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(Average user rating: 5 unrated 5/5)

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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.

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 £27.50 online 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 £2.20 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 times, as this differs throughout the year.


There are two 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. Please note that we do not allow you to bring your own barbecues on to site.

What do other visitors say?

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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.

Pamela , 13/Oct/2015

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

Mary, 22/Oct/2014

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
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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

Get directions


Manager Forest District Office

0300 067 4464

Opening & Parking

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