Gumber Barn, West Sussex

Campfires allowed, but no cars

With campfires allowed, but no cars on site, Gumber Campign Barn, on the National Trust’s Slindon Estate, is a step back in time. 

You walk across the estate carrying your gear, leaving the modern world and your car behind. The landscape is the prettiest rolling Sussex hills, dotted with distant sheep like daisies in the grass. The tranquillity seeps in and soon you could be walking through a scene from anytime in the last 2000 years.

Just over there is Stane Street – the Roman road linking London with Chicester. The Legionnaires carrying their packs clinked along this route. Just like them, when you arrive there is a very welcome camp. Unlike our Roman antecedents, you won’t have to build a shelter as the flint barn stands welcoming you. A crackling campfire in the evening rounds off the day. But at least you won’t need to keep guard all night!

Gumber Barn is on a working sheep farm and offers simple accommodation for walkers, cyclists and horse riders (there weren’t many cycle s here in Roman times though).