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The High Weald
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The High Weald

14th May 2021

Winnie-the-Pooh, fairy tale castles and magical ancient woodland - there's so much to discover in the glorious High Weald, a sleepy, idyllic landscape of meadow, heath and forest stretching across Kent, Sussex and Surrey.

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The High Weald

A true gem waiting to be discovered

Once the most densely wooded area of England, the High Weald now boasts the largest proportion of ancient woodland in the country. But it’s not all trees! The High Weald also offers up gorgeous meadows, heathland, and orchards, as well as sandstone outcrops, deep ravines, and trickling streams.

Spread across Sussex, Kent, and Surrey, this is a vast and sprawling landscape that’s ideally suited for avid hikers who want to traverse ever-changing landscapes; couples looking to nestle themselves away for a romantic rural retreat; and parents on the hunt for a family-friendly break.
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Where should I go?

Places to visit on a trip to the High Weald.
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Ashdown Forest - start with the classics!

OK, so it’s not a hidden gem; lots of people have heard of the Ashdown Forest. But if you’re visiting the High Weald, it shouldn’t be overlooked. This giant area of woodland is teeming with wildlife, and is home to some of Britain’s rarest bird species including the Nightjar and the Dartford Warbler.

It’s also home to loveable bear Winnie-the-Pooh! Retrace this iconic character’s steps and stumble upon idyllic streams (great for a game of Pooh-Sticks!), picturesque openings, and some charming picnic spots.
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1066 Walk - A historian’s dream

The High Weald is an area of great historical significance and was the location of the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Be sure to wander the 50km of trails that traverse the floodplains of the River Rother and Cuckmere.

This route is a must for history lovers, offering you the chance to follow in the steps of William the Conqueror, taking in a vast array of historical sites as you go. Walk through ancient towns and villages, cross hillsides, and meander through woods as you make your way from the Normans’ landing point at Pevensey, to the site of the famous battle! Pevensey Castle and the wonderful Herstmonceux Castle are also worth a visit.
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Sheffield Forest - Spot some of Britain’s rarest birds

If you’ve visited the Ashdown Forest but haven’t had your fill of pretty woodlands, then we’d highly recommend the peaceful and idyllic Sheffield Forest. Situated on the borders of East and West Sussex, this is another haven for wildlife, so be sure to gaze up at the tops of trees and spot Crossbills eating pinecones as buzzards soar overhead.

The forest also offers yet more historical nibbles, with archaeological evidence displaying the after-effects of centuries of iron smelting and timber production. The remains of the area’s industrial history are abundant, so keep your eyes peeled for sunken route-ways and ancient hearths.
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Bewl Water

Visitors to the High Weald should also visit Bewl Water, a picturesque reservoir that’s great for fishing and watersports making it particularly popular for families with kids! There are plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities for people of all ages, as well as some great eating spots.
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Eridge Rocks

If it’s giant rocks you like, then you really should give Eridge Rocks a visit. This majestic sandstone rock outcrop sits in mixed woodland and is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest due to the plant community in the area. Wander among the giant boulders, some of which are over 10 metres high, and explore the shaded nooks and crannies of this ancient beech and yew tree wood.

Where should I stay?

Our pick of where to stay in the High Weald.

New House Farm Country Retreat

Etchingham - East Sussex

Sleeps 2-42

Luxurious estate in the heart of the Sussex countryside with pool, hot tub and valley views.

Hidey-Hole Cabin

Ticehurst - East Sussex

Sleeps 2

Open plan cabin for two in the picturesque East Sussex countryside with nice views, private deck, and cinema-style projector.

Hoots Treehouse

Mayfield - East Sussex

Sleeps 4

A secluded, picture-perfect, luxury treehouse nestling in an area of outstanding natural beauty with so much to explore nearby.

The Bell in Ticehurst

Ticehurst - East Sussex

Sleeps 2-4 per room

Enjoy a truly unique stay in one of the quirky rooms or rustic lodges at The Bell in Ticehurst.

Walkwood Wagon

Uckfield - East Sussex

Sleeps 2

Escape from the hustle and bustle at Walkwood Wagon, surrounded by beautiful National Trust bluebell woodlands in Sussex.

Merrieweathers

Mayfield - East Sussex

Sleeps 18

Rural escape on a country estate with private pub, outdoor kitchen and swimming pool near Royal Tunbridge Wells.

The Buzzardry

Rushlake Green - East Sussex

Sleeps 4

A magnificent cedar-clad treehouse, with luxurious interiors and a copper bathtub with superb treetop views across the peaceful Sussex woodland.

Summerhill Studio

Iden Green - Kent

Sleeps 2

The perfect couple's getaway on a quiet country lane - Explore Kent from this adorable studio, situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

4 Weaver's Cottage

Benenden - Kent

Sleeps 4

A lovingly refurbished 17th Century cottage, set within the farm's stunning gardens in the beautiful Kent countryside, sleeping up to four guests.

Fair Oak Farm

Mayfield - East Sussex

Sleeps 32

Award-winning Fair Oak Farm, on a private 12-acre estate in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - the ultimate country retreat

Waterside House

Wadhurst - East Sussex

Sleeps 18

Gorgeous home by the water's edge in Sussex with hot tub and plenty of space to socialise with your loved ones in style

Tinkers Treehouse

Ticehurst - East Sussex

Sleeps 2

See the Sussex countryside from a new angle at the immaculately styled Tinkers Treehouse, with a cosy interior and acres of woodland all around

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