Visit the best woodland walks near Brighton? 9 trails listed!

Visit the best woodland walks near Brighton? 9 trails listed!

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    The table above lists all the best woodland walks near Brighton. Click on each name to be taken straight to the part of the blog post for that walk.

    If you're looking for a way to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, then look no further than the beautiful forest walks near Brighton. Whether you want to stroll through tranquil woodlands or hike to stunning hilltop views, there's a walk to suit everyone. And what's more, you'll be helping to protect our vital green spaces. Woodland walks are a haven for native wildlife, and by spending time in nature, we can help to boost our own physical and mental well-being. You can spot plenty of wildlife at Friston Forest, take advantage of the opportunities for climbing at Birchden Wood, or see the beautiful Ashdown Forest that inspired the adventures of the famous Winnie the Pooh. So next time you're feeling stressed, take yourself on a peaceful walk in the woods - you'll be glad you did.

    9 of the best forest walks near Brighton

    In this blog post, we will be listing the many forest walks near Brighton.

    There's nothing better than a walk in one of the many beautiful woodland settings near the south coast! Have a look below at the forest walks available on the interactive map and click on the buttons below the map for each walk, to be taken to the Forestry England pages for further information on the forest trails.

    Friston Forest

    The Friston Forest is one of the most beautiful places in the Seven Downs National Park. It is home to a variety of wildlife, including deer, badgers, rabbits, and squirrels. The forest is also a haven for birds, with many different species being recorded as visiting there. In addition to its natural beauty, the forest is the largest area of recently established forest in South East England Today.

    Abbot's Wood

    This ancient woodland is a great place to explore at any time of year with walking trails and playable spaces for kids. There's a medieval lake, natural play area, and picnic spaces to enjoy a sandwich or two mid-hike! Located near Polegate, Abbot's Wood is known for its wildlife with over 30 species of butterflies known to reside here.

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    St Leonard's Forest

    St Leonard's Forest isn't short of intriguing history. Located east of Horsham, this ancient forest is home to many surprises for those who take the time to explore it! The ancient trees offer a shady retreat for those who want some peace and quiet, while also providing ample opportunities to the aspiring photographers out there, with the woodland being part of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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    Houghton Forest

    There are many ways to enjoy Houghton Forest. If you want some fresh air and explore the area's most beautiful landscapes, walking through this wooded park is perfect! With plenty of paths to explore, the forest here will keep you occupied for a few hours.

    Birchden Wood

    If you are looking for an escape from the hustle and bustles of city life, come and explore Birchden Wood. You can enjoy peaceful walks with your loved ones or take advantage of some climbing opportunities at Harrison's Rocks! There are also areas for picnics for that well-deserved snack after a long walk.

    Hollingbury Woods

    Hollingbury Woods is one of the many wooded gems that make up this area near the south coast. Located next to Hollingbury Park Golf Course, the woodlands offer an easy access trail perfect for families with small children or people in wheelchairs; there are plenty of benches where you can sit back and enjoy some fresh air whilst on your walk.

    Wolstonbury Hill

    Wolstonbury Hill is a beautiful and popular  walk that can be a bit testing on your fitness levels. It takes you through beech woods, with stunning views of the sea and open grasslands. It's especially recommended to visit during spring when bluebells are at their best! Perfect to add some colour to your photographs!

    Nymans Woodland

    Owned and managed by the National Trust, Nymans is a welcoming house set in expansive gardens that contain an internationally important plant collection. The ancient woodland within this estate besides containing rich wildlife also happens to be designated SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) so well worth a visit.


    Ashdown Forest

    Inspiring the adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Ashdown Forest is an area of ancient woodland in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. At around 10 square miles, the forest covers a large area and it features many rare plant species as well as plenty of animals who call this their home too!


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    Please note...

    All outdoor activities including forest walks involve a degree of risk. The walks are recommended due to the well known features of each forest but this may change over time and further research is required before undertaking any activity. The weather can also impact the surface and general conditions of each path so please keep yourself updated with the weather forecast before setting off to enjoy your walk!

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