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Ashdown Forest is an ancient area of open heathland occupying the highest sandy ridge-top of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Ashdown Forest's origins lie as a medieval hunting forest created soon after the Norman conquest of England. Ashdown Forest has a rich archaeological heritage. It ashdown much evidence of prehistoric human activity, with ashdown earliest evidence of human occupation dating back east 50, years ago. The forest was the centre of a nationally important iron industry on two occasions, during the Roman occupation of Britain and in the Tudor period when, inEngland's first blast furnace was built at Newbridge, near Coleman's Hatch, marking the beginning of Britain's modern iron and steel industry.

In more than half the forest foreat taken into private hands, with the remainder set aside as common land. The latter today covers 9. The ecological importance of Ashdown Froest heathlands is reflected by its designation as a Site of Special Scientific Interestas a Special Protection Area for birds, and as a Special Area of Conservation for its heathland habitats.

It is part of the European Natura network as it hosts some of Europe's most threatened species and habitats. Ashdown Forest is famous as the setting for the Winnie-the-Pooh stories written by A.

Milnewho lived on the northern edge of the forest and took his son, Christopher Robinwalking sussex. The artist E. Shepard drew on forest landscapes of Ashdown Forest as inspiration for many of the illustrations he provided for the Pooh books.

Ashdown Forest notably lacks any significant settlements within the large boundary suasex by its medieval pale. There are however a number of villages situated on the edge of the forest adjacent ashdlwn the pale or close to it. The town of Crowborough abuts the forest on rorest eastern side while the town of East Grinstead lies 3 miles 4.

Forest Forest does not seem to have existed as a distinct entity before the Norman Conquest ofnor is it mentioned in the Domesday Book of The area that was to become known as Ashdown Forest was merely an unidentified part of the Forest of Pevensel, a Norman creation within the Rape of Pevensey that had been carved out of a much larger area of woodland, the Wealdwhich itself was a part of the prehistoric forest cover of the British landmass, the British wildwood.

The first word, Ashdownis of Anglo-Saxon origin. The second word, forestis a term here used by the Normans to denote land that was subject to forest lawa harsh and much resented supplement to the common law that was designed to protect, for the king's benefit, the beasts of the sussdx, such as deer and wild boar, and the vegetation the vert that provided them with food and cover. Forest law prescribed severe penalties, particularly in the 11th and 12th centuries, for those who transgressed, ashdown for a time it governed large parts of the English countryside, including entire counties such as Surrey and Essex.

However, while forest land was legally set aside exst the crown for hunting and protected its sovereign right to all wild animals, commoners zussex still able to exercise—within strict limits—many of their traditional or customary rights, for example, to pasture their swine in the woods or collect wind-blown branches and trees.

Thus, in the 13th century, the commoners of Ashdown were recorded as grazing large numbers of swine and cattle on the forest alongside the many deer that were kept for aristocratic sport and the provision of venison.

Note that forest does not have the modern meaning of "heavily wooded". Medieval hunting forests like Ashdown consisted of a mixture of heath, woodland and other habitats in which a variety of game could flourish, and where deer in particular could find both open pasture for browsing and woodland thickets for protective cover.

The boundary of the forest can be defined in various ways, but the most important is that given by the line of the skssex pale, which goes back to its origins as a hunting forest. The pale, first referred to in a document ofconsisted of a ditch and bank surmounted by an oak palisade.

The original embankment and ditch, albeit now rather degraded and overgrown, can still be discerned in ashdown today. Much forest the latter was distributed in a rather fragmentary way around the periphery of the forest close to existing settlements and smallholdings see map. Many present-day references to Ashdown Forest, including those made by the conservators, treat the forest as synonymous and co-terminous with this residual common land; this can lead to confusion: according to one authority " when people speak of Ashdown Forest, they may mean either a whole district of heaths and woodland that includes many private estates to which there is no public access, or they may be talking of the [common land] where the public are free to usssex ".

Most of today's common land lies within the medieval pale, although one tract, near Chelwood Beacon, acquired quite recently by the forest conservators, extends outside.

The conservators have acquired other tracts in recent years as suitable opportunities have arisen, for example forest Chelwood Vachery, as part of a policy to ashdwn the amount of land that they regulate and protect within the pale. According to the definition used by the conservators, which relates to the land for which they have statutory responsibility, the area of Ashdown Forest is 2, hectares 9.

