CAMPSITE REVIEW: Kitts camp, East Sussex

We were incredibly lucky to have the whole of Kitts camp campsite to ourselves on a soggy October weekend, so our experience is going to be very different to that of a peak summer weekend. However we have camped here a couple of times before and while the facilities are limited, they don’t cram people in, so it never feels overcrowded and the owners are thoughtful about where to place you, away from noisy kids if you don’t have any of your own for instance! Surrounded by magical woodland, footpaths galore, campfires are encouraged, friendly owners and only a short stumble to the local pub, this back to basics site, really is wonderful. But if super clean, modern bathrooms and hot showers are essentials to you, then maybe choose to go elsewhere. 

Camping Field


  • Short walk through woods to pub
  • Lots of walking tracks through the site 
  • Campfires 
  • Beautiful surroundings
  • Flat pitches
  • In October there was great mushrooms foraging


  • No rubbish or recycling, which really isn’t great, especially if you have a dog, storing dog poo filled bags and taking home is not ideal 
  • Basic facilities may be stretched at peak times (6 toilets and 4 showers) but perfectly adequate for back to basics camping.
Walk back from Horsted Keynes station


  • The Bluebell railway –   This beautiful heritage steam railway is only a 30/40 minute walk through the woods and via Wowo campsite. We went just went 1 stop from Sheffield park to Hortsed Keynes and then did a 2 hour walk back ending at the Sloop Inn. Dogs are welcome on the bluebell railway and even get their own ticket. 
  • Sheffield Park and Garden – National trust landscaped gardens, parkland and woodland. Dogs are allowed on leads in the landscaped garden and parkland and off lead in the East park


  • Yes- each pitch has its own, wood needs to be purchased on site and strictly not taken from surrounding woodland
Walk to the Sloop Inn


Toilet, shower and washing up block


  • No rubbish and recycling, you have to take everything home
  • Basic toilets and showers 
  • Hot washing up
  • Rope swings 
  • No electric pitches


  • Go with no expectations about facilities, accept the rubbish situation and you will get the opportunity to camp in this idyllic, prime spot of Sussex countryside 

Campsite map

Kitts Camp website

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