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Ashdown Forest Walk is a 4.9 mile 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.

Length 4.9 mi Elevation gain 688 ft Route type Loop
Kid friendly Hiking Walking Forest Views Wildlife
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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.

The walk starts and finishes at the Gills Lap free car park within Ashdown Forest, East Sussex. The car park is located at the junction between Chuck Hatch Road (B2026) and Kidds Hill, just a few miles south of the village of Hartfield. Nearest post code TN22 3JD (although this will take you a little too far south).

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Dovilė Pilotaitė
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Ben Wasley
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Harriet Sullivan
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Han Solo
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Lovely.

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Kelly Garratty
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HikingGreat!

Loved this trail..

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Andrius Dobrovolskis
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Walking

nice woods, interesting places along the way regarding winnie the pooh, we saw three deers/does around 3.5km in the walk, really nice and interesting walk in general. by the way, at one point, maybe 2km in the walk on the right side there's few tiny doors in the trees, honey jars on the ground and up in the trees, all to winnie the pooh, so keep your eyes open

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Stephanie Gibb
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Lob lo Knowingm OYou

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Martin Owen
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Walking

Lovely walk but somewhat hilly. Gets busy at Pooh Bridge. Great views. No pubs or shops on route.

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Annie Horley
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Rowan Blakey-Lodge
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Dan Rolfe Johnson
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Nice little walk - bit busy at the start but once you're past all the Winnie the Pooh bits it was empty and lovely. Beautiful forest and fields, which opens up right at the end. No technical terrain but a bit of up and down, would recommend walking shoes but boots not needed in summer.

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Katie Denham
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Lovely varied trail of open heath and dense, lush woodland. Bring some water as the track is hilly in places & sometimes lacks shade. Played a fun game of Pooh Sticks on Pooh Bridge!

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Jessica Browne
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Walking

lovely peaceful trail, not many people. beautiful day, bit of everything, hills, woods.

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Maud Guilbert Fauré
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Shaun Masters
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I quite liked this route. Ashdown forest is a beautiful place with plenty of walking routes. It was nice to explore and split some of the tourist aspects with some of the quieter spots. Quite a few up and down hills so it was ok for my 7 year old daughter but I personally wouldn’t take young children. Overall a nice hiking spot.

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Richard Martin
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HikingMuddy

Walked this route with my wife on Saturday 14th March 2020. Very muddy on the wooded and heathland paths with a lot of deep puddles. We had wellies but it would be difficult in walking boots. Conditions will only improve if the current rainy conditions stop!

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Tom England
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Owen William's
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it is very fun

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Owen William's
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never ride if your not a good at mtb and dont ride after rain

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

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Rod Thompson
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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.

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jamie keeble
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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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Mark Crisp
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My wife and I done this walk on Saturday 20th February 2016. It was wet under foot as expected in places but we loved it. Going back with the children in the summer.

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Michelle Fry
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Alissa Stroud
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Richard Martin
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