Located within the South Downs National Park between Lulington Heath National Nature Reserve and Seven Sisters Country Park is the fantastic Friston Forest.
My partner Shannon and I spent the day exploring the large expansive beech woodland that Friston Forest has to offer. We set off from the car park on foot following the winding walking trails. There are fantastic walking and cycling trails, perfect for a family day out or for absolutely anyone who loves exploring woodland and countryside.
Along with it’s beautiful woodland, Friston Forest also offers stunning views of the sweeping South Downs and the Cuckmere River. Pause for a breather and take in these breathtaking views. (You may need a break anyway after some of the hills!)
There are picnic benches throughout, along with plenty of other great spots to stop for a picnic throughout the woodland. We opted to stop under the shade of the trees for our own picnic half way through our 10k walk. I use the Strava app to record walks, which is not only useful for recording walks but for figuring out where you are to prevent getting lost when exploring.
At the time of writing (June 2020) it cost £4.60 for all day parking in the Friston Forest car park along with lesser charges for 1 or 2 hour stays. I suggest to stay longer than 2 hours in this vast forest as there is so much beautiful landscape to explore and is without doubt value for money. (You may also have to buy ice cream if you take your girlfriend!)