We hope you’ll be tempted to go on one of our Safaris.
Generally, half-day safaris (9.30am-12.30pm or 2pm-5pm) run from April through October. Dawn walks start around 5.30am (depending on the season) from April to July, and Dusk walks start around 7pm (depending on the season) from May to September, and there are plenty of others to choose from.
Book online here or call us on 01403 713230
There are 16 miles of public and permissive footpaths within the Knepp Rewilding project, which covers an area of 3,500 acres, and five viewing tree platforms, close to public footpaths, that offer wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. There is also a bird hide overlooking Knepp Lake.
You can download a footpath map here.
Please, please follow the Countryside Code, keep to footpaths and, in particular, shut all gates behind you. We have large herds of free roaming animals inside the Wildland Project and we would like them to stay on the right side of the fence, away from the roads.
Do not approach the animals, and on no account try to feed them. This is first and foremost a safety issue, but it’s also important for the project that our free-roaming animals behave in a way that is as natural as possible, and that means keeping a relatively long flight distance from humans.
We’re delighted to offer our campsite guests our Wild Swimming Pond, based at the Knepp Wildland Campsite. Please note this is not available for visitors who are not staying at the campsite.
Set in the heart of the Knepp Rewilding Project it’s the ideal place to cool off after a summer walk in the Wildland. Surrounded by willows and ancient oak trees, the pond is also home to some of our “wilder residents”, including moorhens and coots, so please do be respectful when you are sharing the pond with wildlife and give them some space. The swimming pond is accessed via decking and a small flight of steps where you can enter the water. Entering from the sides of the pond itself will always be muddy. There is also a shower on the decking to rinse yourself off after swimming. Please note this is a non-supervised swimming pond and you are responsible for your own safety.
The pond was renovated in 2019 thanks to a generous grant from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.
Wildlife and Walking
Woods Mill, the headquarters of Sussex Wildlife Trust, is a prime example of what the wider countryside once contained. Visitors can walk past the old ponds and lake, through the ancient woodland, alongside the streams and waterways into the unimproved meadows with their wild hedgerows – habitats all contained within its 47 acres. This variety of habitat attracts an impressive number of species including mammals, insects, amphibians and birds. You can also find information here about Sussex Wildlife Trust’s other nature reserves.
8.4 miles/18 minute drive
Pulborough Brooks, located within the Arun Valley in West Sussex, Pulborough Brooks (open daily 9.30am – 5pm) has beautiful views across to the South Downs and is set in one of the richest areas for nature in the country. The nature reserve has a great variety of habitats and is home to some wonderful wildlife.
11.6 miles/20 minute drive
South Downs National Park
The South Downs National Park’s landscapes cover 1,600km2 of breath-taking views and hidden gems. Discover rolling hills, glorious heathland, river valleys, ancient woodland, thriving villages and market towns, and the iconic white cliffs of the Heritage Coast.
11.6 miles/20 minute drive
Arundel Wetland Centre
Open daily, Arundel is a haven for wildlife in a picture-book setting in West Sussex. Arundel’s lakes, reed beds, channels and waterfalls support a rich array of British wildlife favourites as well as a large and varied collection of international wildfowl, many of them under serious threat in their native countries. Spot water voles from the boat safari, hand feed geese at World Wetlands and stroll gentle paths to quiet spots to watch wildlife.
19.3 miles/30 minute drive
The Yoga Garden
The Yoga Garden, based in the big Mongolian yurt near the campsite pond, is a dedicated space for the practice of yoga and runs a regular timetable of classes for people in the area. Visitors to the campsite are welcome to drop in for a class - but to be sure of a space, please book online. There is a wide range of classes and workshops, given by different teachers in a variety of styles.
Private yoga sessions, hot stone massage, Thai massage, aromatherapy, beauty treatments, reflexology and other relaxing and remedial therapies are also available.
Petworth House & Park
Inspired by the Baroque palaces of Europe and nestled in the South Downs, Petworth House (open daily) displays the finest art collection in the care of the National Trust. The 700 acre parkland is home to a herd of around 700 fallow deer that complement the idyllic 'natural' style. You can also discover the views that inspired landscape artist JMW Turner on his visits.
