Don’t forget to renew your Annual Parking permit or Winter Pass!
Purchase your permit online via the Horizon portal or visit the Ashdown Forest Centre from Monday to Friday (10am–4.30pm) to pay in person. 

PARKING ON ASHDOWN FOREST

Ashdown Forest has introduced paid parking on all our car parks. For some years we have experienced increasing numbers of visitors and decreasing levels of funding. This has challenged our ability to conserve the Forest and provide open and safe public access.

Parking payments will contribute to:

  • Repairing and improving the 45 paid car parks across the Forest
  • Maintaining 75 miles of paths and rides and their bridges and culverts
  • Improving access for those with restricted mobility, impaired vision or other difficulties
  • Providing education to children, working with local schools and other groups
  • Maintaining the buildings that make up the Forest Centre – the public toilets, picnic site and tables, shop, Education Barn, offices, workshops
  • Clearing up fly tipping incidents and litter
 

Blue badge holders are exempt – blue badges must be displayed clearly in the windscreen.

 
 

How to pay for daily tickets:

To allow free movement between car parks, all Forest car parks have the same location ID code: 661122

Tariff:

Up to 1 hour          £2.00

Up to 2 hours        £2.50

Up to 4 hours        £4.00

All day                  £5.00

Means of payment

  • 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 by card on parking machines:

Parking machines for card payment only are at the Forest Centre

  • Pay by cash at the Ashdown Forest Visitor Centre:

Cash payments for daily or hourly parking can be made only at the Visitor Centre during open hours only (weekdays 9am – 4:30pm, weekends 11am – 5pm or dusk if earlier, subject to staff and volunteer availability). Please note we cannot guarantee that there will be a Duty Ranger on site during weekends to assist you with renewals/purchases of Annual Parking Permits. 

  • Pay before you arrive:

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

How to buy an Annual or Winter Pass

Annual and winter passes should be bought through the Horizon parking portal website as described below.  

To buy an Ashdown Forest parking pass:

Step 1 – Click on the button below

Step 2 – Register an account

Step 3 – Login using the details emailed to you.

Step 4 – Go to “My Account” to add additional vehicles and your payment card. Set your own password.

Step 5 – Click on “Apply for Permit” and choose the pass you need. 

Step 6 – Your application will be checked and approved

Step 7 – You will receive an email with a payment link

Step 8 – Pay for your permit and you’ll get a receipt

You’re then “Good to Go”

 

*Concessionary (discounted) Passes

Concessionary passes are available to people receiving Universal Credit or Pension Credit support.

You will need to apply for these online at horizonparkingportal.co.uk.  You will need to provide a copy of a letter or payslip from the Department of Works and Pensions or your County Council.

 

More detailed instructions for buying an annual permit can be found here: Ashdown Forest – Permits User Guide – Horizon Parking

Staff at the Ashdown Forest Centre can give additional assistance during office hours only (9am – 4.30pm) [email protected]

About our car parks
 
There are more than 40 car parks across Ashdown Forest.
 
King’s Standing and Broadstone car parks are suitable for blue badge parking, with access onto flatter terrain with some spectacular views. 
 
Many of the Forest rides are unsuitable for wheel-chairs due to the bumpy, steep terrain. However, from Long car park, there is a long relatively flat section. Fine views can also be enjoyed from Ridge and Broadstone car parks.

The Forest Centre car park is nearest to the Visitor Centre and toilets.  Coaches should park at nearby Broadstone car park.

 

No vehicles may be parked on the Forest after midnight, until 6am. Overnight stays in vehicles are not permitted in the Forest car parks.

 

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