Kick Off The New Year’s Fitness Resolution With Cats Protection’s Forest Walks

Kick Off The New Year’s Fitness Resolution With Cats Protection’s Forest Walks

Nature lovers and fitness enthusiasts can kick off their 2018 fitness drive and discover more of the Ashdown Forest with a line-up of guided walks at Cats Protection’s National Cat Centre.

The walks, which are held on the first Saturday of every month, are free to join and set off at 11am from the charity’s Visitor Centre in Lewes Road, Chelwood Gate.

Lasting around an hour, the gentle hikes will allow participants to take in the breathtaking scenery of the Ashdown Forest, rich in native flora and fauna and home to an abundance of wildlife including deer.

Organised by The Conservation Volunteers, all walks are guided by knowledgeable and trained volunteers and are suitable for both young and old.

Cats Protection’s Visitor Centre Manager, Dee McDonald, said: “These guided walks are suitable for everyone – from young families that want to kick start the weekend with a spot of fresh air, to older people looking for some gentle exercise in a stunning setting. The Ashdown Forest really is a joy to explore and these walks give participants the chance to enjoy how it changes throughout the year with the seasons. We suggest wearing decent walking boots and children may also like to bring along a notebook to record the wildlife they see along the way.”

Cats Protection’s National Cat Centre is open seven days a week and is a great day out for all the family. As well as the nature trail and secret fairy ring, there is also a children’s play area and cafe and the largest cat adoption centre in the UK.

The National Cat Centre is situated in Chelwood Gate, on the A275 between Wych Cross and Danehill. To find it using a SatNav, please use the postcode RH17 7DE, or for a map and directions please visit

To find out more about the work of The Conservation Volunteers, which organises the walks, please visit