NATURE lovers and fitness fanatics are being given the chance to get 2018 off to a good start.

Cats Protection has created a line-up of guided walks at its national adoption centre in Chelwood Gate, near Haywards Heath.

The walks, which are held on the first Saturday of every month, are free to join.

People set off at 11am from the charity’s visitor centre.

Each gentle hike lasts about an hour and allows people to take in the scenery of the Ashdown Forest.

As well as a wide range trees and plants, the forest is also home to a variety of wildlife including deer.

The walks are organised by the Conservation Volunteers and led by specially trained experts.

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 see 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.”

The centre is open seven days a week and more details can be found via the charity’s website at