camping
Fox Wood, Selden Lane, Patching BN13 3UL
Though Fox Wood is a summer campsite, the familiar smell of wood smoke still wafts through the trees in wintertime. It’s a nostalgic scent that leaves you dreaming of late night campfires and summer evenings. And it’s created by campsite owners Ian and Sarah, whose time is spent in the colder months creating sustainable charcoal. It’s no surprise that, after a few years wandering beneath the mighty oak they were struck with the thought of opening it up to other people; allowing them to embrace the same romantic setting and star studded skies that they had enjoyed for all those years. And thus, Fox Wood Camping was born.
In the bottom of a gently sloping valley, just to the south of a long shelf that runs through the South Downs National Park, Fox Wood is a 34-acre Oak wood with around half set aside for tent-only camping. Each pitch is in its own natural clearing and comes with a fire pit and log seats, with campers parking near the entrance before using wheel-barrows to truck their stuff out to their pitch. For maximum privacy, it’s worth making the extra effort to lug your things right to the far end of the wood, though pitch near the entrance and you can catch the early morning dawn as it splinters through the tall trees.
Visitors looking for a South Downs campsite with drying rooms for walking boots, playgrounds for the kids and electrical hook-ups for plugging in your boom-box are in the wrong place. Fox Wood is a true back-to-basics, family-friendly site and facilities are few and far between. There are no bins, so you need to remember to take your litter home, there’s no electricity, so remember to charge your phone, and there are certainly no glaring lights beaming through the night, so remember your torch and a telescope! But they do have the bare essentials to ensure campers have that wild experience, without the need to bathe in the pond. Excellent gas-powered showers are housed within quirky, wooden-clad cube, while there’s a block of composting toilets tucked away beneath the trees. After that, what else do you need?
As with all the best campsites, it’s the location that really does all the hard work. The woods constantly chirp with the sound of wildlife and the lean canopy branches clatter gently in the breeze. Beneath, worn down pathways lead you to the entrance where, a few strides across the lane, a local footpath is found. It’s really just the start of a network of opportunities, as anyone with an OS map will tell you or those into Geocaching. Countless routes from here will take you into the heart of the South Downs. Not that you need to go that far. Many take to the trails and wind their way in one of three directions: The World’s End, The Woodman Arms and The Fox – each an easy and worthy stroll away. Proper wild camping and a pub in easy reach. Now we’re talking!
The Owner SaysA beautiful, family-friendly campsite nestled at the bottom of a wooded valley within the South Downs National Park. The site is located within a 35 acre private woodland, and each of the pitches has their very own fire pit area with log seats. Fox Wood is directly adjacent to the Angmering Park Estate, which has footpaths and bridleways within an expansive 1300 acres of woodland to explore.
We have stayed here twice this year in May and July. Ian, Sarah and their boys are wonderful hosts and very welcoming. the pitches are great, facilities clean and new and the atmosphere friendly. the car are left in the car park away from the tents but you can pass them on t he way to the toilet block so nothing is far to walk. the children love the freedom there and really enjoyed playing with the owners children. our second trip included a birthday party where we invited guests for the afternoon.it was a brilliant party venue, Ian and Sarah were very kind and made the occasion special for us. Thank you, we will be back!
Great family campsite
We stayed at this lovely campsite over the early May bank holiday weekend. From the moment we arrived, Sarah and Ian were extremely welcoming and gave us all of the information we needed to get set-up. The pitches themselves are fantastic. Situated in clearings in the woodland, each has its own log seating around a campfire area, already set-up with kindling. It took us a few wheelbarrow trips to get all of our kit to our pitch but it was worth it for the tranquil, car-free environment we enjoyed for the rest of our stay. This campsite is most definitely off-grid (do take a torch!) but whilst the facilities are basic, the showers, loos and washing-up area were extremely clean and a pleasure to use. We had an extremely relaxing stay, enjoying the peace and quiet of the woodland setting. My wife and I and our two daughters all agreed that this was our favourite campsite to date and one we will definitely return to and recommend to friends.
Great family-friendly woodland
Just returned from a great weekend at Fox Wood Camping. The site is spacious, with plenty of semi-private glades amid towering oak woodland. Each pitch had its own campfire area, surrounded by log stools and benches, and a (very slightly sloping) grassy area for pitching your tent. You're free to choose your pitch on arrival and the owners are extremely helpful. There's no cars allowed on site (parking is at the entrance), which is great for free-running children, but they do offer a gear delivery service in their vehicle, and log delivery too. There are immaculate compost toilets, a clean washing area (drinking water on tap), and hot showers (morning and evening only), which are large enough to take grubby kids in with you. Nearby pub is an easy 10min walk with a good kids playground and homemade food. There are plenty of forest trails on site and in the immediate surroundings. Our kids loved finding owl eggs, spotting foxes and deer in the forest, and having the freedom to run, play and ride in wheelbarrows around the site. Sarah and Ian are very friendly and seemingly on duty all day (thank you!). Brilliant place for a family escape.