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Abbot's Wood is open with limited facilities. Please check the visitor information to find out more.
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 - 5pm

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

The Seven Sisters, Friston and Abbots Wood Membership allows you free car parking at the following car parks:

  • Abbots Wood - Forestry England
  • Butchershole, Friston Forest - Forestry England
  • Litlington Road, Friston Forest - Forestry England
  • Seven Sisters Country Park Riverside - East Sussex County Council
  • Seven Sisters Country Park Forest - East Sussex County Council 

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 £2.30
Up to 4 hours £3.50
All day £4.60

Coaches/Minibuses charges

For more information please contact info.wealdbeat@forestryengland.uk or 03000 67 4464.

Additional Information

Disabled parking available
Pay by phone available

Facilities and access

Disposable and portable barbecues are not allowed.

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 info.wealdbeat@forestryengland.uk

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

Activities at Abbot's Wood

BBQ ALice Holt Food
Picnics and barbecues at Abbot's Wood
Family cycling on trail
Cycling at Abbot's Wood
group horse riding at along forest path
Horse riding at Abbot's Wood
Abbots Wood sign post
Walking at Abbot's Wood
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