Best trails in Ashdown Forest

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#1 - Ashdown Forest Walk
Ashdown Forest
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Length: 7.9 km • Est. 2 h 26 m
A circular trail around Ashdown Forest which is the setting for Winnie-the-Pooh stories written by AA Milne. This route gives you chance to immerse yourself in the world of Pooh and his friends. Play Poohsticks at Pooh Bridge, explore the 100 Aker Woods and visit Eeyore's Gloomy Place. For those less interested in the Pooh connection (shame on you) there is lots more to offer. Ashdown Forest's origins lie as a medieval hunting forest, created soon after the Norman conquest, and today its 9.5 square miles are the largest area of open access land in the south east. You will pass through beautiful beech woodland and vast areas of ancient open heath where you will be rewarded with glorious views of the surrounding High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The walk includes several steady but long climbs and descents throughout. The paths, whilst mainly firm, can run with water and be quite muddy in part after periods of rain and in winter. You will need to navigate through a couple of gates plus two stiles (both of which have gaps underneath that should be suitable for most dogs to pass under). You will pass-by some sheep grazing areas and horse paddocks which are fenced with electric fencing so take care with children and dogs at these points. The forest is home to a large deer population and the heath supports ground nesting birds so dogs need to be kept under close control. There are no toilets or other facilities on route.Show more
#2 - Forest Row
Ashdown Forest
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Length: 6.4 km • Est. 1 h 36 m
#3 - Ashdown Forest Golf Club
Ashdown Forest
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Length: 8.5 km • Est. 2 h 9 m
#4 - Ashdown Forest Extended
Ashdown Forest
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Length: 13.0 km • Est. 3 h 4 m