More Information about Ashdown Forest, Sussex

We 'discovered' Ashdown Forest on our way home from Alfriston whilst looking for Nutley Windmill. We liked what we saw and intend visiting this area again when we can. The area is a bit like the New Forest inasmuch as it consists of heathland areas and areas of woodland.

The word 'forest' is derived from the Latin 'foris', meaning 'outside' and in medieval England came to mean land outside cultivation and belonging by default to the Crown.

It is, in case you don't know, the home of 'Winnie-the-Pooh' and several of the sites described in the books can be recognised on the Forest although their names have been changed. For example, the Five Hundred Acre Wood became the 100 Aker Wood, Gills Lap became Galleons Leap while the North Pole and the Gloomy Place are in Wrens Warren Valley.


Contact information for Ashdown Forest Tourist Information:

East Grinstead Tourist Information Centre
Telephone: 01342 410121

Tunbridge Wells Tourist Information Centre
Old Fish Market,
The Pantiles,
Royal Tunbridge Wells,
Kent TN2 5TN

Telephone: 01892 515675 (answerphone when out of hours)

This information is based on our visit to Ashdown Forest in September 2007.