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Ashdown Forest is an ancient area of tranquil open heathland occupying the highest sandy ridge-top of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is situated some 30 miles (48 km) south of London in the county of East Sussex, England. Rising to an altitude of 732 feet (223 m) above sea level, its heights provide expansive vistas across the heavily wooded hills of the Weald to the chalk escarpments of the North Downs and South Downs on the horizon.
Ashdown Forest lends itself to many film location and photo shoot possibilities using expansive sloping heathland, beautiful sunsets, foggy tree clumps, viewpoints, great scenery, long roads, hill climbs for cycling, small boating lakes, Forest ponds, stone bridges, wetland bogs and orange streams, grazing livestock (Exmoor ponies, Hebridean sheep and Riggit Galloway cattle), purple moor grass, flowering heathers and gorse.
Various locations in and around Ashdown Forest have been used as settings for television and film productions. These include Colditz, the 2002 version of The Four Feathers, Under Suspicion, Flyboys, Goodbye Christopher Robin and HBO/BBC's mini-series Band of Brothers.
* Photographs by Dave Brooker and Steve Alton
Ashdown Forest is famous as the setting for the Winnie-the-Pooh stories written by A. A. Milne, who lived on the northern edge of the forest and took his son, Christopher Robin, walking there. The artist E. H. Shepard drew on the landscapes of Ashdown Forest as inspiration for many of the illustrations he provided for the Pooh books.
The ecological importance of Ashdown Forest's heathlands is reflected by its designation as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, as a Special Protection Area for birds, and as a Special Area of Conservation for its heathland habitats. It is part of the European Natura 2000 network as it hosts some of Europe's most threatened species and habitats. The heath transforms into a blanket of pink, purple and red as the heather flowers in August and September.
Stunning sunsets and sunrises happen throughout the year. With vivid oranges and reds blending with the pinks and purples of the flowering heathers. Cold conditions bring clouds showing virga or "fallstreak" formations.
The Forest is an ancient area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and at 732 feet above sealevel its views are breathtaking, stretching as far as the North Downs and South Downs.
Commoners have exercised their Right of Pasturage on Ashdown Forest for centuries. It is one of the few places in the country where you can film Hebridean Sheep, Riggit Galloway Cattle and Exmoor Ponies grazing gorse, rush, brambles and even bracken on the Heathland.