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Explore Abbot's Wood
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.9/5)

Colour rating today: still green still green

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.

 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.

Barbecues

 

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.

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 £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.

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 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?

4 Stars 4 Stars

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..".

Janet, 3/Aug/2015
5 Stars 5 Stars

Lovely picnic area but stay away from the incredibly rude ice cream man!

Mia, 1/Aug/2015
4 Stars 4 Stars

Have been to Abbots a lot recently with my three dogs and am concerned by the amount of dog poo people are leaving on the ground. I always pick up my dogs and take it to the bin in the car park. Maybe one solution would be to put more dog poo bins Round the walking trails and then may be dog owners would use them, just a thought!!!

Margaret, 24/Jul/2015

thank you for your comments, and for being a responsible dog owner. We hope that more visitors will follow your good example, as this is what we encourage people to do so that everyone can enjoy the forest.

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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.
  • Play area
  • A large timber adventure trail for young and old alike!
  • 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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