Explorers Connect


There are some great camping opportunities within 90mins of London.  Here are a few of our favourites and all can be reached easily by train from central London.  If you fancy some company put up an Event on the Explorers Connect in the South East Facebook page and invite others to join you. Happy Camping! Send us your favourites and we'll add them to the list so everyone can benefit from your knowledge.

  • Chafford Park Situated in a quiet setting with a bluebell wood and corn fields. They have fire pits and firewood for sale. Open Easter to October. Camping £10pppn

  • House Dean Farm Situated on a working farm on the South Downs. Camping £11pppn (£7 child) Train to Lewes /Brighton followed by a bus. Or a National Express bus from Victoria to Brighton University.

  • North Hill Farm Set in the Chilterns overlooking the stunning Chess Valley but only 20miles from London with easy access from M25 and the Underground (Chorleywood) £10pppn Fire pits allowed.

  • Manor Court Farm Informal camping in the garden amongst the old brick farm buildings, near the pond and with views of Ashdown Forest. £10pppn. Ashurst Station is 15mins walk away with hourly trains taking 55mins from London Bridge.


Wild Camping is camping outside of designated campsites. These areas in and around London are gaining popularity for wild camping:  

  • Epping Forest, Box Hill, Hampstead Heath and Primrose Hill are all popular wild camping spots within London. However you are unlikely to get permission so be discreet

  • St Peter's Chapel, Bradwell-on-Sea. Atmospheric campsite next to a 7th Century chapel. Nearest station is Southminster

  • Leigh on Sea (Essex). Look for a quiet spot with a view just below Hadleigh Castle. Less than an hour from London by train

  • White Horse Hill (Uffington) Iconic hikes and unique place to camp out. Small groups and discretion recommended. Swindon train station 12miles away

  • Remenham Woods (Henley)

  • TELL US MORE SITES! We will add them here so that everyone can use them

Strictly, all land in England and Wales is owned so you should gain permission before camping. These are guidelines that help you protect the wilderness:

  • Leave no trace - remove all litter, bury your poo etc

  • Be respectful to others by keeping groups small and camping as unobtrusively as possible

  • Do not have fires unless expressly permitted. Fire rings can scar the ground for years or worse can spread through root systems or peaty soil