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Explore Friston Forest
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.2/5)

Friston Forest offers an infinite number of waymarked routes for visitors to explore the beech woods. Its undulating terrain makes it popular with walkers and mountain bikers. Both are served with waymarked trails of varying lengths.

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.

Wildlife

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 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 £27.50 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

Current charge are £2.20 up to 2 hrs /£3.30 up to 4 hrs /£4.40 all day. Gates open at 8am and close around dusk, so please check the board for daily closing time which differs throughout the year.

Barbecues

There are 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.

What do other visitors say?

Friston Forest..One of the most wonderful sites to visit in Sussex but Toilet facilities ( Ladies and Gents ) have been out of order now on my last three visits recently.

Mr G Hazell, 2/Jun/2014
5 Stars 5 Stars

I love Friston forest...does anyone know if there are any Elm trees surviving and if so where are they? Thanks

Julie, 20/May/2014
3 Stars 3 Stars

could do with a smalltrail 4 disabled as people cannot walk far and tgere is not a lot of walking space 4 wheelchairs buggies and babies buggies

joanna semmens, 25/Sep/2013
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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 www.tollrides.org.uk
  • Viewpoint
  • Views over the Cuckmere Valley and White Horse etched on the downs
More about what's here

Location

OS Grid ref: TV555995
Postcode: BN25 4AD

Get directions

Contact

Manager Forest District Office


info.wealdbeat@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
8am to Dusk
Discovery Pass
Available for 27.50
Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification certifiedForest Stewardship Council certified