News and Events

Stay up-to-date with Ashdown Forest...

  • NEW INVISIBLE FENCE SYSTEM - a new system will be used to enclose cattle from June 2015 - find out more here
  • SUMMER GRAZING UPDATE! - The livestock are now back out on the Forest and enclosures have been erected in the following areas - keep up to date with the various grazing areas here. For further advice on walkers' safety around livestock please click here.


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A Year in the Life of Ashdown Forest

A gorgeous film, produced by the Friends of Ashdown Forest, giving a 'behind the scenes' look at just what it takes to manage and maintain the Forest in the 21st Century. To view the film click here or visit our YouTube Channel. (Released December 2013)



Discover more at Ashdown Forest...

Originally a deer hunting forest in Norman times, Ashdown Forest is now one of the largest free public access space in the South East. It is a great place for walking and enjoying spectacular views over the Sussex countryside and is known the world over as the 'home' of Winnie-the-Pooh.

The Forest is at the heart of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has national and international protection because of its wildlife. Nearly two thirds of its 6500 acres (2500 hectares) are heathland, amounting to 2.5% of the UK's extent of this rare habitat. How to get to Ashdown Forest


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The Forest Centre is the headquarters of the Conservators of Ashdown Forest who are responsible for the management the Forest. It is the best starting point for finding out about the Forest, what you can see, and where you can go.




30th March - 31st October

Monday-Friday: 2pm-5pm

Saturday-Sunday: 11am-5pm


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** Sunday 26th July 2-4.30pm - Archaeology Walk **

Join us to hunt for clues to discover how people have used these woods in the past and shaped how it looks today. We hope to explore pillow mounds, ancient routeways and boundary markers. A short circular walk approximately 2.5 miles suitable for families with children over 7 years.

Ridge Car Park, Colemans Hatch Road, Ashdown Forest. This is oppposite Lintons car park.

Booking essential - email [email protected] .

£2.50 per family


**27th - 29th July - Holiday Play Scheme**

10am - 3.30pm each day

A chance to discover the wild side of Ashdown Forest with woodland skills, fun outdoors games, trails and trails, den building, woodland cooking, stories and lots more.

£75 per child

To book a place please email [email protected]


** Tuesday 18th August 2-4pm**

A fun hands on 2 hour session for toddlers and their carers to explore the natural world of the Ashdown Forest. Free. Supported by Action in rural Sussex.

Booking essential - email [email protected] .


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