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Explore Butchershole
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.5/5)

This small car park provides access to the attractive eastern edge of Friston, and for the more energetic, access up onto the downland grass areas. Early risers will see the local race horses training and listen to the numerous sky larks.


Discovery Pass
Enjoy Seven Sisters, Friston Forest & Abbot's Wood through the seasons with an annual Discovery Pass from the Forestry Commission.
Save money and time - get free car parking for one year at the following car parks:

  • Abbots Wood - Forestry Commission
  • Butchershole, Friston Forest - Forestry Commission
  • Litlington Road, Friston Forest - Forestry Commission
  • Seven Sisters Country Park Riverside - East Sussex County Council
  • Seven Sisters Country Park Forest - East Sussex County Council 

Purchase your pass for £32 online, by calling 0300 068 0400, or onsite at the Seven Sisters Country Park Visitor Centre. The Disovery Pass also gives you a range of benefits - visit the website for details of the current offers.


Current charge are £1.20 up to 2 hrs /£2.30 up to 4 hrs /£3.50 all day

Gates open at 8am and close around dusk, so please check the board for daily closing time which differs throughout the year.

What do other visitors say?

Please can you tell me if Blue Badge holders park for free? The information on parking at Butchers Hole doesn't say whether or not there are concessions.

Anonymous, 13/Apr/2018

Sorry , there are no blue badge concessions for visitors to Butchers Hole. Income from parking goes toward the upkeep of the forest and recreation facilities.

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

We walk our dogs in Friston forest often, usually from Butchershole car park.We really enjoy it as do the dogs, it's

a beautiful place at any time of the year.The only downside, in my opinion, is the amount of bags with dog waste left laying about and hanging from bushes.Surely it is not too difficult to

carry these bags to,and deposit them in, the bins provided.Apart from that we appreciate the walks and think that the cost of the annual discovery pass is money well spent.

Peter Wood, 20/Mar/2016
5 Stars 5 Stars

I too have walked butchers hole for many many years and just love it there please do not change it.

Anonymous, 23/Oct/2015

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Last updated: 10th July 2018

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What's Here?

  • Educational
  • Picnic
  • Walking
  • Barbeque
  • A BBQ site is available on a first come first served basis
  • Cycling
  • A 7 mile mountain bike route leaves from this car park.
  • Horse riding
  • Horse riding is by permit only. Box parking is available. Permits are available through TROT on 01622 735599 or
  • Orienteering
  • Orienteering maps can be obtained from the visitor centre at Seven Sisters, to find the numerous posts in the forest near the car park
  • Viewpoint
  • Views over the cuckmere valley and white horse etched on the downs
More about what's here


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