The Ashdown Forest plays host to a wide variety of activities and events including opportunities to view both historical and art exhibitions alongside guided walks and fun days for all the family. For further information about upcoming events at the Ashdown Forest please visit their Facebook page.
There are many outdoor pursuits to undertake in the area aside from walking – horse riding, llama walks, learning bush skills and fishing as mentioned above.
The Forest contains the Old Lodge Nature Reserve where one might chance upon a stonechat or a nightjar! Dogs are welcome if kept under control and cleaned up after. The views of the heath, sandstone and scrub from here are expansive.
You can take a walk around the Weir Wood Reservoir and its waving grasslands. You might be lucky enough to see a kingfisher! Day fishing is allowed at the eastern side of the lake, the western area is a nature reserve. There are toilets, parking and a café at the Fishery.
Other wildlife highlights of the Forest include: fallow and roe deer as well as some muntjac and possibly a few sika; small mammals like voles, butterflies, moths and a multitude of dragonfly species.
Bird species consist of curlew, hen harrier, ring ousel, osprey, treecreeper, sparrowhawk, skylark, meadow pipit, Dartford warbler, willow tit, woodcock, water rail and marsh tit.
See the Ashdown Forest website for plenty more details, especially parking in the right spot to optimise your enjoyment of this unusual wilderness.