We parked in the Ellison's Pond car park, but if that's full there's plenty of other parking spaces along Crowbrough Road
Mix of clay and mud heathland trails and woodland tracks. Quite hilly although no major climbs, some tracks very bumpy and uneven. No stiles anywhere!
The ponds at the start aren't ideal for dogs, but the stream section is fantastic. I went in January though, so not sure how this bears up in hotter weather.
No bins that I saw
Check out Chelwood Vachery route for another fantastic walk nearby.
If Ashdown Forest is new to you, then you're going to find lots of places to explore here it's a vast area very popular with walkers and visitors with lots of different parts to it. there's some great views across the heaths and forests, with lots of routes and plenty to see in all weathers.
For today's route we started at Ellison's Pond Car Park, we chose the route going directly between the two small ponds right ahead of you and headed out into the heath. We kept on the same track for approx. 2km going past Camp Hill which is a great picnic spot on a nicer day. This first section you're kind of walking along the rim of a basin so have great views down to your left. After about 2km we turned off left on a smaller track which gave us great opportunities to go off the lead despite being a bit more boggy. We went downhill until we got to the winding boggy stream, then followed this right - sometimes the paths seem to disappear but never then load until you find one again.
This stream leads out into the waterfall section which for round here is very pretty (by that I mean it's nowhere near as spectacular as some of the other walks on here in the Lake District or Yorkshire Dales!). Hank loved running and splashing around here, and we carried on following the meandering stream through the woodlands for about another 1km. Then we found a small track heading off left, made our way back up the hill to find the car park. Lots of routes here and easy to go the wrong way if you're not familiar so do take a GPS if your first visit.
Can be busy but still plenty of space, and do watch out for horse riders too.