Local Walks

– footpaths galore

South Downs Way Marker

The South Downs Way (10 mins) may be the celebrated trail of the National Park, but in reality, it is criss-crossed with puiblic footpaths. Walking in this beatiful countryside is nothing but a pleasure, but stopping at one of the Downland pubs on the way back, is so much more than that!

Country Pubs

– lots nearby

In fact, there are three pubs within easy walking distance, which makes Ditchling not quite as remote as it first appears. The Bull (Ditchling) maybe the people’s favorite, but The Royal Oak runs it a close second. The Jack & Jill is a mile in the other direction – a good excuse for a walk?

Farm Shops

– & cafe society

Farm shop at Middle Farm

You can also walk to Middle Farm, which houses a fantastic Farm Shop and as it happens,  the National Collection of Cider (200+ varieties). Cafe society is also well represented by not just one, but three Tea Rooms close by.  One (The Beanstalk Cafe), is quite amazingly,  just ten minutes walk away!

Historic Houses

– around the Corner!

Firle Place

We are also lucky to be able to walk to two of Sussex’ most popular visitor attractions; Charleston Farmhouse (of Bloomsbury Group fame) is a 20 minute walk, as is the lovely village of Firle,  which along with a well-stocked village shop, hosts Firle Place, a beautiful and historic country house.


Sussex Beaches

Wonderful beaches are around 20 minutes drive – in really beautiful countryside. Remember tide times though! It’s more fun when the tide is low.


sussex paragliding from Downs

There is masses to do across a wide range of activities, from extremely hearty to much more relaxed. Click the link for some opportunities.


Shop Alfriston

A land of tea rooms & coffee houses. Walk 10 mins to Firle Place & Middle Farm, 15 mins to Beanstalk, & 35 mins to the licensed cafe at Charleston.


Wine routes

Sussex is the hub of the UK’s burgeoning wine presence. There are some lovely estates. Talk to us about bike routes, a fun, safe, tasting method!

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Campfires and Hot Showers – in the rural heart of the Sussex Countryside

There are some great walks!

There are no prizes for guessing that one of the major attractions of Firle is it’s proximity to the The South Downs Way. In fact, Firle Beacon (just 10 steep mins from Roundhill & 25 mins from Firle Camp) is one of the SDW’s best known landmarks. Bonfires are lit there in times of war (The Spanish Armada in 1588) and peace (the Queens Jubillee June 2012), so the whole area is steeped in history.

It is therefore a given that the walking is some of the most beautiful in the UK. However, it is not just the Downs that campers have access to. There are also substantial and varied walks on the Firle Estate as well. In fact, it is a veritable feast of walks….a banquet of walks may be a better description!

Top tip;  If you have yound children & want to avoid the slog up the hill, there is a car park at Firle Beacon (BN8 6LR), but a quieter place (and walk) is from the car park (BN26 6UJ) at the top of Bo Peep Lane. It’s also closer to the beautiful Alciston and The Rose Tree Cottage Inn (01323 870377 – don’t talk to the parrot!).

There are some great bike rides!

Mountain bikers will make a bee-line to The Downs, while road bikers can take-off directly from Heighton St and start to discover a network of little used country lanes that go on for miles. Road bikers are better off on the north side of the A27, where there are masses of local villages at the end of quiet country roads – and good loops back.

Glynde, Laughton, Chalvington & Arlington are the names to look out for. If you want to test the wobbliness of your legs, then the run up to Firle Beacon is a must!

There are some great Pubs!

The Ram Inn, Firle – 01273 858222 – Kitchen closes 9.30pm

A cracking Pub!

The Barley Mow – Selmeston – 01273 811033 – 9pm (Sun to 8pm)

Very good childrens play area

The Rose Cottage Inn – Selmeston – 01273 870377 – 9pm

Mind the Parrot!

The Trevor Arms – Glynde – 01273 858208 – 9 pm

Great views.

The Snowdrop – Lewes – 01825 471018 – 9pm

A Lewes institution?

The Cricketers Arms – Berwick – 01323 870469 – 8.30 pm (Sun to 7pm)

Alfriston; The George Inn for food, The Star Inn and The Smugglers are popular drinking pubs and Wingrove & Moonrakers are two well thought of restaurants.

There are some great Farm Shops!

Middle Farm

Fun for all the family. Suicidal chickens….There is an in-house Butcher, Bakery and it sells a huge range of cheese, vegetables, staples…and meat pies & quiches to die for. Amazing that it’s within walking distance. On top of all that, the National collection of cider. A&E here we come.

Spring Barn Farm Shop


Bluebell Farm Shop

Arlington – Fri & Sat only

Dymock Farm Shop

Newhaven – to 4pm

Lewes Farmers Market

in Lewes on 1st & 3rd Saturday each month

There are some great local shops!

Firle Village Shop – surprisingly well stocked, the hub of all village news – a classic of it’s kind!

Selmeston Garage  – One of the greats! A cafe, THE best take-out sandwiches and rolls, beer, wine & basics

Glynde Village shop – has a cafe, so definitely worth stopping if you can find it!

Berwick Stores (Sat closes 1230) 01323 870200, with a proper butcher

There are some great Cafes!

The Beanstalk Tea Garden – (lunch too!) – 10 mins walk BN8 6PA 01273 858906

Charleston Farmhouse – (licensed!) – 20 mins walk

Firle Place Tea Rooms – 25 mins walk

Middle Farm Cafe – 30 mins walk

Little Cottage Tea rooms – Glynde 3 miles

More than you would care to mention in Alfriston – 3 miles

There are some great Beaches!

Everyone has their favourites, but the key point is to check tide time before leaving. There is MUCH more to see and do at low tide! Our nearest beaches are from around 20 mins drive, so an afternoon by the seaside is a real possibility.

Three favourites are;

Tide Mills, between Newhaven and Seaford;

Cuckmere Haven

Birling Gap.

There are some great activities to do too!

Here are some ideas!


Wild Swimming in the Ouse

Pooh Sticks on Ashdown Forest

Walking the South Downs around Firle

Beaches at Beachy Head

Crabbing at Cuckmere Haven

Seven Sisters Country Park

Wine Routes to wander

Antique hunting in Lewes

Browse The Lanes in Brighton

Ramble around Rodmell

Marchants Hardy Plants

Firle village

And if all else fails, there are cinemas in Uckfield (12 mins), Burgess Hill (20 mins), Brighton (25 mins) and Crawley (25 mins)