How do you explore the Ashdown Forest?

The Ashdown Forest is a lovely place to explore – especially at this time of year when the gorse is in bloom and there are carpets of bluebells to find and enjoy!
 
There are so many different ways to explore the Forest. One of the easiest ways to get to know it, is to join the guided walks that take place every Wednesday morning. Each week of the month there is a different starting point and the walk starts at 10.30 and lasts for about an hour. This is a great way to find your way around the Forest before starting out on your own. Tomorrows walk starts from Broadstone Car Park at 10.30.
 
If you fancy exploring on your own, drop into the Forest Centre and pick up some walks leaflets which are in the racks outside the Centre. My favourite walk is Chelwood Vachery – walk down the valley through carpets of bluebells and then enjoy the peace and quiet as you amble along beside the water course! www.ashdownforestcentre.org.
 
Are you aware that Forest Cars offer guided trips around the Forest. Call them to arrange a trip to the well known Pooh sites around the Forest or simply enjoy a ride around the beautiful countryside. They offer cars for small groups or minibuses for larger groups on a half day or day basis. 01342 822228.
 
Are you a cyclist? There are lots of cycle ways across the Forest – many using old railway track beds which offer great views and easy cycling. Please note that cycling is not allowed on the Forest – it is restricted to bridle paths and roads. Country Bikes offer bike hire of ‘Boris type’ bikes at central points such as the Anchor Inn at Hartfield.and Tablehurst Farm in Forest Row. It is also possible to arrange collection of bikes from East Grinstead or Uckfield Station.. www.countrybike.co.uk
 
On Your Bike is a lovely Bike Shop on the A22 just north of East Grinstead. They have a great stock of bikes for all ages and carry a great range of cycling clothes and equipment. They also offer a full repair service and a hire service when booked in advance. Once a month they also have a shop ride which is a group cycle around the lovely countryside and another great way to get to know the Forest.. www.onyourbike.com
 
If you fancy a less energetic way of seeing the Forest, why not climb aboard a steam train on the Spa Valley Railway and enjoy afternoon tea as you chug through the lovely countryside! www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk
For further details www.ashdownforest.com and search on the member’s name.