Pod visitors will have freedom to access all 320 acres of Chiddinglye except for private gardens. There are many things to do without ever leaving the estate.
Visit the Missing Link Brewery, which produces award winning craft beers and cider and apple juice from our own orchard. The Tap Room (open Thurs-Sun) and Beer Garden are located just five minutes walk from the pods.
Hike around Chiddinglye Estate. Chiddinglye has been in higher level stewardship for many years and is rich in local wildlife including the Sussex big five (deer (fallow, roe and muntjac) fox, badger, squirrel and rabbit). There are many songbirds, pheasants and birds of prey including kites, buzzards, kestrels and sparrow hawks. There is ancient woodland and pasture, three stands of Californian redwoods, and spectacular bluebells in the spring.
Happy Valley is an ancient glade with sandstone outcrops just ten minutes walk from the pods, and Philpots Valley (AKA the Land that Time Forgot) with its spectacular SSSI designated sandstone rocks and briophytes is just a few minutes further.
Chiddinglye is also home to an Iron Age Fort near which Simon Summers, a heritage blacksmith, is offering courses on ancient iron making.
There are yellow, red and blue marked trails showing suggested walking routes.
Chiddinglye is a renewable energy centre featuring two 200mW biomass boilers, a 5mW Solar Farm (where sheep can still graze under the panels), and an additional 30kW of solar panels powering the Brewery.
Guided estate walks, evening nature walks (featuring owls and bats) and foraging walks are arranged on a timely basis with our Ranger Ross Symonds. There are a number of additional wilding projects in plan including restoring a wild swimming area in a stream, creating a new wildflower meadow and possibly the reintroduction of beavers. Arrange through Ross at A to Bee Ecology