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Explore Abbot's Wood
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.7/5)

Abbot's Wood offers visitors waymarked forest trails, barbecues and picnic sites. There is also a large grass area for ball games.

 Walking Trails

 

Go for a wander along Abbot's Amble or take a short stroll on Oaks Walk. Look out a variety of wildlife, bird boxes and bluebells in spring.

Wheelchair users may find portions of the trails difficult in terms of grade and surface quality.

Play

The play equipment at Abbot's Wood was reaching the end of its life and has therefore been removed in the interests of safety. The intention is to replace it at some point in the future, and further updates will be given in due course. In the meanwhile there is a swing, a climbing tree and stepping stones in addition to acres of woodland for children to explore and play in!

Barbecues

 

There are three bookable barbecues on site for a fee of £33.00 (payable by debit or credit car, or cheque). Please ring 0300 067 4880 at least a week in advance to check availability and to make a booking.

You will need to provide your own charcoal and Pay & Display parking charges still apply. Barbecues must be fully extinguished when you leave the site.

The free barbecues have now been removed from site due to their age and poor condition.

For safety reasons we do not allow you to bring your own barbecues on to site.

Horse riding

Annual riding permits are available from Toll Rides (Off-Road) Trust.
Please ring 01622 735599 for more information or visit the TROT website.

Wildlife

Abbot's Wood is an important area for butterfly and dormouse conservation. Go on Abbot's Amble Trail to see water fowl and dragonflies on the lake.

Discovery Pass

Save money and enjoy Abbot's 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 £28 online , by calling 03000680400, 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

Visitors are reminded to pay and display and to observe the changing car park locking times throughout the year.

Car Parking Prices: £2.30 up to 2 hrs /£3.50 up to 4 hrs /£4.60 all day

Gates are opened every day at 8am. Closing times vary through out the year as follows:

April to August 8pm, September 7pm, October 6pm, November 4pm, December 4pm, January 4pm, February 5pm, March 7pm

History of Abbot's Wood

Abbot's Wood derives its name from the times of Henry I, when the wood was gifted to Battle Abbey and overseen by the Abbot (hence Abbot's Wood).

Ditches and banks within the trees give clues to ancient times. A mixture of tree species can be found, each with a different use. Recent conifer plantations are harvested for timber needed in paper and chip board manufacture.

Coppicing Hazel and Hornbeam for firewood enables rarer species like dormice and pearl bordered fritillaries to live in the wood.

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

I have been a frequent visitor to these woods over the last year.I often walk my dog there at the weekends. Its a wonderful wood; I have been lucky to see plenty of birds, some squirrels, pheasants, and once even a deer.

I back up what Jess is saying. Some dog owners do not pick up, and some bag up and then just leave/throw the bags in/into the woods. Not sure what can be done about this but it's not acceptable.

33 to use a BBQ is a joke, when I visited Australia you could use BBQ facilities in parks such as this for free. This is simple profiteering. People are already paying for the parking.

For me on the whole a very positive experience... that's why i am there most weekends :-)

Charles, 18/Apr/2016
5 Stars 5 Stars

The Nightingales alone are worth the visit.

Add the bluebells, primroses and other spring flora and you have a wonderful backdrop.

This is an exceptional woodland habitat.

Bob Hastings, 14/Apr/2016

thank you so much. It's great to hear that you get so much enjoyment from the nature and wildlife on your visits.

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

Love it here but I would like to ask what has happened to the adventure playground? Will there be another one put in its place? Thanks.

Anonymous, 9/Apr/2016

Thank you for your feedback. The play equipment was at the end of its life and has therefore been removed in the interests of safety. The intention is to replace it at some point in the future, and further updates will be given in due course.

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Please email us at info.wealdbeat@forestry.gsi.gov.uk if you have an enquiry or would like a reply to your comments.

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Last updated: 26th April 2016

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What's Here?

  • Dogs
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Picnic
  • Walking
  • Barbeque
  • We do not allow you to bring your own barbecue on to site and disposable barbecues are not permitted. The free barbecue is provided on a first come first served basis. Three bookable barbecues are available to hire for the day for groups. Please ring 0300 067 4464 to check availability and to make a booking.
  • Horse riding
  • Horse riding is by permit. Permits are available from Toll Rides (Off-Road) Trust. Please ring 01622 735599 for more information. Horse box parking is provided for permit holders opposite the Old Oak pub.
  • Wildlife
  • By following the Abbot's Amble trail you will come across the lake. On which water fowl and dragonflies can be seen. Abbot's Wood is an important area for butterfly and dormouse conservation.
More about what's here

Location

OS Grid ref: TQ 555 073

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Contact

Manager Forest District Office

0300 067 4464
info.wealdbeat@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

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