Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

Read our visitor information regarding coronavirus

Our car parks open at 8am all year round.

We have the following closing times:

January - 4pm

February - 6pm

March - 7pm

April, May, June, July, August - 8pm

September - 7pm

October - 6pm

November, December - 4pm


How to find us

How to find us
Abbots Wood, Arlington, Polegate
Sat Nav Postcode: BN26 6SL
By Car

From Brighton/Seaford - Take Station Road heading north from the A27 towards Berwick station. Take the first right signposted towards Arlington village. Drive through Arlington and follow the road towards Caneheath. Abbots Wood car park is on your right.

From Eastbourne/Bexhill/Hastings - Take the A22 north from the A27. Turn left onto Arlington Road (signposted for Abbots Wood). Go past Arlington Stadium and turn left at the next junction. Go past the Old Oak pub and carry on. Abbots Wood car park is on your left.

From the north - follow the Hailsham Bypass (A22). Turn right onto Arlington Road (signposted for Abbots Wood). Go past Arlington Stadium and turn left at the next junction. Go past the Old Oak pub and carry on. Abbots Wood car park is on your left.

OS Grid Ref

50.8439576, 0.2113215

Parking and prices

Parking charges apply at Abbot's Wood.

You can now use RingGo* at Abbot's Wood which allows you to pay for parking online or via an app. Please download the Ringo App before travelling if you can.

Pay for parking on your phone in 5 easy steps:

1. Open the RingGo app, or download for free if you haven’t already got it, using the App Store (iPhone) or Google Play (Android).
2. Log in with your RingGo details, or register as a new user.
3. Select your location by entering the 3–6 digit number shown on the parking signs.
4. Enter your number plate and choose how long you’d like to park for. Remember, you can extend this later.
5. Choose to add any handy parking reminders you need, then just tap to pay.

And you’re good to go! Your details are saved so next time, you can park even faster. 

If you’re not a smartphone user, you can still use RingGo to pay for your parking by calling 0203 046 0063. You can also register and book parking with RingGo online.

*There is a small convenience charge for using this service.  See RingGo online for full terms and conditions and VAT receipts.


Disabled parking available but does require a valid pay and display ticket or Forestry England Membership.

Parking Charges

The money you pay for parking helps us to look after the forests. Read how
Up to 2 hours £2.50
Up to 4 hours £4.00
All day £5.00

Coaches/Minibuses charges

For coach and bus charges please contact or 0300 067 4464.

Additional information

Regular visitors can save money by becoming a Member - Find out more about our membership offer
Number of accessible parking spaces: 0

Try our easy access trails page to find accessible parking near you.

Disabled parking available
Pay by phone available

Facilities and access

From 26 July you are welcome to hire our barbecues, but to prevent forest fires and reduce waste, please do not bring any other barbecues into this forest.  

Professional dog walking 

We give local professional dog walking companies permission to use our sites providing they follow best practice, are fully insured and have adequate risk assessments in place. If you would like a list of companies with permits at Friston Forest and Abbots Wood or would like to apply for a permission then please get in touch at

Access details 

Most of the main trails are well surfaced and wheelchair friendly but can get muddy in the winter. If you have concerns, please contact the office before your visit to discuss your requirements.

Assistant dogs welcome
Dogs allowed
Easy access trail
Picnic area

Contact details

The perfect location for your next forest visit, with trails, barbecues and picnic areas

Located near Polegate, Abbot's Wood is a great place for a stroll at any time of year, with walking trails, a medieval lake, play area, barbecues and picnic tables.

This ancient woodland is teeming with wildlife. Dormice live in the woodland understory and the extensive network of paths is home to nearly thirty species of butterfly, including the rare pearl-bordered fritillary. In early spring, the extraordinary song of the nightingale can be heard and summer evenings could reward you with encounters with bats, glow worms and the sound of the elusive nightjar.

At a glance

  • 2 walking trails
  • Barbecue hire from 26 July (no other barbecues are allowed)
  • Picnic area
  • Horse riding
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