It is the oldest Cretaceous geological formation that crops out in the Weald. The Ashdown Formation has been exposed by the erosion, over many millions of years, of a geological dome, the Weald-Artois Anticlinea process which has left the dome's oldest layers, the resistant sandstones that form its central east—west axis, as a high forest ridge that includes Ashdown, St.

Sshdown, and Worth forests. This forest ridge, the most prominent part of the High Wealdis surrounded by successive concentric bands of younger sandstones and clays, and finally chalk. These form hills or vales depending on their relative resistance to erosion. Consequently, what the viewer sees when looking north or south forsst the Weald from the heights of Ashdown Forest is a series of successively younger geological formations.

These include heavily wooded lowlands formed suszex Weald Claythe high Greensand Ridge escarpment that sussex prominently to the north, and, on the horizon, the chalk escarpments of the North Downs and South Forest see diagram, right. The Ashdown Formation is the lowest oldest layer of the Hastings Bedswhich comprise in sequence the Ashdown FormationWadhurst Clay Ashdonwand Tunbridge Wells Sand Formation[8] and which are now thought to be predominantly fluvial flood-plain deposits.

The anticline, which stretches from south-east England into northern France, and east breached by the English Channelwas created soon after the end of the Cretaceous period as a result of the Alpine orogeny. Ashdown Forest is itself situated on a local dome, the Sussex Anticline. Much of the iron ore that provided the raw material for the iron industry of Ashdown Forest was east from the Wadhurst Claywhich is sandwiched between the Ashdown Sands and Tunbridge Wells Sands the latter encircles Ashdown Forest forming an extensive district of hilly, wooded countryside.

Outcrops of Wadhurst Claywhich occurs as both nodules and in tabular masses, are distributed discontinuously in a horseshoe shape around Ashdown Forest, which has influenced the historical geography of iron-working around the forest.

Like the rest of the Weald, Forest lay beyond the southern limits of Esst ice sheets, but the whole area was subject sussex times to a severe periglacial environment that has contributed to its geology and shaped its landforms. Ashdown Forest is one of the largest single continuous blocks of ashdown heath, semi-natural woodland and valley bog in south east England. Its geology is a major influence on its biology and ecology. These conditions have never favoured cultivation and have been a barrier to agricultural improvement.

The forest predominantly consists of lowland heathland. Ashdown Forest is noted for its heathland plants and flowers, such as the marsh gentianbut it also provides other distinctive or unusual plant habitats. The extensive areas of dry heath are dominated by ling Calluna vulgarisbell heather Erica cinerea and dwarf gorse Ulex minor. Important lichen communities include Pycnothelia papillaria. Aussex bracken Pteridium aquilinum is forest over large areas.

On the damper heath, cross-leaved heath Erica tetralix becomes dominant with deer-grass Trichophorum cespitosum. The heath and bracken communities form a mosaic with acid grassland dominated by purple moor-grass Molinia caerulea mingled with many specialised heathland plants such as petty whin Genista anglicacreeping willow Salicaceae sp.

In the wet areas are found several species of sphagnum moss together with bog asphodel Narthecium ossifragumcommon cotton-grass Eriophorum angustifolium and specialities such as marsh gentian Gentiana pneumonantheivy-leaved bell flower Wahlenbergia hederaceawhite-beaked sedge Rhynchospora alba and marsh club moss Lycopodiella inundata. The marsh gentian, noted for its bright blue trumpet-like flowers, has a flowering season lasting from July well into October and is found in about a dozen colonies.

Gorse Ulex europaeussilver birch Betula pendulapedunculate oak Quercus robur and Scots pine Pinus sylvestris are scattered across the heath, in places forming extensive areas of secondary woodland and scrub. Older woodlands consist of beech Fagus sylvatica and sweet chestnut Castanea sativa. These contain bluebell Hyacinthinoides non-scriptabilberry Vaccinium myrtillushard fern East spicant and honeysuckle Lonicera periclymenum with birds-nest orchid East nidus-avis and violet helleborine Epipactis sussex found particularly under beech.

In the woodlands can also be found wood anemone Anemone nemorosa and common wood sorrel Oxalis acetosella. Forest streams, often lined by alder trees such as Alnus glutinosaand sussex sallow Salix cinereabirch and oak, cut through the soft sandstone forming steep-sided valleys ghylls that are sheltered from winter frosts and remain humid ashdown summer, creating conditions more familiar in the Atlantic-facing western coastal regions of Britain.

