Camping near the beach

We are incredibly lucky in Sussex to have such a vast array of beautiful beaches. With both our Sussex campsites being around a thirty minute drive to the coast, it’s a great spot for camping near the beach.

The Campsites

Both of our Sussex campsites are in stunning woodlands, so get the best of both worlds with a stay at a Pegs and Pitches campsite! Sussex is actually one of the sunniest places in the UK so summer is a great time to visit if you’re looking to go camping near the beach. Though don’t let the Spring or Autumn put you off, the beaches are quieter and still just as beautiful at these times of the year.

Beech Estate Campsite in East Sussex has some lovely shingle beaches nearby, some which feel really off the beaten track.

Learn more about Beech Estate Campsite here

Camping near the Beach

Cooden Beach

Arguably our nearest beach, around a twenty minute drive from Beech Estate Campsite and has the added bonus of free parking! It’s a shingle beach and popular with wind and kite surfers. A great spot to sit with a cuppa and enjoy the views (bring a thermos!). The beach is in a very natural setting with no shops or cafes.

Camping near the beach

Pett Level

This beach is a top recommendation from our campsite wardens and is really quite special. It is less flat that a lot of the beaches in the area but also has free parking and even the option fo walking aong the Royal Military Canal. There are a couple of pubs nearby if you need refreshments after a swim or sunbathe.  The drive to this beach takes around thirty minutes from Beech Estate Campsite.

Covehurst Bay/Fairlight Glen

A lovely option for the more adventurous of those wanting to camp near the beach. Covehurst Bay is a nudist beach, though is also used by ordinary visitors too. The beach can only be reached by foot, through a wooded vally area called Fairlight Glen. It’s another shingle beach but a great option for those wanting to be a bit more off the beaten path. The drive from Beech Estate takes around thirty minutes.

Please note: The footpath can be hazardous due to erosion 

Cuckmere Haven

This beautiful spot lies at the foot of the Seven Sisters Cliffs. It’s a beautiful area and well worth a visit if you don’t mind the walk there. The drive from Beech Estate Campsite to the car park at the Seven Sisters Visitor Centre is around forty minutes. The centre is situated in an 18th century barn, and provides useful information on the Park with displays and exhibitions. There’s also a cafe here for any nourishment needed for your beach trip (and often an icecream van in summer!). From the car park you’ll walk around thirty minutes along the Cuckmere River until you reach the pebbled beach and sensational views beyond.

Cuckmere Haven beach, near Beech Estate Campsite

Birling Gap

Another lovely beach near the campsite, again at the foot of the Seven Sisters Cliffs. This particular beach is a great spot for rock pooling if you get there at low tide, where you’ll even get a narrow strip of sand too. This spot is to the East of Cuckmere Haven and around a forty minute drive from the campsite. You can park at the National Trust cafe and walk the steep steps down to the beach.

Camber Sands

Around a forty minute drive from the campsite is this beautiful sandy beach. It’s one of the best sandy beaches along this part of the coast so can get pretty busy in peak times but is still well worth a visit. There are some nice places to eat here, or the visit could be coupled with a trip into the medieval town of Rye for a bite to eat and wander around the cobbled streets.

Camping near the beach in Sussex (Camber Sands)

Photo by Chris Mitchell

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