East Sussex tent camping holidays, High Weald
Barley Rise Camping offers stunning views over the Rother valley, within this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Peace, quiet and the natural environment are important to our family, who own and run this low-key rural campsite within easy walking distance of Stonegate mainline station. Most people come to the site for the tranquility and natural beauty of the area, but if you want a little sightseeing there are several interesting spots nearby, including Bateman’s National Trust property and Pashley Manor.
The campsite is “tent only”, which we think adds to the old-style camping experience -- in a good way. We see the farm as a rural retreat, rather than a mini Butlins. There are loos on site, although there are currently no washrooms.
If you fancy a proper campfire, you can use one of the designated fire pits (booked on a first-come-first-served basis). We also sell disposable barbecues. We ask you to please take all your rubbish home with you and recycle what you can. Due to our abundant wildlife, and for hygiene reasons, we do not accept dogs at the campsite. This means that you and your children can enjoy the grassy areas of the site without fear of mishap! For the enjoyment of all campers, we respectfully ask that you keep noise to a minimum (no music, instruments or generators). We’re proud of our peaceful site and hope you enjoy staying as much as we enjoy living here.
Rooms, food and facilities
Camping with tents only. No camper vans or caravans.
How this holiday makes a difference
The camping field is in the middle of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a landscape of rolling hills, small and irregular-shaped woods and fields as well as farmsteads and stunning Wealden villages such as Burwash. Our own lovely village, with its distinctive espaliered lime trees along the high street, is perched on a ridge, on an ancient routeway, where drovers, farmers, woodsmen and iron-masters would once have travelled. The sunken lanes, which tempt you away from the main road, were once drove roads -- where farmers would usher their pigs down into the woods and “dens” to forage for acorns. Once you’ve spotted the distinct steep sides of these pretty little lanes, you’ll never look at this landscape in quite the same way. So, if you’re trying to keep the kids occupied, try getting them to spot “dens” at the end of local place names. The Iron industry, first during Roman times, and then during the Tudor period, has also shaped the area around us. Although many of the ancient ironworks are hidden by woodland and undergrowth, you can still spot “hammer” and “forge” in farm, field, and place names such as Hammerden Farm, heading towards Stonegate, and Forge Wood at Etchingham. On our own field there was once a mill of another kind -- a windmill, which would have been used to grind grain for bread. There are still a huge number of historic building and farmsteads nearby, and the landscape is much as it would have been for centuries. It’s a really special spot.