Sussex Country Retreat

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The Sussex Weald

The Weald is an area in South East England. It crosses the four counties of Sussex, Hampshire, Kent, and Surrey. Geographically, it is the area found between the North and South Downs and is known for its beautiful forests, woods, farms, and villages. The area is largely comprised of wooded rolling hills. The landscapes have inspired many authors in the 19th and 20th centuries and are particularly beautiful in the Sussex Weald’s Ashdown and St. Leonard’s Forests, Hastings Country Park, and Rye Harbor Nature Reserve. The Sussex Weald is conveniently located just 30 minutes south of London, which makes it an easy rural escape from the bustling city.


Ashdown Forest is free park open to guests interested in experiencing the beautiful countryside. The forest is known for it’s walking trails and landscapes. It also is known as Pooh Bear Forest because it was used to describe many of the places in the novel “Winnie-the-Pooh”. There are numerous tourist destinations in park including the Ashdown Forest Center, Vachery Forest Garden, Old Lodge Nature Reserve, Nutley Windmill, Airman’s Grave, and Ashdown Forest and Llama Park. Additionally, there is the Forest Way, which is a popular walking/riding 10 km stretch through the countryside.

St. Leonard’s Forest received its name after St. Leonard fought and slayed a dragon in the area. The forest has a rich history of storytelling and folklore that when combined with walking, riding, or cycling provide visitors with a uniquely mythical experience.

Hastings Country Park is a hilly area known for it’s lovely walks and spectacular costal views. Visitors rate the park well due it being free and easily accessible. It’s also recommended as a great spot for dog walking


Rye Harbor Nature Reserve is an important conservation area that offers guided and unguided walks that give visitors the opportunity to view birds, plants, vertebrates, and invertebrates along the coast. The reserve is most known for it’s bird populations housing 91 species.

Accommodation is plentiful in the Sussex Weald with self-catering cottages and bed and breakfasts being the most popular choice. Additionally, small camp sites and rural farm houses are available for stay. As always, it’s important to plan in advance before heading on a day out and have accommodation booked before leaving.


East View Riding Centre

ridingEast View Riding Centre is a family owned and operated horse stable that provides horse experiences to people ages 8 and older. East View can accommodate groups of riders for family gatherings and business outings/team building exercises. It additionally welcomes groups of friendly riders. East View was established on the edge of the Ashdown Forest in 1984 and prides itself on spectacular hacks through the forest.

Ashdown National Forest is 6,500 acres of naturally beautiful countryside that is well known for producing spectacular views. It’s uniquely possible to enjoy a hack in Ashdown Forest regardless of weather. Beautiful rides through the forest are numerous and adventuresome with East View’s veteran team and horses.

Beginner, Novice, Intermediate, and Experienced riders are all welcome at East View. East view makes it easy for riders by giving clear definitions of what exactly is meant by the terms listed above.

Beginners are riders who have no ridding experience or have 1-2 short rides under their belt. “You may know how to sit on a horse, hold onto the reins, pull left and right, and apply pressure while directing your horse.”

Intermediate riders know how to walk, trot, canter, and possibly jump. Additionally, intermediate riders have started to learn advanced riding techniques.

Experienced riders fall after intermediates and have command of basic and advanced riding techniques.

East view has 15 horses that are available at most times of the year. Booking hours are between 9am and 6pm on Monday-Sunday, but rides are not offered on Wednesdays or Thursdays. East view’s website has a blog for past, present, and future events as well as daily and extended weather forecasts to help riders plan their trip. Additionally, potential clients can be introduced to East View’s horse by name and photograph.


Beaver Farm Fishery

The Beaver Farm Fishery is a ten lake commercial fishery found on the Sussex/Surrey border. The fishery prides itself not only in it’s fully stocked lakes, but in the peaceful and pleasant surroundings anglers can enjoy while fishing. Veteran employees and a fully stocked tackle shop make things easy and convenient for visiting anglers. Additionally, anglers off all types are sure to find an enjoyable experience in one or more of the following ten lakes:


Snipe Lake is the oldest lake at Beaver Fishery. It is a 2.5-acre lake stocked with large catfish, carp, brim and tench. The lake is especially beautiful with a central island, overhanging trees, and lily pads.

Tuscany Lake is a popular warm month lake known for producing large catfish.

Jeff’s Lake is a newly renovated 1.5-acre lake with a mixed bag of species. Bream, tench, golden tench, barbell, chubb, orfe, perch and roach can all be caught and fly fishing is common.

Majors Lake is the biggest lake at the fishery. It’s 3.5 acres features a central island, lily pads, overhanging trees, and reed beds. It is known mostly for carp and pike, but also has bream, sturgeon, tench, perch, eels, and gudgeon.

Maze Lake is most popular for match fishing. It is host to angling club matches as well as corporate events.

Moat Farm Pond is an old farm pond that was re-designed in 1994. It holds coarse fish and carp.

Daughters Lake is the third most fished lake. It holds sturgeon and Crucian carp that have come close to breaking the British record.

Eden Pond is a deemed a “mecca for tench anglers” as it has both green and golden tench that huge in size. It also has great perch fishing around two islands.

Junior Lake hold carp, bream, and tench. It is known for its top water fishing in the summer months.

Horseshoe Pond is a carp-free pond that is full of bream, tench, perch, roach, rudd, and gudgeon. It is known for being a quiet pond located in the corner of the fishery.

The fishery operates from 7am-7pm in the summer and from 7am-6pm in the winter. Night fishing is offered at selected dates.

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