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- Farm and fishery over 100 acres of West Sussex countryside
- Footpaths and cycle trails in and around the site
- Restaurant and bar by one of the fishing lakes
The vibe is relaxed at this secluded sylvan site, where you can make the most of the fishing, and meet Derek the Charolais bull and his ladies (Sumners Ponds Fishery and Campsite is a working farm).
With good basic amenities, the site has great walking, cycling and fishing across 100 verdant acres of woodland and meadows, with paths and cycle trails in and around the farm.
There are three fishing lakes - including a smaller pond that’s ideal for young anglers - stuffed with carp, bream, perch, chub, pike and more; and a small shop selling bait and fishing tackle plus the usual camping essentials.
The Café by the Lake is the site restaurant and bar, open to guests and the public. It serves hot and cold food throughout the day and aims for excellent standards in food and service.
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Touring and motorhomes
Motorhome service point
Water hook-up points for tourers
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Lake and/or mountain
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Leisure/theme park nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Public transport nearby
Large (51-200 pitches)
- Coach stations
Hickstead: A23 Slip Rd Coach Stop — 9.8 miles
9.8 miles Gatwick Airport: North Terminal Coach Stops — 13.2 miles
13.2 miles Gatwick Airport: South Terminal Coach Stops — 13.5 miles
- Train stations
Christs Hospital Rail Station — 2.1 miles
2.1 miles Billingshurst Rail Station — 2.5 miles
2.5 miles Horsham Rail Station — 4.2 miles
- Ferry ports
Weybridge Ferry Landing — 24.5 miles
24.5 miles Shepperton Ferry Landing — 24.6 miles
24.6 miles Ditton Island Ferry Landing — 25.3 miles
London Gatwick Airport North Terminal — 13.1 miles
13.1 miles London Gatwick Airport South Terminal — 13.4 miles
13.4 miles London Gatwick Airport — 13.5 miles
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 right hand bend and then turn left into Sumners Ponds campsite.
Campers will find a food shop and pub just 400 yards from the site, as well as restaurants, golfing, tennis, swimming, horse riding and watersports 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 fabulous 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 a thousand animals and birds live happily...
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 famous 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 hop on 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.
Holidaymakers can find out about the region’s industrial heritage and bygone crafts at the Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre. There are lovely botanical gardens at Paradise Park in Newhaven, and the area is not short of National Trust properties, either.
You could even head into London for the day - it’s just an hour away by train...
- Fishers Adventure Farm Park (4.2 miles)
- Parham House & Gardens (8.7 miles)
- Nymans (8.8 miles)
- Nymans (8.7 miles)
- Petworth House and Park (9.7 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.