I’ve lived in Uckfield for over 7 years now, and until very recently had never heard of Lake Wood. It was only when a friend also visited for the first time and shared her pictures of this local hidden beauty spot on social media that I came to hear about this wonderful Woodland Trust site.
Lake Wood lies on Rocks Road, past Church Street off to the right at the top of Uckfield High Street. It’s a discrete location. There’s just a gate and a lay by at the side of the road. On closer inspection there is a small sign attached to the gate welcoming you to Lake Wood and identifying the site as one belonging to the Woodland Trust. The path’s are generally user friendly. I explored the area with my husband and 2 children…Daisy age 6 and Logan age 1…safely contained in a backpack!
The beauty of the place is revealed immediately in a mass of ancient woodland, carved rocks and deep caves. The paths are wide and sandy. It’s only a very short walk before the Lake is revealed. A large, lily filled pool. On first seeing the Lake I found it quite breath taking. How has this been right see my nose and yet I’ve never even heard of the place? I genuinely felt like I was in Canada…not my home town.
Walking around the perimeter of the lake takes you on an undulating woodland stroll. We were fascinated to walk right through tunnels carved out of rock. The ultimate viewing point culminates at the rocky outcrop overlooking the middle of the lake. There is an old tree that looks as though it may act as a ladder for anyone wanting to get up close to the water. The caves here seem to create their own natural boat house. The paths at this point are a bit more challenging. I would make sure you have sturdy footwear and take extra caution is it has rained recently.
This experience has really opened my eyes to the possibility that maybe we don’t have to travel that far from home to explore and find adventure. I’m now wondering what else is there for me to explore right here, in my town? If anyone has any pointers please let me know!