Abbot's Wood

Visitor information

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

Barbecue hire available (no other barbecues allowed)
06/04/2022 10:48
Off bridleway TROT membership routes
06/04/2022 10:49
06/04/2022 17:12

Things to do

Enjoy a tasty treat in the forest at one of our beautiful barbecue stands or picnic areas, just bring along good food and company!

Abbot's Wood has three barbecues available for...

Cycling is a fantastic way to explore Abbot's Wood and soak up the beautiful scenery.

The wider forest and the trails off the forest tracks is out of bounds for cyclists. Please...

Abbot's Woods offers a network of riding which include a diverse and beautiful range of woodland habitats. Off-bridleway riding is restricted to specific routes and only permitted...

Go for a wander along Abbot's Amble or take a short stroll on Oaks Walk. Look out for a variety of wildlife, bird boxes and bluebells in spring.

Accessibility guide for Abbot’s

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