Ashdown Forest Loop

This is a lovely, varied walk with far reaching views across the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The route is well way-marked from the Ashdown Forest Centre. Simply follow the signs - what could be easier?

* Glorious heathland views

* Run free on the wide grassy paths

* Play hide and seek in the woods

* Balance on fallen trees crossing the stream

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Forest Centre Car Park, Coleman's Hatch Road, Wych Cross, RH18 5JP (approx.)


Free parking



1.8 miles / 3 km


Walking possible all day, every day. Forest Centre open weekends only (11am-5pm/or dusk) Oct-Mar. Apr-Sept - open M-Th (14:00-17:00), F (14:00-16:30 and Weekends (11:00-17:00). ​

The walk begins on leaving the Forest Centre. Turn left immediately and walk downhill parallel to an earth bank and ditch on the left. After about 150m, you will see the next way marker, pointing right. 


Much of the walk is along wide grassy rides. Whilst these can become waterlogged after periods of significant rainfall, they are generally dry and mud-free. When we visited (early March) some of the paths in the wooded areas were quite muddy. 

Dogs are welcome and may be off-lead, provided they are under close control, in sight and come back when called. If you are not totally confident of your dog's recall, use a lead. Please pick up after your dog.

Toilet facilities are located within the Visitor Centre complex and mirror the opening times of the Centre.

In our opinion, this walk is not suitable for pushchairs. 

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