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.
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.
There are two free barbecues on site, which are provided on a first come first served basis. Please ring 01580 213044 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 barbecue on to site.
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.
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 £25 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.
Visitors are reminded to pay and display and to observe the changing car park locking times throughout the year.
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.