Remember when you were young and you could run wild in the woods..? Play on a rope swing, climb to the top of a tree or toast marshmellows on a campfire? We have secluded pitches in beautiful ancient woodland, bushcraft lessons, hot showers, our own laying hens, local farm shop and acres of woodland to explore. Bring your kids and relive your childhood…create some new memories.
We run off-grid and aim to make as little impact on the woods as possible. It’s wild back-to-nature camping but with hot showers, WC’s and recycling facilities – we are rustic but with everything you need for a few creature comforts in the woods. The local pub even delivers food if you arrive late on a rainy day…
If you like mown lawns, plastic playgrounds and a swimming pool then we’re probably not for you..! We are also set up for camping rather than all-night parties in the woods – they just upset everyone else.
I AM AFRAID THAT WE ARE NOW CLOSED FOR THE REST OF 2013. WE WILL BE OPENING IN JUNE 2014, OR EARLIER IF PLANNING PERMISSION IS GRANTED.
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Mike/Karina – 07528 609324 (please text during the week and we will call back).
Click on the image above to see this fabulous stop-motion film of one of our swedish candles in action….thanks Jason.
…its time to let the children loose in the woods. The rope swing has been up for a week and has seen so much use we’ve got another two going up shortly. The zip wire won’t be far behind…..!
As we all innately know, spending time in nature is good for our body, mind and spirit. It’s why we’re attracted to green places, flowers, lakes, fresh air and sunshine. “Forest bathing” or as it’s called in Japan “shinrin-yoku”, has now been clinically proven to reduce stress and improve human health.
Research documented that the health effects of a trip to the woods include reduced blood pressure, reduced cortisol levels, an increase in white blood cells, and an increase in natural killer cells which can combat cancer. To benefit the most, head into the woods for a couple of days every month.
Based on ancient Shinto and Buddhist practices, shinrin-yoku recommends a mindful approach to bathing in the forest and focusing on experiencing the forest through all five senses. If you’re caught up in the busyness of urban life and have to stop a second to try to remember what the five senses are….it’s time to head for the woods!
“Nature doesn’t bang any drums when she bursts forth into flowers, nor play any dirges when the trees let go of their leaves in the fall. But when we approach her in the right spirit, she has many secrets to share. If you haven’t heard nature whispering to you lately, now is a good time to give her the opportunity.” Osho, in Osho Zen Taro: the Transcendental Game of Zen
Sadly, at present, we are restricted to opening during weekends only over the summer. However, last year was a real success, with such wonderful feedback and reviews that we have decided to apply for planning permission to open for more of the year. Watch this space for news of progress…..we hope to know by the end of May.
We have been busy clearing scrub to reclaim the chalk grassland as part of a restoration programme. It should look amazing by the summer – like a private parkland on the top of the downs with stunning views and right next to the campsite for you to enjoy..!
There’s just something about playing with sticks…… whether its building camps or just running around….
Despite the rain we have been having we are finally running on solar power – so peace and quiet reigns as the generator is no more…
We now have the recycling bins in place and new changing rooms for the showers – and Mike has also carved a sign for the entrance so you wont have any problem finding us!
Thankyou to everyone who joined us for our opening weekend over the bank holiday – what a friendly bunch of people! Over 100 of you braved the pouring rain and sheltered amoungst the trees with your fires. I could not believe how much everyone disappeared into the woods – it seemed as if hardly anyone was there apart from when you all came our for the opening night party!
Thank you also for your comments and suggestions – which have been overwhelmingly positive. We know we have some work to do clearing more pitches and improving the washing facilities – but the general consensus seemed to be to keep it as natural as possible. In your own words……
‘So few places where you can be in the wilderness away from it all! – atmosphere lovely & everyone very welcoming – we will be back!’
‘A great experience (not only for the kids!), lovely and rustic, and all the freedom you could ask for’ - Duncan, Jenny, Daryl, Hayley, Chloe & Harry (plus Dylan, Lottie & Amber the dogs)
or click on the link for our first reviews on UKCampsites – 10/10 so far…! Lets hope we can keep up the good work.
this weekend we had our tree surgeons in to check our ancient trees and drop any deadwood so you and your family can sleep easy when the wind blows…