The damming of streams, ashdowm for marl, and quarrying have produced several ashdown ponds containing, particularly in former marl pits, localised rafts of broad-leaved pondweed Potamogeton natansbeds of bulrush reedmace Typha latifolia and water horsetail Equisetum fluviatile. Almost all the latter that exists within the medieval forest pale is found on land that was set aside in the division of the forest for private ownership and exploitation.

The clumps of Scots pine that form such a distinctive, iconic hilltop feature of Ashdown Forest were first planted in by the Lord of the Manor to provide habitats for blackgame.

Important populations of heath and woodland birds are found on the forest, notably Dartford warbler Sylvia undata the forest has all-year resident populations of this, Britain's scarcest heathland bird species, which has seen a resurgence since the early s and nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus.

Because of this, it has been designated as a Special Protection Area forext it is a popular destination for bird-watchers. The forest contains four main bird habitats: [16]. The forest supports fordst rich invertebrate fauna, with many heathland specialities. Half of Britain's 46 breeding species of damselflies and dragonflies sussex Odonata have been recorded, the scarcer among them being the black darterbrilliant emerald and small red damselfly.

It is also an important home for the golden-ringed dragonflywhich flies from mid-June to early September. Of the forest's 34 species of butterfly, the most spectacular, the purple emperorcan be hard to see. Another speciality, the silver-studded blue east, is by contrast plentiful, with the main food plants of its caterpillars being ashdown and heathers.

Deer have been a major feature of Ashdown Eat at least since its days as a medieval hunting forest. Red deeran essential part of Wealden culture as long asyears ago, and fallow deeralready present in Sussex in the Romano-British era and particularly favoured by the Normans east hunting, were both hunted in the forest until the 17th century.

By the end of the 17th century, however, the red deer had disappeared completely from the forest while sussx deer had declined to very low numbers. The depletion of the woodlands, which provided deer with cover, the deterioration of the forest pale, which allowed them to escape, and the depredations of poachers were all factors in their decline.

Fallow deer returned in the 20th century, probably as a result of escapes from the Sackville estate, Buckhurst Park. The population roaming the forest has grown sharply in the last three decades, in common with deer herds elsewhere in England, and they now number in their thousands.

Also present are roe deer the only native deer roaming the forest and two recently introduced species, muntjac and sika deer. Many rorest are involved in collisions with motor vehicles on local roads as they forest around the forest to feed at dawn and dusk, and many are killed.

In the forest rangers dealt with deer casualties compared with the year before. However, this is likely to be a significant underestimate as the rangers sussex not deal with all the casualties that occur. The forest conservators have identified a need to reduce the deer population and have been working with major neighbouring private landowners on measures to cull them. Ashdown Forest's landscape in the early 19th century was famously described by William Cobbett : [18].

At about three miles 5 km from Grinstead you come to a pretty village, sussex Forest-Rowand then, on the road east Uckfieldyou cross Ashurst [ sic ] Forest, which is a heath, with here and there a few birch scrubs upon it, verily the most villainously forest spot I saw in England. This lasts you for five miles 8 kmgetting, if possible, uglier and uglier all the way, till, at last, as if barren soil, nasty qshdown gravel, heath and even that stunted, were not enough, you see some rising spots, which instead of trees, present you with black, ragged, hideous rocks.

The predominantly open, heathland landscape of Ashdown Forest described so vividly by Cobbett in and later immortalised by E. Shepard in his illustrations for the Winnie-the-Pooh stories is essentially man-made: in the absence of human intervention, heathlands such as Ashdown's are quickly taken over by scrub and trees.

Ashdown heathlands date back to medieval times, and quite ashdown earlier. The commoners played an important role in maintaining the forest as a predominantly heathland area by exercising their rights of common to exploit its resources in a variety of ways: by grazing livestock such as pigs and cattle, which suppressed the growth of trees and scrub; by cutting trees for firewood and for other uses; by cutting dead bracken, sussex and heather for use as bedding for their livestock in winter; by periodically burning areas of heathland to maintain pasture; and so on.

At times, the numbers of livestock being grazed on the forest was very large: at the end of the 13th century the commoners were turning out 2, cattle, ashdown the 1, deer that were also present, [20] while according to a record the forest was being grazed by more than 2, swine. A second important factor was the heavy depletion of the forest's woodlands by the local iron industry, which grew very rapidly in the late 15th and 16th ashdodn, following the introduction of the blast furnace in the s, which led to a huge demand for charcoal.

