Abbot's 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 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.
There is one free barbecue on site, which is provided on a first come first served basis. Please be considerate to others who may wish to use the facility.
There are also 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 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.
Annual riding permits are available from Toll Rides (Off-Road) Trust.
Please ring 01622 735599 for more information or visit the TROT website.
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.
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 £27 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.
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 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 StarsJade kennerson, 8/Nov/2015
A lovely Forrest. We came today for the first time and our children and pet dog loved it. Nice picnic benches near the big field which children can play football and go on the swings. Also we found two rope swings over a little river that my partner enjoyed!
You will need your wellies but overall good fun for families that like to explore. Will be visiting regularly.
3 StarsE Soper, 8/Oct/2015
Always lovely as woods go unfortunately is left with to much mess due to people not collecting their mess including dog mess. But also frequented by motorcyclist riding on and off paths into and through woods, quite dangerous and threatening for parents with children and dog owners.
Forestry Commission Response
thank you for your comments. we would encourage all of our visitors to respect the forest and other visitors so that everyone can enjoy their time there.
4 StarsJanet, 3/Aug/2015
I agree with other users. Love Abbotts Wood but too much dog poo including an overflowing dog bin near picnic and play area.!!! Another bin perhaps by toilets or car parking area. Better still, take it home with you..".