Ashdown Forest

East Sussex

Type:Towns & Villages

East Sussex, RH18 5JN
Ashdown Forest


Six and a half thousand acres of enchanted forest and heathland, the Ashdown Forest is one of England's surviving primeval wonders. Rich in heritage, the forest lays claim to an array of treasurers from medieval pottery to the first ever blast furnace in Britain as well as playing a vital role in training Canadian troops stationed nearby during WW2.
Originally a deer hunting forest in Norman times, Ashdown Forest is now the largest free public access space in the South East. It is a great place for walking and enjoying spectacular views over the Sussex countryside and is known the world over as the 'home' of Winnie-the-Pooh.
From deep within the ferns and heather spring streams, enjoyed by the wildlife and providing inspiration for artists, authors and lovers of the countryside. Walkers enjoy the tranquillity of tiny villages with their traditional Sussex pubs serving hearty food and local ale. The Ashdown Llama Park, Barnsgate Manor Vineyard, the Bluebell Railway and Sheffield Park Gardens are just some of the local attractions.
The Forest is at the heart of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has national and international protection because of its wildlife. Nearly two thirds of its 6500 acres (2500 hectares) are heathland, amounting to 2.5% of the UK's extent of this rare habitat. The Forest Centre is the headquarters of the Conservators of Ashdown Forest who are responsible for the managing the Forest.
The Forest Centre acts as both an information centre for visitors and also an office for the Conservators of Ashdown Forest. The Information Centre often has exhibitions of all sorts including local artists, photographers and other events.


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What's Nearby

  1. The Llama Park

    Llamas, alpacas and reindeer. Play area, information barn. Coffee shop serving light…

    1.2 miles away
  2. Wych Cross Nursery Ltd

    One of the largest retail selections of roses in the country with 1000 varieties. Also a…

    1.54 miles away
  3. Cats Protection National Cat Centre

    A trip to the National Cat Centre, set in delightful woodland, is a memorable experience…

    1.57 miles away
  1. Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club

    Founded in December 1888, it is one of the longest established golf clubs in Sussex. A…

    1.98 miles away
  2. Ashdown Forest

    6,500 acres of beautiful countryside located between East Grinstead and Uckfield, West…

    2.11 miles away
  3. Pooh Corner

    Pooh Corner is a gift shop specialising in Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends. The timber…

    3.51 miles away
  4. Heaven Farm Museum

    Historic farm on A275, 1 mile south of Danehill near the Bluebell Railway and Sheffield…

    4.12 miles away
  5. Blackland Farm Activity Centre

    Outdoor activity centre offering:
    canoeing, climbing, archery, abseiling, crate…

    4.22 miles away
  6. Soft Rock Climbing

    Harrisons Rocks in Groombridge provide a combination of some of the best beginner…

    4.92 miles away
  7. The Priest House

    The Priest House sits on the western edge of Ashdown Forest in the picturesque high Weald…

    5.08 miles away
  8. Bluebell Railway

    Step back in time to the Steam Age by climbing aboard one of the lovingly preserved…

    5.17 miles away
  9. Crowborough Country Park

    Crowborough Country Park is a 16 acre local nature reserve set within the Jarvis Brook…

    5.38 miles away
  10. Vanguard Way

    Vanguard Way is the ideal route for the walking enthusiast. At 66 miles (107 km) of…

    5.45 miles away
  11. Sackville College

    A beautiful stone Jacobean almshouse round a quadrangle. Galleried Founder's Hall with…

    6.01 miles away
  12. South of England Centre, Ardingly

    Major shows are organised throughout the year, including the Society's flagship event the…

    6.34 miles away
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