New Wharf Campsite

UK England South East England West Sussex Horsham

  • Hand sanitising stations
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
Riverside camping and shepherd’s huts near the South Downs

Swimming in the river, cooking on campfires, and swinging from trees on tractor tyres… Move over Huck Finn; this is the story of New Wharf Campsite. You get to play the main character and the action will be set, not on the banks of the Mississippi, but down by the peaceful River Adur, instead. It’s in Sussex, in the shadow of the South Downs, just over half an hour from Brighton and an hour south of London.

This easy-to-reach but idyllic location has been welcoming campers for a few years, previously by a pop-up camping brand. Now farmer’s daughter Elle and her partner Ed are running the place. They’ll still be offering a mix of meadow and riverside camping and have five simple shepherd’s huts too. Apart from those it’s all off-grid, tents-only camping with campfires welcome. Cars are not allowed in the camping areas, which means footloose and fancy-free kids are. And there's plenty of space to play.

The shepherd’s huts are all different but most have log burners, and all bar one can sleep four people. Those family-sized huts are in the main camping field with the other, Ellena, which is just right for couples, tucked a little further away. It has its own loo and shower to boot. All have electricity, lighting, USB charging, and an outside cooking and eating area. Just don’t forget to bring your own bedding.

Whether you camp in your own tent or stay in a hut, it’s the rural and riverside location that makes New Wharf special. Make the most of it with the 45-minute riverside walk to the most-local pub or by taking the plunge to cool off. The water is tidal, so do take care, and, if swimming is not your thing, try a kayak or paddleboard to get your fix. Both are available for hire on the riverbank nearby. Walking or cycling in the nearby South Downs is almost as much of a must but other than that? Stick a blade of grass in your mouth, pull your straw hat over your eyes and simply relax by the river.

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We have beautiful shepherd huts, our own private access to the river via are custom made wooden steps, onsite kayak and paddle-board hire and instructor (best to call/book in advance) and plenty of wood to keep the fire going as the sun sets.

Suitable For

This site is suitable for all campers, couples can have there own areas away from the hustle and bustle, families can have spacious areas to run around and play, groups can have large areas just for themselves and people who want comfort and ease, can have shepherd huts with double beds, cookers and much loved shade in the morning hours and swimmers have the river. It is ideal for walks, sightseers, wildlife watchers, cyclists, watersport enthusiasts and good old fashion camping and chilling.


The Birds: Kestrels, Buzzards, Herons, the family of Geese and our local Cuckoo bird who flies over are some of the wildlife you see daily. The countryside and rolling hills for views. The river for swimming in on the hot days or to paddle down the river by canoes, kayaks or paddle-boards. Even walking along the river banks and taking in the wonderful scenery. We are fortunate enough to be near the coast and Brighton is just over 30-minutes away, another way to celebrate another fun day.

Food & Drink

The Fountain Inn is our local Pub and has a good reputation for lovely food and having a large pub garden with lots of outdoor seating. You can hire their venue for large groups and it also has its own skittle alley. Alternatively we have a local butcher over the road for some fantastic BBQ food if you want to cook for yourselves over an open fire or BBQ.



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The Owner Says

Our family run farm and campsite is located on the outskirts of Ashurst in the middle of stunning West Sussex, situated on the river Adur. We are happy to boast about our generous sized tent pitches, vast playing areas, comfortable and cosy shepherd huts, a wide variety of areas where you can camp and never be too far from our facilities.


30 meadow camping pitches, 10 riverside camping pitches and five shepherd’s huts.


Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 2
Ellena Hut is our couples retreat, off from the main site its a lot more quite and peaceful.


Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 4
Molly is our newest hut with a slightly different twist. She is placed in the middle of the open woodland.


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Matilda sits next to the campsite, while still being in the open woodland.


Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 4
Jane is a family size shepherd hut at the bottom of the open woodland.


Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 4
Guinevere hut is a family shepherd hut on top of a little hill with a view away from the campsite for more privacy. All of the 2 berth huts are placed in their own private open woodland, adjacent to the main site.

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Getting There

If coming from London, on the B2135, drive through Ashurst, past The Fountain pub on your left and follow the road around the bend. The road straightens, as the trees clear, take the next left (marked by a flag; the one before the New Wharf Farm entrance). Follow the straight track until you see reception. If coming from the south, head towards Steyning and Ashurst. Turn right onto the B2135 to Ashurst and Partridge Green. Drive along the wiggly country road. As the road straightens, keep an eye open for New Wharf Farm sign on your right. Take the next right after the farm onto a track marked by a flag.

Shoreham-by-Sea is the nearest railway station, eight miles away. From there, you would need a taxi to get to site. Expect to pay around £25.


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Why book with Glampingly?

  • Coronavirus Booking Guarantee
  • Best Price Guarantee, with no fees
  • Instant booking confirmation
  • Trusted for over 10 years
  • A chance to win prizes in our regular competitions

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