Local Walks

– on a footpath

Two of Sussex’ smost celebrated long distance footpaths actually meet in Little Kitts, so visitors can walk on public footpaths, directly from the campsite.

Country Pubs

– lots nearby

There are at least five different routes to five different country pubs, that are all within easy walking distance of Kitts. The nearest “The Sloop” is just 8 minutes away.

Farm Shops

– & pink champagne

Champagne moments at Kitts

You can even walk to an award-winning farm shop, which happens to be next door to the tasting rooms of the Bluebell Vineyard. Their pink “champagne” is to die for!

National Attractions

– around the Corner!

bluebell at Kitts

We are also lucky to be able to walk to two of Sussex’ most popular visitor attractions; The National Trust’s Sheffield Park Gardens and the world famous Bluebell Railway.

Kitts farm shop
bluebell railway

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Campfires and Hot Showers – in the rural heart of the Sussex Countryside

There are some great walks!

Two of our major long distance footpaths actually meet on Kitts; The Ouse Valley Way and The Mid-Sussex Border path, so we have access to miles of footpaths right on our doorstep. However, if you want to explore a little further afield, there are also some wonderful other areas nearby.

Ashdown Forest (8 miles) is one of the largest free public access spaces (6500 acres) in the South East. It is a great place for enjoying spectacular views over the Sussex countryside and is known the world over as the ‘home’ of Winnie-the-Pooh.

The South Downs Way (4 miles) is amazing and once there, you will never believe that you aren’t somewhere much more remote. Drive to Ditchling or Firle Beacons, park and walk, cycle or ride horses – and time it with a visit to one of the downland pubs. The Ram at Firle, The Bull in Ditchling or The Half Moon at Plumpton.

There are some great bike rides!

Mountain bikers will make a bee-line to The Downs, while road bikers can take-off directly from Butterbox Lane and start to discover a network of little used country lanes that go on for miles. There is a nice run to Ardingly Reservoir (following the line of The Bluebell Railway) and good round robins via

Fletching & Horsted Keynes.  Slightly more testing is the run to Ditchling Beacon…make sure you bring enough gears!

There are some great Pubs!

The Sloop – 01444 831219 – Kitchen closes 9pm

It is hotly contested whether it is a seven or eight minute amble, but what is without doubt is that it takes longer to get back! And it gets right spooky in those woods when the wolves start howling. The Sloop is a traditional Country pub with a lovely garden, so an ideal place for all the family to relax.

The Crown – Horsted Keynes – 01825 791609 – 9pm

To the North, but in an easy and beautiful 50 min walk is Horsted Keynes and The Crown. It probably has the best chef in walking distance and has a pretty nice garden too

The Green Man – Horsted Keynes – 01825 790656 – 9pm

In the same village is The Green Man, another nice pub. Locals definitely include it on their inter village pub crawls anyway. Food is good and slightly better value than it’s neighbour. One for lots of children!

The Inn on the Green – Scaynes Hill – 01444 831419 – 25 minute walk – 9.30pm

Its just off the main road in Scaynes Hill, but only a 25 minute walk across the fields. It has a nice garden and serves pub food and is very willing to please.

The Five Bells – Chailey – 01825 722259 – 9pm

A very friendly pub, 10 mins drive away on the A275 to Lewes, with very good food and decent Harvey’s, a popular choice for Kitts Campers

The Griffin – Fletching – 01825 722810 – 9pm

If you want top-notch meal (at top-notch prices), then The Griffin at Fletching (3 miles or so) is for you. It’s quite enlightening seeing how the great and the good of Sussex spend their leisure time!

The Rose & Crown – Fletching – 01825 722884 – 9pm

The alternative in Fletching – and it needed one – with great atmosphere, good food and at a much more competitive price.

The Coach & Horses – Danehill – 01825 740369 – 9pm

1 mile east of Danehill (turn right down the hill just after the church) is another great pub (4  miles). Good food, good garden, good beer. Can’t say any fairer than that really.

There are some great Farm Shops!

The Old Dairy

….is a lovely place. Everything they sell is home grown, so food miles (and fancy packaging) are things for the future! This is a local Farm Shop at its best. Right, right, past The Sloop, right after the Bluebell Bridge, 1st left up Sliders Lane..a great name. Smaller signage this time, so keep your eyes peeled, but perseverance is worth it.

Heavenly Organics

A Deli based at Heaven Farm, just north of us on the A275 (well sign posted). Go past The Old Dairy and turn left on the A275. They have a wide range of organic products, sell cream teas and have a craft shop – about ten minutes drive. Return via Ketches Lane (opposite The Elephants) going South on A275, to complete a loop.

Trading Boundaries

The Elephants (you’ll see why when you get there) is actually called Trading Boundaries and is a series of shops around a courtyard and in one of the most striking houses in our part of Sussex. You can’t buy any basics (except wine), but they serve coffee, light lunches and teas in an exceptionally nice cafe. It has a play area and you can buy an eclectic range of stuff. Its at the end of Ketches Lane on the A275, so take a right, right again passing the Sloop, a right after the bridge (into Ketches Lane) – keep going.

Townings Farm Shop

Go past Murco garage on left, 1st left after Chailey Heritage, over crossroads and then first left is Townings Farm Shop. It’s down quite a long drive, but the organic meat they sell (and it’s very popular) is scrummy. Properly hung, all home reared and proper Butchers. You won’t get better steaks – and their pork and lamb are to die for!

There are some great activities to do too!

Here are some ideas!

Free

Wild Swimming in the Ouse

Pooh Sticks on Ashdown Forest

Walking the South Downs

Beaches at Beachy Head

Crabbing at Cuckmere Haven

Wine Routes to wander

Antiques to hunt in Lewes

Browse The Lanes in Brighton

Ramble around Rodmell

Marchants Hardy Plants

Firle village

Gentle

The BlueBell Railway

Sheffield Park (NHS)

Bluebell vineyard

Wakehurst Place (NHS)

Nymans (NHS)

Borde Hill

Yellow Book Gardens

Middle Farm Cider Collection

Charleston Farm (Bloomsbury Set)

Berwick Church

Ditchling Museum

Spring Barn Farm

Jack & Jill windmills

Active

Drusillas Zoo

Knockhatch Adventure Park (Go Karts!)

Boating at Barcombe

Hang gliding on the Downs

Hassocks Mountain Bikes

Three Grey Stables (3greys.co.uk)

Ardingly Activity Centre

Evolution Climbing

Monkey Bizness

Go Ape

And if all else fails, there are cinemas in Uckfield (12 mins), Burgess Hill (20 mins), Brighton (25 mins) and Crawley (25 mins)

There are some great local shops!

Shell Garage Scaynes Hill

Closest is the Shell garage in Scaynes Hill. They sell all the normal garage stuff (and some camping gases!), but in a very friendly manner! They also have a free cash point machine. Turn right out of the drive, bear left at the T Junction, turn left on the A272 (5 mins).

The Murco Garage Chailey

The Murco garage at Chailey has a slightly bigger shop, equally nice people and a good line in coffeee. Turn left out of the drive, right at the end (1 mile), right again at roundabout (7 mins).

The Spar, Lindfield

Nearest smallish supermarket is a Spar in Lindfield (about 10 mins). Drive past The Sloop, left at staggered junction (signs to Paxhill Golf Club). At T junction turn right to Lindfield, follow your nose.

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