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Friston Forest offers a number of waymarked routes for visitors to explore the beech woods. Its undulating terrain makes it popular with walkers and mountain bikers.

South Downs National Park

"The English are renowned for their courtesy, no more so than here in the South Downs National Park where you’ll almost always be greeted by a "hello" "thank you" "excuse me" or even a "much obliged" on the paths. South Downs National Park are encouraging everybody to get into the spirit and pass on a greeting. So you can expect an even friendlier reception than usual if you’re out enjoying the National Park."

Andy Gattiker, South Downs Way National Trail Officer

Say "hello!" on the path and spread the word at or with #sharethepath #SouthDowns

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Mountain Biking Discussion

View our findings and conclusions from the recent online discussion on mountain bike use in the forest.

Walking trails

Go for a gentle walk following forest tracks between plantations.


Quiet valleys within the forest offer sheltered habitats for many species of wildlife. Glimpses of rare butterflies, such as fritillaries, and elusive deer can reward patient observers.

Horse riding

Friston Forest offers some of the best riding in the south of England; with a wealth of bridleways, some of which join up with the South Downs. Riding off bridleways is by permit only. Permits are available through TROT on 01622 735599 or visit their website for more information. Box parking is available at Butcher's Hole car park.

Discovery Pass

Save money and enjoy Friston Forest, Seven Sisters Country Park & Abbots Wood through the seasons with an annual Discovery Pass. Purchase your pass for £28 online, by calling 03000680400, or onsite at the Seven Sisters Country Park Visitor Centre. The Disovery Pass gives you free parking in a number of carparks along with a range of benefits. Visit the Friston Forest Discovery Pass page for further details.

Visitor information

Current charges are £2.30 up to 2 hrs /£3.50 up to 4 hrs /£4.60 all day. Gates open at 8am and close around dusk, so please check the board for daily closing times, as this differs throughout the year.


There are two bookable barbecues on site for a fee of £22.00 (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. Please note that we do not allow you to bring your own barbecues on to site.

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Last updated: 15th August 2016

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What's Here?

  • Dogs
  • Educational
  • Picnic
  • Walking
  • Barbeque
  • BBQs are now bookable - 01580 213044
  • Cycling
  • A 7 mile mountain bike route leaves from this car park.
  • Horse riding
  • Horse riding is by permit only. Box parking is available at Butchershole. Permits are available through TROT on 01622 735599 or
  • Viewpoint
  • Views over the Cuckmere Valley and White Horse etched on the downs
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: TV555995
Postcode: BN25 4AD

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Manager Forest District Office

0300 067 4464

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
8am to Dusk
Discovery Pass
Available for 27.50
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