There’s nothing like a brisk stroll to really make you feel energised. Wilderness Woodspecialise in woodland walks among 62 acres of the Sussex Weald. As a family-run business, it prides itself on providing visitors with a pleasurable experience, from its selection of outdoor activities and child friendly events to the hearty, delicious rewards at the Barn Café.
Not only are walks available at Wilderness Wood, but also visitors are encouraged to explore the delights that can be found in the forest. Blackberry bushes and chestnut trees bear fruits ready to be picked, and there are foraging courses to help visitors learn about the fascinating fungi that grow there. Throughout October, fungi expert Anne Yarrow holds different courses to enlighten participants about which woodland discoveries are edible and which are to be avoided. During the course, you learn how to identify these tasty, edible species and even how to make delicious dishes with your finds.
Although Wilderness Wood is a beautiful place to visit at any time of year, autumn is when it really comes into its own. The autumnal colours and crisp air make for a festive atmosphere when taking a stroll or collecting firewood. When it’s time to refuel, head to the Barn Café where it’s all locally sourced or organic produce on the menu. There’s nothing like a warming homemade soup on a cold day, and the weekend roasts are a must for their succulent local meat. If you prefer to eat in the great outdoors, there are barbeque stands located around the grounds for cooking picnics with the trees and woodland as your dining room.
A great feature at Wilderness Wood is the Wild Cookout Huts. Known as ‘streamsides’, these shelters are secluded, wood huts complete with grills, tables and benches. It’s a great place to take friends and family for an al fresco lunch in a peaceful, natural environment. Special events are held throughout the year, attracting guests of all ages. The courses, talks and training are ever popular, but it’s the Fairy Gardens and Going on a Bear Hunt events that are favourites for the younger crowd.
A novel and unforgettable experience available at Wilderness Wood is camping in the woods underneath the stars. It's an exciting, yet serene way to enjoy nature - and don’t worry if you forget your sleeping bag, there are a variety of different shelters available to hire for the night. At Wilderness Wood, they believe in a slow and sustainable way of life, and it’s a great place to visit to enjoy all that the Sussex countryside has to offer. Open Friday / Saturday / Sunday.