TRANSPORT

The Ashdown Forest is in a rather rural area, and by far the easiest way to get around is by car. Public transport in the area is limited but you should be able to see the main points of interest (Poohsticks Bridge, and Pooh’s, Piglet’s and Owl’s Houses) via public transport and then accessing the forest by foot. The Ashdown Forest is also a very large area and to ensure you’re coming to right part of the forest for the ‘Pooh Sites’, we would suggest visiting via the small village of Hartfield. You can also stop by Pooh Corner which is located along Hartfield’s High Street.

Ashdown Forest Sign

Visiting from London via Public Transport

There are several routes for visiting Pooh Country via public transport from London:

  • Take the train from LONDON VICTORIA station to EAST GRINSTEAD station, approximately 1 hour. From the station catch the 291 Metrobus to HARTFIELD (heading in the direction of Tunbridge Wells), approximately 40 minutes.
  • Take the train from CHARING CROSS or LONDON BRIDGE to Tunbridge Wells Station (approximately 50 minutes). From the station take the 291 Metrobus to HARTFIELD, approximately 45 minutes.
  • We highly recommend checking train and bus timetables before you travel to ensure there is no service disruption etc. Please visit https://www.metrobus.co.uk/services/MB/291 to view the 291 bus timetables and track the location of buses. If you are planning to visit us via public transport, we would suggest avoiding travelling on Sundays or Bank Holidays as there is a reduced service and the buses are infrequent.
  • From Hartfield, we would recommend purchasing a map (£1.00) and getting some directions about walking from Pooh Corner to Poohsticks Bridge. It is approximately 40 minutes (one way), unfortunately the route is not suitable for young children, prams, and bikes as there are a number of styles/gates.

Taxi Companies

Far away from the city of London, popular taxi apps which you may be familiar with (uber, lyft etc.) will not be usable. If you don’t feel comfortable using public transport or have a lot of luggage with you, you may want to book a taxi. Taxis will need to be pre-booked in advance. Here are a few local taxi numbers…

  • Western Cars (Based in East Grinstead, West Sussex) – 01342 300000 
  • Ashurst Private Hire (Based in Ashurst, Kent) – 07393 613917 
  • Forest Cars (Forest Row, East Sussex) – 01342 822228

Airport

The nearest international airport is London Gatwick. From Gatwick it is relatively easy to visit ‘Pooh Country’ via public transport. 

  • From Gatwick Airport station take the train to Three Bridges (takes 13 mins). From here catch the 291 bus to Hartfield. (Quickest route)
  • Ride a bus from your terminal to Crawley. From South terminal take either 10 Fastway/3/4/400/100 Fastway. From the North terminal, catch either 10 Fastway/3/400/100 Fastway. Then from Crawley bus station, take the 291 bus (heading towards Tunbridge Wells) to Hartfield. 

Local Bus Stops

You can get off and catch the 291 bus from a number of different locations in area. Most visitors get on and off the bus in Hartfield. Please use the map below for reference.

Bus Stop Travel Information

By Car Heading to Hartfield

FROM THE NORTH

From Junction 6 of the M25, head south towards EAST GRINSTEAD on the A22. After Blindley Heath turn left onto the B2028 towards LINGFIELD  and continue through the village, past Dormansland and through Marsh Green. At the T junction, turn left onto the B2026 HARTFIELD ROAD. Cross the staggered junction with the A264 and you’ll soon be in HARTFIELD.

If travelling from SEVENOAKS (or North Kent), we propose heading along the A25 towards WESTERHAM. Just before the village of Westerham turn south onto the B2026 (HARTFIELD) which will take you through Crockham Hill and Edenbridge. Cross the staggered junction with the A264 and you’ll soon be in HARTFIELD.

FROM THE SOUTH

Heading North along the A22 you have 2 options, You can turn right at the mini roundabout in FOREST ROW and head along the B2110 which takes you through COLEMAN’S HATCH, UPPER HARTFIELD and down into the south end of HARTFIELD. Pooh Corner is just on the left after the traffic calming. This route is particularly scenic.

Our personal favourite if you want some spectacular views of the Ashdown Forest. From the A22, turn right onto COLEMAN’S HATCH ROAD (next to the Coolings Garden Centre), past the Ashdown Forest Centre and into COLEMAN’S HATCH. At the end of the road you’ll find a T Junction on a hill. Turn right into Shepherds Road B2110 and down into the south end of HARTFIELD. 

FROM THE EAST

From TUNBRIDGE WELLS , take the A264 through Langton Green. Just after Langton Green, turn right onto the ASHURST ROAD (A264) and follow through the villages of Ashurst and Blackham. Turn left onto the B2026 (junction with the Sussex Caravan Centre) and follow the road to the end, taking the right hand turn at the T Junction into Hartfield’s High Street. 

From CROWBOROUGH (A26) take the LONDON ROAD towards Lye Green. Follow through the village where the road turns into the B2188. Just after the village, take the first left after the Rockley Park Holiday Park onto LADIES MILE. At the end of Ladies Mile, turn left onto the B2110 and follow the road into Hartfield High Street. 

FROM THE WEST

From EAST GRINSTEAD (A22) follow the signs for the Queen Victoria Hospital (via Moat Road to the South of the town or the B2110 to the North). Once past the Hospital continue on the A264 through Hammerwood and Hotye. Turn right onto the B2026 (junction with the Sussex Caravan Centre) and follow the road to the end, taking the right hand turn at the T Junction into Hartfield’S High Street. Pooh Corner is at the end of the High Street on the Right hand side.

Or our personal favourite if you are not in a rush and want some spectacular views! Follow the A22 through East Grinstead, Ashurst Wood and Forest Row. Continue along the A22 until WYCH CROSS, then right onto COLEMAN’S HATCH ROAD (next to the Wych Cross Garden Centre) past the Ashdown Forest Centre and into Coleman’s Hatch. At the end of the road you’ll find a T Junction on a hill. Turn right into Shepherds Road B2110 and down into the south end of Hartfield.

Car Parking

HARTFIELD – A small and busy village, car parking is available along Hartfield’s High Street. At peak times the High Street can get full quickly so there is also free weekend parking available at St Mary’s Primary School in the village. Parking here is only allowed strictly out of school term times, so is available just at weekend and during school holidays. 

ASHDOWN FOREST – There are lots of different car parks across the forest. There are charges for parking in most of the car parks in the area. All fee payingcarparks have the same location ID code: 661122 which allows for free movement between carparks during your visit.

Tariff:

  • Up to 1 hour          £2.00
  • Up to 2 hours        £2.50
  • Up to 4 hours        £4.00
  • All day                 £5.00

Pay by App: 

You can use any of the following smartphone apps: Horizon Spaces, RingGo, Just Park, Pay By Phone, Your Parking Space

Pay by Phone:

Call 0330 333 8446, quote the location code, and pay be credit/debit card

Pay before you arrive:

Visit horizonspaces.co.uk to choose the time and the duration of your visit.