Sumners Ponds Fishery and Campsite, Horsham, West Sussex, Friday 26th October 2012

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Cafe bar balcony by Somners Lake

 

This is our third day at this superb campsite.  We are parked right by the shore of one of the lakes, Somners Lake, but there are 2 more lakes within the camping ground, Farm Pond and Ribbon lake, and one more just a few minutes’ walk away from the site, Match lake.  They are all very popular with fishermen, but there were still a few swims free when I walked around with Sasha the last couple of days.

 

The Cafe-bar and reception area

 

 

Match Lake, just outside campsite

 

Ribbon Lake

 

Holiday pods for those without tents

 

The facilities on the campsite are first class, and we are both very impressed with the showers and utilities blocks, perhaps the best we’ve seen anywhere, very warm units, with state-of-the-art showers, washing facilities and hair driers, with disabled and family facilities, all immaculately kept.  It’s obvious that someone is taking great pride in keeping this site in top condition, which makes our stay all the more pleasant, even in the rain.  There are also some wooden camping pods for campers without a tent or caravan.

 

The brilliant shower block and washing facilities by Farm Pond

 

Our pitch by the cafe-bar and Somners Lake

 

Our pitch by Somners Lake

There is also a café with lovely decking by Sumners Lake, just a few meters from our pitch, offering hot food, drinks, snacks and ice-cream, either to eat in or take away, and a fully licenced bar.

The site is surrounded by acres of woodland, with numerous footpaths and cycle-ways, with planned routes available from reception.  There is also a Downs link offering easy, flat walking and cycling routes, available from www.footpathsofsussex.co.uk

The weather has been mild and dry until this morning, but I’ve certainly enjoyed wandering around the site and my slow stroll to the local village, Barns Green, only 5 minutes’ walk from our pitch.  There is a well-stocked shop there and the Queen’s Head pub, where we intend to go for our Saturday night meal, as they are offering traditional pub food and we haven’t enjoyed this kind of meal for a while with all our holidays abroad.  It’s quite refreshing to have a break so near our home and still feel we are away.

The Queen’s Head Pub at Barns Green

 

So we’ve swapped our usual French baguettes for the local bread, and our Camembert and Roquefort for homely Somerset Brie and Colston Bassett Stilton, delicious too!

So, if you are in the mood for a proper English fishing, walking or cycling break in stunningly beautiful landscape, this is definitely the place for you.

 

All we need now is some sunshine!

Well, the sun did shine brightly on Saturday morning, which was perfect for a walk round Somners Lake with Sasha.  She absolutely loved that hill and ran as fast as I’ve ever seen her: Priceless!

Sasha having a great time in the sun on the hill by Somners Lake

 

Sasha having a great time in the sun on the hill by Somners Lake

 

Sasha having a great time in the sun on the hill by Somners Lake

 

 

Our traditional pub meal at The Queen’s Head turned out to be a ‘chilli con carne’ and rice, as being Halloween, there was only that dish on offer, but the beer was great and the atmosphere lively and fun, with a Halloween disco organised for later in the evening, so lots of people dressed up in scary costumes and a good night was had by all!

 

Nice log fire at The Queen’s Head

 

The friendly (if scary) bar attendants

 

The friendly (if scary) bar attendants

 

The friendly (if scary) bar attendants

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 responses »

  1. I GO TO SUMNERS THREE TIMES A YEAR TO RELAX, AND THE FISHING. MOST CARP IN SIX DAYS, IS 66 BEST DAY 28 CARP. BUT PLEASE NOTE THAT DOGS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE ON A LEAD AROUND PARK. JOE HOGSDEN

    • Thank you for your comment. I am glad you are so successful with your carp fishing. Peter’s happy if he catches one a day!
      I only let the dog off the lead when there was no-one else around: it didn’t seem to be a problem.

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