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Latest News (03/09/2018 10:41)

Butcherhole car park will be closed on Monday - Friday from the 20th August to allow for forestry operations to take place. These operations are likely to take 6-8 weeks. Alternative parking for cyclists and walkers is available at the Seven Sisters Country Park car park at Exceat:

Alternative parking for walkers only is available at our Litlington road car park:

Butcherhole will continue to be open on weekends. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Please contact for further enquiries.

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.

Important - Harvesting Operations Work

Butchershole car park will be closed for up to 8 weeks (until approximately the 20th October). This is due to essential thinning operations being undertaken around the car park. Alternative parking is available at:

Seven Sisters Country Park (less than 3 miles away from Butchers Hole)

Managed by East Sussex County Council. Open from 7am daily, closing times may vary. Please contact visitor centre on 0345 6080193 or check notice board on arrival for daily closing time.

Litlington Road (approximately 4 miles from Butchers Hole)

Open 8am to 7pm (September) / 8am to 6pm (October)

If you have any enquiries, please contact the local team at

Walking trails

Go for a gentle walk following forest tracks between plantations.

Stargazing in the forest

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.

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 for TROT members 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 £32 online, by calling 0300 068 0400, 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 three bookable barbecues on site for a fee of £22.00 (payable by debit or credit card, 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 and open fires are not permitted.

What do other visitors say?

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.

j fry, 21/Dec/2015
5 Stars 5 Stars

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

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Last updated: 4th September 2018

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What's Here?

  • Dogs
  • Educational
  • Picnic
  • Walking
  • Barbeque
  • BBQs are now bookable - 0300 067 4880
  • Cycling
  • A 7 mile mountain bike route leaves from this car park.
  • Horse riding
  • Horse riding is by permit only. Box parking for permit holders only 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
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