Saddlescombe Farm backpackers' campsite

The National Trust backpackers and cyclists campsite at Saddlescombe Farm on the South Downs opens from 1 April until 30 September.

Backpack campers are welcome at Saddlescombe; we have a deliberately quiet and simple site, perfect for those walking the South Downs Way. No vehicles are permitted on site to ensure the peace and tranquility are retained.
This rural campsite is set within one of the finest stretches of the South Downs and provides a simple site for walkers and cyclists. It's a real back to nature treat if you are looking for something a bit different.
Saddlescombe Farm is on the National Trust’s Devil’s Dyke Estate just off the South Downs Way, five miles from Brighton.
  • Share the peace of the downs: this is a quiet and dark site - no music or artificial light between 23:00 and 07:00
  • Barbecues can be used as long as they are kept off the ground. Stones for raising disposable barbecues off the ground can be found by the fire extinguisher boxes. Please return them after use. We are sorry, but no other campfires are permitted anywhere at Saddlescombe Farm.
  • Tent pitches: £5 per person per night, by cash or cheque only; there is an honesty box by the metal gate if a ranger isn't on site - for booking enquiries email:  or telephone: 01273 857712
  • Because of the shape of the valley, you may experience a poor mobile phone signal in the camping field. For a better signal follow the South Downs Way in either direction.
  • Accessible toilet with wash hand basin on site; fresh water tap in the field


Saddlescombe Farm, Saddlescombe Road, Brighton, BN45 7DE
  • This Google map shows the location of the campsite and the nearest pubs for evening meals
  • Grid reference: TQ273113
  • Explorer map: OL11
  • Landranger map: 198