Sumners Ponds Fishery and Campsite
An angler's paradise in the tranquil West Sussex countryside.
Set among beautiful woodland and peaceful meadows in tranquil West Sussex, Sumners Ponds Fishery and Campsite is a working cattle farm, fishing mecca and family-friendly campsite with direct access to countryside walks and cycle routes.
The camping is split over three parks: Bluebell, Ribbon and Sumners. Bluebell Park is ideally suited to families, with a children's play area that sits adjacent to woodland walks and cycle tracks, while Sumners Park includes some premium lakeside patches for avid anglers. Camping pods are also available for those who want to enjoy a more weatherproof camping experience.
For many campsites, onsite places to eat and drink are more of an afterthought. Not so at Sumners. The award-winning Cafe by the Lake serves excellent food throughout the day which can be enjoyed al fresco on the decked area overlooking the lake. The varied menu serves everything from cooked breakfasts and light lunches to inventive evening meals such as pan fried tuna steak with chargrilled asparagus, lemon crusted poached egg and a warm hollandaise sauce. The cafe has a licensed bar in the evenings where there's a calendar of regular events including live music and outdoor cinema screenings (weather permitting).
Sumners Ponds is an angler's paradise with four well-stocked fishing lakes containing catch including carp, roach, bream, and pike. Anglers of every age and ability will enjoy fishing here and supplies, including live bait, are available from the reception.
If fishing's not your thing there's plenty of other activities to keep you amused. There is direct access onto The Downs Link walking and cycling route connecting the North and South Downs. This waymarked path follows two disused railway lines and takes in wildflower banks, woodland, rivers, ponds and streams, and the wide variety of wildlife that inhabits them.
The neighbouring village of Southwater (3.5 miles away) is home to the Southwater Country Park. Popular with families, activities such as orienteering, canoeing, sailing and windsurfing abound. The park also includes a beautiful wildlife area which is home to lizards, kingfishers, butterflies and dragonflies. Nearby Horsham is a charming market town that's well worth a wander around. Make sure you stop by the Horsham Museum – an absolute treasure trove of local history. Further afield lies Petworth (a 25 minute drive) where's you'll find the magnificent Petworth House and Park, numerous shops, cafes and restaurants. Alternatively pack your swimmers, bucket and spade and head to the coast – the beaches of Littlehampton, Brighton and West Wittering are all less than an hour's drive away.
Lakeside camping on The Sumners Lake
Camping in Ribbon Park
Views across The Ribbon Lake
The onsite bar and restaurant - The Cafe by the Lake
The veranda at Moorhen Lodge
Fishing on the Sumners Lake
'Old George' Shepherd's Hut on the edge of The Sumners Lake
Cosy interior of 'Old George' Shepherd's Hut
Swallow's Hide Safari Tent on The Sumners Lake
Stylish interior of Swallow's Hide Safari Tent
The Owner Says
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Sumners Ponds Fishery and Campsite is a unique and beautiful spot set in tranquil West Sussex countryside amongst 100 acres of lakes, woodland and pasture.
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 cycle-ways within and around the site.
Sumners Ponds has a high quality range of glamping available including Shepherd's Huts, Safari Tents and Camping Pods. It is also an ideal touring base, with many beautiful 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. There really is something for everyone.
Our newest glamping units; the luxury hand crafted Shepherd's Huts are quirky and beautiful and are positioned in some of the most tranquil areas of Sumners Ponds.
The onsite bar and restaurant, The Cafe by the Lake, is located on the Sumners Lake and is where we aim to provide the highest standard of food and service. Our head chef, Mark Rego and his team have created a enticing and delicious menu.
Reviews of Sumners Ponds Fishery and Campsite
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Stayed here twice for 2 nights on both occasions. First time was for my husband to fish. We ate in the Cafe and local pub. The cafe is lovely, situated right next to one of the lakes. We had a very good breakfast and dinner and scones, jam & cream when friends visited. The new shower block is amazing, like a 4 star hotel and nice and warm too on a chilly morning. We had a pitch with a view of the lake. You can purchase bait in the shop. If you need milk etc there's a good shop just a short stroll from the campsite. Dogs are kept on leads but there's a wooded area where you can take them off their leads. Our first stay was mid September and very quiet. Our second stay was at the end of July and we came here with friends who hadn't camped before as it's a site with everything you need as a first time camper and they enjoyed it. We didn't fish this time. It was busy in July but it had a good friendly feel. We camp lots including basic camping and this is a nice relaxing site if you don't necessarily want to cook the whole time and have a bit of luxury.
A mix of grass, hard-standing and premium lakeside pitches all with electric hook-ups. Shepherd's Huts, Camping Pods, Lakeside Safari Tent and Log Cabins also available to hire. In the summer season we can accommodate additional tents on the overflow camping area.
Tents, tourers, small groups (max 3 tents), dogs – yes. Large groups – no.
2 WCs and shower blocks, with washing up area and laundry. 4 coarse fishing waters, fishing tackle supplies and live bait available at reception. Play park and nature detectives trails for children.
The campsite offers direct access to countryside walks, cycling and horse rides along the Downs Link route which runs north to south over nearly 40 miles. The Warnham Local Nature Reserve (01403 256890) with its millpond and marshes is home to flora and fauna including kingfishers and dragonfly. Wine drinkers should book a tour of the local Bolney Wine Estate (01444 881894) and pick up a bottle (or case!) of their award-winning wines to take home. Soak up some local history at the Horsham Museum and Art Gallery (01403 254959) and drop by the National Trust property Petworth House and Park (01798 342207 ) – a splendid stately home with a park landscaped by Capability Brown, plua a fine collection of paintings by artists including Turner and Van Dyck. The fascinating Amberley Museum (01793 831370) is dedicated to the industrial heritage of the South East and is home to traditional crafts people including blacksmiths and potters who you can watch at work.
Food & Drink
The Cafe by the Lake at Sumners Ponds is open all day for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and ice-cream (eat-in or takeaway). It also has a licensed bar hosting regular events including live music. You can stock up on local produce and home-grown food at Westons Farm Shop (01403 791228). A short stroll away along a country path lies The Queen's Head (01403 730436), a cosy olde-worlde inn serving traditional pub grub. Other locals worth a punt include The Selsey Arms (01403 741537) in Coolham, The George and Dragon (01403 741320) in Dragons Green and Bax Castle (01403 730369) in Horsham. If you head to Petworth for an afternoon call in at The Hungry Guest Cafe (01798 344564) or enjoy a cream tea in the splendid surroundings of The Old Railway (01798 342346) – a grand old railway station built in 1892.
All year round.
Camping from £20.00 per night for two people.
Glamping from £35.00 per night.
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5 minutes away from the A24 and easy access to the motorway network. See website for full directions.
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