High Weald

L_036173Owlsbury Park is a quiet, rural, adults-only site with basic facilities and lovely views. There is a coarse fishing lake (carp, perch, tench, roach) across the field plus Crowborough Angling Club's lake is only 300 metres away. There is the chance of seeing deer (including a white hart if you're lucky) at quiet, early morning and evening times. Also pheasants, badgers, rabbits, foxes, hawks, buzzards, kingfishers, and treecreepers. Visitors also come for the clear night skies, comets and meteor showers at certain times of the year.

There are several footpaths/byways starting close to the site and two pubs just over a mile distant, both serving good food at reasonable prices, plus lots of takeaways, restaurants and food shops in Jarvis Brook and Crowborough (1.5-2 miles).

The site is part of what once was a large expanse of ancient woodland, and some of it still remains surrounding the fishing ponds, and particular care is taken of this landscape by the owners. The grounds are especially tranquil for guests to sit or wander around. The owners can give advice on local walks (some on ancient routes) which pass local farms selling their own produce. The soil around is Wealden clay - very hard and dry in summer - very wet ad sludgy in winter. The area had a lot of ironworks - there was a foundry making cannonballs in Maynards Gate, Jarvis Brook; a brickworks behind the Wheatsheaf Pub at the end of the road; and the Plough and Horses was the site of the original Treacle Mine.

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