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More about Lake Wood

A magical combination of water and trees gave Lake Wood its name and has inspired generations of visitors. Home to dormice and almost 60 species of bird, including kingfisher and heron. A tunnel cut through rock completes the path around the lake.

Lake Wood is a beautiful and dramatic place, full of interesting natural and man-made features. Rocky sandstone outcrops with high cliffs overhang the three acre spring-fed lake, with a cave-like boathouse carved out of the rock.

The southern part of the site was landscaped in the early nineteenth century in the style of Capability Brown, with the lake created by the building of an earth dam. Many exotic and native trees and shrubs were planted, some of which still survive including some large specimen trees.

A carriage drive was added across the site, entering via a tunnel under the road. Another  tunnel cut through the rock completes the path around the lake.

Much of the wood is still ancient coppice supporting a wide variety of woodland flowers such as bluebell, wood sorrel, wood anemone, primrose, early purple orchid, Solomon’s seal and moschatel. There is also a fascinating wildlife population including dormice, five species of bat, almost 60 species of bird and an interesting fish population.

This is a wonderful, picturesque place to visit with something of interest for everyone.

Accessibility and walks

There are two entrances off Rocks Road – a stile at the eastern end and a kissing gate at the western end – plus further public access land to the south of the site in West Park. Various paths within the site take in the woodland and the lake. There are various sets of steps (stone and wooden) and a tunnel through the rocks. None of the paths are surfaced and can become very muddy in places after wet weather. There are some gentle to moderate gradients.

Rocks Road is narrow with bends and has no pavements so care must be taken.


Lake Wood is situated to the west of Uckfield in East Sussex, just under one kilometre (½ mile) from the town centre, via Church Street and Rocks Road. Rocks Road is narrow with bends and has no pavements. Despite its proximity to the town, the location is peaceful and feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of urban living.

Watch this stunning aerial clip of Lake Wood taken one Sunday morning in August 2014 by supporter Sam Moore.

The Woodland Trust - Lake Wood


By bus
Nearest bus stop: High Street, Uckfield, 0.8km (½ mile) from the wood via Church Street and Rocks Road. 

By train
Nearest train station: Uckfield, 1.2km (¾ mile) from the site, following the High Street, Church Street and Rocks Road.

For further information on public transport, contact traveline or call 0871 200 2233.

By car
Lake Wood is situated to the west of Uckfield, just under one kilometre from the town centre via Church Street and Rocks Road.  

There is no car park at the wood, but cars may be parked in the two lay-bys on Rocks Road, opposite the wood and in the eastern gateway. Care is needed when crossing the road and walking along the verge as there is no pavement.

Nearest amenities

Public conveniences
The nearest toilets are at Luxford Field car park, 1.2km (¾ mile) from the wood. There are disabled facilities accessible with a RADAR key, and baby changing facilities. Check latest details on the Wealden District Council website.

There are lots of eateries in Uckfield, just under one kilometre from the wood. See TripAdvisor or County of Sussex websites.

Accommodation and tourist information
For tourist information, including accommodation, visit:

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