The Bluebell Railway, which has been named the best steam journey in England, is just three miles from Wild Boar Wood Campsite.
The Bluebell Railway brings the romance of railways back to life. As Britain’s oldest preserved standard-gauge railway it runs eleven miles from East Grinstead to Sheffield Park. The incredible stations are styled as if they were stuck in time. Kids will love the sound of these old-fashioned locomotives chugging into action and whistling on corners. While mums and dads will appreciate views of the High Weald on the journey. The railway has regular events and special services throughout the year.
You won’t miss The Bluebell Railway if you come to stay at Wild Boar Wood. The line runs along the edge of the campsite and steam trains thunder past several times a day. The views of the train passing from just outside the woodland can’t be beaten. They are one of the things that makes a stay at our little campsite truly unique. When you hear the chug-chugging of the locomotives it’s hard to resist running out to wave at passing passengers. But lots of our campers aren’t satisfied with simply waving at the train and decide to step aboard for a ride on the rails.
History of the Railway
The railway line was operational from 1882 to 1958 as part of a route between East Grinstead and Lewes but a year after its closure a society was formed to try and keep trains running. As a commercial line was not viable the society decided to run trains on the line as a tourist attraction.
The society has more than 30 preserved steam locomotives, the largest collection in the UK after the National Railway Museum. They run on a regular timetable throughout the year, particularly in the school holidays. The stations on the route have been styled to represent different eras in the lifetime of the railways and are worth a visit just for themselves. Wild Boar Wood Campsite is roughly equidistant between two stations, the Victorian-styled Sheffield Park (about three miles away), and Horsted Keynes (just over two miles away), which has features from 1922-1948. The stations and the trains have been used in many music videos, films and television productions including Agatha Christie dramatisations and Downton Abbey.
There are regular special events on the railway as well as dinner and afternoon tea trains. Tickets for the railway allow unlimited travel for a day and family tickets are available. For current prices, timetables and more information visit The Bluebell Railway website.
The Bluebell Railway runs alongside our Woodland Campsite (Thanks to Jon Bowers)
Other Nearby Attractions – Sheffield Park, Branching Out Adventures, Ashdown Forest