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
Visit https://www.southdowns.gov.uk/ for more information
View our findings and conclusions from the recent online discussion on mountain bike use in the forest.
Go for a gentle walk following forest tracks between plantations.
Experience stars in the night sky like never before when visiting Friston Forest this winter. Download your beginner's guide to stargazing, then visit our family-friendly "Why stars matter" trail to bring the night sky to life and become a forest-star!
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.
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.
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.
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.
What do other visitors say?
j fry, 21/Dec/2015
Visited friston for the first time today, for a break from family madness. Tried riding the red cycle trail, by following the red arrows on the signposts. I got very confused as these seemed to be leading me along bridleways more than singletrack. After beasting myself through the hoof printed gloop I came across some singletrack waymarked by arrows sprayed onto trees which helped but unfortunately these were intermittent and I got very lost when the stopped!
Looking forward to coming back in drier weather to see if I can successfully complete a loop as the trails here were very fun when I was actually on them.
5 StarsPamela , 13/Oct/2015
I am sad to see that people are fly tipping in frisson forest (butchers hole). This is the second time in the last month this has happened. As a regular user of the forest I question whether the gates are locked and opened at the times stated because how else are people able to dump rubbish near the parking area. There are always cars parked and people around which makes me think the rubbish is being dumped after dark.
In reply to Julie's question, the best place to see wych el,s Wheatleys and Huntingdons is in Friston Valley along the lane past the Waterworks.
Lots of English elms at West Dean but mostly dying of DED