Ashdown Forest Walk

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Ashdown Forest Walk is a 7.9 kilometer loop trail located near Hartfield, East Sussex, England that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking.

Distance: 7.9 km Elevation Gain: 210 m Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

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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.

mountain biking
1 month ago

it is very fun

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over grown
rocky
1 month ago

never ride if your not a good at mtb and dont ride after rain

Nice little walk through the woods and were lucky enough to see some deer too!

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Great walk. The section between points 3 and 4 was quite muddy even in the sunshine, probably because the track is used alot by horses and forestry vehicles. Fantastic views.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

A lovely walk with the family, we played pooh sticks on pooh bridge. Amazing scenery and views throughout the walk. We fed a horse and even saw a deer on the footpath on section 3, Brilliant. On completing the walk we drove to Pooh corner for a well deserved cream tea which was lovely. A great day in all.

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