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Abbots Wood offers visitors waymarked forest trails, an adventure play area, barbecues and picnic sites. There is also a large grass area for ball games.

 Walking Trails


Go for a wander along Abbots 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.



There are two free barbecues on site, which are provided on a first come first served basis. Please be considerate to others who may wish to use the facility.

There are also 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.

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.


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

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 £33 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

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

Car Parking Prices: £2.20 up to 2 hrs /£3.30 up to 4 hrs /£4.40 all day

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

April 8pm, May 9pm, June 9pm, July 9pm, August 8pm, September 7pm, October 6pm, November 4pm, December 4pm, January 4pm, February 5pm, March 7pm

History of Aboots Wood

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

3 Stars 3 Stars

Just returned from a day to Abbots Wood. Very enjoyable apart from the fact that the Ladies' and Gents' toilets were both out of action. Only the disabled single toilet was unlocked and even that didn't flush properly. The queue to use the loo grew as the day went on. A lady I chatted to in the queue said they had been out of action for a week at least. No sign of anyone trying to fix them. Bad show, Forestry Commission!

Jules19, 31/Jul/2014

We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit. We are hoping that the vandalised toilets will be repaired soon.

Forestry Commission Response

The last time I visited rabbits wood blue badge users parked free. Now there is nothing about the cost of parking for anyone. Can I still park free and why isn't this information displayed on site?

Mrs Davies, 5/Jun/2014
3 Stars 3 Stars

We enjoyed a delightful visit to Abbot's Wood over the BH weekend but kept getting lost despite using the Forestry Commission Guide. There are no numbered posts relating to the map inscribed with arrows and destination at any of the junctions of main rides rendering the guide useless. There were no alternative forest guides available. In total we found 1 Lake and 2 Car Park signs and posts with red or yellow footprints. The forest needs proper guides and signage.

Joanna Grist, 26/May/2014
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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 two free barbecues are provided on a first come first served basis. Two bookable barbecues are available to hire for the day for groups. Please ring 01580 213044 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.
  • Play area
  • A large timber adventure trail for young and old alike!
  • Wildlife
  • By following the Abbots Amble trail you will come across the lake. On which water fowl and dragonflies can be seen. Abbots Wood is an important area for butterfly and Dormouse conservation.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: TQ 555 073

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Discovery Pass
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