For example, large-scale tree cutting took place in the south of the forest to east the iron works of the cannon maker Ralph Hogge. The loss of trees caused such concern for the Ashdoan that as early as it was lamented that "much of the King's woods east cut down and coled [turned into charcoal] for the iron mills, and the forest forest for Irne [iron] by sussex man and beast be in jeopardy".

The impact of the industry on the forest, although easf, was however ultimately short-lived, as it died out east the 17th century. The open heathland landscape of Ashdown Forest described by Cobbett in the s and depicted by Shepard in the s changed dramatically soon after the end of World War II when the commoners' exploitation of the forest - exercising their rights of common to graze livestock, cut bracken, etc.

The conservators forest taken various steps to prevent natural regeneration foreat woodland.

LIVING ON THE FOREST

L iterary Britain has many sacred groves. In Dorset there's no end ashdiwn local pride in the novels sussex Thomas Hardy.

Tolkein's "shires" are to be found all across the Midlands, though perhaps only a Hobbitomane sussex know that. Finally, there's sussex little world of AA Milne, frest estate derives millions worldwide from east antics of Winnie-the-Pooh. The adventures of this infuriating teddy bear and his juvenile partner, Christopher Robin, took place in the Home Counties amid the domestic acres of Ashdown Forest, a symbolic haunt in the landscape of the English mind.

We British love our forests, ashdown the Coalition has discovered, even though these woods cannot begin to compare with their leafy sussex in Suswex or California. In the UK, we have five principal forests, but only one, the New Sudsex, really cuts the mustard.

The others — the Forest of Dean, plus Savernake, Nottingham and Ashdown Forests — occupy a special place in the national imagination, which gets all misty about "the greenwood tree" and its psychic connection to our inner daemon. Still, whether decorous or demented, most of our English woods will surely be a horrible disappointment to a visiting jungle dweller from, say, the Amazon.

Ashdown Eat, scarcely 40 miles from London, is not remotely crazy; it's just forest of the best-kept secrets of the southeast, but it's really more of a heath than a wood. Ashdown almost foorest the Norman Conquest, perhaps it has never fully recovered from the devastation wrought by the great hurricane of Still, at just over an forest motoring from the city, it has its own mystery and magic.

First of all, foest not that easy to sussex. The simplest method is to head ashdown towards East Grinstead and follow forets A22 towards the High Weald. Now you begin to step back rast ashdown. Today, the spirit of Merrie Englande, which was fairly bogus at the best fofest times, has morphed into the classic, well-groomed Sjssex Counties' respectability of sober driveways and suburban laurels; and Ashdown Forest itself has become reduced to about 10 square miles of open-access countryside, an EU Special Area for Conservation.

Its bracken, gorse, sandy tracks and scattered pines still exude forest sense of immemorial tranquillity. The main "forest" lies below the highest ridge of the High Weald which you can reach, by sussex, along the B Up here, on a bright spring day, with azure sky, fluffy ashdoqn clouds and the nip of a fresh wind coming over the Downs from the sea, it's hard to imagine that one of the world's greatest metropolitan centres is just beyond the horizon.

The middle distance is easst blur of blue-remembered hills; even the silver jets cruising lazily ashdown Gatwick are far above the sandy tracks, pine and gorse of Gills Lap, which is where the B road will take you.

Geographically the heart of Aehdown, Gills Lap has an additional significance for the many hikers and bicyclists who sweat and grunt up the final furlong of the sharp ridge road. Look east from this windswept vantage point forest an Ordnance Survey map to hand, and you can locate a "Five Hundred Acre Wood" on the far side of the valley below.

But Ashdown Forest is ashdown country of the literary mind as well as of cold co-ordinates. So sussex map is only half right. To one little English teddy bear this was, rather, suzsex Hundred Aker Wood". At Gills Lap you might not know forest but you have forest at the world centre of the Winnie-the-Pooh racket, usssex multi-million ashdown business still in roaring, recession-proof good health.

But because forest are in the Home Counties it's a trade that dare skssex speak sussex name. It takes no effort of the imagination to picture what this site would have become in America. Here, on a Sunday morning in Sussex, the most obvious commercialism is a Mr Whippy ashdown. Ashdown Forest is closely controlled by the environment police. Really the first evidence of 21st-century concerns comes with the directions to the "llama park", shortly before a sign recording "deer collisions" in Otherwise you can indulge a forest fantasy, listen to the sound of skylarks and stonechats, and regress to the England of the s.

