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Fox Wood Camping

UK England South East England West Sussex Worthing

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
A beautiful, tents-only campsite situated at the bottom of a wooded valley in the South Downs National Park

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!



Only half of the 34 acre site is allocated to camping, the other half is left as a wild space for campers to use for walks. The site is kept natural and there are no organised facilities. Toilets (in a purpose built modern block; 5 ladies and 3 gents) are composting and water is pumped from an underground well into a fantastic washing up shelter. There are 8 gas powered camp showers. No electricity on site. Quiet hours are from 10pm till 8am.

Suitable For

Tents, families, couples, dogs (up to 2 per pitch) – yes. Campervans, caravans, large groups, motorhomes and single sex groups (stag and hen parties and so on) – no.


A footpath on the doorstep leads you roughly north into the whopping 1300 acres of Angmering Park (01903 882220), where there are tonnes of routes to explore, including by bicycle. Continue in this direction to explore the vast South Downs National Park (01730 814810) further or head south to the coast, just 5 minutes away by car. Climping Beach and Sandy West Wittering beach are particularly popular. The historic town of Arundel is also nearby, stacked up on the banks of the River Avon. The Arundel Park Estate is well worth exploring (try circling Swanbourne Lake with the kids) and fully-restored Arundel Castle (01903 882173), established in 1067, is also a must.

Food & Drink

There are three country pubs within a mile of the site, each serving great food and with gardens and play areas for little campers. They are (in order of poximity) The Fox (01903 871299), The World’s End (01903 871346) and The Woodman Arms (01903 871240). There's a Tesco Extra 10 minutes away in West Durrington, and an Asda superstore slightly further in Ferring.


Late May to the end of August.

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Contact Fox Wood Camping, Fox Wood, Selden Lane, Patching BN13 3UL

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Getting There

When travelling West on the A27: take the turning signposted Horsham (A24) A280. Right (4th exit) at the next roundabout over the flyover for A280. Left (1st exit) at the next roundabout signposted Patching.

When travelling East on the A27: take the turning signposted Horsham (A24) A280 and Clapham / Patching / Angmering / Findon. Left (1st exit) at the next roundabout signposted Patching.

If travelling on the A280 towards Littlehampton / Angmering: When arriving at the roundabout linking onto the A27 turn right (3rd exit) signposted Patching.

Travel down this road until you reach The Fox pub. Turn right at The Fox - this is Selden Lane - travel down this hill for approximately 200m, and the turning into Fox Wood is a large gate at the bottom of the hill on the left hand side.

The nearest train station is Angmering (0845 748 4950), 8 minutes by car.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 17 reviews


Busy but still beautiful

We camped here over the august bank holiday weekend & even though it was booked to capacity there was still plenty of space for everyone. My complaint one morning about noisy neighbours after curfew(1am!!!) was taken seriously and with understanding. Facilities were clean & showers hot. Never seen such posh compost loos. Only thing stopping 5 stars was the constant noise from the A27 but not a lot anyone can do about that.
Sep 3, 2019 by Nicola Reed


We stay every year and will keep going back. This camp site has a lovely atmosphere, great clean facilities, large pitches in and out of the woods. Lovely fire area in each pitch, dog friendly and most of all very helpful owners.
Aug 23, 2019 by John Dodd


As non-regular camper Londoners, we absolutely loved it here! We stayed for 2 nights as a couple with our dog and had a wonderful time. Facilities are great at the site, hot showers are most appreciated. We are definitely converts now and will look to camp more to get away from the city life and have already recommended Fox Wood to our friends (who are seasoned campers!). We will definitely come back again in the future!
Aug 12, 2019 by Ruby Liu Verified Review

Best kept secret

Our whole family loved this place! So much room to play and large open spaces to set up camp, perfect for my son who has Aspergers (he likes open spaces) and nice to know that there’s no risk of loud neighbours as everything settles down around 10pm. The toilets and showers were kept immaculate by the lovely owners who made us feel so very welcome. There are woodland walks nearby but to be honest the site is so beautiful you really don’t want to leave. Pubs nearby but we only ventured to the Fox pub which we found perfect for the kids with its play area and kids menu, little bit pricey but it was a nice treat. All in all this was an absolutely perfect camping experience and we can’t wait to return, we’ll done Fox wood! Jess.

