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Literary Evening at Ashdown Park Hotel

Join us for a literary fundraising evening on November 17th, featuring Julian Roup and Sian Thomas. Hosted by Natasha Kaplinski.

Further details

The Future for Ashdown Forest

A series of public talk about Ashdown Forest

Fairwarp - 25th October

Nutley - 28th October

Forest Row - 1st November

Crowborough - 3rd November

Click here for further details

Airmens Grave Remembrance Service

Sunday 14th November

Events at Ashdown Forest Centre

Half Term Activity - Make a Bat Mobile

Friday 29th October

11am-3pm - drop in £3 per family

Besom Broom Workshop

Saturday 30th October

Make a traditional ‘besom’ broom - perfect for sweeping leaves or Quidditch competitions!

Booking essential through EventBrite

Ashdown Forest Code


The following areas have temporary livestock enclosures with live fences. Please do not approach or feed the livestock. Dogs must be under close control at all times.

Exmoor ponies at Isle of Thorns, and near the Vanguard Way (Gills Lap)

Hebridean sheep behind Vachery layby

Cattle at Trees and Millbrook West

Livestock are now in the grazing enclosure.

Dog walkers are reminded that dogs must be kept under very close control at all times even when there is no livestock on the Forest.

Please follow the Code of Conduct for dog walkers and remember the 4C's



Ashdown Forest Car Window Sticker 2021

Car window sticker 2021

Escaping to Ashdown Forest



What to do if you hit a deer on Ashdown Forest

Deer Aware

Events and Activities




Ashdown Forest Wildlife








Commercial Activity and Business Licences

All commercial business who use, or operate on, Forest land must have a licence from the Conservators - including, but not exclusive to, commercial dog walkers, fitness groups, commercial guided walks and forays, filming and photography, art classes etc. A general licence application form is available for all commercial activities.

ALL events using Ashdown Forest (including car parks) should apply for an event licence

Ashdown Forest Videos


Please email the completed forms to the office

Application form for winter permit - Word

Application form for winter permit - pdf

Application form for day permit

Either email or post your forms back to us, along with evidence of your insurance (minimum £5million third party public liability) and AFRA membership if applicable. Permits will be sent out after the correct documents and payments have been received. Forms can be also be left in the post box on the yard gate.

Email: [email protected]


If you are planning an event that will use any part of the Forest an EVENTS APPLICATION FORM should be completed and returned to the Forest Centre Office


Any commercial activity that takes place on the Forest is subject to a fee or charge.

Fees and charges for 2021-2022


All moving films, for television (for whatever purpose) and cinema or action shots for magazines, require written permission. An application form and scale of charges can be found here.

Please contact the Office for more information.


A new commercial Fitness Licence has been introduced. The Outdoor Fitness Licence Application Form and Code of Conduct is here


Please contact the office if you are organising a road cycle race that takes in parts of Ashdown Forest.

You will need a Temporary Permission Licence to use the car parks or laybys to serve refreshments.

Email [email protected]

Phone us on 01342 823583


Off road cycling is not permitted on Ashdown Forest and is a breach of Bye-law 2.

Please contact the office if you have any questions.


You will need a Temporary Licence to place any signs on Ashdown Forest including estate agents boards and construction works.

Please email the completed form to: [email protected]



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)



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Ashdown Forest Vision & Management Strategy 2021-31


Gills Lap by Craig Payne


Ashdown Forest Vision & Management Strategy sets out five priorities that meet our binding obligations to protect and enhance the unique heathland environment of Ashdown Forest whilst also delivering on our commitment to providing the largest open-access, wildlife-rich place in the Southeast.


The Official Ashdown Forest Maps and Walks Bundle

Download the Official Map of Ashdown Forest, The Clumps Walk 2020 and all 13 self-guided mapped walks. The bundle includes the Grazing Map of Ashdown Forest for free. Downloads are sent to your PayPal email address. Download

The Official Map of Ashdown Forest (£3.00): Download

Including car parks, mapped walks, clumps, forest rides, public bridleways, the Wealdway, the Vanguard Way and points of interest.

