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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.
Open from 01/01/2019 to 12/31/2019
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Leisure on park
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on park
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Propane/gas cylinders available
Touring and motorhomes
Motorhome service point
Water hook-up points for tourers
Barbecue grills allowed
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Lake and/or mountain
Cycle hire nearby
Horseback riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Leisure/theme park nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Convenience store nearby
Nearby farmers' market
Public transportation nearby
Large (51-200 sites)
- 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 — 24.5 miles
24.5 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 righthand bend and then turn left into Sumners Ponds 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 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...
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