Lake Wood, Uckfield - Lake View Panorama
The artificially expanded lake and woodland is adjacent to, and to the north of, West Park Local Nature Reserve. The two areas are separated by Rocks Road (the B2012 Uckfield / Piltdown road). Both areas formed part of the Rocks Estate, owned for 200 years - and landscaped in the style of Capability Brown - by the Streatfield family. A tunnel beneath the dividing road (now bricked off) enabled carriage access to the lake from Rock House.
The area has numerous Ardlingly Sandstone outcrops. Where these obstruct the path around the lake, a tunnel - and also steps leading down to an underground boat house cave - were excavated.
Lake Wood is managed and protected by The Woodland Trust.
The Guardian, article on pressures on UK woodland from development
The Independent, Secret Britain: article including list of best-kept woodland secrets
The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex - historical resource website