Everything you could want

I’m slightly hesitant from a selfish perspective to write a review for the only reason that my review will encourage more people to visit what is the best forest campsite I have been to so far and I’d prefer to keep it a secret so it is available for me! The facilities, location and site are awesome and we had a fantastic time there. Our son met some new friends at the rope swing and we were happy to let him play without our supervision due to the safe and secure environment we felt around us at the site. A camp fire every night toasting marshmallows was the perfect way to relax whilst also looking up at the stars between the trees. There was plenty of space between each camp so you didn’t feel overlooked or hear other campers. Showers, toilets and washing area were well looked after and could not wish for anything else. Totally amazing place and we will be back!

Top camping spot

The owners of Fox Wood really understand what camping is about. There were plenty of secluded sites to choose from all dotted around under a splendid canopy of trees and within easy walking distance of parking, loos and washing areas. While the site is not what some would consider to be wild camping (thanks to the very well maintained facilities) it was lovely not being surrounded by RVs / camper vans and noisy neighbours. We really enjoyed our stay and would love to return soon.
Aug 1, 2019 by Serena Castello-Cortes

One of the best campsites we've stayed at

We go camping 2 or 3 times a year and this is one of the best campsites we've stayed at. We had so much space around us and felt really excluded in our camping spot with so much nature around us. Recommend going when it's bluebell season, the walks with a carpet of purple around us was fantastic. The facilities were great (washing, compost loos and showers). Campsite owner was super friendly and helpful. Brilliant pubs within a short walk away.
Jun 4, 2019 by Seb Burley Verified Review

Absolutely lovely

We're just back from a weekend at Fox Wood and we really loved it. The kids had an amazing time playing on the rope swing and running around with new friends and we enjoyed the woodland setting and easy proximity to Goring/Ferring and Arundel. We will definitely be back. Thank you.

Great campsite in a lovely location

Really enjoyable weekend camping with the family. The owners were lovely and friendly and the campsite is spacious and set in a beautiful forest. Toilet and shower facilities were good although only at the entrance so a bit of a walk for some campers.
Jun 2, 2019 by Trail55474118347

Lovely place to get back to nature

A lovey campsite. The plots are between the trees so nice and private. It was not overcrowded, even on a bank holiday weekend. The children loved the rope swing. The showers were excellent. Lovely feel to the place- just the necessary services, nottoomuch - just right.
May 8, 2019 by Anne

Beautiful wood

We loved Fox Wood Camping. It is in a quiet and lovely wood where camping included open fires and wonderful walks. We walked to the local pub one night for dinner and visited the gorgeous town of Arundel where you can see the castle or walk around the gardens. It’s a great getaway from London. We will be back!
Aug 27, 2018 by Karyn

The beautiful woods and space

A little bit of me wants to keep quiet about this site as it’s so fabulous! Everything is perfect. I love waking up under the tall oak trees to the sound of the buzzards. The pitches are well spread out and the fire pits and little seating areas a fantastic touch.There is so much space between the tents, we make a little home from home using windbreaks and fairy lights. (For true space affectionado’s the back of the site is often empty). As soon as we arrive, our boy goes feral, running off with other kids to make dens, swing on ropes and goodness knows what else! It is kids paradise and a long way from busy roads. Because only families are welcomed, it also means that booze campers are pretty much absent and it is possible to actually get a bit of sleep! We have been three times now and just love it. It even has the bonus of being quite close to a decent sandy beach. Its a short hop to lots of footpaths and two good pubs The showers and sinks are good and a bit of composting toilet is a small price to pay for being off grid (they are kept VERY clean - much better than the disgusting fly ridden ones I have encountered at other sites). I have been to some great campsites in Devon and Dorset, but for me, this is the tops.
Aug 8, 2018 by Alice

Great family experience

The best part is how little we had during the experience, relying on the limited toilet and washing facilities but it was still great. A great family weekend camping, well worth a visit
Aug 6, 2018 by Trystan Lakin

Excellent campsite, highly recommended

Just spent the weekend at this lovely campsite. The owners are wonderfully friendly and clearly work very hard to keep the campsite in such a clean and well kept condition. Lovely woodland environment with plenty of space and privacy between the pitches. The woods are lovely for the children to safely explore. We will definitely be returning and highly recommend.
Aug 8, 2017 by Ant

Fantastic campsite

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 was a brilliant party venue, Ian and Sarah were very kind and made the occasion special for us. Thank you, we will be back!
Sep 2, 2016 by Bronia

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.
May 17, 2016 by DK

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.

May 16, 2016 by FiresideFamily

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