Tel: 01323 423197
Ditchling Common Country Park covers 76 hectares (188 acres) and is a popular site for walking, fishing, picnicking, bird watching, education and dog walking (dog walkers note: cattle graze during the summer months). Both of the two ponds can be fished, but you’ll need a rod license from the Environment Agency and a fishing permit from the East Sussex County Council.
The map reference for the car park is TQ335181.
Hassocks Community Cycle Hire
Hire mountain bikes at Hassocks Community Cycle Hire, a community enterprise led by volunteers with the twin aims of promoting cycling and environmental tourism in the Hassocks, Sussex, Brighton and South Downs area through mountain bike hire. Saracen Mantra 2016 mountain bikes are available for hire all year round, also a tandem, children’s bikes and family rates, making for a great fun family day out.
East Station Approach, Hassocks BN6 8HN
Tel: 07521 961 909
Mid Sussex Golf Club
Designed to high specifications by renowned course architect David Williams and former winner of the European Open, Andrew Murray. The course is set in mature parkland and features superbly contoured greens, interesting natural water hazards and a host of strategically placed bunkers. It is maintained year round to a high standard, without the need for temporary tees and greens. It has a reputation for being a fun course to play for all standards of golfers off the forward tees, and so lends itself well as a golf day venue. It can also be stretched out to a tougher test off the back tees.
Mid Sussex Golf Club, Spatham Lane, Ditchling BN6 8XJ
Tel: 01273 846567
Plumpton Racecourse is a National Hunt (jumping) horse-racing course at the village of Plumpton, just 3 miles east of Ditchling. Conveniently situated next to Plumpton Railway Station (served by hourly trains from London Victoria to Lewes), it makes for a fun day out for the family.
Plumpton BN7 3AL
Tel: 01273 890383
Stoneywish Nature Reserve
Within sight of the South Downs and close to the historic village of Ditchling, the 50 acres of Stoneywish offer a magical retreat from the rush of modern living. Here you will find a corner of Sussex countryside as it used to be: meadows, wetlands and woodland full of native flowers and home to a wealth of wildlife, in addition to farm animals.
There are gardens and exhibitions for the older visitor to explore, gentle walks for every age and ability, and plenty of room for children’s play in our play area. Bring a picnic and relax for the whole day!