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Horam and The Blacksmith’s Arms

15 Sep

The run

Wednesdays in the country is back! Only we are in the country on Mondays as my daughter’s timetable has changed! I suspect this will mean less things open but we shall see!

I was intending to do a run from the Pub Strolls book today – from the Star Inn at the village of Waldron, however the sat nav had other ideas and said I had reached my destination with no pub in sight! I decided to drive on a bit as someone was right behind me and sometimes the postcodes can be a bit misleading, but at the next junction there were no signs for Waldron so I continued on until I came to the village of Horam. I followed signs for a nature reserve and lakeside bar  and parked up by the playground and village hall. Checked the walk jog run app for nearby runs and found a 5 mile loop, however it was all on road so I thought I’d check out the nature reserve first. Past the camping and caravanning park were signs for a nature reserve, fishing, lakeside bar/cafe and farm museum, however everything was closed (too early? Monday? Out of season?) save the nature trails and fishing each having their own tin box in which to put payment (nature trail £1, which I thought reasonable).

Horam nature trail

Horam nature trail

I chose the longer woodland route (expected to take 1 hour) – running it took me 13 minutes but was well marked and interesting enough: with ponds, wildlife (I saw squirrels, rabbits and deer) and quite a few varieties of fungi.

Towards the end, backing onto the caravan park I saw horses, coots and ducks.

Dangerous horses

Dangerous horses

Horses, Horam

They don’t look too scary to me












On my second time around I chose the longest route (1.5 hours) which I ran in 24 minutes. Not suitable for pushchairs and dogs must be kept on a lead.


The farm

Next to find the PYO farm I had researched last night – ah! It seems I may have put the wrong postcode for the Star Inn in the sat nav as this took me back to my first destination which was Stonehill Farm but the PYO looked very much closed. The curse of Mondays? Headed back towards Lewes looking out for anything that looked interesting and turned in at Chiddingly Village Shop and art gallery – the home of surrealism – who knew! Unfortunately only open on Sundays – surreal.

Chiddingly Village Shop and art gallery

Chiddingly Village Shop and art gallery

Home of the surrealists

Home of the surrealists

The village shop/cafe was quite disappointing, though no doubt useful to the locals. Some signed books by a local author, basics, small selection of fruit, vegetables and local meat. Bought a few things including marmalade, cheese and salad and left as I had only just had the coffee from my flask.



The lunch

Continued on, thinking perhaps I would try one of the pubs at Offham that I am always driving past, and so I find myself at The Blacksmiths Arms which seems quite nice although I am probably a bit on the early side for lunch as it is only just 12! Making the most of the last days of summer by sitting outside on their pleasant patio.

Amazing club sandwich (I surprised myself by finishing it) and very pleasant staff. Thumbs up!

The Blacksmiths Arms, Offham

Wish I had someone to help me with this!