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UK England South East England West Sussex Billingshurst Knepp Wildland Safaris & Camping

  • Sleeps 4 (max 4 adults, 3 children)
Our 'Pitch Your Own' campsite has a limited number of pitches so you never feel part of the crowd. Situated in a stunning wildflower meadow on the edge of an ancient wood, and surrounded by 3,500 acres of the Knepp rewilding project, this is real wildlife camping.

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Each pitch (maximum two tents and four people) has its own upcycled fire-pit and barbeque grill. Local, sustainable charcoal, firewood, kindling, eco-firelighters, long matches and log candles can be bought at the Go-Down, along with our amazing Knepp Wild Range longhorn and venison sausages, steaks and burgers, and organic wine, beer and cider.

There are three beautifully built compost loos and a hot water outdoor rain-shower on site, as well as two hot water open air baths. Campers are also welcome to use the luxury mains showers and flushing loos a short walk away in the Go-Down.

The 'Pitch Up' is our on-site, off-grid camp kitchen, ideal for wet weather or relaxing out of the sun. With solar lighting, solar charging station for laptops and mobiles, funky tables and chairs, and an upcycled wood-burning stove, this is beach life in the countryside – the perfect place to enjoy a sundowner listening to birdsong.

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About Knepp Wildland Safaris & Camping

Suitable For

Adults and children 12+ only – ideal for glamping or camping couples looking for a wild retreat. Small groups accepted (no stag and hen dos or rowdy parties – to preserve the tranquillity). No dogs, caravans, camper vans…or poachers. 

Nearby

You might find it nigh on impossible to tear yourself away from this Edenesque hideaway. However, should you venture forth, the South Downs, England’s newest national park, is a short drive away, with Devil’s Dyke – a mile long valley – a spectacular draw. If stately country piles and exquisitely landscaped gardens are your thing, Petworth House (01798 342207), Arundel Castle (01903 882173) and nearby Parham House(01903 742021) are worth a visit.

Food & Drink

Look no further than the Knepp Wildland safari shop where you can buy organic ‘Wild Range’ longhorn steaks, venison burgers and Tamworth sausages for the BBQ. Delectable breakfast baskets featuring Knepp eggs and Tamworth bacon are available to pre-order. There’s a range of provisions from pizza dough and toppings (to cook up in the wood fired-pizza ovens!), pasta and wild garlic pesto, Horsham ginger biscuits and even organic Cocoa Loco chocolate made on the Estate. Most importantly, the shop has a liquor license and sells organic beers, cider, wine and the local prize-winning Wiston bubbly! The choice of the local boozers are the Crown Inn (01403 710902; Dial Post), the Countryman Inn (01403 741383; Shipley) and the George and Dragon (01403 741320; Shipley). 
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Rated ★★★★★ over 12 reviews

★★★★★

Beautiful escape from London

We cycled down from London to camp here. It's a beautiful place and we really weren't there long enough to make the most of it (just one night) so we will definitely be back. Toilets and showers were clean and it was lovely having a fire watching the sun set. I loved that cars weren't allowed on the campsite because camping in what is essentially a car park isn't as nice. Those in cars were given wheelbarrows to transfer their kit. Lots of insects about including some amazing beetles that took refuge under our tent! One small thing would be to get some proper cycle parking - I was directed towards a small row of what cyclists will know as 'wheelbender' racks; no cyclist with an expensive bike will be happy using these as we prefer Sheffield stands where you can lock both wheels and frame - and bikes that can carry a camping load generally aren't cheap. As it was we locked our bikes together next to the tent and that was fine for a short stay, but it would have been great to have something secure to lock them to if we'd have gone for a walk. I feel that encouraging more people to cycle there would be a really good thing - a discount for arriving by bike or foot as other sites do would be most welcome!
Aug 18, 2020 by Laura Hutson Verified Review
★★★★★

Peaceful and amazing for wildlife

I liked the natural feel and the beautiful surroundings. You really don't have to see civilisation at all for a few days if you don't want to. Loo's and showers are fine, although loos take forever to refill to flush so some people leave it. Showers are always hot and the wood and tin shacks have lots of charm. The Pitch up looked nice but currently you can't go in due to corona restrictions. Camping field is lovely, very large so you can always find space. We were there early August so the grass and plants were past flowering however its still lovely. The walks are easy to follow and there was barely one occasion where we didn't have a surprising animal encounter when we left the camping field. So many deer and cattle everywhere and we even met the wild pigs and piglets. Downsides? Not many, the price of pitches is higher than average, and the shop is pricey for essentials and gifts but other than that I can't think of much. Even then I guess they use the cash for the wilding project so that doesn't make it so bad. Overall if you like peace and wildlife, go, you will have a great time. We're definitely going back.
Aug 7, 2020 by Dave Boyle Verified Review
★★★★★

Well needed escape

We have just returned from Knepp following a couple of nights away. This was our first post-covid getaway and an escape for London was certainly needed. The site is lovely, each pick is marked out by being mown in the ground. Each pitch is a very good size and well spread out from the other campers. The facilities were good, the showers pleasant and warm, the toilets flushed, and were nice (unless you caught them while they took the seats away for a cleansing). Each pitch has access to a fire pit, buckets of wood cost £5. A bucket lasted us about 4 hours. The tents are amongst a thistle field which attracts a lot of wildlife. The site is set within large grounds which are suitable for a walk. Currently, you can see the first stork born in the wild in the UK for 600 years, so the grounds are attracting a good few visitors. Staff were very friendly, everyone made the effort to remain clean. There is plenty of handwash located in key sites. We had a very good time and recommend it.
★★★☆☆

Lovely rustic campsite with a few exceptions

The campsite is so close to London to get to after work on a Friday. The campsite itself is beautiful with excellent facilities and lovely rustic touches. There were a few things that were not so great. The noise from the road is very noticeable and the distance from the car park to the camping area is inconvenient.
★★★★★

I'll be back

This was a 4 hour bike ride from south east London. Easy to get to and quiet roads most of the way once out of London. I stayed here for a measly one night though; too short. For that reason I never managed to see what the site and its surroundings had to offer. The showers and kitchen area were amazing. Very spacious and comfortable. I will camp there again. Not a lot of supermarkets or 7/11 close by. Come prepared if biking!
Aug 23, 2019 by Velile Nare Verified Review
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Location

Knepp Wildland Safaris & Camping is located at New Barn Farm, Swallows Lane, Dial Post, West Sussex RH13 8NN

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Getting There

The turning for the campsite is off Swallows Lane. The grid reference for the car park is: TQ 150 203.

Travelling south from Horsham on the A24 take the first turn off for Dial Post on the right, then take the first right onto Swallows Lane. New Barn Farm track is on the left just after the national speed limit signs.

Travelling north from Worthing take the first turn for Dial Post on the left, go past the pub and then take the second left down Swallows lane, New Barn Farm track is on the left just after the national speed limit signs.

The nearest train stations are Horsham, Christ’s Hospital, Billingshurst and Pulborough. There’s a taxi rank at Horsham station and the Carfax in the centre of town, and Billingshurst and Pulborough stations but not at Christ’s Hospital.