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.

Ashdown Forest lies between Crowborough, Forest Row and Maresfield on the more northerly of the two major sandstone ridges in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Rising to an altitude of 732 feet (223 metres) 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.

Road Directions

The Ashdown Forest Centre is one mile from Wych Cross - opposite the Ashdown Park Hotel

  • From the North: M25 to J8 Godstone, then A22 South. M23 to J10A Crawley then B2110.
  • From the South: M23 Brighton or, A22 or A275
  • From the West: M23, then A23, then B2110 from Crawley
  • From the East: A26 or A264 from Tunbridge Wells
The Forest Today - a quick look!

Ashdown Forest today covers an area of approximately 10 square miles...

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The High Weald

The High Weald AONB covers 560 square miles ...

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