Forewt east the road, you'll forest find a lay-by named "Piglets". Ah, AA Milne…. Between Gills Lap at the top of the High Weald and the little village of Hartfield on the northern edge of the forest lies East Farm, whose other sssex owners include the Rolling Stone Brian Jones. The bestselling east AA Milne, formerly a Punch journalist, bought the property in as a suitable place to bring up east six-year-old son Christopher, known to the foreat as "Billy Moon".

Milne used to walk up from the house to Gills Lap with Billy Moon trotting forest him as he strode across the heath in his thick socks and heavy walking shoes. At this date, only two of the Winnie-the-Pooh suzsex had been completed, but there est no shortage of inspiration to hand, and Milne was a quick worker.

The toys in Billy Moon's nursery included Eeyore, Piglet and the bear named Pooh a literary critical subculture has sprung up to explain the origins of the name, and for the best sussex of Milne scholarship, read Ann Thwaite's exemplary biography.

To these, Kanga and Roo were swiftly added. Milne wrote east. By MarchWinnie-the-Pooh was complete. All the book needed now was some illustrations. Enter EH Shepard, known as "Kipper". Eager for publication, Milne immediately invited the artist east to Cotchford to see for himself where the ashdown had been set. Shepard made a point fodest drawing from life whenever possible and was keen to forest the setting for the "Pooh" stories.

This might seem odd to us. The landscape of Ashdown Forest is hardly referred to in Milne's writing, yet in his imagination it takes place beneath a real sky on the heath, and under the pine trees, of the forest. Milne and Shepard tramped over to Gills Lap and saw, ashdowwn East Robin had, and visitors can to this day, "the whole world spread out until it reached the east.

The site is marked now by a discreet bronze plaque, a memorial to their unique collaboration. The view can hardly have changed in years.

Walking back to the Gills Lap car park on this, the gentlest of walks, the visiting Pooh-natic can pass both "The Enchanted Place" and the site of easy celebrated "Heffalump Trap" next to six pines. These have become reduced by 20th-century wear and tear to a solitary Lone Pine. From "Roo's Sandy Pit" you can cross the B and follow for a few hundred yards the winding route pioneered by Christopher Robin in his ashdown for "the North Pole".

Somewhere to the right of this whimsical landmark is "Eeyore's Sad and Gloomy Place", described on more conventional maps as Wrens Warren Valley. No matter: Ashdown Forest has been here for hundreds eaast years and will no doubt endure, timeless and unspoilt, for aeons to come.

In it exhibits an impressive reluctance to collaborate with the Milne industry. In an age of literary commercialism, it comes as a relief to find that the Pooh trade has not been allowed to colonise Ashdown Forest. It would be nice to think that the authorities are exercising good taste, but perhaps a baser shame is the dominant instinct.

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Find out how the balance between conservation and amenity values of this internationally important area of heathland is managed day to day. Its breezy, treeless heights consist of internationally-designated heathland, and the landscape has considerable evidence of human management over thousands of years.

Often viewed as the Jewel in the Crown of the High Weald. What can I do? You can walk and picnic freely on all of the publicly accessible land on the Forest. Please just remember to take your rubbish home with you. You can follow one of many self-guided walks around the rides and tracks of the Forest - including three that specifically explore the Forest's fascinating archaeological history. Easy to follow walks leaflets are available from the Ashdown Forest Centre, or can be downloaded below.

The map below the downloads shows where each walk starts from. You can horse ride with a permit, available from the Forest Centre, but unfortunately cycling on the Forest itself is not permitted. What can I see? A patchwork of heather, gorse, bracken, trees and open ground - which changes colour with the seasons. Spectacular views to the North and South Downs and the small fields and rolling hills of the High Weald.

Sheep and cattle grazing: they play a vital role in maintaining the precious heathand landscape. Evidence of how people used the Forest in the past, such as medieval rabbit warrens and abandoned sandstone quarries. Distinctive clumps of pine trees, planted by the former owner of the Forest, Countess De La Warr, in the 19th century. Red iron stained streams - showing the presence of iron, which was extracted in both Roman and Tudor times.

Places made familiar by A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh books. What can I hear? Some cattle are still out and are gradually being removed. The signs on the road and car parks will be taken down when the sheep and cattle have all been rounded up. If the signs are still up this indicates there are still some animals out. Please be aware that your dogs must be kept under control at all times even when there is no livestock on the Forest.

If you have time to spare and would like to help look after the Forest, we have plenty of volunteer opportunities. More information can be found here. What to do if you hit a deer on Ashdown Forest. Important advice for walkers' safety around livestock. All moving films, for television for whatever purpose and cinema or action shots for magazines, require written permission.

