Places to visit
Our recommendations to make your stay even more memorable
Explore the local area and let us know about any gems that you find
We are blessed with lots of local places to visit during your stay, whether you want countryside walks, cycling or on water activities, adrenaline fuelled fun, fish and chips by the seaside, cultural visits to ample castles or simply to unwind in nature, we have it all.
We have handpicked these places for you so you can plan to make the most of your stay.
Downash Wood is located on the south side of Bewl Water Reservoir which is 760 acres of open water with a 12.5 mile round reservoir route for walking and cycling. You can join the route at the bottom of our field, turn right and you will be at the visitor centre in 3.5 miles, turn left and its 9 miles away! You don't have to do the whole route as there are spectacular views of the lake around every corner. There is a water taxi which operates at certain times of the year which will take you to the visitor centre from a jetty which is 1.5 miles from Downash Wood if you turn right onto the route, see Bewl Water website for more info. There is a lovely one hour walk if you join the route and turn left, follow the path round past the beautiful Oast house on your left and take the next left, go up Huntley Mill Road past the car park and up the hill and you can either turn left back down Tinkers Lane to Downash Wood or you can go just past Tinkers Lane and enjoy a well deserved drink and some good food too in the Bull Inn at Three Leg Cross, a fantastic quintessentially British Inn with roaring fires in the winter and lots of green space with a duck pond for alfresco dining in the summer, my favourite place any time of the year.
Bedgebury Pinetum is a huge coniferous forest with lots of walks, cycling, mountain bike trails and GoApe climbing centre, lots of play areas for kids in the forest and a central lake with visitor centre with café.
Its well worth a walk into Ticehurst Village which has superb artisan shops and an award winning pub the Bell Inn with its abundance of unique talking points as well as beautiful locally produced food and drink served by friendly staff. To visit the Bell Inn you can walk on the road by turning left at the entrance up to Dale Hill (golf course), turning right and then right again at the T junction will take you into Ticehurst, or if the weather is kinder you can walk across the fields by turning right out of the entrance and left at the white house on the hill then follow the footpath to Ticehurst village.
We do hope that you enjoy your escape to nature and explore the local area. We would love to receive photos and recommendations of your exploring so we can keep this page relevant and up to date and post your findings onto Instagram.