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Friston Forest

Average Rating:    (4.81 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 16

2 marked trails - use the proper MTB one with the purple way markers unless you are a complete novice. The route traverses some steep slopes and has some excellent winding singletrack down between trees. It is good for building up off road skills. A few miles out from the car park is an area where some local lads have made some downhill courses and jumps, and they've done a pretty good job. Apparntly the forestry commission allowed them, but some local people keep trashing the trails!
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50.78336517951859
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Trail Directions
Park at one of the many car parks at Cuckmere Haven (probably spelt wrong-apologies to any locals!)a few miles west of Eastbourne on the A259. The trails start from the top of the car park on the side of the A259 away from the sea, just down a side road that follows the Cuckmere river (turn right then right again if travelling west out of Eastbourne on the A259).
Trail Length
10miles?
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Eastbourne, East Sussex
   


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Review Date
July 27, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Edward Tatsyrup ,  Weekend Warrior , from Brighton

Summary:
As everyone says, its a quality route whichever way you look at it. You can bomb down the dual track and jump all the jumps or go round them and make it slower and technical. The purple route is good if you like climbing loads, usually i dont mind this but i didnt feel rewarded by the descents, i suppose doing it backwards might be better. Overall its a pretty good place to ride and a big thumbs up goes to all the guys [and girls] who built the jumps or the DS track. Oh and if you are going back to seaford to get the train, rather than going back on the road, go into the seven sisters cuntry park and head up Seaford Head, its quite a climb but its a steady one rather than a killer one. The descent at the end is fantastic, but dont get too close to the edge of the cliff as its a 300 foot drop into the sea.

Recommended Route:
Just ride whatever tickles your fancy, there is something for everyone.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
South Downs way from Lewes to Devils Dyke.



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Review Date
January 16, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Gus , from Seaford

Summary:
At the bottom of the DH (see above) some large jumps have been built, which seem to get bigger each day I ride there. For those not up to the big stuff there are some smaller doubles a little way up the hill, and are just visible from the bottom. I'm prety new to MTB-ing and these smaller jumps suit me fine, for the moment. The main problem with Friston is people grow the existing stuff without leaving enough smaller jumps to allow progression of skills, but don't let that put you off. There seems to be new stuff being built every couple of weeks and someone is starting to build a new duel track away from the DH routes.
You can get a free map of the recommended routes from the shop in the 7sisters car-park. Follow the Purple route (for some reason marked in Orange on the map. Duh!) to discover much of the fun stuff.
The wide choice of varying terrain means you can make a route as hard or easy as you like. The forest is riddled with paths but there are not too many signposts. The family route is well marked and if you think you are getting lost then just ride round till you see a white marker for an easy ride to the car park.
The very top section by Snap Hill can get very boggy (caused by horses), and should be avoided when the ground is soft. Also, when following the white route back to the car-park it is a good idea to take the road as the path can bee very sticky (mud, not sticks!).
Friston is also pretty good for night runs. We go once or twice a week and often see other lights in the distance. Be warned though, the car-park shuts at dusk, so you may want to use one of the lay-by's up the hill.
There is a tea shop (haven't used it yet), visitor centre (friendly & helpful) and bike hire. The Golden Galleon is a two minute ride from the car-park (towards Seaford by the river) and does great food and a good range of beer (they also brew their own!).
This place seems to be getting more popular and some weekends the car-park can be quite busy (1 for two hours, Pay & Display). The forest is bretty big so there's plenty of room to go your own way once you're in the saddle. Something for everyone. Only rate this as a four and a half 'cause a lack of progression in the jumps, otherwise excellent.

Recommended Route:
Start from the 7 sisters car park, cycle the long slog up following the Eastbourne road till almost at Friston, then follow the downhill section to the bottom (the dh starts 100 yards past a grassy clearing and is not easy to spot) . From the bottom turn right onto the fire track and right again at the X-roads. Further up you will see a sign warning of 'cyclist from the Right'. Turn left just after the sign and follow the rest of the Purple route. A good mix of DH, Single track and XC. Allow 1 - 2 hours.
Or just cycle around aimlessly and you should find some good stuff.



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Review Date
November 14, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Dan Scott , from Uckfield Sussex UK

Summary:
The original track is really fun for thrashing down, it doesn't feel like a southern course, as once you have got past the pedaly top section, you blast down the track pretty quick. even though it is quite fast, and fairly technical, it is very easy, and doable for just about everyone. We've started building another DH track, thats more short sharp, steep and more balls out than the other track. If you go down the DH track, when you get to the first fire road, go right up the road, the new track starts, on the left, we havent quite finished it yet, but it will be rulin when it is. feel free to ride whats there, but dont change the main route, as we have some plans for some fucking fat drops, down the bottom. contact me if you want more info, want to help building, or want us to help you build som more trails up there.

Recommended Route:
From cuckmere haven drive up the hill to the right of the bike hire shop (as you look at it with your back to the sea). Keep goin for about a mile or two, until you see a forest road on the right, with a gate across it, keep going for about 400m up the road, and on the right is a small lay by (you probably won't notice it the first few times, its well small), just pull in there, or pull up on the grass verge. you should find a hole in the hedge opposite the lay by, go through there, and turn right. the DH track starts on your left in about 20 metres.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
There are some pretty good lines going off the main run, search for them and you'll find them.



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Review Date
June 28, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Tom , from Eastbourne

Summary:
The options are endless, follow the purple trail so you learn your way around then cut and chose the parts you like most, or have time to do again.
If you take the Jevington route, try the mud road to West Dean once you enter the forest, its fast, swoopy and should give you a challange once you get some speed up.

Recommended Route:
If your a driver then head for a designated car park, theres 3 and all the best rides start there.
If your riding over then look to come in from Jevington and take the 2km fireroad until you meet the foot of the DH course.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Check out the South Downs Way into and out of Jevington, both side of the valley are completely different and a real break from the grass you expect.



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Review Date
April 27, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Duncan , from Brighton

Summary:
There are some excellent sections for all levels of riders. We have cycled there almost every week all through the winter and it is great. The downhill tracks will get the adrenilin flowing and the technical routes are really quite challenging, especially in the wet. There is also a great tea shop for that invaluable refreshment at the end.

Recommended Route:
All available paths and out through the forest to Jevington.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Most of the South Downs



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