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Explore Friston Forest
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.2/5)

Friston Forest offers an infinite number of waymarked routes for visitors to explore the beech woods. Its undulating terrain makes it popular with walkers and mountain bikers. Both are served with waymarked trails of varying lengths.

Mountain Biking Discussion

View our findings and conclusions from the recent online discussion on mountain bike use in the forest.

Walking trails

Go for a gentle walk following forest tracks between plantations.


Quiet valleys within the forest offer sheltered habitats for many species of wildlife. Glimpses of rare butterflies, such as fritillaries, and elusive deer can reward patient observers.

Horse riding

Friston Forest offers some of the best riding in the south of England; with a wealth of bridleways, some of which join up with the South Downs. Riding off bridleways is by permit only. Permits are available through TROT on 01622 735599 or visit their website for more information. Box parking is available at Butcher's Hole car park.

Discovery Pass

Save money and enjoy Abbots Wood, Seven Sisters Country Park Friston Forest & Abbots Wood through the seasons with an annual Discovery Pass from the Forestry Commission. Purchase your pass for £27.50 online or onsite at the Seven Sisters Country Park Visitor Centre. The Disovery Pass gives you a free parking in a number of carparks along with a range of benefits - visit the website for further details.

Visitor information

Current charge are £2.20 up to 2 hrs /£3.30 up to 4 hrs /£4.40 all day. Gates open at 8am and close around dusk, so please check the board for daily closing time which differs throughout the year.


There are two bookable barbecues on site for a fee of £33.00 (payable by cheque) Please ring 01580 213044 at least a week in advance to check availability and to make a booking.


You need to provide your own charcoal and Pay & Display parking charges still apply. Barbecues must be fully extinguished when you leave the site. We do not allow you to bring your own barbecues on to site.

What do other visitors say?

3 Stars 3 Stars

could do with a smalltrail 4 disabled as people cannot walk far and tgere is not a lot of walking space 4 wheelchairs buggies and babies buggies

joanna semmens, 25/Sep/2013

The lady who made the comment about ash and sycamore obviously doesn't know anything about woodland dynamics. Depending on the national vegetation classification of this woodland it is likely that the ash is a perfectly natural regenerator under beech in clearings and.where.the beech has.fallen. east sussex has a lot of.beech ash woodlands. sycamore and ash also have a great.relationship despite sycamores reputation excellent tree providing homes.for many lichen and insect species.rant over

leo hood, 29/Jun/2013
5 Stars 5 Stars

I have been walking Friston forest and surrounding areas since 1995 and love looking for wild flowers and birds which their are plenty.Since 2008 you have introduced 6 British White cattle(4 to start with)and I noticed their is a radio collar on one of them,I wonder if on your web site you have a way of showing their grazing routes? Many thanks keep up the good work.

Randal Emmerson, 19/Apr/2013
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What's Here?

  • Dogs
  • Educational
  • Picnic
  • Walking
  • Barbeque
  • BBQs are now bookable - 01580 213044
  • Cycling
  • A 7 mile mountain bike route leaves from this car park.
  • Horse riding
  • Horse riding is by permit only. Box parking is available at Butchershole. Permits are available through TROT on 01622 735599 or
  • Viewpoint
  • Views over the Cuckmere Valley and White Horse etched on the downs
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: TV555995
Postcode: BN25 4AD

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Manager Forest District Office


Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
8am to Dusk
Discovery Pass
Available for 27.50
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