The Clumps Walk - 14.5 miles. (£2.00): Download

13 Mapped Walks - 1-4 miles. Leaflets: Here

(Please note: there is no circular route or right of way from Church Hill car park through Five Hundred Acre Wood which is private property)

Grazing Map of Ashdown Forest 2021 (£2.00): Download

You can now download a Grazing Map of Ashdown Forest for a £2.00 donation. The map is updated with each new enclosure (electric fencing), so you can find our livestock or avoid them. Once you have downloaded the map, you will receive each update (as the map changes) free of charge by email.

Ashdown Forest Spring Trail (£1.00): Download

The trail is 1.6miles /3km long and will take approximately 1 hour to complete (without stops).  The route is hilly and the paths can be wet and muddy in places.  It is not suitable for pushchairs. 


Opening hours dependent on volunteer cover

Toilets open 9am-4:30pm (weekdays); 11am-4:30pm (weekends & BHs)

Address: The Ashdown Forest Centre, Coleman's Hatch Road, Wych Cross, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JP

Phone: +44 (0)1342 823583 (Monday to Friday)

E-mail: [email protected]


Please use Broadstone car park (RH18 5JP) should be used by larger coaches.


Questions? Check our Visitor FAQ's and Management FAQ's.

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


distant view of 2 trees

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.

  • Emergency (Out of Hours) Phone: 01342 822846. Note this number diverts to the mobile phone of the Duty Ranger.  Although this is a 24 hour number, if the Ranger is out of signal the call may divert to voicemail - please leave a message and he will return your call when he has signal.
  • If you need urgent assistance please call 999. 


  • CAR PARKS - Postcodes and what3words can be found here


The use of ‘drones’ on Ashdown Forest is strictly prohibited. Drones must not be operated on Ashdown Forest or within 50 metres of Ashdown Forest.

Ashdown Forest Bye-law 14 states:

No person shall except in the case of accident or unavoidable cause land on any part of the Forest to take off therefrom in any aircraft, glider, balloon, or hovercraft, nor shall any person so land by parachute, nor shall the Forest be used for the flying of model aircraft in any form whatsoever without the licensed consent of the Conservators.

Use of Unmanned Aircraft and Aircraft Systems is governed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Concerns have been raised over the dangers of startling the public, horses (and riders), wild animals and Commoners’ livestock.

Please contact the office if you have any questions.


License to fly on Ashdown Forest: THe BMFA and its membership have a licence to fly on the Forest under strict locations, dates and times.

Summary of Licence

Model Types: Free Fight and Radio Controlled Gliders, powered (electric) and unpowered.

Flying Locations: Old Lodge Valley area bounded by Old Lodge Boundary; and Duddleswell/Nutley Road, Old Lodge Drive, B2026 and Friends Clump.

Flying Dates and Times:

Between 1 May and 31 August:

  • Silent Free Flight models, including electric powered – up to 12.00 noon and from 6 pm to sunset on any day in the area detailed above..
  • Power Assisted Free Flight models and Radio Controlled Gliders including electric powered Models – up to 10.30 am and from 6 pm to sunset on any day in the area detailed above.

Between 1 January to 30 April and 1 September to 31 December:

  • Free Flight models and Radio Controlled Gliders including electric powered assisted Models – from 8.30 am to sunset on any day in the area detailed above.


Each year the BMFA negotiate a number of competition dates that enable their members to fly from 8:30am to sunset, that do not clash with other events on the Forest,

The use of Helicopters and Multi-Rotor, 3D models, Gas Turbines, etc. do not fall within the scope of our licence and therefore cannot be flown at all and will be enforced by the Forest Rangers.

Link: BMFA South-East Area


You will need permission to scatter ashes on Ashdown Forest.  Officially it is not strictly allowed, but normally we have no objection as long as it is done discretely and without ceremony.  We ask that ashes are scattered off the main pathways and away from car parks.  Due to SSSI legislation there can be no introduction of foreign species on Ashdown Forest.  This includes trees, plants and shrubs commemorating the life of a loved one.  A donation to Ashdown Forest in memory of your loved one would be very much appreciated. Please contact the office for more information. 


For information about the memorials available on the Forest please contact the office on [email protected]


Please check your contractor has a waste disposal licence here

Information about East Sussex County Council Amenity sites

Information about West Sussex County Council Amenity sites


Commercial Dog Walking Licence - Application Form

Licenced Dog Walkers

Walking with your dog on Ashdown Forest

Important advice for walkers' safety around livestock

Livestock Worrying


SDNPA - Canine Confessions - Groundnesting Birds


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