High Weald

L_030591Barley Rise Camping offers stunning views over the Rother Valley. Peace, quiet and the natural environment are important to the owners of this low-key rural campsite which is within easy walking distance of Stonegate mainline station. Most people come to the site for the tranquility and natural beauty of the area, but if you want a little sightseeing there are several interesting spots nearby, including Batemans National Trust property and Pashley Manor.

The campsite is "tent only" giving an old-style camping experience. The farm is seen as a rural retreat, rather than a mini-Butlins. There are loos on site, although there are currently no washrooms.

The camping field is in the middle of the High Weald near to the stunning Wealden village of Burwash which has distinctive espaliered lime trees along the high stree and is perched on a ridge on an ancient routeway, where drovers, farmers, woodsmen and iron-masters would once have travelled. The sunken lanes, which tempt you away from the main road, were once drove roads where farmers would usher their pigs down into the woods and "dens" to forage for acorns. The Iron industry, first during Roman times, and then during the Tudor period, has also shaped the area around Barley Rise. Although many of the ancient ironworks are hidden by woodland and undergrowth, you can still spot "hammer" and "forge" in farm, field, and place names such as Hammerden Farm, heading towards Stonegate, and Forge Wood at Etchingham. On the field there was once a mill of another kind - a windmill, which would have been used to grind grain for bread. There are still a huge number of historic building and farmsteads nearby, and the landscape is much as it would have been for centuries. It's a really special spot.

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