High Weald
This is a linear walk offering the opportunity for people of all ages and levels of mobility to enjoy being in the countryside. On the outer edge of Hastings, it is a route that provides a rural haven from the hustle and bustle of life.

Location: The Ridge, B2093

Address: Hastings

Grid Reference: TQ809127(OS Map)
OS Map: Explorer 124

Distance: 1 miles
Time: .5 hours
Terrain: The track has an all weather surface with a minimum width of 4 metres and is accessible all year round.
Directions/Transport: Beaneys Lane is a byway open to all traffic that allows all user groups to enter the countryside along what is an ancient highway. Located on the northern edge of Hastings, the track leaves the hustle and bustle of the Ridge and takes you into an area of tranquility.

The track itself is approximately a mile long from The Ridge to Stonestile Lane and is dry underfoot all year round. The walk is generally flat but involves one steep incline towards The Ridge end of the lane.

1/4 mile waymark posts indicate how far you have travelled and resting posts have been installed for those who wish to rest of just take in the atmosphere.

These posts have been crafted from local timber and designed to merge into the surrounding area.

It is a lane enclosed by trees which provide shelter from the rain and the sun.

Maplehurst Wood is also a Site of Specific Interest, (SSSI) and is valuable for bredding birds and plant species, some of which canot be found in other areas of the country.

The woodland is beautiful all year round. In the spring, bluebells can be seen carpeting the woodland floor and in the autumn, contrasting colours of leaves decorate the trees.

Scenes of activity can be traced back 2000 years. In the 19th saw the cultivation of Hops, active brickworks and quarrying of local materials for soil improvement.

Bus Information: 300, Hastings - Northiam via Conquest Hospital, Mon-Sat hourly service. 24, Conquest Hospital Circular, Sundays hourly service. Phone for further information on 0870 6082 608
Car Park Information: There is room for one or two cars to part at the start of the wooded track. (P1) The access is unmade with several potholes. Parking at the entrance to the lane or in Hillside Road. (P2)
Guide: Wren Walks leaflets - Walk, Relax and Enjoy Nature, Strolls for healthy exercise available from East Sussex County Council, 01273 481654
Waymarking: Resting posts and measurerd (1/4 mile) wren marker posts.
Services: Various convenience stores along the Ridge.
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