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Gumber Camping Barn And Campsite National Trust
Gumber Farm
West Sussex   (Browse area)
BN18 0RN
Tel: 01243 814484
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Open: 17/03 To 03/11

Rating: Average Review Score: 10/10 from 4 Reviews
                10/10 from 4 Reviews

 Tent Pitches   No Caravans   No Motorhomes   Glamping Units 
 No Statics for Hire   No Statics on Sale   No Seasonal Pitches   No Caravan Storage 
 No Electric Hookups   No Hardstandings   No Fully Serviced Pitches   Show Full Facilities
Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   No Rallies   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 No Baby Changing   No Laundry   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 No Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   No Gas Exchange   No Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point 
 Shop <5 miles   Bar <5 miles   Restaurant <5 miles   No Wifi Access 
 No Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 Fishing <10 miles   No Wild Swimming   No Indoor Pool   Outdoor Pool <5 miles 
 No Horse Riding   No Cycle Hire   No Golf   No Tennis 
 Beach <10 miles   Watersports <10 miles   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed   Not Open All Year 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport   No Dog Walk 


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Date of Visit: July 2019 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  With friends
Reviewer: Sprucy 18 reviews from this member

 What a magical place! And absolutely worth the slog of walking carrying your tent and stuff to reach it. My friend and I worked out a route on foot from Amberley station and returned to Arundel station, both on the same railway line (we had come by train from London).

All the info is on their website but, in brief, you have all the kitchen equipment you need, so not necessary to carry cooking utensils unless you really want to do it the “proper” way. Kept very clean. Select your own (unmarked) pitch.

The people who run it come and check up that you have booked and paid - there is no reception. While we were there the main sound of wildlife was not sheep, but sparrows, wood pigeons and swallows. The nearest delightful shop/café is in Slindon, requiring a very pleasant walk.

The signposts in the woods aren’t always helpful in terms of telling you where you are going, so we found our OS app invaluable, in addition to our paper map (of course you can use a compass).

People also cycle there. There are three very comfortable looking dormitories in the bunkhouse and a living room. There is a covered section in the camping area and several picnic tables.

What’s not to like? 

Date of Visit: August 2011 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Nacourt 3 reviews from this member

 Lift up your hearts at Gumber at the Belloc plaque says on site. I have been here 6 times now - by bike with mates and walking in with the kids - and it is a consistently unique and uplifting experience. As a result it brings out the best in people.

Example 1: guest family 1 set about building the fire for the communal fire.

Example 2: other groups us included) went to the woods to gather more firewood.

Example 3: my kids were offered marshmallows and a pokey stick on which to cook it by fellow guests. Nice touch.

All of this under starry skies as the owls tweeted and the sheep bleated (okay, maybe bring some earplugs).

Yep, there's a kitchen, showers and toilets and they work - but this place transcends conventional site descriptions.

Also, we walked to the nearest pub The George at Eartham. Top pub and its 3 miles away. We bottled out of walking back through the woods and so got a taxi back!

In short, if you collect special UK camping experiences in the South, its a top five thing to do before you die!

As the Hilaire Belloc plaque says Lift up your hearts at Gumber. 

Date of Visit: May 2009 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Erichschlaikjer 1 review from this member

 Our children are of an age where a campground that requires effort to access is good. We liked the mile walk to arrive.

The other reviewer covered the facilities well. Nice kitchen and showers. Ground sloped a bit. Campfire. 10 pounds each. Many noisy sheep. Not too crowded, but you are supposed to book.

Lots of geocaches around here. Bignor Roman Villa was just ok.

There is a round blue plaque at the campsite to Hilaire Belloc, poet of the immortal 'Matilda told such Dreadful Lies, It made one Gasp and Stretch one's Eyes' etc. 

Date of Visit: May 2007 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Lazgoat 1 review from this member

 We stayed at the Gumber Farm Bothy/Camping Barn over the May Bank Holiday weekend. The weather was forecast to be bad so we missed the first night, so cant comment on how busy it may have been. We were the only people there for Bank Holiday Monday. It cost £8 per head whether camping or staying in the Bothy.

Getting to the site is by foot or bicycle only and you have to park your vehicle about 1mile away and walk the rest. The site is about a mile off the South Downs Way so could be a handy night stop over for those doing the SDW.

The Camping Barn/Bothy is run by the National Trust and has good facilities. There is a kitchen with two gas cookers, basic cooking utensils(pots, pans, cups etc), sink with basin & drying area, hot and cold water and a couple of tables with chairs. There are good toilets and hot shower facilities too.

If you are staying in the Bothy there are sleeping platforms for about 20+ people at one end of the barn and then a "Hay Loft" area that could take about 10-15 more. As for camping there is space for about 5-6 tents, an open fireplace and two barbecue stands. The ground is very slightly sloping.

Location wise, the Bothy is an ideal base for exploring this part of the South Downs. Its a little "remote" if yo want to get to a pub. For those looking to get away and "back to basics" its ideal and I'll definitely be going back. 

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