National Pet Day: celebrating wellbeing in Lewes District and Uckfield

We celebrate ‘National Pet Day’ at Home Instead Lewes District & Uckfield after recognising some of the wonderful wellbeing benefits of owning a pet.

Pets: did you know?

Pets can increase opportunities to exercise, get outside, and socialise. Regular walking or playing with pets can decrease blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It is also widely known that companionship with pets can also help manage loneliness and depression.

We asked our Care Professionals and Home Instead Lewes District & Uckfield office team for photos of their furry family members. We wanted to share those with you and encourage you and your loved ones to get out in our local area and enjoy some Spring sunshine with (or without) a four-legged friend:

Dogs in image:

  • Top left and middle – Pig and Trevor are two bulldogs belonging to our Care Professional Sarah. Pig unfortunately due to arthritis in her shoulders can’t go for walks anymore so enjoys the garden and sleeping. Trevor enjoys walking over the local fields and loves the beach.
  • Top right – Ice the husky loves to walk anywhere. His favourite pastime was playing on the trampoline! Ice belongs to our Care Professional Nikki.
  • Bottom left – Ruby belongs to our Care Professional Lucy and is a rescue dog from Battersea. Living in the countryside, it’s very quiet, so there are lots of places to go on walks.
  • Bottom middle  – This is Koba who belongs to our Care Professional Chloe. He is 6 months old and loves a walk in the woods.
  • Bottom right – Bruce is nearly nine months old and belongs to our Care Professional Harriet. He loves walks in the evening sun at the moment and long walks in the woods. He will pick up a stick and carry it for the duration!
Collage of six different dogs: three Bulldogs, a Husky, a Beagle, a black dog, and a Boxer on purple background. - Home Instead

Suggestions for lovely dog walks in the local area:

Barcombe Mills

Barcombe Mills is a popular riverside walk with a watersports hub and a picturesque pub next to the car park. It is very popular in the summer and you can walk up to 5km by the riverside. Toilets are available in the pub.

Ashdown Forest – Garden Of Eden Waterfall

Ashdown Forest is a great walk for all the family with a range of short and longer walks. The walks can take you to some of the sites where Winnie the Pooh had his adventures: ‘The Enchanted Place’ and ‘Sandy Pit’. The Garden of Eden Waterfall is also a popular place for dog walkers.

Cuckmere Haven

This is a flower-rich chalk grassland with views of the Seven Sisters and Cuckmere River. Cuckmere Haven is a very popular location for walkers as well as a famous movie spot for blockbuster films including Harry Potter, Foyle’s War, Green Wing, Luther and Atonement. There are a few car parks dotted by the main road (A259) and toilets are available next to the main car park. The path from the car park to the beach is wheelchair accessible. 

West Park & Lake Wood Nature Reserve

West Park & Lake Wood Nature Reserve is a flat walk with a few small inclines. It has a beautiful lake and various large sandstone outcrops that you can climb to the top of for a nice view of the surroundings.

Sheffield Park

This is a National Trust location which is chargeable for non-members, however there is a parkland too that is public access so you can walk there for free. There is a car park and public toilets available. Much of Sheffield Park is wheelchair accessible.

We provide high quality, expert support services to ensure our clients continue living safely and happily in their own homes as they age. Our committed team of fully trained and compassionate Care Professionals are locally based across Lewes District & Uckfield. Contact us today to find out how we can help you.

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