Essential forest operations are taking place within the woods, please stick to way marked trails and obey all safety signage
Litlington Road car park is open, please mind machinery onsite and follow all safety signage. - Click here for more information on why these works are necessary
Expect delays and disruption on roads leading to Butchershole Car Park from 31/01/2023.
Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

Our car parks open at 8am all year around. We have the following closing times:

March to October 8pm

November to February 5pm



How to find us

How to find us

Friston Forest is located adjacent to Seven Sisters Country Park, between Seaford and Eastbourne. There are three car parks at Friston Forest.

Friston Forest main car park is located on Litlington Road between Exceat and Litlington.

Butchershole car park is located on Jevington Road between Jevington and East Dean.

The Seven Sisters Countryside Park car park is located  off the A259 road between Seaford and East Dean. Please note, this car park is managed by East Sussex County Council, not Forestry England, but your Forestry England Membership is still valid there.

Old Willingdon Road, East Dean, Eastbourne
Sat Nav Postcode: BN20 0AT
OS Grid Ref
TV 555 995

50.781022, 0.15176325

Parking and prices

Parking charges apply at Friston Forest.

You can now use RingGo* at Friston Forest which allows you to pay for parking online or via an app. Please download the Ringo App before travelling if you can. RingGo is available at 2 locations:

  • Butchers Hole
  • Lidlington Road

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.


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 


Please note there are toilet facilities at Litlington Road carpark.



Parking Charges

Litlington Road
Up to 2 hours £2.50
Up to 4 hours £4.00
All day £5.00
Up to 2 hours £1.50
Up to 4 hours £2.50
All day £4.00

Coaches/Minibuses charges

For more information please contact or 0300 067 4880.


Additional information

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

There are no designated accessible parking spaces at this forest, have you seen our Easy Access trails page?

Facilities and access

You are welcome to hire our barbecues where available, but to prevent forest fires and reduce waste, please do not bring any other barbecues into this forest.

Toilets are available at Friston Forest main car park, Litlington Road only. Facilities not available at Butchershole car park.

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 or would like to apply for a permission then please get in touch at

For more information on planning your visit, take a look at our accessibility information:

Assistant dogs welcome
Dogs allowed
Picnic area

Contact details

Escape to nature and experience Friston Forest’s beautiful beech woodland on foot or bike

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.

Enjoy sizzling sausages or grilled halloumi in the forest! Friston Forest has a barbecue available for you to book at our car park on Litlington Road. 

Our barbecue is suitable for large groups of family and friends. Disposable and portable barbecues are not allowed.

Barbecue hire is £22 and are available all year round, parking charges apply. Don't forget to bring your own charcoal and tools!

In order to protect this special landscape from the risk of fire please follow our guidance

You are welcome to hire our barbecue, but to prevent forest fires and reduce waste, please do not bring any other barbecues into this forest Never leave the barbecue unattended Ensure you have plenty of water available and barbecues are fully extinguished after use Make sure that all rubbish is taken away with you The collection of wood from the forest is not permitted, please do not use it to add fuel to your barbecue Open fires are not allowed  Full terms and conditions apply 

Friston Forest offers a fantastic opportunity for cycling in the great outdoors.

Friston Forest has two waymarked routes. Follow the Easy cycle trail for family friendly cycling, or for those wanting a bit more of an exhilarating ride, try out the Jeremy Cole mountain biking trail.

Please be a considerate cyclist: give way to walkers and horses, slow down approaching junctions and keep to the permitted cycle routes, marked cycle trails, wide forest tracks and bridleways.

Friston Forest offers some of the best riding in the south of England; with a wealth of trails and connections to the South Downs. Off-bridleway riding is restricted to specific routes and only permitted if you are a TROT member.

Horse riding is only permitted away from public bridleways with a valid TROT pass or membership. Further details can be found by calling TROT on 01622 735599 or visiting the TROT website. When riding you must be display your TROT permit. 

For more information on our facilities, opening times and contact details, please see our visitor information.

Try your hand at orienteering, a map reading challenge for all levels.

The aim for everyone is to navigate between control points marked on an orienteering map. There are many ways you can approach the Friston Orienteering Challenge. Choose one of the set challenges from the car park, set your own meandering course or race to see how many points you can find in a set time. There is no right or wrong way to play, download the map, code clues and guide and get out and explore the forest!

Orienteering downloads: 

Orienteering mapOrienteering guideOrienteering codes and clues

If you enjoyed this and want to find out more about orienteering opportunities in Sussex, visit the Southdowns Orienteers website.

Nearby forests

Forest floor covered in bluebells at Abbot's Wood

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.

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. 

Children running woodland path, Whinlatter

Part of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, located east of Horsham, St Leonard's Forest isn't short of fascinating history. 

Legend has it that a French hermit once lived here in the sixth century. He famously fought and killed a dragon in the forest and it is from him, St Leonard, that the forest takes its name! 

Visit the forest to immerse yourself in the cultural history, discover rich wildlife and take a peaceful woodland walk. 

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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