Exploring Walking Holidays in the UK with Sumners Ponds

Walking Holidays in the UK | two people walking in autumn with their dog

In this blog, we’ll discuss walking holidays in the UK, with a particular focus on Sumners Ponds and the beautiful surrounding areas, where your next adventure awaits!

Are you tired of the same old holiday routine and looking for a unique and rejuvenating experience? 

Look no further than Sumners Ponds, your ideal base for an unforgettable walking holiday in the UK. 

The Allure of Walking Holidays in the UK

Discover the UK’s Hidden Gems

The UK, in particular Sussex, is renowned for its diverse landscapes, from rolling hills (e.g. The South Downs) to dramatic coastlines (e.g. Seven Sisters). Exploring these natural wonders on foot allows you to truly immerse yourself in the beauty of the countryside.

There are many walking routes you can take through Sumners Ponds, as you can see on our site map. Our campsite is surrounded by beautiful woodland, blooming trees and humming with wildlife.

Walking Holidays in the UK | Map of Sumners Ponds

If you’re an avid walker, there is a great route that leaves from Sumners Ponds and takes you straight onto The Downs Link at Christ’s Hospital (roughly halfway along The Downs Link). From here you can head North to Guildford or South to Shoreham-by-sea.

Here are a few more walking routes near Sumners Ponds:

Sussex Literary Trail – This trail is 87km long and has many literary associations which bring the walk alive!

Knepp Castle, Knepp Wildland & Shipley Windmill loop from Dial Post – Knepp Estate in Horsham, West Sussex, is a groundbreaking wildlife rewilding project spanning 3,500 acres. It abandoned traditional farming in favour of letting nature reclaim the land. This has led to the resurgence of native flora and fauna, making it a global model for successful rewilding and biodiversity restoration.

Kithurst & Chantry Hill loop – This is a great walk for beautiful views across South Downs National Park!

Amberley Wildbrooks to Greatham Bridge loop – Amberley Wildbrooks Nature Reserve is a grazing marsh and ditches in a floodplain landscape important for rare birds, insects and plants.

For more walks in and around Horsham, click here.

A Break from the Hustle and Bustle

Walking holidays offer a perfect escape from the daily grind. It’s a chance to unwind, recharge, and connect with nature. With Sumners Ponds, you’ll find tranquillity amidst the scenic surroundings.

Why Choose Sumners Ponds for Your Walking Holidays in the UK?

Spectacular Location

Nestled in the heart of West Sussex, Sumners Ponds boasts an idyllic setting for your walking adventure. Surrounded by beautiful lakes and woodlands, it’s a haven for outdoor enthusiasts.

Accommodation to Suit Every Taste

Sumners Ponds offers a variety of accommodation options, from cosy safari tents to spacious lakeside lodges. Rest assured, you’ll find the perfect home away from home.

Fishing Opportunities

If you’re a fishing enthusiast, Sumners Ponds offers excellent fishing facilities with 5 lakes, a bait shop, bailiffs and more. You can combine your walking holiday with a bit of angling relaxation.

Walking Holidays in the UK | man fishing on Farm Pond

Planning Your Walking Holidays in the UK

Choosing the Right Time

Consider the season when planning your walking holiday. Spring and summer are ideal for lush green landscapes, while autumn brings vibrant colours.

Packing Essentials

Make sure to pack comfortable walking shoes, weather-appropriate clothing, a map/map on your phone, and a sturdy backpack for essentials.

Safety First

Prioritise safety by informing someone about your walking plans and checking the weather forecast before heading out.

Sumners Ponds: Your Gateway to Serenity

Enjoy the Little Things

While walking, take time to appreciate the small details – the rustling leaves, the chirping birds, and the scent of wildflowers.

Immerse Yourself in Local Culture

Stumbling upon quaint villages and charming pubs along the way is a given when you’re in Sussex, so make the most of immersing yourself in a local ale or a popular pub lunch!

Walking Holidays in the UK | two women walking towards cafe by the lake

Walking Holidays in the UK – Conclusion

A walking holiday in the UK is an opportunity to disconnect from the chaos of everyday life and reconnect with nature. Sumners Ponds offers the perfect setting in Sussex for such an adventure, with its stunning landscapes, comfortable accommodations, and a range of activities to enjoy.

Walking Holidays in the UK – FAQs

1. How long should I plan for a walking holiday in the UK?

The duration can vary depending on your preferences, but a week is often a good starting point to explore the beauty of the UK countryside.

2. Is Sumners Ponds suitable for families with children?

Absolutely! Sumners Ponds welcomes families and offers activities such as fishing and a playground suitable for all ages, making it a great choice for family vacations.

3. Can I bring my pet to Sumners Ponds?

Yes, Sumners Ponds is pet-friendly. You can enjoy your walking holiday with your four-legged friend. We also have the Dog Meadow and Dog Wood if you want to walk your pooch in a secure area.

4. What are some must-visit walking trails near Sumners Ponds?

The South Downs Way and the High Weald Landscape Trail are two popular trails in close proximity to Sumners Ponds.

5. Are there dining options at Sumners Ponds?

Yes, Sumners Ponds has the Cafe by the Lake that serves delicious meals, drinks and snacks, ensuring you’re well-fed during your holiday!

Embark on a memorable walking holiday with Sumners Ponds and create cherished memories amidst the stunning landscapes of the UK. Don’t miss the chance to explore the beauty that nature has to offer.

Walking Holidays in the UK – Sumners Ponds Campsite and Fishery

Sumners Ponds Fishery and Campsite in West Sussex is a unique and beautiful spot set in the tranquil countryside amongst 100 acres of lakes, woodland, and pasture.

Perfect for a family holiday, a couple’s retreat, or a short break to recoup. Sumners Ponds has many different types of accommodation, from camping and caravan sites to pods, from lodges with fishing to Shepherd’s Huts, from Safari Tents to family fields!

The campsite itself boasts high-quality campsite 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.

Our campsite and all accommodations are dog-friendly, which means you can have your four-legged friend right beside you!

We also have The Cafe by the Lake, which is our restaurant and bar that is open to both those staying on-site and the general public. We aim to provide the highest standard of food and service.

Book your stay today: 

Tel: 01403 732539 

Online: https://sumnersponds.co.uk/staying-at-sumners/   

Email: bookings@sumnersponds.co.uk  

Quick Enquiry

Disabled Friendly

Sumners Ponds is a accessible fishery for those with a disability. The best lakes to fish are either Farm Pond or Betty’s Lake.

Farm Pond has a purpose built accessible platform with a ramp from the ajoining car park. This spaceous decked area has three large swims which are all disabled priority. The car park for this lake is directly next to the closest fishing swims so there is not far to travel with your equipment.

Betty’s Lake has two disabled parking areas which are very close to the nearest wood-chipped swims.