Little Acres

Epsom Division Campsite

Site Details

Campers: 10 Patrol sites, approx 60 persons
Area: about 2 acres
Open: all year

Little Acres Campsite was created in late 1995 in the grounds of Horton Country Park, some 400 acres of green belt open space, and is available for camping, night hikes, meetings, camp nights, revels and badge activities. It is a quiet, open area tucked away from residential housing. There are a number of new homes being built in the area, but none are visible from the site which has views across the Country Park. It is reached by a narrow (single track) lane from the public highway about 400 yards away - there is hard standing adjacent to the site for unloading and parking of maybe five cars, but there is no turning space for any vehicle larger than a minibus. Parking for large events is available in the adjacent Country Park car park.

The site itself is about 3 acres of open grass, on a slight south facing slope. Metered water from a standpipe. There are 8 ground level patrol fire-places and one central campfire area. There is a small woodpile, and dead wood is available in the surrounding park, but cutting wood from the trees is not allowed.  Paper and scraps can be burnt on site, but all other rubbish must be removed by campers - there is no on-site rubbish collection. The Country Code and the rights of private landowners must be respected, and adult supervision on the site will be expected at all times.

There is a permanent toilet block, including a 'disabled' toilet and a shower.  We are raising funds to build a lodge, which will provide indoor accommodation.  This will enable units to make use of the site all year round.

Around and About

The Country Park includes a large area of open woodland with walks, ponds and streams; Horton Park Farm for children with an activity area; a riding school; a golf club with a driving range. The Park Rangers (01372 741191) undertake a wide range of educational activities. The woods are known for the variety of birds, including: green woodpeckers (the symbol of the park), willow warblers, chiffchaffs, great tits, treecreepers, yellow buntings, hedge sparrows, greenfinches and linnets. To the south of Horton Country Park are Epsom and Ashtead Commons, giving walks of several miles over green belt land which has deer.

The nearest town is Epsom, about ¾ mile on foot although bus E9 does pass through the adjoining estate every 30 minutes. Epsom is on the main railway line to London (Waterloo and Victoria), Guildford and Horsham. Epsom has the Ashley Centre, a fairly typical indoor ‘shopping mall', and has an outdoor market on Thursdays and Saturdays, with an antique market on Fridays. Epsom General Hospital (01372 726100) is about ½ mile from the Town Centre, about 1¼ miles from the campsite. There are Churches of all denominations around Epsom, the nearest being Christ Church (C of E), about ½ mile on foot towards the town.

The nearest shops are in Epsom Town, together with the Post Office, Police and Fire stations and a variety of fast food outlets - McDonalds, Pizza Hut, fish and chips etc. There is a large supermarket [Sainsbury’s] approximately 1¼ miles from the Campsite.

Nearby is Chessington World of Adventures (2 miles) and the Rainbow Leisure Centre – including a swimming pool - (1¼ miles).  Within a reasonable distance (½ - ¾ hours drive) are Thorpe Park, Hampton Court, Kingston-upon-Thames and of course, London with its wealth of interests including CHQ (just 30 minutes by train direct to Victoria or Waterloo from Epsom!)

Transport & Travel Information

Nearest town: Epsom (¾ mile)
Nearest bus: Epsom Buses - 01372 731701 pass the end of the lane.
Nearest railway station: Epsom (¾ mile) - ½ hourly service to London (Waterloo or Victoria), Guildford or Horsham.
Nearest Motorway: M25 junction 9 (Leatherhead), about 10 minutes away by road
Local Coach Companies: Epsom Coaches - 01372 725252 and Edward Thomas & Son – 020 8397 4276

Further Details

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Bookings

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