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:

 March to October - 8pm

 November to February - 5pm


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

There are three designated accessible parking spaces at this forest. Please check our walking trails page before visiting for further access information. 

Number of accessible parking spaces: 3
Disabled parking available
Pay by phone available

Facilities and access

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.

Access details 

There are three disabled parking bays in Abbot’s Wood. These are the closest spaces to the toilet block. The toilet block has one designated toilet for disabled customers.

The pay and display machines are accessible to walkers, but wheelchair users may find getting to them difficult. We would recommend using our pay by phone option RingGo. You can either download the app, or call – further information can be found on the parking payment page.

Abbots Wood has two way marked trails:

  • Abbot’s Amble (yellow markers) mainly follows forest roads, which are gravel tracks that can be uneven. In parts it goes through the wood on dirt trails which can get very muddy in wet weather and throughout winter.
  • Oak Wood Walk (brown markers) is mainly on dirt trails through the wood. These can get very muddy in wet weather and throughout winter.

The trails at Bedgebury (25 miles away) are accessible for wheelchair users throughout the year.

Assistant dogs welcome
Dogs allowed
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
Two riders in high vis and helmets on horses on a forest path
Horse riding at Abbot's Wood
Sign post in Abbot's Wood
Walking at Abbot's Wood

Nearby forests

Butchershole at Friston Forest woodland

Friston Forest is within the South Downs National Park between Lulington Heath National Nature Reserve and Seven Sisters Country Park. It is the largest area of recently established forest in South East England.

This expansive beech woodland makes a perfect family day out for those who love exploring the countryside. With walking and cycling trails, great views of the Cuckmere and the sweeping South Downs, Friston Forest has something for everyone.

Autumn Leaves

Come and explore Birchden Wood, south of Royal Tunbridge Wells, it's a perfect day out for families, walkers and climbers. Harrison's Rocks, a sandstone crag owned by the BMC, are right next door and Birchden makes the perfect spot to escape out of the city and into the woods. 

Early morning mist rising up above the lake in autumn

Bedgebury is an award winning visitor attraction with something for everyone. Open all year, Bedgebury is the perfect place for healthy outdoor activity.

Thin trail running through conifer woodland

With around five miles of hard surface road and great networks of unsurfaced tracks, Hemsted Forest makes for a great day out, whatever the season!

The forest houses a mixture of conifer and broadleaf woodland and is rich in different bird species.


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