High Weald
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  • HWWF Signpost September 2019
  • tractor ploughing match autumn
  • Burwash village landscape Sept
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  • An Outstanding

    cultural landscape

    "Unless a man understands the Weald, he cannot write about the beginnings of England." Hilaire Belloc

    "A landscape chock-a-block with heritage" Historic England

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  • Explore

    our medieval landscape

    Use our interactive map to discover what the countryside around you has to offer. Steam trains, climbing rocks, historic gardens and nature reserves; we have attractions to suit every age and energy level

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  • Keep up-to-date

    on news at the heart of the High Weald AONB

    Regular updates of events affecting the countryside and the lives of those within it

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  • Preserve

    the beauty of your property’s surrounding area

    We give planning advice and support, with objectives set out in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Management Plan.

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  • Learn more

    about us

    We aim to maintain and enhance the area's ancient landscape and enjoyment of it by current and future generations.

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  • 70th Anniversary

    Schools' logo competition

    This year we're celebrating the 70th anniversary of the legislation that led to the creation of AONBs as protected landscapes.
    Displayed here are the winning designs from local schools, The Meads Primary & Maynards Green Community Primary.

    More about our work with schools...
  • A short film

    'Hearts in the landscape'

    People across the nation created hearts in their protected landscapes last month to mark the 70th anniversary this year of the National Parks & Access to the Countryside Act.
    A short film was made to the soundtrack of 'Fugitives', the new poem for AONB's.

    Watch and listen here...

A 50 kilometre (31 mile) walk that traverses the floodplains of the River Rother and Cuckmere.

FACT PACKriver

Name: 1066 Walk
Length: 50 Kilometres
Start point: Strand Quay, Rye

Finish point: Pevensey Castle
Users: Walkers
Days to complete Trail: Approximately 4
Explorer maps: 124, 125
Landranger maps: 199

Highlights
Rye, a hill top town famous for its smuggling associations, Winchelsea is one of the best-preserved planned medieval towns (or bastides) in Britain. Carr Taylor Vineyards and Herstmonceux Castle, one of the oldest brick buildings in England.

Famous Associations
In September 1066, William, Duke of Normandy brought his army to Pevensey in East Sussex and went on to defeat King Harold in the town of Battle in what many people know as the battle of Hastings.

High Weald AONB Unit's favourite sections
Spectacular views from the Winchelsea area over the beach and the English Channel and inland across the Brede levels to the wooded Weald. The remote settlements of Brownbread Street and Penhurst.

Access
The route passes through Rye, Doleham, Winchelsea and Pevensey all of which can be accessed by train from Ashford and the South Coast. The walk also passes through Battle, accessible by train from London within 90 minutes.

Publications
The 1066 Country Walk by Brian Smails £4.95. The illustrated guide described the route, giving instructions together with appendices providing practical information, but sketch maps are not provided. ISBN 1-903568-00-5