High Weald
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A 145km (90 mile) route that meanders through the AONB from east to west, linking ridge-top villages and historic gardens for which the area is famous.

landscape_trail_signName: High Weald Landscape Trail
Length: 145 kilometres (95 miles)
Start poin: Railway Station, Horsham
Finish point: Strand Quay, Rye
Users: Walkers
Days to complete Trail: 7 days on average
Highest point: West Hoathly, 183 m (600 ft)
Explorer maps: 134, 135, 136, 125
Landranger maps: 187, 188, 189, 198

A new online guide was published in 2012 and you can download the various sections as below:

High Weald Landscape Trail - Introduction (2.02 MB)
Chapter 1 Horsham to Cuckfield - 23.3km (14.5 miles) (9.77 MB)
Chapter 2 Cuckfield to East Grinstead - 27.4km (17.0 miles) (6.75 MB)
Chapter 3 East Grinstead to Groombridge - 21.0km (13.1 miles) (7.34 MB)
Chapter 4 Groombridge to Matfield - 22.8km (14.1 miles) (8.38 MB)
Chapter 5 Matfield to Rolvenden - 30.6km (19 miles) (9.31 MB)
Chapter 6 Rolvenden to Flackley Ash - 20.0km (12.5 miles) (5.37 MB)
Chapter 7 Flackley Ash to Rye - 7.1km (4.4 miles) (6.43 MB)

Also available to download is the text giving the background to the historical places along the trail from the old published guide, no longer available in print.
History of places along the Landscape Trail (2.2 MB)

Historic gardens open to the public - Borde Hill, Wakehurst Place,Standen House and Gardens and Groombridge Gardens are on the route. The distinctive sandstone villages dominate in the west and white weatherboarded villages are found in the east.

Famous associations
William Morris, Siegried Sassoon, Henry James

High Weald AONB Unit's favourite sections
Ardingly to West Hoathly for the gentle climb through a steep-sided, wooded valley to the quiet ridge-top village of West Hoathly. Matfield to Goudhurst for the wonderful colours of the orchards in the spring and autumn.

The Trail passes through or close to Horsham, Haywards Heath, East Grinstead and Royal Tunbridge Wells train stations all of which are accessible by train from London within 60 minutes. Rye can be accessed by train from Ashford and the South Coast.


Updated downloads of the trail guide were undertaken as part of the Weald Forest Ridge Landscape Partnership Scheme, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.