At Eco Camp UK we like to think Beech Estate Woodland Campsite is about as close to wild camping in England as you can get in an organised campsite.The campsite is situated in a 600 acre forest and located in East Sussex on the private 2000 acre Beech Estate.The actual campsite’s specified area is approximately 20 acres of woodland, across which we have only 15-20 pitches.
We hope Beech Estate offers an alternative, as close to wild camping in the UK, that many people will be able to access and enjoy – especially as close as you will get in Sussex, as the campsite is just over an hour from London and close to the South Coast.
We welcome hammock campers, bivouac campers, wild campers and campers with tarps to the campsite.
If wild camping and using a hammock we ask you to respect the woods, ask us where the best spots to set up your hammock are and be very cautious with any campfires.
It goes without saying we do ask you to leave the wild camping spot as you found it when you leave.
The short answer is that wild camping in England is legal, however you must have permission from the relevant landowners.
In short, it is quite difficult for someone to head off wild camping in England, unless you know a few fortunate landowners, with tracts of pristine woodland or moorland – and they give you permission to wild camp.
In short, in England camping on private land without permission is trespassing and on open access land wild camping is prohibited under Schedule 2 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.
In Scotland, the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 and Scottish Outdoor Access Code came into force on 9th February 2005.
The Act establishes a statutory right to camp and the Code describes the responsibilities and best practice guidance that should be followed when exercising your right to camp wild.