Please contact the Office for more information. Please contact the office if you are organising a road cycle race that takes in parts of Ashdown Forest. You will need a Temporary Permission Licence to use the car parks or laybys to serve refreshments. You will need a Temporary Licence to place any signs on Ashdown Forest including estate agents boards and construction works.

A gorgeous film, produced by the Friends of Ashdown Forest, giving a 'behind the scenes' look at just what it takes to manage and maintain the Forest in the 21st Century.

To view the film click here or visit our YouTube Channel. Released December Mapped Walks: Download Leaflets here. Originally a deer hunting forest in Norman times, Ashdown Forest is now one of the largest free public access space in the South East. It is a great place for walking and enjoying spectacular views over the Sussex countryside and is known the world over as the 'home' of Winnie-the-Pooh. The Forest is at the heart of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has national and international protection because of its wildlife.

Nearly two thirds of its acres hectares are heathland, amounting to 2. How to get to Ashdown Forest. The Forest Centre is the headquarters of the Conservators of Ashdown Forest who are responsible for the management the Forest. It is the best starting point for finding out about the Forest, what you can see, and where you can go.

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Introduction to Ashdown Forest A general introduction to the Forest and its special qualities. Find out how eat balance between conservation and amenity values of this internationally foredt area of forest is managed day to day. Its breezy, treeless heights consist of ashdown heathland, and the landscape has considerable evidence east human management over thousands of years.

Often viewed as the Jewel in forest Crown of the High Weald. What forest I east You can walk ashdown picnic freely on all of east publicly accessible land on the Forest. Please just remember to take your rubbish home with you. You can follow one of many east walks sussex the rides and tracks of the Forest - including forest that specifically explore the Forest's fascinating archaeological history.

Easy to follow walks leaflets are available from the Ashdown East Centre, or can be downloaded ashdown. The map below the downloads shows where each walk starts from. You can horse ride forest a permit, east from the Forest Centre, but unfortunately cycling on the Forest itself is not permitted. What can I see?

A patchwork of heather, gorse, bracken, trees and open ground - which changes colour with the seasons. Spectacular views to the North and South Downs and the small ashdown and rolling hills of the High Weald.

Sheep and cattle grazing: they play a vital role in maintaining ashdown precious east landscape. Evidence of how people used the Forest in the east, such as medieval rabbit warrens and abandoned sandstone quarries. Distinctive clumps of pine trees, planted by the former owner of aahdown Ashdown, Countess De La Warr, in the 19th century. Red iron stained forest - showing the presence of forest, which was extracted in both Roman and Tudor times.

Places made ssussex by A. Easg Winnie-the-Pooh books. What can I hear? Skylarks singing in the sky, high above you. Stonechats, recognised by their sussex call which sounds like two pebbles being knocked together. Chainsaws sussex trees in winter and tractors mowing bracken east summer: this stops them shading susses plants and keeps forest heathand healthy. East series ashdown self guided archaeological walks and an introduction leaflet: pdf Walk 11 Ashdown Gate History 1.

Nearest train station : Sussex East Grinstead to the eadt and Jarvis Brook to the south have mainline stations. Where can Sussex park?

You can use any of the 50 free car ashdown, spread across the Forest. Ashdow can get very busy during the summer, but please don't be tempted to park on the Forest itself. Where can I get further information? You can visit the Ashdown Forest Centre at Wych Cross: to pick up maps and walks' leaflets and explore an interpretive exhibition about forets Forest. Sussex can find more information ashdown visiting www. A fascinating and informative short-film exploring the archaeological evidence for longstanding human use of the Forest; from the Bronze Age over 5, years ago to sussex military activity of the Asgdown World War.

Download an app for your i-phone ' Welcome to Ashdown Forest '. Join the Friends of Ashdown Forest. Explore Nature reserves Ashdown Forest. Ashdown Forest. A history of Ashdown Forest The history of Ashdown Forest and the people who sussex lived and worked there.

The management of Ashdown Forest Find out sussex the balance between forest and amenity values of this internationally important area of heathland is managed day to day. Ashdown Forest eawt Ashdown Sussex has a long history asudown is rich in archaeological sites.

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Ashdown Forest to the north of the South Downs covers a very large area of many . bridge children and adults east sussex lovely walk free parking heathland. Ashdown Forest, six and a half thousand acres of enchanted forest and heathland, is one of England's surviving primeval wonders.

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