Sumners Ponds Fishery and Campsite

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  • Campsite and fishery set on a secluded working farm in West Sussex
  • Footpaths and cycle trails in and around the site
  • Restaurant and bar on the side of the Sumners Lake
Sumners Ponds Fishery and Campsite in West Sussex is a unique and scenic spot set in peaceful countryside amongst 100 acres of lakes, woodland and pasture. The site has high quality facilities, acres of woodland, a working farm and fishing lakes. All this in a beautiful and secluded setting which is perfect for just relaxing, or for the more active, exploring the many footpaths and safe cycleways within and around the site. Sumners Ponds is an ideal touring base, with many pretty towns and villages near by. Access to the South Downs and the coast is easy, while Brighton is only half an hour by car and London only one hour away. The Cafe by the Lake is the site restaurant and bar, open to both those staying on site and the general public. The team aims to provide the highest standard of food and service.

Site type

Touring caravan pitches 90
Lodges, cabins, pods or huts 12
Tent pitches 50
Rent a tent 1

Tourist board rating

Languages spoken


Gold David Bellamy Conservation Award AA 4 pennants

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Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

TV room

Take away



Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portable toilet

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area


Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome


Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year


Lake and/or mountain



Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise


Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby



Large (51-200 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Restaurant nearby

Tennis nearby

Watersports nearby

Touring and motorhomes

Motorhome service point

Water hook-up points for tourers


Sumners Ponds Fishery and Campsite

Chapel Road

Barns Green


West Sussex


RH13 0PR



Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)



Route directions

From the north and Horsham Follow the A264 for Billingshurst and Bognor. Pass Toyota garage on right. Turn left immediately after humpback bridge signed to Barns Green and Christ’s Hospital. Follow road for two miles. Pass through village, cross small bridge over stream and turn into Sumners Ponds campsite on your right. From the south and Coolham Head north to Barns Green from Coolham crossroads. After 1.5 miles take first left at small crossroads. Follow for one mile and pass over railway crossing. Round the sharp righthand bend and then turn left into Sumners Ponds campsite.

Nearest transport

9.8 mi The Castle
9.9 mi Little Chef
13.2 mi North Terminal Bus Station
2.1 mi Christs Hospital Rail Station
2.5 mi Billingshurst Rail Station
4.2 mi Horsham Rail Station
24.5 mi Weybridge Ferry Landing
24.5 mi Shepperton Ferry Landing
25.3 mi Ditton Island Ferry Landing
13.1 mi London Gatwick Airport North Terminal
13.4 mi London Gatwick Airport South Terminal
13.5 mi London Gatwick Airport

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

A food shop and pub are 400 yards from the site, and restaurants, golfing, tennis, swimming, horse riding and watersports are less than four miles away. Sumners Ponds is in a good spot for exploring the South East, with fast access to the coast and the South Downs, and to masses of family attractions. It’s animaltastic around here: Drusilla’s Park in Alfriston has otters, penguins and bats, plus train rides and the Playland adventure playground; twitchers flock to the Arundel Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and Birdworld in Farnham, and there are more birds, plus a fab selection of vintage cars, at the Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum. Fishers Farm Park and Horton Park Childrens Farm offer close encounters of a farmyard kind (plus other attractions) and Earnley Butterflies, Birds and Beasts does what it says on the tin. Or you could wander around the Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare, where over 1,000 animals and birds live. For fishy fun, there are ocean-dwellers galore at the Brighton Sea Life Centre (about 35 minutes away by car), or try the Blue Reef Aquarium in Hastings, where you can also visit the castle to hear about 1066 and all that, and get lost in the mysterious tunnels and caverns of Smugglers Adventure. As well as the theme parks of Thorpe Park, Chessington and Legoland, there’s fun to be had at Harbour Park on the seafront at Littlehampton, and at Treasure Island and Fort Fun in Eastbourne. For a more genteel feel, visitors could take the steam-powered Bluebell Railway at Uckfield, go on a boat tour in charming Chichester, or take to two wheels to explore the forest and seaside trails at the Cuckmere Cycle Company centre near Seaford. You could even head into London for the day - it’s just an hour away by train...

Water quality at nearby bathing waters

Name Distance Type 2020 2019 2018 2017
Lancing, Beach Green 14.9 mi Sea N/A Good Good Good
Shoreham Beach 15.1 mi Sea N/A Excellent Good Excellent
Worthing 15.4 mi Sea N/A N/A N/A N/A
Southwick 15.6 mi Sea N/A Excellent Excellent Excellent
Littlehampton 16.9 mi Sea N/A Good Good Good

Data source: European Environment Agency

Must see

Fishers Adventure Farm Park 4.2 mi

Parham House & Gardens 8.8 mi

Nymans 8.8 mi

Petworth House & Park 9.8 mi

Wakehurst Place 13.7 mi

National Trust

Nymans 8.7 mi

Petworth House and Park 9.7 mi

Winkworth Arboretum 12.1 mi

Oakhurst Cottage 12.2 mi

Wakehurst Place 13.8 mi

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.


Shipley - Knepp Castle - River Adur Circular 3.2 mi



Nuthurst 4.2 mi


Local events

  • Arundel Festival (Saturday 17 August 2024 – Saturday 17 August 2024)

    Arundel, West Sussex 13.9 mi

  • Goodwood Festival of Speed (Thursday 11 July 2024 – Thursday 11 July 2024)

    Chichester, West Sussex 18.5 mi

  • Glyndebourne Festival (Thursday 16 May 2024 – Thursday 16 May 2024)

    Lewes, East Sussex 22.6 mi

  • Farnborough International Airshow (Monday 22 July 2024 – Monday 22 July 2024)

    Farnborough, Hampshire 23.1 mi

  • Hampton Court Palace Festival (Tuesday 11 June 2024 – Tuesday 11 June 2024)

    Hampton, Surrey 26 mi

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.


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  • Does Sumners Ponds Fishery and Campsite have a swimming pool? No View all features
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  • What attractions are near Sumners Ponds Fishery and Campsite? A food shop and pub are 400 yards from the site, and restaurants, golfing, tennis, swimming, horse riding and watersports are less than four miles away. Sumners Ponds is in a good … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Sumners Ponds Fishery and Campsite?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  1 p.m. –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  12 p.m.
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  3 p.m. –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  10 a.m.

    On arrival please park in the first car park and come to reception to check-in. Once checked-in we will direct you to your pitch. If you arrive after reception closes please check-in at The Cafe by the Lake or with our wardens.

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