15.4 miles/28 minute drive
Parham House & Gardens
The beautiful Elizabethan house of Parham Park, (Storrington, Nr Pulborough Rh30 4HS) with its stunning collection of fine art and lovely gardens is open every Sunday & Bank Holiday Monday in April and October, and from May to September on Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sunday and Bank Holidays.
10.8 miles/19 minute drive
Set high on a hill in West Sussex, Arundel Castle commands the landscape with magnificent views across the South Downs and the River Arun. See fascinating furniture, tapestries and a rare collection of paintings by renowned artists including Van Dyck, Gainsborough and Canaletto. You can also stroll through the tranquil grounds where you will discover inspiring gardens. Open Tuesday to Sunday, April until November.
17.9 miles/28 minute drive
Food & Drink
Wiston Estate Wine Tours
Wiston Estate Vineyard & Winery tours generally run twice per week from April to October. The tour begins with coffee & biscuits at the Wine Barn followed by an informative walk through the vineyard, then a visit to the winery with traditional Coquard Press (unique to the UK) where one can follow the journey of a grape from harvest to finished bottle. It concludes with a tutored tasting of four award-winning Sparkling wines in the Wine Barn overlooking the vines. Tours last approximately 2 hours and cost £15 per person
8.4 miles/12 minute drive
Bolney Estate Wine Tours
Located on the edge of the South Downs, the Bolney Estate runs a selection of wine tours and afternoon tea. Enjoy a 3.5 hour extended tour with a seasonal English lunch to finish, matched with award-winning wines and an English gin (shorter tours are also available).
8.3 miles/16 minute drive
The Sussex Produce Company
The Sussex Produce Company has two independent food shops and a café and is owned and managed by Nick Hempleman. Since opening in 2007, Nick has sourced high quality food and drink from across Sussex and is widely recognised as stocking the largest range of locally made products in the county. You will find a shop in Steyning (open daily), where there is also a café offering delicious home-cooked food using the very freshest local ingredients.
10.5 miles/16 minute drive
The Artisan Bakehouse
The award winning Artisan Bakehouse (Midhurst) is open to the general public on a pop up basis periodically throughout the year, serving delicious homemade lunches and afternoon teas. All the tasty bread, cakes and scones are handmade on the premises, cooked in a traditional wood burning oven or trusty cottage AGA.
22.6 miles/41 minute drive
Dedicated to the industrial heritage of the South East, charting the history of local industry and crafts in the South Downs region of Sussex. Exhibits include a narrow-gauge railway and bus service (both provide free nostalgic travel around the site), Connected Earth Telecommunications Hall, Milne Electricity Hall, Printing Workshop and much more. The Museum is also home to traditional craftspeople, such as the blacksmith and potter. Open from 10am to 5pm seasonally
13.3 miles/21 minute drive
Weald & Downland Living Museum
Discover rescued rural homes and buildings set in a beautiful landscape in the South Downs National Park. The collection tells the stories of the people who lived and worked in rural South East England over 1,000 years. There are more than 50 historic buildings to explore from a replica Anglo-Saxon hall house to an Edwardian tin church. There is also a regular programme of demonstrations, including milling in a 17th century working watermill and cooking in a Tudor kitchen.
28.4 miles/43 minute drive
Toovey’s Auction House
Based at Spring Gardens, Washington, Rh30 3BS, next to the farm shop just off the A24 (access from the northbound carriageway only), 6 miles south of the campsite, Toovey’s is one of the best provincial auction houses in the south-east of England and has regular sales of antiques, collectors’ items and fine art.
7.8 miles/12 minute drive
British Balloon Flights
Witness the spectacular beauty of the Sussex countryside from the skies. You can experience the timeless pursuit of hot-air ballooning with British Balloon Flights who offer luxury 'Sunrise' and 'Sunset' flights. After drifting peacefully over the breath-taking panorama of the South Downs, you’ll touch down and celebrate this unforgettable experience with a glass or two of English sparkling wine.