Ditchling Common Country Park

Ditchling Common Country Park covers 76 hectares (188 acres). The site is used for activities including walking, fishing, picnicking, education and dog walking.

Cattle Grazing

How to get there

Google map

There is a large car park situated on Folders Lane East at the southern end of the Park. The map reference for the car park is TQ335181. The nearest train stations are Burgess Hill and Wivelsfield.

Fishing permits

Due to high demand, and to prevent over fishing, we have closed the waiting list for permits. We will update this web page when the waiting list has reopened. Please check this page for updates.

If you have a permit there are two ponds at Ditchling Common County Park, and you can fish in both of them. You’ll need a rod license from the Environment Agency and a fishing permit from us:

Rules of Fishing


Dogs are welcome but they must be kept under control at all times so that they do not disturb others e.g. children, grazing animals, fishermen and nesting birds.

Please use the dog bins located close to the car park.

More information

Ditchling Common Country Park leaflet.
Visitor information, including a location map and nature trail details

Report a problem

The danger posed to wildlife by discarded fishing equipment is made clear to anglers when they are granted a permit to fish. We litter-pick at the site once a week. But if you have concerns, please report them to the Countryside Maintenance Team. Precise location details and photographs are extremely useful in helping us deal quickly with any issues: Email the Countryside Maintenance Team

If you find an injured wild animal please contact RSPCA (0300 123 4999) or East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service Emergency line 07815 078234