Pegs and Pitches Camping – Our History

Welcome to Pegs and Pitches Camping!

(If you are looking for The Secret Campsite Lewes – please click on the link in the ‘escape locations’ section above to head to their new website)

We’ve changed our name to Pegs and Pitches Camping, so I just thought I would explain the new name for my two Sussex campsites and the overall business.

Pegs and Pitches Camping is the new collective name for our Beech Estate Campsite and Wild Boar Wood Campsite. We were formerly known as The Secret Campsites from October 2018 and throughout 2019. Originally we started life as Eco Camp UK back when we opened our first campsite, Wild Boar Wood Campsite, in May of 2011.

Formerly know as ‘The Secret Campsites’

Throughout 2018 and 2019 we were working collaboratively with Tim and our friends at the (original) The Secret Campsite (Lewes).  Our three campsites were all listed together on the same website, which we called ‘The Secret Campsites’ and we had a number of integrated social media channels. If you have come to this page looking for Tim’s beautiful campsite you can click on the link in the locations section above. Just go to the top right hand section of any of our webpages, find their link and this will take you straight to their new website.

We still enjoy a close relationship between our three campsites, but we have split our web and social media presences from December 2019, to allow both businesses to pursue new opportunities and directions.

Starting life as ‘Eco Camp UK’

In late 2010 my then business partner, Paul Robinson, and I found a lovely small bluebell woodland in Mid Sussex.  It seemed an ideal spot to create a campsite.  The idea of Eco Camp UK was born. The lovely woodland was Wild Boar Wood, a quirky name from the times when wild boar roamed Great Britain, part of the Hardy Family’s farm, Tremains farm. The proposed location for the new West Sussex campsite was close to Lewes and Haywards Heath, within an hour from London and 35 minutes from Brighton. The campsite would be set in the High Weald an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and just a short drive to Ashdown Forest.

After a lot of hard work building toilets, bucket showers and tent bases, alongside creating websites and administration procedures, the glamping only campsite opened in July 2011. Our campers immediately enjoyed camping in amongst the trees, children running free within the five acre woodland, exploring and building dens, and the Bluebell Railway steaming alongside our fence line.  Paul and I aimed to create a back to nature, off-grid campsite where people could come together with family and friends and connect around a campfire. Nine year later, lots of small improvements along the way, I feel we have delivered on this original idea.

In July of 2012 we opened our second camping site in East Sussex, out near the historic town of Battle. Beech Estate Campsite was part of the 2100 acre private Beech Estate. Working with the Wills family we created a glamping and pitch camping site, spread over 22 acres, part of a larger 600 acres of interconnected woodland. Beech Estate Campsite started with ten pitches in 2012, and has since grown to 30 pitches, which includes eight of our glamping bell tents. Beech Estate is another off-grid campsite. Pitches are surrounded by trees. The same ethos exists, allowing friends and families to enjoy to go camping with a fire, enjoy exploring the forest and relaxing with nature.

Pegs and Pitches Camping – the future

Pegs and Pitches Camping near Lewes, Brighton, London in Sussex

Our new brand name, Pegs and Pitches Camping, gives us a collaborative identity to promote Wild Boar Wood and Beech Estate Campsites together.

We have ambitions to open new campsites, with the same ethos and focus on beautiful locations, relaxing around a fire and relating to the natural world and environment. Watch this space for future campsite projects.

You can follow us on our Pegs and Pitches’ Facebook Page or Instagram Page for lots of news from around the campsites. Or click here for our monthly newsletter.

Thank you for all of those who have stayed at the campsites and supported us in the past and we look forward to welcoming many more of you to enjoy our unique style of ‘real’ camping and ‘wild’ glamping. Why not escape to a little adventure…

Cheers,

Hugh