Posted 16 January 2015 by Andrew Gardner
Did you know you can go walking with alpacas in Sussex? Down at Funtington, near Chichester, and up near Fletching there are places where you can book to do just that, and enjoy the spectacular Sussex scenery in some very furry company. You can also walk with llamas on the Ashdown Forest at Wych Cross or across the High Weald at Cousley Wood. All the places offer various grades of walking and quiet or family options, with added attractions back at base so there's something for everyone.
I for one think that enjoying the countryside in the company of animals is something special and gives you quite a different perspective on it, and there is something rather peaceful about large animals ambling along beside you that a bounding, bouncy dog doesn't quite have.
Which is not to do down the bounding, bouncy dogs of this world - and some of our holiday cottages in Sussex are dog-friendly, click here to view. This means you can bring your dog knowing the garden will be secure for him and the house won't be full of hazards, and of course there will be lots of fabulous countryside or beaches for his walks. In return we'll ask you to ensure he's well house-trained and to respect our properties, but other than that it's all about fun. Knowing the angst many dog-owners go through when they have to find holiday kennels for their dogs, I hope this offers peace of mind as well as a great holiday in Sussex.
Another great way to experience the countryside is mountain biking, and the South Downs offer numerous great cross-country trails. I would urge you to be careful of walkers and horses but at this time of year it's a lot quieter than in summer and you'll be able to have a lot of fun. Get out there, get muddy then head back to your cosy holiday cottage to clean up and maybe head out for a soul-warming pub supper. Have fun.